This year's game plays better than it ever has. The controls are very tight, and the movement of the players, both on offense and defense, is very realistic and well done. Player contact feels real, and directional changes are believable. It is, however, frustrating that the biggest issue that has plagued this series for the last few years is still present. It is simply way too easy to penetrate and get inside shots. Even with slower players, one or two moves done well will get you into the lane, almost without exception. This is something EA Sports needs to adjust in the future in order to move toward further realism.