Parents' Guide to

NHL 09

By Brett Molina, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Rich hockey simulation with clever career options.

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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Worth every penny!

NHL 09 is an excellent game. The graphics are unbelievable and the gameplay is realistic.

Is It Any Good?

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In terms of on-ice gameplay, NHL 09 feels very similar to previous releases. Stickhandling has been tweaked for better control on defense. Players can now use their stick to block shots or passes. If the controls prove too complex, players can now use a simpler layout consisting of only two buttons and the analog stick.

As usual, the presentation is phenomenal. Lights reflect off the ice, while the surface gradually dulls as players zip back and forth around the rink. Players move so fluidly you could swear you were watching a real game of hockey. NHL 09 is an impressive simulation that uses creative career options to take a big leap in authenticity.

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