Game Revolution writes: "Even as I enjoyed my latest 11-0 shutout victory in a round of NHL 2K9, an eerie unease set in, as if something terrible had happened. Then I realized… You Maniacs! You Blew It Up! Where NHL 2K8 is a robust, fully functional game, NHL 2K9 hobbles about like The Ugly, Disappointing Cousin. Ahhh, damn you! God damn you all to hell!
But hey there, chap, it's okay. Stop that now. It's not all that bad. 2K9 takes sim hockey down to basics, making it slightly easier to play. We just had to lose a few game features, good graphics, help documentation, and the basic necessities of online sports games. That's all..."
+ Easier shooting
+ Points for teamwork
+ Sharing videos
- Weak, overcomplicated controls
- Stripped features
- Manic menus
- So-so presentation