This is the best game in the Backyard Series by far. The graphics are far superior and the game is more challenging. At first glance you can easily see that the kids look like they're 5 years older. Also, when playing you're first game the gameplay is quick and it might take a game or two to get used to. When you start you are also not in the traditional clubhouse start menu. There are secret rinks, coaches, and players (Possibly Mario or Lindros?)which you can earn. The players include Curtis Joseph, Martin Brodeur, Jarome Jagr, Mike Modano, Jarome Iginla, Paul Kariya, Joe Thornton, Steve Yzerman, Joe Sakic, and ,urs truly, Brian Leetch of the Rangers. Also u can choose from a 18-30 game season plus playoffs. Practice makes perfect with this game. Enjoy!