NHL 10

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The NHL franchise that has won 19 sports game of the year awards over the past two years begins a new era with gameplay innovations that deliver a new standard of toughness, the emotion of playoff hockey on the ice and in the arena, and over 200 gameplay refinements that replicate the skill and finesse that every fan sees throughout the NHL playoffs.

A new first-person fighting engine enables players to trade punches with an NHL tough guy. Feel what it’s like to be on the ice in the skates of an NHL player to throw and dodge punches. Grab and tug an opponent’s jersey to land a punch that ignites the fans and sparks your team to victory.

On ice toughness and intimidation is taken to a new level in NHL 10 where winning one-on-one battles for possession of the puck along the boards becomes a test of will and skill. Utilizing an all-new board physics engine, players can use their body to shield the puck on the boards and then kick-pass it to teammates. Bigger, stronger players pin opponents to the boards while fanatical fans bang on the glass, just like real life. Fore-check defenders, pressure the puck and finish checks to intimidate your opponent into mistakes. Players fatigue, bobble passes, and avoid collisions under threat of constant physical pressure. Inspire teammates, ignite the fans and change the momentum of a game by instigating scrums, drawing penalties, and mixing it up — all after the referee blows the whistle!

Specifications

Manufacturer Electronic Arts
Mfg Part# 5713C03F
SKU 210930667
UPC 014633157093
UPC 14 00014633157093
Format Xbox 360
Reviews
ReviewSource Gamervision.com
Review Since 2007, each new iteration of EA's NHL series has been a marked improvement over its predecessor. NHL 07 introduced the Skill Stick control scheme, NHL 08 sweetened the deal with far more content, and NHL 09 tightened up gameplay and introduced the excellent Be-A-Pro mode. The annual improvements have been so great, in fact, that last year's game seemed to reach the pinnacle of hockey simulation, leaving many to wonder if the series had any more room to grow. Fortunately, EA Canada was not content to rest on their laurels, and NHL 10 is a drastically improved hockey experience, and one of the best titles of this year...As a reviewer, I must look at games with a highly critical eye, deliberately seeking out flaws, glitches, and overall shortcomings. I'm happy to report that NHL 10 is a nearly flawless title; only the most cynical and jaded gamers will take issue with any of the game's extremely minor problems. Out of all the major sports, hockey is probably the easiest to translate to video games. Ever since 1992, we've had at least decent hockey games, and EA's newest entry is, without a doubt, the highest point in a series of high points. With NHL, AHL, international, and European league teams on the roster, along with unlockable (or purchasable, if you're a cheater) skill upgrades, there's no shortage of content, meaning many fans will easily get a full year of entertainment out of it. NHL 10 is, hands down, the best hockey game ever made; it's not even close. Whether you consider it the best sports game of all time depends largely on your preference of sports, but in any discussion of the best sports game ever, NHL 10 must be in the argument.
Reviewer Veggie Jackson
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource GamePro.com
Review Last year saw the release of what was soon declared as the best hockey game ever put out for public consumption, which was hot on the heels of two previous exceptional efforts. It's no surprise that NHL 10 has had high expectations heaped on it all throughout its development cycle as fans looked to developers to build on the unmitigated success that was last years version, hanging on every scrap of detail in the process. Having had my hands on a retail copy of this years version for well over a week now I can safely say with the utmost certainty that the wait is well worth it. NHL 10 is not only the best game of the series, but quite possibly one of the best hockey games ever made...Returning players won't spot any huge differences from the last edition, but they'll notice plenty of small changes that serve to tighten the game's mechanics, focus the gameplay, and make the experience more realistic and even more fun at the same time. Also featured is the new focus on physical play in the form of NHL 10's boardplay mechanics, a new fighting system, and the addition of after the whistle intimidations. Though I was initially skeptical of how this would end up affecting last year's gameplay, the improvements quickly become apparent as early as your first game. Using boardplay users can now pin opposing players against the boards, slowing down the play, and gradually working towards getting more players involved in the corners -- previously a deadspace in the offensive zones. By extension, this now allows for dump-and-chase mechanics, an integral part of real hockey but an aspect that has never worked without boardplay. If this didn't ratchet up the physical play enough, the inclusion of the new fighting and intimidation systems offers a larger amount of penalty calls, thus increasing the importance of the powerplay. This also makes fighting occasionally useful as fisticuffs can now be used to increase the energy of your lines -- so long as you win. These are only the major additions though; the game itself is chock full of minor improvements that will be almost immediately noticed by hardcore fans. For example, goalie AI has been noticeably improved and the role of defensemen and the pointshot have been increased in importance...All of the major game modes from last year return and they've all been improved upon to varying degrees. The first you're likely to encounter is Be A Pro, which you'll get acquainted with as soon as you start the game and are prompted to create your character. Instead of simply selecting what NHL franchise you want to start on (though you can certainly still do this) you can instead choose to be drafted based on your performance in a prospects game. The better you do, the higher you'll be drafted. While BAP is still quite splendid, it still has a bit of space it can grow into, something that I'm hoping will be explored in future installments.
Reviewer Andrew Dagley
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource IGN.com
Review When making a sports game, or any game for that matter, developers are trying to build the best experience possible. And while winning prestigious game of the year awards is all anyone can hope for their creation, the bar is then set almost impossibly high for the next iteration in the series...Such is the case with NHL 10, a title that must live up to the twelve sports game of the year awards that NHL 09 garnered. While I won't say that NHL 10 is a step in the wrong direction for the series, it doesn't bring as much innovation as last year's hockey offering from EA Sports and will likely be met with malice from naysayers because of that fact. That withstanding, NHL 10 is still a worthy successor and one that makes slight changes and additions to the established formula...Problems from last year's game also infect NHL 10 when on the ice. The first and most notable is the issue of artificial intelligence. I had several instances of opponents making passes back and forth when the two players are three feet apart on the ice. I'd just sit back and watch as the puck was traded back and forth three or four times while the players are an arm's reach from one another. Defensive play could also use more tuning. I once had a defenseman make a pass across the face of my goal, but wound up hitting the goalie in the skate. All I could do was watch as the puck went sliding into my own net. Goalies will also make ill-advised trips out of the goal area even when the other team is looming. My first goal with my created player was an intercepted pass from the goalie and a quick wrister straight into the wide open net...NHL 10 is a great hockey game, don't get me wrong. The action is as good and as authentic as I've ever seen from a hockey outing and fans of the sport who didn't pick up last year's game have no reason to miss out this time. This package is as complete and all-encompassing as any sports game out there with great multiplayer and single-player modes. The biggest problem that fans of the series will have is that it just isn't all that different from NHL 09. There are "new" modes that are tacked on pieces from things that we've seen in the past and the gameplay refinements are a mixed bag that feel as though they could have been tuned just a bit better before launch. Nothing is a bad or poor choice that even comes close to ruining the experience, but there could have been more done to expand the core gameplay and offering of modes.
Reviewer Nate Ahearn
ReviewRating 9
Features
All-New First-Person Fighting: Change the momentum by trading blows with an NHL enforcer. Tug an opponent's jersey to gain an advantage, before or after the whistle.
All-New Post-Whistle Action: The action never stops! Antagonize opposing players, finish checks, retaliate for late shots on goal, draw penalties, & pick fights, all after the referee blows the whistle!
Become The Ultimate Pro: Improve your draft status by dominating the prospects game, then use new coaching tips, improved teammate AI, & detailed position instructions as you build the ultimate career.
Build A Stanley Cup Champion: All-new GM mode lets you scout amateurs, put players on the trading block, hire staff, & earn experience points to become a legendary GM.
Capture Multiple Championships: The coveted EA SPORTS Hockey League Cup is always up for grabs as new seasons start on a monthly basis online.
New Battle For The Cup Mode:Experience the intensity of NHL playoff hockey. Play through injuries, intimidate rivals, & match lines as storylines carry across the entire series.
New Intimidation Tactics: Fore-check defenders, pressure the puck, & finish checks to force your opponent into mistakes, as players fatigue, bobble passes, & avoid collisions under threat of physical pressure.
Features
Product Type Software
Distribution Media/Method DVD-ROM
Manufacturer Part Number 15709
Manufacturer Electronic Arts, Inc
Product Name NHL 10
Brand Name EA
Platform Supported Xbox 360
Features New Battle for the Cup Mode: Experience the intensity of NHL playoff hockey on Xbox 360. Play through injuries, intimidate rivals, and match lines as storylines carry across the entire series. Build a Stanley Cup Champion: All-new GM mode lets you scout amateurs, put players on the trading block, hire staff, and earn experience points to become a legendary GM. Battle on the Boards: Shield the puck with your body, kick-pass it to teammates, or pin your opponent against the boards with an all-new board play engine. All-New First-Person Fighting: Change the momentum by trading blows with an NHL enforcer. Tug an opponent's jersey to gain an advantage-before or after the whistle. Become the Ultimate Pro: Improve your draft status by dominating the prospects game, then use new coaching tips, improved teammate AI, and detailed position instructions as you build the ultimate career. Capture Multiple Championships: The coveted EA SPORTS Hockey League Cup is always up for grabs as new seasons start on a monthly basis online. New Intimidation Tactics: Fore-check defenders, pressure the puck, and finish checks to force your opponent into mistakes, as players fatigue, bobble passes, and avoid collisions under threat of physical pressure. All-New Post-Whistle Action: The action never stops! Antagonize opposing players, finish checks, retaliate for late shots on goal, draw penalties, and pick fights-all after the referee blows the whistle!
Software Name NHL 10
Software Sub Type Sports Game
Software Main Type Game
ESRB Rating E10+ (Everyone 10 and older)
Tech Specs
Product Type Software
Manufacturer Part Number 15709
Manufacturer Website Address www.ea.com
Manufacturer Electronic Arts, Inc
Product Name NHL 10
Brand Name EA
Platform Support Xbox 360
Features New Battle for the Cup Mode: Experience the intensity of NHL playoff hockey on Xbox 360. Play through injuries, intimidate rivals, and match lines as storylines carry across the entire series. Build a Stanley Cup Champion: All-new GM mode lets you scout amateurs, put players on the trading block, hire staff, and earn experience points to become a legendary GM. Battle on the Boards: Shield the puck with your body, kick-pass it to teammates, or pin your opponent against the boards with an all-new board play engine. All-New First-Person Fighting: Change the momentum by trading blows with an NHL enforcer. Tug an opponent's jersey to gain an advantage-before or after the whistle. Become the Ultimate Pro: Improve your draft status by dominating the prospects game, then use new coaching tips, improved teammate AI, and detailed position instructions as you build the ultimate career. Capture Multiple Championships: The coveted EA SPORTS Hockey League Cup is always up for grabs as new seasons start on a monthly basis online. New Intimidation Tactics: Fore-check defenders, pressure the puck, and finish checks to force your opponent into mistakes, as players fatigue, bobble passes, and avoid collisions under threat of physical pressure. All-New Post-Whistle Action: The action never stops! Antagonize opposing players, finish checks, retaliate for late shots on goal, draw penalties, and pick fights-all after the referee blows the whistle!
Software Name NHL 10
Software Sub Type Sports Game
Software Main Type Game
ESRB Rating E10+ (Everyone 10 and older)
Product Attributes
Age Range 12-14 years
ESRB Rating E10+ (Everyone 10+)
Game Format XBox 360
Game Genre Sports
Game or Puzzle Type Action & Adventure
Safety Warning WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD Small parts. Not for children under 3 years
Quotes
Mike Nelson, 1UP.com ...if you thought NHL 09 was great, you'll love NHL 10.
Samit Sarkar, Destructoid NHL 10 is EA Sports' best hockey title yet...
Adam Nunez, PGNx Media NHL 10 is an excellent hockey game. It's probably the best one yet.
Brian Peterson, GamingAge.com In one word?Amazing!

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