Much of the same with some improvements but lots of freezing
J. Rand "j rand", Amazon
5 January 2013
Summary: I'll start by saying that I purchase EA Sports NHL every year, so I'll have to base my review on two different categories: 1. For those who are the same as me and buy the title every year and 2. Those who are looking to pick up something different and new: Repeat customers: This title brings in a little extra with the addition of the winter classic and some aggressive physics for checking and hitting.
Summary: I waited until May to buy this game, thinking that EA would have the freezing issues sorted out via patches or something. No such luck. Half the time I couldn't even turn the game on without it freezing.
Summary: Edit: Everyone who says it freezes is right. It's a good game but seriously EA, can we have a game without serious flaws and bugs? It sucks when you are in a great game like me tonight Pittsburgh vs Florida 1-0 (me losing) when with 1:53 to go I tie the game. Then as soon as I cross the blue line to try for the win, freezes, nothing you can do but quit the game.
Summary: They game still has its flaws but it's also made some improvements. Overall it's still fun and probably the best sports sim game out. I've played each of the NHL games extensively over the past few years, what I'll focus on here is game play. Improvements: -Checking, the physics engine has in fact been revamped and checking is much more realistic. Huge guys will not get slaughtered by 160 lb short guys.
Summary: This game is not worth getting. It has severe glitch issues and freezes A LOT when you're playing Be a Pro or playing Be A GM mode...it's very annoying when you score a few great goals with your "pro" and then have the game freeze with less than 3 mins in the 3rd period...so you end up losing all your stats. IT'S REALLY ANNOYING. Even contacting EA SPORTS, doesn't do anything as they don't admit that there's a problem.
Summary: I'm a big NHL fan and have been buying and playing the EA NHL franchise for years, but this time they really let me down. Yes, the graphics are good and a few improvements have been made with playability, but so many old issues and new issues are in this game which makes it almost unplayable. For on the Be A Pro mode is pretty much broken.