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We have just posted some screenshots from out beta copy of NHL 2K9. These show off the gameplay sliders, rosters and ratings.

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Game: NHL 2K9Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS2 / PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes for game: 15 - View All
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# 1 kai123 @ 09/02/08 03:49 PM
Does the PS3 version have arena music too?
btw thanks for posting these pics
 
# 2 daflyboys @ 09/02/08 04:35 PM
Looks like same old same old. Is there not a hockey game out there that will put in individualized front line vs. defensemen sliders? Questions will be, will the game be responsive to the penalty sliders and will they fix the strategy sliders?
 
# 3 JimmyDeicide @ 09/03/08 01:32 AM
What a pain in the arse slider tweaking is going to be. What would be the reason for taking the side by side Hu/cpu sliders out and stacking it on top ?

Sometimes it seems they just do stuff for the sake of it being different. 2k8 slider pages where great and easy to tweak now its going to be scroll city. Ahh FFS.
 
# 4 JimmyDeicide @ 09/03/08 11:15 AM
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Originally Posted by RealmK
Its part of the reason I'm less enthusiastic when it comes to 2k hockey lately, you end up tweaking sliders more trying to get the game to play correctly than you do actual playing.
Not me, i just play on allstar and zero pretty much everything out, plays the best ever no more constant tweaking and if you feel a tweak is needed somewhere its realy easy to figure whats needed and where.
But for those who are constantly tweaking its going to make what you said even worse this year.
 
# 5 texbuk84 @ 09/03/08 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by JimmyDeicide
Not me, i just play on allstar and zero pretty much everything out, plays the best ever no more constant tweaking and if you feel a tweak is needed somewhere its realy easy to figure whats needed and where.
But for those who are constantly tweaking its going to make what you said even worse this year.
eactly. which hockey game is better. 2k or nhl
 
# 6 tabulaRasa @ 09/04/08 05:32 AM
Yeah, the ratings in EAs game are mind boggling at times, like Franzen in EAs game, a 74! WTF... just an example. THen some players like edmonton and chicago are all rated higher than similar performing players. Quite WTF.
Chelios is a 84 in EAs game and Kronwall is a 76 or something like than. Mind boggling.
 
# 7 Qb @ 09/04/08 09:38 AM
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Originally Posted by tabulaRasa
Yeah, the ratings in EAs game are mind boggling at times, like Franzen in EAs game, a 74! WTF... just an example. THen some players like edmonton and chicago are all rated higher than similar performing players. Quite WTF.
Chelios is a 84 in EAs game and Kronwall is a 76 or something like than. Mind boggling.
FWIW, I believe it was stated by EA that in the final build roster Franzen would be an 80, as the numbers in the beta build were not final. That said, yes the ratings (especially overall) are odd in numerous cases, which is part of what caused me to edit nearly every NHL player in 08...

I guess everyone will never be happy with ratings though, as they are so subjective. I know I'm guilty of over-valuing certain players based on the team they play for (ie, the Penguins) at times. For example, last year I re-rated Colby Armstrong to an 80 or 81. Well, after the trade, I thought to myself -- "81? Nah, he should probably be more like a 78 or 79..."

More on the topic, the individual penalty sliders are cool, as well as the option to tweak so many aspects of gameplay -- even if it does lead to a lot of fiddling. One thing I'd like to see added in the slider department that I think would greatly benefit hockey gaming are AI tendency sliders. Examples might be: Attempts One-timers, Pinches in Off Zone, Checking Frequency, Pass vs Shoot (more for 2 or 3 on one situations), Steps up at Blueline/Collapses into Zone, Dump-in Frequency, etc. If these types of settings could be implemented, it might be a much more effective way of tailoring the gameplay to the user's liking...


PS - I would love to see Satan (87), Sykora (89) or Gonchar (90) beat Malkin (85) in a straight line skate-off...
 

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