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. This is a studio that is not only passionate about creating the most enjoyable, deep and realistic ice hockey simulation possible, but also one that is highly ambitious in terms of what features sports games on...
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 bone-crushing check. It was so effective than even 2K Sports got rattled, eventually getting to the point where its inferior NHL 2K series was shelved in its entirety this year.
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. Still that doesn’t prevent NHL 12 from being one of this years stand out sports titles.
Excerpt: is in a peculiar position. Its bevy of small, but meaningful, changes might slip past all but the most knowledgeable hockey fans, yet its major modes remain relatively untouched. Casual fans might appreciate the new additions like the Winter Classic, but the longtime users may find that the excellent gameplay is no longer enough to keep them interested.
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. The result, once again, is a very solid, very satisfying hockey experience.
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... but that changes in NHL 12. Size matters now, as a lithe winger is going to have a tough time standing his ground against bigger, heavier defensemen.
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?