I had a tough time in the beginning with this one, but i did the training sessions and got used to the controls very fast & once you get it down you win and it is fun... i haven't lost yet, but give it a shot (no pun intended) you will get it & have more trouble trying to stop playing the game... enjoy rate it 7+ with better graphics & streamline game play, lots of features this time around :)
Had a real issue with the gameplay and unresponsive controls. After navigating through a totally confusing navigation just to start a game, the controls did not do anything I expected. Motion plus and classic controller is supported (I don't have these and maybe was part of my problem), but why make this any part of the game, other than an alternate option? For the "first" wii hockey game, it would be smarter to establish a working normal control system with regular wiimote and nunchuck.
I did like the appearance - the ingame player graphics were excellent, and from that I was expecting a bit more out of it. There seemed to be many options like making your own team (I tend to think picking every color, shirt, and aspect of a team are a waste, unless you really get into it, which I couldn't do…) BIG POINT: the tutorial and practice modes worked unlike any aspect of the ingame play. As I practiced the moves I thought "hey, this is fun, I can't wait to do this during the game", but it never functioned for me, almost like my controls were disconnected.
Throughout this game's description, it's continually emphasized that this is a "debut", and first hockey game for the wii - I am not sure that is a valid excuse for the bad design, control issues, and general gameplay flaws. Can't wait to try 2k11 where they make a more playable game and address the flaws.