THE BAD: No turbo No bonuses and extras (Mini-games, jersies, classic teams) Team Management Frame Rate Playing defense Menus Soundtrack Commentary Fights
SUMMARY: EA Sports is known for making the best sports games. They've been trying to step up the realism of the franchise with all kinds of controls to make the game seem more realistic.
The new feature is known as the skill stick. This has you use the right control stick to deke, do a slap shot, poke check, and do a wrister. This has some getting used to and deking would feel very uneasy. At first your shots would be very weak but eventually you'll learn how to make the right shot at the right time. If you're playing Pro mode or higher without any advantages set, getting a shot is difficult, though.
The graphics are obviously made well. Since it's hockey it has to be in an overhead view. With an HDTV the game looks very nice but not as nice as Madden and NBA Live because there's not much to see.