Yes, mainly it's playable. I don't mean that in the "it doesn't suck" way, but that many hockey games may look good but are essentially unplayable. The last 2K11 was impssible to play with the virtual controls. I found myself grinding my way up the boards like a beginning skater simply because touch controls are way too imprecise to play a fast game like hockey with. In this case, you have the one-touch controls, which are really well implemented, and you have a game pad control option that is about as responsive as I have ever seen on a touchscreen. In the end, you actually play hockey, rather than skate around your target (puck, opponent, goal) in a vain attempt to do anything. Sure, the sounds are bare-bones and the area and crowd are generic, but have you checked the complaints about NBA 2K15? They're all remarking about how stupid it is to have a 3D crowd if it bogs down the game play. Sure, I can play in a pretty accurate representation of Barclay's, right down to the herringbone floor, but that just gives me something pretty to look at as I run Brook Lopez right off the court while trying to defend. NHL 2K is a very enjoyable experience. It may not look as pretty as NBA 2K15, but it plays far better.