Presented by Gary Darby. Basic Information. Game Title. NHL 10. Company & Author. Electronic Arts. Type of Game. Sports (hockey). Price. $ 30 new at http:// www.gamestop.com/Browse/Search.aspx?N=133+173. Requirements. Minimum Stated Hardware Requirements. Actual Hardware Required.
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Presented by Gary Darby
Company & Author
Type of Game
$30 new at http://www.gamestop.com/Browse/Search.aspx?N=133+173
The answer to both is any XBOX 360
Various game modes, but, no matter how you slice it, hockey is hockey.
Depending on your game mode, you either are one member of the team, the entire team, or the GM.
It takes less than 10 minutes and all the user has to do is begin the installation. There are no more steps to follow.
example of what it looks like when installing a game on the XBOX 360
Very well made
NHL 10 has remarkable Game Play. Some of the many things it does are:
Provides a challenge every time
Allows players to socialize through online game play
Allows players to play on their own against a very well made A.I.
Provides bragging rights by allowing players to gain levels, provided that they are signed onto EA
Provides an emotional experience to the user through the use of instant replays and the ability to create a highlight reel to always look back and enjoy some of their favorite in game moments.
Allows players to fantasize about actually being a member of an NHL team through their revolutionary Be A Pro system. The user gets to experience working their way from an AHL team all the way to the pros.
Same as any other hockey game
If the puck goes over the goal line, it is a goal
Some instances of this are not allowed in real life, such as kicking the puck over the line, but this is not taken into account in this game.
The character models look somewhat like the players they are supposed to look like, but it is clear that gameplay took precedence over artwork in the game.
* Clarification: the character models do look good, just don’t look always look entirely like the player.
Sound and Music
Sound and music is fantastic. When a player gets hit with a bone crushing hit, it sounds exactly like it does in real life.
Same thing with the goal post. In some games, if you merely tapped into the post with the puck, it would sound the same as a 110 mph shot hitting it. In this game, the sound varies depending on how hard the puck hit the post.
The game allows you to fully customize many aspects of the game. For every single team in the league you can set the music you want to play for a large variety of events. For instance, when a goal is scored and the Red Wings are the home team you can have it play one song while choosing an entirely different song if they are the away team.
Battle for the Cup Mode
Start off in the final round of the playoffs against a team of your choice
You can manage an existing NHL team
New Fight System
First-Person fighting system with the result of a fight affecting the momentum of the teams.
Gear for a Be A Pro can be made available either by completing in game challenge or through purchase using Microsoft Points
There is a 14 page manual that comes with the game that provides little, if any, additional information other than the Game Access Code that you use to register the game online with EA
Goalie moves on preset paths until the user takes control of them
This has resulted in someone shooting a puck all the way across the ice, around my goalie, and into the net.
After whistle penalties
The user that initiated the after whistle hitting isn’t always (or usually) the one that gets called. When a player gets hit a few times, both teams start to hit each other relentlessly and the user is only able to keep their current player from hitting back.
Jersey pull during fights
I’ve never successfully been able to do the jersey pull.
Board battle range
Sometimes it pulls people to the boards that are far enough away were the board battle should not have occurred.
The game skips a bit when a penalty shot is called.
What is good (fun) about the game? Why?
Realistic Game Play
The user is given a lot of control during the game play. Rather than there merely being a deke button, the player is instead given control of the players stick and able to create their own moves.
The user may choose from a variety of roles (team, pro, GM) depending on which one they prefer.
What is bad (not fun) about the game? Why?
NHL 10 is a hockey game that is the most realistic hockey game I’ve come across. That being said, hockey is hockey. This means that, when looking at it from a certain perspective, there are only so many different ways one game can differ from the next.
Season Mode ends with the Stanley Cup. You are not able to continue on and play another season. You must make a new one if you want to play another one.
How does it compare to similar games in the same genre?
By far the best hockey game on the market today
Why is it better or worse than similar games?
Better Game Play
Better A.I. Controlled Players
Better A.I. Controlled Goaltenders
Better Sounds and Music
Nothing worse than similar games, such as NHL 2k9
What is the appropriate audience for this game?
The official rating is an E
Anyone that already knows how to play hockey (the user does not need to ALL of the rules and ideas of hockey, but they do need to know there are two teams of 6 playing against each other on the ice and trying to score more on the other team than the other team can score on them).
The beginning tutorial does a great job of teaching people how to play the hockey game but it does nothing to teach someone how to play a game of hockey
Are any design mistakes present?
Is the game worth purchasing?
How could it be improved?
Fixing the bugs
Adding in broken sticks
Disallowing goals that wouldn’t be allowed in real life