After many hours of playing NHL 13, here is my review. | IGN Boards
NHL 13 reaches for the sports game holy grail: a title that teaches players through its mechanics Release Date Sep 11, If your player in Be A Pro, the RPG-like single-player mode, is on the third line, he'll neither start the Molasses-slow navigation renders much of GM Connected's promise moot. This is a great addition to the NHL franchise, but the menu navigation is painfully slow and league commissioners lack the tools to make their. After many hours of playing NHL 13, here is my review. Date Posted: Sep 10, #1 Your slow Dmen can't keep up with some of the fast players. Also, the GM connected mode I do like in theory, but most of the time you're waiting .. If I see simulation pending one more time I'm gonna snap this disc in half lol.
Also, you have to call for a pass or you wont get one. Sometimes they won't even pass to you. Stoppage of play occurs way too much. Offsides happen too much. Icing happens too much because passes are missed a lot.
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Goalies cover up frequently. Now for the game mechanics that have mostly been unchanged. Passing is sloppy and slow. You cannot "ping-pong" pass, which is good, but instead of that you get slow, unresponsive pass attempts.
I'm sure EA didn't want unrealistic, arcadey gameplay. Instead they made the game slow, sluggish, and not very responsive.
I don't ever really feel in control. Every game is riddled with enormous hits that occur in some very improbable ways.
The Dman on your back will hit you and you will fall forward, or you'll be bumped just enough to lose the puck. One on one dekes are exactly like last year. Nothing new there, with the same problems that they had before. Deking the goalie is pretty difficult too. Weird backhand shots that float to the top corner are still there, too.
Fighting is exactly the same. Sticks go right through legs like they have been for years. This is still not fixed. You can lose the puck from a poke check that goes through a few skates.
Also, while holding the puck, the stick goes through skates. The only way to really lose the puck is from a poke check, lift stick, or body check. Poke checks seem slightly better in the sense that they track loose pucks better. The only problem is that your player freezes while holding the poke check button, sometimes making you glide off into the emptiness like a blind man poking in front of himself with his stick.
Lift stick is the same, if you miss, your player will make his blade go 6 ft in the air, probably slashing someone. The only new features of this game are game modes.
NHL moments live, which isn't all that great. Goaltenders are smarter and less inclined to let up easy goals, like one-timers and wrap-arounds.
Slow load times and some menu stuttering aside, the game looks beautiful. Animations are occasionally awkward as they appear to be in all EA Sports productsbut that has more to do with the constant number-crunching behind the scenes than anything else. NHL 13 is a sight to behold, as several editors who have watched me play the game in the IGN offices brought it upon themselves to let me know.
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It plays virtually identically online and off, sacrificing none of the bells of whistles regardless of who you want to play with and where. With most of the moments coming from this past season and with more promised to be downloadable if this currently stalled season ever gets off the groundthese are events even novice hockey fans will remember and appreciate. But as great as this idea is in premise — and as fun as it is to partake in — there are some puzzling choices that take away from its realism.
In those games, players are cast in the role as Gretzky or Gilmour but are surrounded by the current roster of the Oilers and Maple Leafs, respectively, while playing against the current rosters of their opponents. The other new, notable mode is called GM Connected.
EA decided to leverage this popularity by bringing it online and accommodating up to players in a single league. GM Connected is an ambitious and bold mode, but one that needs time in the wild to truly appreciate.
Gearing up for GM Connected as I reviewed it amounted to checking static screens and waiting for other players to act I eventually set it so my CPU will make all in-game decisions.
Combining GM Connected and NHL Moments Live with the aforementioned offline season, GM and scrimmage modes, as well as the ability to play in one-off playoffs, tournaments, practices and more, NHL 13 gives you incredible bang for your buck. And in a year looking less and less likely to provide the real thing, NHL 13 proves a mighty promising distraction.