This is an amazing game. I dont understand people complaining about the frame rate. I have now played 20+ games in a season and I have encountered no slow down, no graphical glitches or stuttering (which would indicate frame rate problems)nothing but smooth as silk game play! The graphics are amazing, each players face is accurately modeled they even blink their eyes! The Gameplay is not overly fast, but is just about right (though you can customize game speed to your liking). My only real beef is that the higher the level you play on the worse your goalie becomes, so defense is a priority on ALL-STAR level. Players tip shots in front of the net and goal celebrations seem to change the more important the goal is. Score a tying or winning goal late in the game and the player really celebrates. Absolutely everything can be customized, rules, settings, rosters, players are all able to be tweaked to your liking. This game is great no doubt about it this and SSX is all I have been playing. If you like hockey you will love this game. I have a sega dreamcast and this game embarasses the heck out of nhl2k.