As Zamboni machines warm up for the long hockey season, it can only mean one thing: NHL 2K10 is out, and their cover boy, Alexander Ovechkin, is ready for an MVP three-peat. Get your crew and grab the 10th anniversary copy of the game to see who's best on the virtual ice.
NHL 2K10 [2K Sports]
Release Date: September 15
Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii
Though not much has changed in the game of hockey, NHL 2K10 is all about improving game play for everyone, with a new emphasis on social gaming. With a variety of gaming modes and a simple pick up and play control style, NHL 2K10 will have gamers ripping shots like A.O. in no time.
STACK's Favorite Features (all Platforms):
New Gameplay Mechanics: 2K didn't just go in and tweak some of the gaming; they completely rewrote the AI to improve and make the game's decision-making more realistic. With enhanced defensive controls to stop the puck from reaching the net, gamers will have to work twice as hard to score like Alexander the Great.
Franchise Co-op Play: Don't play the game by yourself. Get a friend involved with this new feature, which allows you to play with or against your friend in franchise mode. Team up and take on the entire NHL, or play as separate teams with a chance to play one-on-one for the Stanley Cup.
Enhance Online Modes: With new online integration, gamers can track their progress with a My Player Card in Team Up and Party Up games. 2K also offers a full online league and tournaments to test your skills against everyone on your team and even the world's best.
STACK's Favorite Wii Features:
Mii Super Skills Competition: Based on the NHL All-Star Skills Competition, one to four gamers can compete in a series of mini games to identify the best all-around player. With Wii's easy pick-up-and-play mode, it's easy to compete in events like Hardest Shot, Fastest Skater, Accuracy Shooting and Goalie Supersave.
Writer's review: I received this game yesterday, and let me just tell you, I had trouble turning it off last night and coming in to work today. It's almost worth calling in sick. The new features really make it feel like you're playing an actual NHL game. Of course I had to play as the Washington Capitals, not just because Ovechkin is on the cover, but 'cause my boy Mike Green leads the D. I'm already working on breaking his game-scoring record.
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