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.
Excerpt: EA Sports has seemingly perfected the way they handle digital hockey, almost the same way that they’ve taken care of nailing down the sport of football with Madden. However, unlike the gridiron series, NHL 11 really hit its stride with its gameplay formula, letting players feel every slapshot and...
Conclusion: NHL 12 is yet another great ice hockey title that will appeal to new fans of the sport as much as it will to the old guard. The only quibbles tend to be minor ones, but the main issue is that this game is yet another in a growing line of updates rather than sweeping revolutions.
Summary: There are good and bad things about following up the best game in the history of your franchise, as is the case with NHL 12. EA has done a really nice job with the new game, adding some nice pieces to the mix, with only a few hiccups along the way.
Pros: Improved AI makes it feel like you're part of a team., Goalies are much more a part of the action than ever before., Tremendously deep game will provide hours of joy.
Cons: Be a GM mode needs some work., Legends are cool, but could be so much cooler., Tweaks are necessary in the sound mix.
Excerpt: In hockey, if you've got all your original teeth, you're probably not doing your job. It's a physical sport, where bodies bang as players fight not only for the puck, but for position, too. EA's NHL series has never properly represented the physical struggle that takes place on the ice...
Pros: + Improved physics engine makes every hit matter., + Plenty of good modes means you get your money's worth
Cons: - No game-changing enhancements that redefine Xbox 360 hockey., ? Does Jeremy Roenick really deserve to be on the same Legend roster as Wayne Gretzky?