A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game focuses on recreating the pro hockey experience and shows what it is like to play. Brawls are a part of the gameplay but as in real hockey, they result in penalties.
Positive Role Models
Some players can engage in fights, although the practice is penalized severely.
Ease of Play
Controls are relatively simple. Players move with the left thumbstick, while manipulating shots, passes and other stickhandling moves with the face buttons. Players can use those same buttons on defenses to poke away the puck or deliver body checks.
Violence & Scariness
As in real life, players are seen slamming opponents into the boards to take the puck. In some instances, players can get into a fight, although no blood or graphic detail is shown. There are often stiff consequences for starting fights.
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Products & Purchases
There are some hockey sponsors whose logos are shown on the boards, or on arena billboards.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that NHL 2K10 is a straightforward simulation of professional hockey. With that, of course, comes some physical play such as checking players into boards or even starting brawls. However, the game doesn't show blood. The game is also playable online with open chat, which can expose them to unmoderated play.
Is It Any Good?
Although NHL 2K10 delivers a more accessible experience compared to its competitors, the game falls short in creating a truly authentic pro hockey experience. One of the major issues revolve around computer-controlled players, particularly defensemen. They're not very aggressive, leading to a fast-paced game filled with odd-man breakaways. For the novice, this is a great environment to adjust to the game. However, veteran players might find this frustrating. The game has made some strides graphically compared to last year, sporting players with greater physical details and loud, vibrant arenas.
Another way the game is welcoming to rookies is the inclusion of simple, casual challenges such as Pond Hockey and Mini-Rink. They're often high-scoring affairs that allow players to kick back and enjoy the sport. The game also attempts to incorporate a Pro Stick, where players can handle the puck using the right thumbstick. It's a solid addition but doesn't offer as much freedom as its main rival, EA's NHL 10. Overall, NHL 2K10 is a solid introduction to the world of video game hockey, and a good choice for players new to playing hockey video games.
Online interaction: Online games include open chat. These interactions can contain language that parents would prefer their kids not hear.
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