I've been playing the NHL series games since 2002 I think. They started getting better as the series went along, but they took a bad turn around 2005. They started making it more complicated. Switching up buttons and adding more control over the puck and over complicating a game that I was fine with playing back on Sega Genesis when we only had pass and shoot.
This one has gone way over the top with complicated controls. After spending minutes trying to figure out the buttons from a layout I had to try to figure out how to play the game. I'm sitting there slamming the button over and over again and the guy won't check. I have no idea how to check. Then I finally figure it out. Then I realize that's way too difficult. I mean, why not have the sticks control each skate and make us skate manually too. Getting a good shot is way harder too. The AI of your team is worse than ever. The computer scored goals on me constantly and my guys couldn't figure out how to position themselves.
It's really sad that as they improve the graphics on this game the gameplay just suffers a horrid beating. I can't imagine this game getting worse, but it's EA I'm sure they'll come up with a way.
I find this game an excellent hockey sports game. it is perfect in every way. i think it a better game than nhl 2k8, because it's challenging and you have to change the way you play every period. the way you have to pass and shoot and check has been perfected by ea sometimes i'm not a fan of ea but this is a great game and I only hope that nhl 09 is made much the same way. i also think that is a better game than madden 08(more exciting)any way.