2K's take on the NHL franchise has always been poor in comparison to EA's, and this edition is no exception. If you want to buy a hockey game it has to be NHL 09, the gameplay is untouchable and you'll be playing it all year. MSXbox World recommends downloading the NHL 2K9 demo from the marketplace and see how you get on with the controls and camera angles. If you find it just as frustrating as they have mentioned then don't bother. There's nothing here that makes you think 'wow that was great' and you'll be in hospital having your stomach pumped when you eat the disc out of pure hatred for the controls, glitches and camera angles.