Gretzky NHL was a launch title for the PSP that was horrible to say the least. I rented this game yesterday, and just in the first game I got pretty bored.
Graphics: 7/10. There is a little framerate problem that is pretty annoying, but it could be much worse. Character animations are FAIR, and the presentation is decent, but the graphics are really Playstaion 1ish.
Sound: 6.5/10. Where is the commentary? Playing a sports game without the commentary is not nearly the same. There isn't any commentary! Why?! All you hear when you play is the crowd OCCASIONALLY saying "Go (hometeam) go". That's about it. At the beginning of the game, the one guy says " Here is your (hometeam)." When a goal is scored, "goal by (team).", and at the end of the game, "tonight's three stars" and "goodnight and see us next time." or something like that. That is pretty much all you will hear in the game besides the music. Heck, the music isn't very good. I don't know if it's licensed or not. ( I don't think so ) and if it is EA Trax, it's very unpopular bands.
Control: 7/10. Since there is a framerate problem, it kind of hurts the controls. For me, this was a bit of a strange-to-control hockey game. O to shoot? That was odd. Anyways, So get a puck passed to you it has to be right at you; your computer won't auto chase a foot, and if you want to pick up a puck that's just laying around, you have to get right on top of it. This is rather annoying.
Fun: 6.5/10. I am a huge hockey fan and I was dissapointed. Another thing about this game that is also aggrivating, is how the teams always seem to dump the puck, so there will be icing after icing and then off sides after off sides, and if you turn the rules off, it's still annoying, so it's either a lot of face-offs or a lot of racing. This game really isn't worth your time, huge hockey fan or not, unless you can find it for under 10 dollars. ( Good luck with that. )