It's a fun game to play. It is hard to keep hold of the puck and even harder to score points. In this way it's very much like real NHL hockey. But all and all, it's not a horrible game at all....just chaotic :-)
You definitely need to be a hockey fan to truly enjoy this game. I'm a big fan of be a pro modes but it quickly got dull after playing for a few days. I'm not a hockey hater just not a huge fan of the game.
Finally a hockey game where there is no one certain way to always score a goal. Goalies actually read the shooter and watch the puck instead of doing the same thing all the time. Better yet is the fact that there are some lucky goals just like in the real nhl. For example on one goal i shot it and the rebound came off the netminder and the player i was playing dove and knocked the puck into his net and on another play the puck deflected off of one of my players feet and went in the net. Also pretty cool is if you shoot from the point on the powerplay guys are in front of the net and will deflect the puck to try and score instead of just let it go like in previous games.