NHL 2K10 shouldn't be compared to NHL 10 or even NHL 2K10 on Xbox 360 and PS3. On PS2 the game is much more its own entity, for better or worse. It is in no way a simulation of the sport despite a feature set that would indicate otherwise. The high-scoring games and arcade-like checks as well as the speed of the gameplay make for an entirely unrealistic experience, but at least it's not without its moments of fun. You won't mistake it for one of its vastly superior competitors, but if NHL 2K10 on PlayStation 2 is your only option for virtual hockey this year; you could do a lot worse.
Presentation - 4.0
Graphics - 6.0
Sound - 5.0
Gameplay - 6.0
Lasting Appeal - 6.0
NHL 2K11 has arrived exclusively for the Wii, and despite some interesting party features and multiplayer support, it takes a step backwards from last year's impressive outing.
GPB writes: "When the NHL 2K franchise began on the Sega Dreamcast, it was a hit with hockey fans, although it still ran a distant second to the more popular NFL 2K and NBA 2K series. Nevertheless, Sega stuck with it, producing new releases year after year for its console before eventually moving on to the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. When 2K Games took over shortly thereafter, it helped mold NHL 2K into a champion, easily overtaking the lacking hockey games EA Sports was producing at the time."
Double Fusion, the leading in-game advertiser, today announced that 2K Sports has granted Double Fusion the exclusive dynamic in-game advertising rights for two of its franchises for the PS3.