Today's hockey games are all about realism. Everything should look as real as possible. When it came to Blades of Steel, the you knew that it was the real deal when you could get into a fight on the ice.
I never really was a hockey fan, and I never quite got the sport. I would very seldom last a whole match, and I would never win over the computer. I guess I just wasn't enought interested. That is why I give this quite classical game such low score.