GZ: "Favoring an arcade approach over a simulation one, NHL 2K9 isn't exactly the most realistic hockey title on the market. This may prove to be successful in other scenarios, but it plagues NHL 2K9 from excelling. It failed to improve in areas that it struggled in years prior. While many of the faults can be overlooked at times to enjoy the title, it's still doesn't help erase the fact that it's main competitor, NHL 09, is league ahead in quality. Let's examine where Visual Concepts went wrong with this year's game."