Love it. Brings out the realism in hockey if you were to ask me. From the game modes, teams, players, NHL, AHL, and everything you can think of, not to mention on the ice; game play, skating, deke movement, scoring, fighting. This game has everything that I looked for in the hockey field and I can't wait for NHL 11 to free up some slots in the availability rating. I can honestly say if you're looking for some great hockey gaming experience that looks amazing on the big screen I suggest you get this game, or any of the EA sports games. They really know how to bring out the quality in their games. The only thing that bothered me about the game...the announce team -- same sayings in last years version, hopefully that was updated in the 11 version. And if not, then it isn't a huge issue. In the end, the excitement is still there when those horns blow off when you reach your goal in the game.
Love this game. Although I think that the offline modes are in a league of their own when it comes to customization, the online mode tends to disappoint. Too many times do you play games where you hit the post 20 times (literally!!) which is not due to faulty software, but rather the fact that each games' settings are retrieved from the hosts' console. So if the host has a handicap for the team he is playing, or has COMP aiming enabled you're basically screwed. If it weren't for cheaters (which btw can all suck a fat one) this game would be perfect!
RENT, BUY, or LEASE this game. whatever it takes. best hockey and best SPORTS game I've ever played, by far. The online play is spectacular. Online shootouts are excellent for breakaway practice, and have fun playing in the SMOOTH 6v6 multiplayer. Be the goalie if you'd like. I could go on and on praising every aspect of this game, but you just have to see for yourself.