Summary: I have EA 2011 hockey, and I went back to this game. The controls are just perfect, you can actually do one timers with the regular buttons (not just the thumb stick) and deke the goalies. You have to adjust the settings some to tweak it, but once you get it right, it's so fun.
Summary: Great improvement over last years game, game play has been improved by leaps and bounds. s previously mentioned, NHL 07 was a decent title, but EACA was trying to reinvent the wheel on a tight schedule. The analog control scheme was quickly adopted by players, but it wasn’t altogether technically sound and it wasn’t as effective as gamers thought it would be at shredding defenses. Throw in a one-speed (fast) skating system, dumb-as-rocks A.I.
Summary: This game is a very solid all-around sports game. Graphics and gameplay are outstanding, and there are thousands of ways to customize the experience. Minor league play and franchise creation are great aspects. All in all, a fantastic game.