gamers (100%) found this review helpful
NHL13 can be summed up as the culmination of everything that EA has been building over the past couple of years. From the introduction of better finessing with the puck, to expanded physics of hits and interaction with the puck, to now the realistic overhaul of how players move and specifically skate, it has all come together to make the best and most realistic hockey game I've ever played.
The addition of all of the game modes over the years such as Be a Pro, Be a GM, EASHL, and HUT have defined the overwhelming amount of options for players to choose from. Now they've added NHL Moments Live which is a very cool system allowing players to relive some of the best moments of the past and last season, and of this season if a lockout doesn't happen. Also with the addition of GM Connected, EA has virtually made a gigantic fantasy hockey league which up to 750 people can play in, and that alone is just mind blowing.
Between the much more realistic tone this game brings, the return of fan favorite game modes and the additions of new ones, and just the countless things to do both online and off, both co-op and competitive this is a game that will keep gamers busy for a long time, and anyone who is a hockey fan should absolutely love this game.
posted by hkymike (STATEN ISLAND, NY) Sep 10, 2012
Member since May 2011
gamers (57%) found this review helpful
NHL delivers a GREAT PUNCH OF HOCKEY! Unfortunately it might be the only hockey we get this year.....
This year they have added more of a hockey simulation feel to the game especially with the true performance skating. On defense don't expect to just automatically begin to start skating backwards right when you stop from going forward. The graphics have slightly been enhanced but not much different there. They added connected careers which is a blast when you get it started with friends. It s the ultimate GM mode online
With that said I have the early release hence why I am writing a review. This game gets a solid 9 out 10 and another hockey season starts!!! (HOPEFULLYYYYYYY!!!!)
The game does do a few things right. The skating can improve, you can actually snipe the goaltenders now without glitching, and the game isn't solely determined by hitting, but good solid D.
However, Im at a loss why 4 tic-tac-toe passes between Malkin and Crosby in front, yet still dont score...why professional NHL players cannot receive a pass or attempt a one-timer at ease, and why the poke checking mechanic is so perfect? My biggest pet peeve, how can a backchecking defenseman poke through my body and take the puck/and or bundle me by just barely bumping me from behind, like seriously??!
The EASHL, is a toally different demon. The overalls are so low I thought I was playing with a Adult League team...starting out at a 47? What?
This game continues to be in decline since 09, 3 straight games that have continuously dropped scores through IGN/Gameinformer. Something needs to change. Either get rid of those boneheads at EA making this garbage or allow 2K to license the hockey games.
5/10, I'd give it a 4 if Giroux wasnt on the cover.