I played a few games last night, and I still have mixed feelings about this game. Unfortunately, I can't really make a decent judgement call until I can mess with the sliders.
Did anyone notice any weird bugs? I've had a few where the penalty pop up comes up, and even the ref has his hand up, yet, both teams touch the puck and nothing gets called. It happened during the face-off too. Also, I hate the fact that goalie interference calls seem to be rare. I've had battles in front of the net that have resulted in me bumping the goalie and even knocking his helmet off, but no calls. And at one time, the cpu checked my goalie, shot the puck, hit a defender, then magically bounced right back to that same player, then the goalie sprawled and made an awesome save, but got hit AGAIN, still no call, and the cpu finally scored. While the save was awesome to watch, I don't like the idea that the goalie is being knocked around so much without any calls. There's also been instances where a player gets injured on the ice, lays around, then his body starts to glide towards the bench as if something is pulling it. It was so freaky.
Going to play it some more, but so far it just feels like NHL 11 with a few tweaks.