Summary: Great game, fun and enjoyable. It's actually challenge unlike some of the EA games. I know it doesn't have the graphics or as good of gameplay but it's much hard with custom settings than NHL 10, 11, 12, 13, & 14 (EA) I mean challenge by playing the CPU in 82 season with custom setting favoring the CPU to make it more difficult. You'll probably end up around the 6th seed in the playoffs opposed to running the table in a EA NHL game.
Summary: I rented this game for Wii and had a lot of fun (after reading reviews and getting some tips). I only played the quick match and the skills competition, I didn't play franchise mode or online. The graphics are amazing, the Wii is my first console since the N64 in the late 90s and the players look so realistic, as do the rinks. I tried the controls with the motion plus (sideways) and with the nunchuck and had a lot more luck with that.
Summary: For years I always found the NHL 2K series vastly superior to EA's NHL franchise, but lately since both have made the jump to the next-gen, EA's NHL has been coming out on top in terms of simulation-style hockey. That being said though, NHL 2K10 is still a fun and enjoyable hockey video game experience. There are plenty of play modes and customization options at your fingertips to keep you occupied for quite some time, and playing in itself is a smooth experience.
Summary: I loved the NHL 2k series until NHL 2k8, when they stripped franchise mode (all I play) way down. I did not bother with 2k9. I gave them another chance with 2k10 and I was again disappointed. Roster management is harder than it needs to be. There is no scouting at all and the draft lacks any personality (you see the ratings of all players, no trading, no review of draft pool once the draft class is made before the draft, no ability to stop or save once the draft starts).
Summary: Out of the box this game doesn't play that well. That's because the abundance of sliders are preset to horrible defaults. Using NHL2K10's awesome 2KShare feature, where you can upload or download everything from sliders, rosters and draft classes, I grabbed one of the more popular slider sets (Venom's and Bronco86's). After doing this the game really unfolded. There's some quirks to this game, no doubt, but the gameplay is tremendous.