Excerpt: Hockey fans were very pleased with NHL 11 last year. It was an appropriately-paced game with plenty of features, smooth gameplay, and a nice feel to it. One year ago, I gave it a 90% rating in my review ( http://www.game-over.com/reviews/xbox360/NHL_11.html ).
Excerpt: Jeremy Roenick’s face is a disaster. Both eyes are sporting ugly shiners, and we’re pretty sure his nose isn’t pointing the same direction it was when the season started. Worst of all, it’s not even his fault – he’s been in ten fights in the first month of the season. This isn’t because J.R.
Pros: Tough, physical play at net, Puck physics better than ever, Many deep, polished modes
Cons: Legends mode is BORING, Menu load times take forever, Be A Pro getting a bit stale
Excerpt: It is another year, and time for another professional hockey game - NHL 12. EA Sports has made some interesting tweaks to the franchise this year. After installation, and updates NHL 12 started me in the Winter Classic.
Conclusion: The steps forward for NHL 12 might not be as monumental as NHL 11 was, but at the same time they didn’t have to be. NHL 12 is a must purchase for hockey fans or even those who have passing interest in the sport.
Excerpt: First, the game looks very similar to last year’s. In many cases, given only the ice and skaters, the two would be indistinguishable. There certainly have been additions and tweaks to the presentation aspect of the game, such as details you would see in a TV broadcast, but overall, it’s largely...
Excerpt: Hockey is a big part of my life right now. I work from home and live with my girlfriend, so I don’t really get out of the house much. The one thing that does get me out every week is playing defense for my hockey team, the Crystal Lake Slasher, every Monday and Thursday night.
Conclusion: Fans of the NHL series are unlikely to skip an entry, for any number of reasons, including the roster and uniform updates, the online play or the simple lack of competition, and there's no reason to start now, as this version's tweaks offer a genuine improvement over last year's well-regarded title,...
Conclusion: That's about the extent of the complaining I can reasonably muster toward NHL 12, however. It has its quirks, and certain areas certainly feel ignored compared with previous pushes forward in the series, but by and large, NHL 12 is a game that gets the details right in a way most sports games barely...
Conclusion: The third and final notable addition this year is the 2011 Winter Classic pitting the Washington Capitals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Just like the real outdoor game held every New Year's Day somewhere in the northeast US, this doesn't mean much.
Pros: Accurate simulation of real NHL hockey, Subtly improved defensive zone coverage and anticipatory AI, Expanded CHL play lets you really get into your major junior career, New Be a Legend mode taps into a limited slice of NHL history.
Cons: Very few major differences from NHL 11, Some of the new defensive AI exposes problems with the offense, Inelegant incorporation of the new Winnipeg Jets.
Excerpt: I’ve watched the NHL series of games win many ‘sports game of the year’ awards in recent times and was always curious to discover what makes it so great, but after playing NHL 12 I can see why developer EA Canada has garnered so many awards over the years.