Excerpt: Reviewing NHL '13 this year is a bittersweet affair for me. I am a long time hockey player/fan and the ongoing lockout situation with the NHL currently has the first part of the season cancelled with no resolution in sight. On the flip side of that EA has announced another installment in the NHL series that promises more than just a simple update from the previous year, including features like True Performance Skating, Hockey IQ (improved AI), NHL Moments Live, expanded...
Excerpt: I have been eating up all of the NHL 13 coverage on Family Friendly Gaming. I want to be sure to thank the team who worked tirelessly without any complaints to bring all of us that coverage. That also means a major thank you to the team over at EA Sports. They provided all of that content to Family Friendly Gaming to cover. EA Sports also needs to be thanked for providing Family Friendly Gaming a reviewable copy of NHL 13.
Fast, fun, and realistic hockey game shoots and scores.
Common Sense Media
15 November 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that EA Sports NHL 13 is a sports simulation game that attempts to realistically replicate the action of the professional sport of hockey. The game requires an online account to play online as well as to update rosters and access some of the elements of the game, such as the multiplayer leagues. There is also fighting in the game, and players incur penalties by tripping, slashing, and performing dangerous hits along the boards.
Conclusion: I've enjoyed my time with NHL 13. The franchise is certainly improving its core mechanics, placing an emphasis on the minor details that will get fans excited. Hardly anything has changed on the surface, but beneath the exterior there's a sturdier, sharper and far tougher posterior to break through. Is this enough for an annual update? One thing's for sure: we're certainly heading in the right direction.
Excerpt: With the NHL in lockout one can’t help but wonder what this will mean for the EA Sports NHL franchise. During the last lockout, NHL 05 saw a drastic drop in sales numbers year over year. However, NHL 05 wasn’t really that great of a step above NHL 04 .
Excerpt: NHL 13 might be the only hockey game we get this year with the NHL’s ongoing lockout situation. With that said, NHL 13 is a big improvement over last years iteration, featuring a new skating engine and plenty of game modes. EA Canada has shown the ability to produce amazing hockey games as owners of the game for multiple years can tell you. NHL 13 really stands out above the rest due to its new skating physics, also known as “true performance skating.
Excerpt: franchise in the last few years, as the hockey product has always brought something new to the table, whether that be a meaningful gameplay iteration or new online modes. To my mind, this year's game takes the biggest risk by skewing the gameplay in a much more “simulation” direction.