Friday, September 12, 2008

NHL 09 is top notch

Yeah, baby. That's a picture of me scoring as a member of the Manitoba Moose! NHL 09 really has delivered this time. The graphics are even smoother, the hits are massive and finally look different, the fighting engine has finally changed, and the game has never been a more authentic NHL experience.
I just bought it for the PS3 yesterday and have already spent a great deal of time with the new "Be A Pro" mode. Awesome stuff. You create yourself as a player and the mode puts you on an NHL teams' affiliate of choice. You have to work your way up from the 3rd line on the affiliate team and hope to get a chance to play for an NHL team. I've only made it to the top line of the Moose but have not been called up to Vancouver yet. The mode has it's quirks, but it will only get better every year. (Why does the coach give you hell for taking a bad penalty when you've just won a fight and got the crowd going?) But the first-person camera mode is great as an option. It feels like you are actually sitting in the bench and being one with your team. That is....until you triple-shift, trying to get some points up to make your player better! Then it's me first team second.
So much new stuff. EA Sports is to be commended. If you have not bought this game yet, you're missing out. It leaves NHL 08 in the dust...and NHL 08 was pretty damned good!

A full list of game reviews can be found here.
Personally, I think this is the best hockey game in a long time.

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At September 13, 2008 at 12:22 p.m. , Blogger Pistol Pete said...

Question about "Be A Pro" mode: is it like MLB The Show in that you only play the shifts when your player is on the ice, or what? Also, are you able to set it up so that you triple shift? I have been played MLB The Show for awhile and they have a feature similar to this called Road to the Show. You make a player and it only has you play his at-bats and his plays in the field. There are also some little quirks in that, as well, and they can become frustrating, but I think Road to the Show and Be A Pro sound like modes that are really engaging.

At September 13, 2008 at 12:58 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

YEah, you only play the shifts as your player when he's on the ice. You can triple shift by not going off the ice. But if you skate accidentally into a flashing semi-circle by your bench a line change occurs.
I believe there is the option of playing all the time with any player as well.


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