NHL 12 Review
Today TheGameGuide takes a look at NHL 12. NHL 12 is the latest installment of the EASports franchise. This installment seems to promising in many aspects from the new revamped physics engine, the introduction the “legends” of the game, which includes the great one himself Wayne Gretzky. There is also a female character now, even though your mother told you to never hit a girl, oh well its hockey.
From first glance at the game you are simply in awe. The presentation looks much more realistic than years past. As you start up, you jump into the newest mode The Winter Classic. Where you take to the ice at Hines Fields playing as the Pittsburgh Penguins V.S. the Washington Capitals, and have to cope with the harsh conditions outside which does affect your skating and puck handling. The Winter Classic is a nice addition to the game and an addition that many gamers
have been asking for since the intro of the classic in 2008.
The online play is still the same with your conventional shootouts and versus matches. The money maker for the series in the past few years in the EASHL, in which you have your own player, and play on your own “club” team to compete for the amateur, pro, or elite championships. This game mode is very fun, but can be highly frustrating with the inconsistencies during play. It has been improved since NHL 11, but still lacks “anticipation” AI.
Revamping the physics engine was one of EA Sports main concerns, and boy did they ever. There are no unhittable players anymore. You now have the ability to deliver the game changed hit that you see on the television. You can knock off their
helmet, hit them into the bench, and even hit them through the glass. One great improvement in the game is the involvement of goalies. Finally the goalie is not an inanimate object on the ice. Goalies can also now fight with other
goalies or even players that are messing with them.
At the end of the day EA Sports has delivered another stellar game. There are many aspects of the game that will keep you coming back for more. TheGameGuide gives NHL 12 an 8.5/10. Remember when you see a girl skating around on the ice, just
tell yourself oh well its hockey.