The controls are exactly like that NHL 09 with the option for button use those not accustomed to the "skill stick". The game is fun, but not particularly deep. No face-offs, replays, career mode or even the ability to save your team selection. It's the definitions of pick up and play. Fun for a while, but asides from taking your game online with some friends, you are going to experience everything the game has to offer far too quickly.