Matt Bertz (writer)
With record TV ratings, raucous fistfights, and the dazzling skill of young stars Patrick Kane and Sidney Crosby, hockey is back. The NHL’s newfound success injects new life into this award-winning series. Players now scrum along the boards while fighting for possession, score from their knees, and bat pucks out of the air for goals worthy of the highlight reel. In the front office, a revamped franchise mode features a new trade system that makes it easier to build a Cup contender, and the retooled EA Sports six-on-six online hockey league now features monthly seasons to keep the competition fierce throughout the winter. Our favorite: a new first-person fighting mode that lets you drop the gloves and send someone to the dental ward.