NHL 13 The GOOD and the BAD
I have played NHL pretty heavily since NHL 10. I am comparing NHL 13 mostly to NHL 12... After playing NHL 13, I felt it was slow but I like the physics in the skating. I popped NHL 12 back in, and could not believe how much better NHL 13 was. At first you don't notice it, but being slower is better, more accurate and it really look the arcadiness out of the game. Skating backwards also lets you add your own style which looks really cool.... HUT is more simplifed in 13, making it easier to jump in. In 12 I struggled trying to get the lineups just right, but 13 has an auto feature that does it for you if you want... HUT made training cards only last for one game, which is extremely pointless. Overall HUT is better though. Other quick negatives are: Very similar commentary, no extra time after whisle to mess around, no game face, no live videos in NHL moments live (the demo has a live video but the actual game doesn't??). Audio still cuts out from time to time, but other than that, ITS EXTREMELY AWESOME. You can't go back to NHL 12 after playing NHL 13!
NHL13 - REAL Hockey
I purchased this game the day it came out, and only now (2 weeks later) have I finally taken a break from playing to write a review. Goals in this game are MUCH more realistic and the series has taken a great step forward as a result. No longer will EVERY cross crease one-timer go in for an easy goal. Games are much more likely to end 3-2 as opposed to the arcade scores of 10-8. Players with a knowledge of how real hockey works will have little trouble adapting, but those who only know how to score off cross-crease passes on the rush will be left to discover how hockey is played in real life. I have played the NHL series since NHL10 and this is BY FAR MY FAVORITE GAME IN THE SERIES. I strongly recommend you not listen to the bitter players who's "skills" didn't seamlessly transfer over from last years game. NHL13 is the real deal and you will absolutely fall in love with it if you give it the chance.
Decent but Dissapointing for the Series
EA's NHL series hasn't been the same since the 2K series (their only competition) went away. Just like with Madden, what happens when you aren't pushed to get better is you become stagnant. This series has been just that for the last two years. NHL 12 was an average game at best, and NHL 13 isn't any better. The AI in this game is noticeably worse than previous entries. I'm not sure how that happens with a copy & paste game, but they did it. The presentation is still solid but with no real changes from one year to the next (in this case, from 4 years ago), there is just no reason to buy this game. Even if prices were the same, I'd recommend NHL 10 over this, especially if your primary concern is BAP or other single player modes. The only way I would recommend this game is if want to play online modes because this is really your only choice when it comes to hockey. EA already has or will shut down the servers for all their past NHL games and the 2K series was never any good, even if online play is still available.
Just based on playing the demo for a couple of days this game looks and feels really good and is definitely an improvement from the past 2-3 years worth of NHL titles. The new improved skating and new AI system is much better, the skating gives that realistic feel to your play and the physics engine plays out more realistically as well. The goalie work is another key component since goalies don't give up those typical fluke goals that you could get away with before so online play will definitely be improved through this. Always been a fan of the NHL series and this years game definitely fulfills my excitement with the many improvements, can't wait for it to release
Interesting Year for EA's NHL
With a new skating system, gm connected and other various things comning in this years edition of EA's NHL, NHL 13 should be great. 1000 new animations, goalies seeing every player on the ice, AI playing better than past years, nhl 13 should not only be fun and great for players of nhl 12 and older, but for new players as well. The skating system works on real based physics, so no more cutting on a dime at top-end speed, which will make the game; a game inside a game. GM connected will be huge for players who want to do only a few things, or just one thing. I have been told that there are Five ways to play, head to head, player v cpu, otp style, or coach. (There are many places to look at this years nhl 13, Youtube is a good place to start, or just go to ea.com.) I am a little worried about the glitchers this year, they might, and hope, will lose there glitch shot from the top of the circle. Sorry my friends, but I am sure, you guys will find another glitch in this years game. NHL 13 will be a buy for sure. With a new skating system, its going to be a interesting year for EA's NHL. Thanks for reading.
Very close to real hockey
Let me first say I did not play NHL12 but i have played older fairly recent NHL games from EA. In past games the players would move unrealistically fast and top goal scorers could 1 time shots to the back of the net most of the time. In NHL 12 you have to pay attention to your player's abilities and get deep into team management to have an affective and successful team. I got this game for 1 reason....to play the Hershey Bears full AHL season. AWESOME! Even has the new Hershey jerseys. The player skating movements are very realistic tho sometimes a little glitchy, the hits could be better (almost a delay with players getting put down) and just following a goal there is a delay with player celebrations, which is weird because even NHL95 on Sega Genesis had more instant celebrations when goals were scored.......COMON DEVELOPERS! Patch maybe? Also the soundtrack is good, but not very long so it gets repetitive. These small things aside you will enjoy this game for the realism and although it may seem difficult to maneuver your players, once you get a little practice in you will be able to score goals and move your players like a pro.
Most realistic NHL to date
To all of you that are complaining about the "movement" and "style" of the game, yeah, that's the point. If you know anything about hockey you can see right away that this is a more sophisticated hockey sim than one's of recent years. NHL 12's arcadeish style of play WAS fun, but led to too many glitches and was, in my opinion, unrealistic after comparing it to this game. Although this game will have it's glitches too just give this game a shot and I'm sure you'll eventually realize what EA is trying to do here. Also, consider how many game modes there are. I'm not going to go through all of them but HUT, Be a Pro, GM connected and EASHL are going to give you countless hours of gameplay. Get this if you're a fan of the NHL series.
I'm so excited to finally here the release date for this game. EA has done a great job each and every NHL game. NHL12 was the best so far and I have no doubt that NHL13 will be even better. I would like to see Jeff Skinner on the front cover for this one.
Am i the only one who loved NHL 13?
seriously i have played all the nhl games and i can honestly say i liked them all, and now that nhl 13 is out, im stunned, its fast paced,graphics are amazing, the sound is amazing, just listening to all the skates slashing the ice is outstanding! all in all i am very proud of the fact that i have this in my collection, sure its hard to get used to the controls but thats ok, because once you get used to them, its SO easy to master and feel like a true nhl pro!
After playing older NHL games, it was a nice change to have my shooting percentage float down to a reasonable level. Some games become tedious due to the insane skill of the goalies, but you will more often than not still get the win, because your goalie is amazing too. I win a lot on franchise mode, but almost never blow anyone out, usually 3-1 or 2-1 type of games making me work the the last minute to secure the win. Overall, I still play it and have not found much reason to upgrade yet since there are still many things for me to master in it.