Summary: A welcome step above 2005. Gone are the teeth shaking hits the computer would dish out as you tried in vain to gain the offensive zone. The addition of the skill stick is nice - but takes getting used to. The left deking stick is also new and will require a few games before it becomes almost second nature.
Summary: Because of the lock-out incident of last season, everything related to hockey, beside the actual thing may i add, went really popular as fans would satisfy their lust for hockey that way. That, and knowing that EA would try to deliver a good product since the ESPN version has been generally considered better than their last year version of their NHL made me really anxious about the game. I've been playing for a few hours now and I totally hate it.
Summary: While EA's console NHL series may have been lacking over the past few years, the PC versions have shined. The same can be said for this year's PC vesion of NHL 06. Stunning graphics, improved deke moves, the goalies make your jaw drop with realistic acrobatic saves, and more realistic goals make this game grade A+.
Summary: It's gotten to the point where I play NHL 2004 rather than play this game because of its flaws. I liked the use of the right analog stick in NHL 2004, but the skill stick in this version of the game is simply terrible. Basically, EA sports took away all the skill portion of it and when you point the right analog stick in a given direction, the computer does a canned, automated move. Hockey for dummies.