Parents' Guide to


By Brett Molina, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Realistic hockey game with cool Wii controls.

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Other than changes to controls, the franchise doesn't add anything incredibly compelling. Players can drive the Zamboni in between periods in a briefly entertaining mini-game. The online component on the PS3 and 360 has been fleshed out to include games with only human competitors and a film feature so you can record, edit, and save highlights.

The presentation now resembles a television broadcast with sideline reporters and post-game highlights. While the PS3 and 360 visuals pack a solid punch, the Wii looks too gritty. Distinguishing jersey and facial details is much harder to do, which is a key component for a game aiming to create a lifelike experience. Overall, NHL 2K9 is still enjoyable, but could use a touch more refining.

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