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NHL 2K9 review

Plays great, looks terrible - must be a Wii sports game


  • Surprisingly fun controls
  • Innovative fighting engine
  • Lots of old-school jerseys


  • Third-rate visuals
  • Lousy camera angles
  • No online play

That turned out to be the gang at 2K Sports, who made the admirable decision to translate a traditional puckfest onto the most untraditional console - by no means a simple task. To say we were dubious it could be done would be the understatement of the month.

Imagine our shock and surprise when we discovered that the decidedly different control scheme NHL 2K9 utilizes actually works pretty well. Sure, traditionalists will initially recoil in horror at the thought of waving the Wii Remote to shoot the puck or throw a punch, but once they get over the learning curve it becomes pretty easy to figure out how to make things happen. Our favorite moves involve shaking the Nunchuk – doing it while charging the net executes a Superstar move, while on defense it throws a nasty check. Either way, it’s very satisfying.

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DescriptionWhile it's far from perfect (and more than a little unpolished in places), NHL 2K9 still packs plenty of hockey punch that will keep us in the game for awhile this year.
Franchise nameNHL
UK franchise nameNHL
PlatformXbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii
US censor ratingEveryone 10+
UK censor ratingRating Pending
Release date8 September 2008 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)