Summary: I was a big fan of 04 so I was excited when this came out. I traded in 04 n got this. BIG MISTAKE. Play control really isnt that great, there is often a delay between pushing the shoot button and the actual shot which gets frustrating on rebounds, there is no create a player, you can create a team but whatever players you choose to be on your team are still on their real team so you could have the same person on both teams in a game. The few bright sides to it is 1.
Summary: This game is a huge downgrade from NHL 2004. They totally changed the controls, yet again. No longer can you control where you pass or how hard you pass it. You can no longer shoot using the right analog stick, making manual dekes all but useless. The hook button is the same as the poke check button. There is a wrist shot button and a slap shot button, which is very annoying. The gameplay is also a downgrade.