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.
This is about the same game as last year, there are a couple of tweeks that I have noticed. The fighting is now in first person, and you can protect the puck against the boards on offence, and on defence you can pin the other player against the boards. This is just about the same game as last year. Unless your a huge hockey fan, just stick with last years game and get the roster updates!