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#1 Sep 14 2011 at 2:25 PM Rating: Good
I picked up the new NHL 12 yesterday and I have to say, EA did a very nice job with this one. It plays like real hockey but doesn't feel overly complicated and remains fun. My only complaint is the first person fighting. And where are the refs to break them up?

Now if they could only do something with Madden.
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#2 Sep 14 2011 at 3:17 PM Rating: Excellent
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Brokenwheel wrote:
My only complaint is the first person fighting. And where are the refs to break them up?


Well, they had to try something different, because the greatest hockey fighting game, Blades of Steel, has already been invented.


Really, it was more like a fighting game, with hockey elements.
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#3 Sep 14 2011 at 3:40 PM Rating: Good
Aahhh. Blades Of Steel. It's been 20 years since I played that. I have it on my computer somewhere, I'll have to revisit it. I still believe '93 is my favorite. I loved how when you hit someone, they fell over and had seizures while their head cracked open like an egg.
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#4 Sep 14 2011 at 5:20 PM Rating: Decent
Brokenwheel wrote:
It plays like real hockey but doesn't feel overly complicated and remains fun.


wait, what?
Smiley: laugh


Edited, Sep 14th 2011 6:21pm by Sandinmygum
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#5 Sep 14 2011 at 5:33 PM Rating: Good
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Sandinmygum the Stupendous wrote:
Brokenwheel wrote:
It plays like real hockey but doesn't feel overly complicated and remains fun.


wait, what?
Smiley: laugh

This has always been my biggest complaint about hockey games; they tout their "realism", but whenever you're skating with the puck, it feels like you're controlling a hippo riding a broken furniture dolly.
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#6 Sep 14 2011 at 8:35 PM Rating: Good
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Eske Esquire wrote:
Brokenwheel wrote:
My only complaint is the first person fighting. And where are the refs to break them up?


Well, they had to try something different, because the greatest hockey fighting game, Blades of Steel, has already been invented.


Really, it was more like a fighting game, with hockey elements.


I'm really really, Really not a sports fan, but even I remember that pure gem of a NES game. My brother and I had so much fun purposefully instigating fights between the players in 2-player mode just to make it more interesting.

And it was one of the few games where the CPU didn't have obvious advantages in the fights, either. I remember reading that a lot of other hockey games, the CPU cheats and almost always wins fights or at the very least, *usually* wins, or some-crap.

And then there's Tecmo Bowl. I remember my cousin playing that for hours, and he'd show off his countless endzone-to-endzone passes. It looked kinda fun even though I know nothing about football. I do know, however, that throwing the ball 300 feet sounds a bit unrealistic, but meh. It looked fun on the screen.

See, the NES is when sports (heck, even non-sports) games were fun. Everyone knew the graphics were crap, so they focused on gameplay. Who'd thunk that gameplay makes the game moreso than fancy ultra-realistic graphics?

Edited, Sep 14th 2011 10:36pm by Lyrailis
#7 Sep 14 2011 at 8:51 PM Rating: Good
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My brother and I had some good times with ESPN National Hockey Night for the Genesis.

It was a tough game, depending on the settings and the goalie you were against (I remember Ottowa's goalie could be beat 95% of the time by skating straight at him, slightly to the side of the goal, and shooting right before you passed by). IIRC, it was one of the first games to use motion capture technology, too.
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#8 Sep 15 2011 at 12:26 PM Rating: Good
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Ah... Blades of Steel. One of the few truly great sports games.
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#9 Sep 16 2011 at 3:55 AM Rating: Decent
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Sandinmygum the Stupendous wrote:
Brokenwheel wrote:
It plays like real hockey but doesn't feel overly complicated and remains fun.


wait, what?
Smiley: laugh



Its actually very realistic, well at least once you are able to rap your head around the idea that you are not actually going to get to skate with the puck.

The offensive gameplay is very accurate, AI players will automatically cycle, get to open positions, drive to the net, slide up from the point, pinch the boards. All these aspects have been slowly tweaked over the last few seasons (09 was the first time that AI seemed to actually have game experience.) Biggest is the AI learning, they will switch between carrying into zones or dump and chase, firing from the outside to inside, all seamlessly.

On Defense the AI will cover in zone or man defense, they will support, breakout, get sticks in the lane, block shots etc etc, and of course AI learning is crazy good now.

All in all 12 is a great game, I don't know how much different then it is compared to 11 about the only thing ive noticed is hitting is a little bit more in tune.

But I agree, the offensive and defensive games in 12 feel very realistic, **** you can have CPU v CPU and it plays out like a real game, with constant changes in game styles. I watch random games when I go to bed because I miss hockey, and If I didn't know it wasn't a PS3 game then It would be hard to tell the difference (ignoring character models of course.)
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#10 Sep 16 2011 at 7:29 AM Rating: Good
Well said rdmcandie. Have you played online yet? I'm still practicing offline. Honestly, the last time I played a sports game online was back on the ps2. I was kind of turned off by either people exploiting glitches or just quitting on you if they were losing. I think I'll give it a go soon though. If you see me in there, give me a game. I think BalladOfWorms is my screen name.
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#11 Sep 16 2011 at 8:31 AM Rating: Excellent
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Eske Esquire wrote:
Brokenwheel wrote:
My only complaint is the first person fighting. And where are the refs to break them up?


Well, they had to try something different, because the greatest hockey fighting game, Blades of Steel, has already been invented.


Really, it was more like a fighting game, with hockey elements.


This. That game is amazing; we actually had a BoS tournament last year with some fellow grad students.
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