NHL 2K10 is certainly not a bad game, but it’s a style-over-substance title that may disappoint die-hard ice hockey fans.
More time seems to have been spent making this game a ‘social’ experience than trying to bring some new innovations to the series, and has parts that both suffer and prosper from this focus shift. For once, the Wii seems to get the best version of the game, while the other consoles get, mildly, shafted.
Lets start with the best improvement to the multiplayer and online modes – setting up games has been made a lot easier. Firstly, you can invite friends into any game mode you want. If you’re playing through franchise mode, it’s pretty easy to allow friends to play with or against you. The same goes for the other modes, such as exhibition and pond hockey. This easy to use system is a big improvement over previous editions, and something we welcome with open arms. The lack of the MyPlayer feature, which is available in most other 2K Sports games, is rather strange, though you can still compare stats and standings, and even your whole team, with other players.
The Reelmaker, which is used to make your own personal highlight reel to post online, is not the most in-depth, but still a good feature to have.
Online works fine, even with a full team; there is the odd moment of lag, but nothing that spoils the game.
The latest instalment of 2k Sports’ NHL franchise offers a whole host of features that have not been available in previous games in the series. These include new online features where the player can create new teams, and the addition of more defensive moves in order to create a better-balanced game.
Whether you’re a die-hard NHL fan or a casual player, NHL 2K10′s pick-up-and-shoot controls, true-to-life authenticity and variety of on-and-off-line multiplayer modes promise hours of entertainment. Focus during development seems to have been on the Wii version rather than the PS3 and Xbox versions. Does this fact harm the hockey experience on the other consoles? Let’s find out.