OXM Online doesn't think many of you will lose yourself in this rink for months or even weeks. Yes, the graphics are sharply upgraded, the new 12-player online matches are wicked fun, the Franchise mode is deep and detailed, and the silly Zamboni mini-game somehow mesmerized us. But with NHL 09 turning in such an all-star performance (see review, left), this exercise in nostalgia is enjoyable…but unnecessary.
* The crazy Zamboni mini-game's a hoot!
* Competent, fun arcade hockey...
* ...but "same-old" gameplay made us sleepy. And eventually kinda bored.
* If EA buys Take-Two, will this be the last of the NHL 2K series?