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NHL 12 - Playstation 3

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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews) 86 / 100

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Platform: PLAYSTATION 3
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  • From shattered glass and flying helmets to knocking players over the boards and into the bench, experience the skill and aggression of hockey like never before. Crash the crease too hard and you'll knock the net off and send the goalie flying.
  • Playing as your created pro, earn every shift on the ice with stellar play, big hits, and spectacular goals. Simulate the action to your next shift so you're always on the ice as you play out your entire career gunning for the Stanley Cup.
  • Stonewall your opponents with awe-inspiring desperation saves from your goalie as he covers every possible angle and works through screens and flying players in front of the net.
  • When the action boils over, send a message by leaving the net, dropping the gloves, and trading punches with a heated rival during fights.
  • The NHL package jumps to life with NHL Winter Classic, the league's premier outdoor hockey event on New Year's Day. Play under snowfall at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field as 70,000+ rabid fans provide inspiration while donning Winter Classic gear.
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Platform: PLAYSTATION 3
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004WL4LP8
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 3.9 x 3.9 inches ; 3.5 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,233 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: PLAYSTATION 3

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NHL 12 is EA Sports annual hockey video game that puts players on the ice with the ultimate goal to become the next great superstar of the hockey world as you lead your team to a Stanley Cup championship. Features include a new full contact physics engine, Anticipation AI, the ability to take control of a team in 'Be a GM' mode, a comprehensive career mode, all-new dynamic goalie interaction that includes the ability of goalies to fight, the NHL's Winter Classic game, multiplayer support and more.

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Become the Sport's Next Superstar in NHL 12

Be the next legend in hockey with NHL 12. As the sport's next superstar, earn every shift on the ice with stellar play, big hits, and spectacular goals and prove you have the toughness and skill to lead your team to the Stanley Cup. Take to the ice in all-new interactive environments where bone-crushing hits, glass-shattering collisions, and bruising checks along the boards are always part of the action. Experience the intensity, speed and physicality of authentic NHL hockey action with NHL 12.

Weaving through the defense to get to the goalie in NHL 12
Face-off against all comers to become the next NHL superstar in NHL 12.
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Key Game Features

  • Full-contact Physics Engine - From shattered glass and flying helmets to knocking players over the boards and into the bench, experience the skill and aggression of hockey like never before. Crash the crease too hard and you'll knock the net off and send the goalie flying.
  • Anticipation AI - Anticipation AI brings NHL 12 to life like never before. Players will now anticipate the flow of the play. Watch as they break for stretch passes or drag their skates to stay onside.
  • Be a GM Mode - Take control of your favorite team and guide them to victory, with more accuracy and depth than ever before with an all-new sim engine and Action Tracker.
  • EA Sports Action Tracker - Track every important event that occurs on the ice. View replays and find tendencies including where to score on individual goalie, what zone you're losing face-offs in and where hits have taken place.
  • Be a Pro Revamped - Playing as your created pro, earn every shift on the ice with stellar play, big hits, and spectacular goals. Simulate the action to your next shift so you're always on the ice as you play out your entire career gunning for the Stanley Cup.
  • All-new Dynamic Goalie Interaction - Stonewall your opponents with awe-inspiring desperation saves from your goalie as he covers every possible angle and works through screens and flying players in front of the net.
  • Goalies Drop the Gloves - When the action boils over, send a message by leaving the net, dropping the gloves, and trading punches with a heated rival during fights.
  • Hockey's Ultimate Team - Hockey's Ultimate Team returns to NHL 12 with Three Stars of the Week cards, the ability to injure players, injury cards that heal them, the chance to play a friend, even when they aren't online, and more.
  • Play the Winter Classic - The NHL package jumps to life with NHL Winter Classic, the league's premier outdoor hockey event on New Year's Day. Play under snowfall at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field as 70,000+ rabid fans provide inspiration while donning Winter Classic gear.
  • Multiplayer Support - NHL 12 features multiplayer options both in local and online play.

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Outdoor play in the NHL Winter Classic in NHL 12
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'Be a GM' improvements.
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Full contact play on the boards in NHL 12
Full contact physics engine.
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Product Description

As the sport's next superstar, earn every shift on the ice with stellar play, big hits, and spectacular goals and prove you have the toughness and skill to lead your team to the Stanley Cup. Be the next legend in hockey with NHL 12.

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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Still Fun September 14, 2011
By Paul
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
They game still has its flaws but it's also made some improvements. Overall it's still fun and probably the best sports sim game out. I've played each of the NHL games extensively over the past few years, what I'll focus on here is game play.

Improvements:
-Checking, the physics engine has in fact been revamped and checking is much more realistic. Huge guys will not get slaughtered by 160 lb short guys.

-Defensive AI, the defense has been improved in defending a 1 on 1 or a 2 on 1. Players don't automatically get a free goal for performing the same deak that used to always work to get around a defender

-Goalies, AI has been improved

-Physical play in front of the net

-Stick handeling, it's been revamped, not everyone handles the puck like it's on a string.

-The time between face offs after a whistle has been blown has been reduced (You don't have to waste 10 minutes every game watching people check each other after a whistle).

-Hip checks don't always send someone head over heals by just touching, physics have been improved.

Flaws:
The flaws are mostly in the AI.

-Sometimes the defense will randomly ice the puck in a 5 on 5.

-Sometimes the defense will bail on touching the puck for icing

-AI still lacks aggression in stick checking, etc, when defending an offensive zone rush.

-Far too much contact can be made with the goaly without incurring a penalty

-Occasional graphical/physics glitches, the puck still travels through sticks on occasion or shots are made without the stick visually making contact with the puck.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Typical EA Sports Crap April 8, 2012
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Edit: Everyone who says it freezes is right. It's a good game but seriously EA, can we have a game without serious flaws and bugs? It sucks when you are in a great game like me tonight Pittsburgh vs Florida 1-0 (me losing) when with 1:53 to go I tie the game. Then as soon as I cross the blue line to try for the win, freezes, nothing you can do but quit the game. EA should be ashamed of themselves for releasing games with these problems, but instead they laugh all the way to the bank because there is no competition and suckers like me buy their crap.

I was expecting the worst after reading some of the reviews on Amazon. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this EA sports title. Surprised because EA is possibly the laziest and worst sports game franchise out there, and they created the abomination that is Madden 12. Anyway, this game is really pretty good, the commentary is fluid, as is gameplay. The controls are pretty good (you use the analog sticks for everything, which is great for a hockey game). The only problems are a few minor flaws which, considering this is an EA title, are not horrible.
The first thing I was excited about is custom music, yes, you can play your own music from the ps3 during menus and Be A Pro Goals, however I find that after a game, the menu music stops and you surf the menu in silence (which is ok, because the music on this game sucks, seriously, they have Mony Mony by Billy Idol???) The second problem is the menu interface, which is just as sloppy and annoying as that of the worst sports game of all time, Madden 12. Gameplay is great however, it makes me wonder if EA did some headhunting of 2k sports programmers for this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy This Game! December 20, 2011
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
I am an extremely loyal EA Sports Game guy for the Play Station 3. Every year, I buy the new version whether it be Madden, NCAA Football, NHL or FIFA and I can honestly say that EA Sports should be ashamed of the NHL 12 release. I have owned this for a short time and I have never had a game that failed to load a file or freeze up as much as this one! Do not buy it, wait til NHL 13.

I mean seriously, how do you develop a game with so many flaws, and that's even when you turn some features off and don't connect to the EA servers. Terrible, awful, DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!

Some of their ideas for the game are good, but what is the point, when you get 20 games into a season, and the game won't load?? If you surf around the web, you see multiple people with the same problem and other issues. Stay away from this game, do not pay the $60 plus dollars for it, stick with NHL 11 and we can all hope that they straighten out NHL 13.

And as for my loaylty to EA, well if you work for EA, you created a lemon here.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Minor changes, still great! September 14, 2011
By rhobes
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
As an avid hockey fan, I forked over (yet again) my hard earned cash to buy this year's latest edition of NHL.
Here are some of my early impressions of the game:

Diving right into it, you'll be faced with EA's annoying online pass requirement. In all honesty I didn't like that at all last year, and am disappointed to see it stick around for the 2012 tour. Your wallet will end up taking a hit if you find that you prefer the older version and would like to re-sell this one.

In any case, past that you'll notice that the menus are a bit smoother and more organized than in previous years. The amount of modes and content is substantial - almost overwhelming, but if you've played this game before then you'll know what direction you'd rather go in (Online gaming, Be a Pro, etc).

As far as the game play's concerned:
1) The puck handles differently: After a game or two you'll start to notice that the puck isn't glued to your player's stick anymore - like it used to be in NHL 10 & 11. Expect to lose possession more than before.

2) The goalies are harder to score on: Mainly during breakaways (at least that's what appears to be the case so far). In NHL 11, you could pull off the same deke time & time again and almost always score a goal.

3) Game freezes and disconnections: Had this happen during an unranked game last night, it took AGES to be able to start a game, and after succeeding it still froze up (for a few seconds). There was no lag on either side, so seems to be a server issue on EA's side - and I guess that'll get cleared up eventually.

To wrap up, I've found that it'll take a bit of time get used to this year's edition... but then again that seems to be the case in most sports games.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars No game in case
I bought this game to give to my fiancé's brother for Christmas. When I got the game and wrapped it up only to find out later that the case came with no game inside. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Erin
5.0 out of 5 stars First EA hockey title to really pull me in since 09.
So far I have played about 40 games in be a pro, 30 games in be a manager, 20 online games, and about 30 games on EAUHL. So I will give you my thoughts. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Aaron Whitehouse
1.0 out of 5 stars disc scratched
disc freezes and wont play. scratched. tried multiple times and on different systems. it just freezes while loading the menu screen and you cant progress any further.
Published 5 months ago by Sarah Dygert
3.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for PS4
Games is ok and the price was right considering it is for the PS3 . I have been told PS3 games will not play on the New PS4 so if you buy for PS3 make sure it is not expensive.
Published 6 months ago by Ham
3.0 out of 5 stars ok but not as good as 11
I was shocked to see that it was a disappointment from NHL 11. It was harder but was also not as put together as NHL 11 in my opinion. Read more
Published 8 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
I love this game, it's quite entertaining. I'm learning to play because I want to buy the last one NHL
Published 9 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome- well worth the money
Great game. It is for sure worth the money. I would definitely. Recommend this game. Be a pro mode is awesome
Published 9 months ago by 4x4chevy
4.0 out of 5 stars Wish this game was faster, that's all.
Players are just too slow the gameplay should be a lot faster. Tho everything else and I mean everything else other than the speed of the game, is pretty close to perfect if not... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Shawnheff1
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
I love this game and I wanted it for so long but every where I looked wanted to much money for it and Amazon had it for dirt cheap. I'm gonna buy more games from Amazon.
Published 10 months ago by Michael
1.0 out of 5 stars FREEZE.
The game is fun, the gameplay rules, but every other game freezes in the middle of it. I got this as a gift because someone wanted to save money from NHL 13, but don't waste your... Read more
Published 10 months ago by L. Ordus
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