Fan of the series, but this is my least favorite
Two major gripes. In an effort to make the game more realistic, they force you to sit out a shift every so often and watch. I prefer no line changes and always having my created player on the ice at all times but turning off line changes is no longer an option. Sure, it is more realistic, but less fun. Stinks having to sit out either a powerplay or a penalty kill and watch the action unfold. Secondly, the AI teammates are awful. Even if you are wide-open and breaking down the ice they won't pass it to you, and to get them to you have to "request" a pass which causes your player to tap his stick on the ice, wasting valuable time. Lame. I think i'll go back to the "less realistic" NHL 10, where my player can stay on the ice, actually get passed to, and score 5-10 goals a game. Isn't that supposed to be the point of the game, to be un-realistically that much better than the rest of the NHL? Glad I bought this game used, and didn't spend a full $60
A Solid, Fun Sports Game
I am not much of a sports gamer, so I only get one game for each sport about every 5 years (Except for madden, I get that one every other year.) The last NHL game that I got was 06, so to me this is laughably a major improvement. The game play mechanics are pretty good, with a few glitches here and there, but it is solid and definitely still playable. The graphics weren't top-notch, which surprises me since EA is going crazy over graphics now. The sounds were average, more sound glitches here and there, such as shooting the puck was sometimes a complete second late. The lasting appeal was a total 10, because it is always addicting to play through a season to see how well you play the game. I gave this game an 8 because of its lasting appeal and game play, it is a good solid hockey game and I recommend this to any casual and/or sports gamer.
good but not flawless
I love this game but it has two problems, 1. sometimes in a fight you could fight with one person but be another one like i was fight with tim thomas once and he was wearing a marchand jersay. also i lost tim thomas and i cant find him in nhl 12 i checked if any team had him but they don't also he is not under my contracts or a free agent and he did not retire.
GETS BETTER EVERY YEAR! I love it soo much it is a must buy for an NHL-Er!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! there are soo many new modes its amazing!
Better and Better Every Year
You may think that buying the same game every year is pointless, but the NHL series continues to have major changes made that greatly alter the gaming community's experience. With the addition of new game modes, goalie fights, the WInter Classic, and the return of the Ultimate Hockey League and the EA Sports Hockey League, NHL 12 is a spectacular game. My only issue is that the soundtrack is somewhat limited.
Awesome But Be Need a PC Version
This game was a total blst! I loved it since the minue I picked up the controlloer with my buddy. I loved everything about it. Especially the goalies. The only thing is, we need an NHL game for the PC. I admit the 09 sucked but that doesn't mean you should stop making them. Hopefully by next year ( even this year ) we will see a PC version. BTW ifany one knows EA SPorts who is reading this please do suggest it.
Very fun game, for all hardcore and people just looking to have fun
i love this game but the hitting was a little off.
is game is great for all hockey lovers. the shooting is nice looks real. the hitting was weird at first but once you get used to it you learn who you can hit with and how fast you need to be going great job to the creaters!
Not for fans of the actual game of hockey
This is a great game if you like individual hockey players and you love learning a ton of dual shock controls to be able to deke; however, this game has little to nothing to do with the game of hockey. It is nearly impossible to set up plays in an intelligent fashion. Just about every time I try to cycle the puck down low, someone comes and pokes the puck away. This happens for real in hockey, but fourth line rookies should not be as good as first line starters. In addition, trying to kick it out to the point to blast a slap shot almost always leads to a turnover. Players get bumped off the puck too much, it’s too easy to poke check the puck away, play is too slow, players are too slow, the passing is absolutely awful, and the announcers are in love with the word ‘slot.’ The final straw for me was I was playing online the other day, I was Vancouver, and my opponent was Pittsburg. I don’t normally fight because it’s silly, but the guy went after me with Malkin, which I was happy to have off the ice for five minutes. Thirty seconds later, he goes at me with Crosby. So I have Crosby and Malkin out for a combined four and a half minutes. Imagine my surprise when sixty seconds later the guy scores with Crosby, assisted by Malkin. It could have been a glitch, but I think it's EA's love of the Penguins. Get this game if you like good graphics and basically like to learn to deke. If you love hockey, go back to NHL 10 or wait until 2013.
Awesome NHL game
It is awesome and has really good graphics. You would love it if you are a hockey fan or a sports gamer.