Be-A-Pro mode is perhaps the coolest concept EA Sports has ever brought to the franchise. Having the capability to build your player from the ground up and create his career beginning to end giving you the chance to live out the childhood fantasy of being on your favorite team.
The hugest downfall of NHL 09 was that you could get goals at will by using glitches that were never corrected. Online play was a total free-for-all and didn’t resemble real hockey, as it was just a contest to see who exploited the defects better.
NHL 2K Mini-Games
I live by the belief that there isn’t an NHL 2K game that compares satisfactorily to one of its EA Sports counterparts. Based only on gameplay, it’s never been close. The exception to that is when 2K decided to put mini-games in its repertoire.
Mini-games were a great alternative if you wanted to play with a large group of friends. The free-for-all style that 2K built was lots of fun and somewhat made up for its failings compared to EA’s games.
NHL Hitz 2003
NHL Hitz 2003 was released by Midway Games, the maker of the over-the-top football game NFL Blitz. That right there should give you a good idea of what Midway was trying to do with NHL Hitz.
The absence of realism in each part of this game was really comical. You could create a player with a dolphin head, skate around like a lizard, or create an 8-foot tall clown. Also, you could unlock hockey arenas on the beach or on the moon. There were endless choices in absurdity.
3 on 3 NHL Arcade
Right alongside the glitchfest known as NHL 09, this was a way easier version that evened the playing field for both first-timers and aficionados. Three-on-three played on a little rink made for high-scoring, high-paced tilts. Add in power-ups like rocket skates and tiny goalies, and you have the ideal formula for many hours of entertainment.