Here's Your First NHL 2K10 Screen

Last month I got a chance to see NHL 2K10 in action every so briefly while in Las Vegas for a mo-cap event with the game's cover star Alex Ovechkin. Mere minutes ago, on the 2K Sports Facebook page, the company released the first screen from the game, which you can see above. Producers say...

Last month I got a chance to see NHL 2K10 in action every so briefly while in Las Vegas for a mo-cap event with the game's cover star Alex Ovechkin. Mere minutes ago, on the 2K Sports Facebook page, the company released the first screen from the game, which you can see above. Producers say there's a new feature hinted at in the screen but, to me, it just looks like Ovy took a puck in the grill and is waiting for the stretcher to cart him off the ice while Ilya Bryzgalov squats in goal and laughs.

So, what do you think of the screen and, more importantly, what do you think 2K Sports needs to do to bring the NHL 2K series back to its former glory? Personally, I think a lot could be fixed simply by slowing the game down. The pace of hockey is already quick enough to translate directly to games-- the artificial speed of NHL 2K9 felt, to me, more like a way of covering up AI flaws than a way to make the game more exciting.

That's just me, though. What do you want to see out of NHL 2K10?

[UPDATE: Eagle-eyed Twitter follower Gredler tipped me that the above screen is likely a recreation of Ovechkin's absolutely sick goal against Phoenix in 2006. So does that mean there's a "shoot while on your back button" in NHL 2K10? Please say yes.]

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pookie2232
pookie2232

I agree with rebornclassic,NHL 2K series is in much need of better goaltending. Go Flames Go...........

KoolzKatz
KoolzKatz

one thing that annoys me bout 2k hockey games is that the players look to beefy when they handle the puck. My fave hockey game i ever played was NHL 2k3 for ps2 and i stuck with 2k because of how realistic it has been but EA has beat them to the punch with more realistic hockey, especially in NHL 09.

ssn560
ssn560

You guys are idiots. Gameplay footage hasn't been released, just a few screens. That proves nothing. Bleedgreen, NBA live is crap and have been for YEARS. From the looks of it, still sucks. You have solid ground about 2K, but NBA live? Give me a massive break. And ohjtbehaaave, playoff beards were the more interesting things they have put out in 2 years. Not like EA is raising the bar.. with what, a BAP version of a GM? Especially since BAP was heavily flawed. I can guarantee you'll play one year of it and will never touch it again. Just a pathetic attempt by EA to look "innovative", what a joke.

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

Oh wait... I forgot the great 2K innovation of Playoff BEARDS!!!!! Now that's really breaking down the barriers and innovating 2K!!!!

ericman22
ericman22

This screenshot is supposed to be a shot of Ovechkin's amazing goal against phoenix from his back (in the 05-06 or 06-07 season I can't remember which one) just in the new uniforms.

bleedgreen2-1-5
bleedgreen2-1-5

yeh Thrice8 mentioned the only thing that looked appealing in this video, the great 8 yellow laces! sad huh? basically all 2k has going for them is NBA but i think EA NBA Live is starting to wake up, ( thier games are crappy lately) 2k better step it up or thier basketball games will become mediocre due to EA revamping its NBA games.Because MLB and NHL 2k games have been stale..

Thrice8
Thrice8

my first impressions: -GOALIES STILL LOOK WRONG- COME ON. it has LITERALLY been 7 years and 2k STILL HASN'T GOTTEN SUCH A SIMPLE THING RIGHT. the mask is too wide and shows too much of the wrong part of the goalie's face. the pads, 7 years later, look glued to the tender's legs. the goalie stick is too wide. absolutely pathetic. -signature style, as shown here, is just a gimmick with no depth that will hopefully trick 7-12 year olds into buying this game when they could spend their money on a superior product (NHL 10) with ridiculously better features (EASHL, BAP, BAGM). -the only thing that impresses me about this screenshot is the fact that ovie has yellow skate laces. you won't be seeing that on his NHL 10 likeness, although, ironically enough, it will still look more like him.

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

That picture is Ovechkin falling to the ice in sadness wishing he was on the NHL 10 cover instead of the stale and outdated 2K game. Hey 2K... maybe you can do another 'Orchestra' mode in a hockey game while Littman and Co are innovating new and ground breaking gameplay like the R stick control was. I used to love NHL 2K... but they sat back and did nothing for years and the game got beyond stale. EA's NHL game is so good now NHL 2K isn't even on most sports gamers radar anymore. It's like why settle for Kingdom Come (NHL 2K) in concert when you can see Led Zeppelin(NHL 10) from the front row! I feel bad for 2K with the hockey situation... but it's hard to not love Littman and EA Canada when they are just taking video game hockey to another level and really making hockey fans dreams come true! Sorry 2K... but your barely reaching the Minor Leagues level in quality when compared to NHL 10's hotness!

macattack618
macattack618

its a nice picture, but nhl 10 already has gameplay videos out and many pictures to keep us enticed leading up to the realease in september.... hell, i cant wait until the nhl 10 demo comes out in august. But i am also interested in nhl 2k10, but my interest is dropping due to the lack of care, and lack of information that has been realeased so far... i mean, jeez, theres less than 2 months until this game gets realased

costlywar
costlywar

I think that there is not enough information to warrant a prejudgement. I mean its a still picture. I cannot come up with anything to make a certain opinion. The picture looks good. That is to say the players look ok. But that is it. We need some real video clip to make an opinion. We need some more video feed.. Hello? You cannot shoot this down based on one picture, duh!

whippet9
whippet9

the only way that 2k sports can get a hockey game to beat EA NOW, would be to bring ESPN back into the game, thats the ONLY way otherwise their just wsting their time, it just seems like ea knows what the fan of hockey want in their games!

bschroth
bschroth

This screen shot makes it look like you'll be able to stick handle from your back, knees or whatever. Isn't NHL 10 doing a similar thing already with stick handling from your knees? Or maybe it's like doing drills when I was a 10 years old and you had to skate really fast and slide under a hockey stick like a horrible limbo.

bleedgreen2-1-5
bleedgreen2-1-5

not impressed, ill prolly nver buy an NHL 2k game again, EA has just pulled too far away, plus you can do this in NHL 10.......... 2K worries more about making thier games more appealing to the casual player where NHL 10 adds reality to thier games with boardplay, a more realistic passing system and intimidation and enforcer roles. 2K is just too arcade, and in this era, sports games need to be more realistic to appeal to REAL hockey fans and not just someone who picks up a controler and says "whats icing?" after firing a shot from thier own offensive zone. in short, not many people who dont follow hockey will pick up a hockey game, so make it fun for people who love hockey already, because i bought 2k9 last year and it was horrible! Go Flyers!

BMXBiker
BMXBiker

"it just looks like Ovy took a puck in the grill and is waiting for the stretcher to cart him off the ice while Ilya Bryzgalov squats in goal and laughs." Really?

The_PC_Gamer
The_PC_Gamer

Im guessing you could do some kind of after-touch moves? Perhaps if you fall or get checked, you can still nudge the puck into a direction for pass or goal

bschroth
bschroth

This game has a lot of ground to make up. NHL 10 outperforms it in every way, graphics, game play, presentation, audio and especially online play. I wouldn't want to be in their shoes right now.

mechberg
mechberg

Last month I got a chance to see NHL 2K10 in action every so briefly while in Las Vegas for a mo-cap event with the game's cover star Alex Ovechkin. Mere minutes ago, on the 2K Sports Facebook page, the company released the first screen from the game, which you can see above. Producers say there's a new feature hinted at in the screen but, to me, it just looks like Ovy took a puck in the grill and is waiting for the stretcher to cart him off the ice while Ilya Bryzgalov squats in goal and laughs.

So, what do you think of the screen and, more importantly, what do you think 2K Sports needs to do to bring the NHL 2K series back to its former glory? Personally, I think a lot could be fixed simply by slowing the game down. The pace of hockey is already quick enough to translate directly to games-- the artificial speed of NHL 2K9 felt, to me, more like a way of covering up AI flaws than a way to make the game more exciting.

That's just me, though. What do you want to see out of NHL 2K10?

[UPDATE: Eagle-eyed Twitter follower Gredler tipped me that the above screen is likely a recreation of Ovechkin's absolutely sick goal against Phoenix in 2006. So does that mean there's a "shoot while on your back button" in NHL 2K10? Please say yes.]