Summary: PLEASE do not make the mistake of buying this game. The game itself is pretty decent, but IT WILL NOT WORK ONLINE. I've got a great connection & play other games on Xbox Live with no problem, but with this one you can't even finish the 1st quarter without a network error closing the game. A friend & I each bought this thinking that we could play online against each other for just a few bucks. We tried at least 15 times & never even came close to finishing a quarter.
Summary: this game is so frustrating i threw it away after playing it for a few hours. i've played about 25 hockey games (starting with NHL 94) and this is the worst. Its no wonder that 2K sports decided to take a year off from making NHL games. You have little control over your players when they first get the puck. The AI is awful. In many situations, the passing algorithm doesn't allow you to pass to anyone who isn't the closest player to you. Game flow is slow and awkward.
Summary: Hello, I was ranked 6 overall last year in 2k9. The game was fast and you had more control of the players. This year the game seems slower and the computer does allot for you which really sucks. I played about 1400 games last year, this year I played 1 game and I will be selling it on EBAY. I thought NHL LIVE 09 was bad, this is almost as bad.