I was really excited to try the K-series, this was my first and last. Now I know why I like to stick with NHL. The graphics, the game play, the contols. They said they made hockey fun, I played real hockey and this felt like I was playing Blades of Steel. I can't wait til the NHL version (real hockey) comes out. It's games like these that make me want to save for a PS3!
For me, no hockey title tops EA Sports NHL 2005 for gameplay and graphics. I havenot tried a newer EA title in the Hockey category 'cuz I'm just so darn happy with 05 that it's painful to play anything else.
NHL 2K9 which is admittedly a different franchise. The graphics are lackluster in comparison and the buttons? The buttons are confusing. The announcers are good but If I were you, I'd try EA first.