When I want to play a hockey game, I want something that is fast paced with a lot of action. Isn't that what hockey is about? This game strangely seems to try to put so much effort into simulating hockey that it completely loses that effect. The graphics are nice, but to me sports games have to be more about playibility than eye candy. All the control options and getting a feel for the screen takes time; I can't expect casual friends to just pick up a controller and have any fun together. I enjoyed NHL 07 (ps2 version works on ps3) a lot more.