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NHL 13 - Playstation 3
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: StandardChange
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2012
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: StandardVerified Purchase
Upon receipt of NHL13 you will need to pull down the 37MB patch (1.01) for your brand-new game. You'll also want to download updates for a few tuner/roster settings. Having played 4 games online thus far, I'd say it's pretty consistent with what you'll experience if you've played the demo. Player speeds seem to be a little more noticeable between characters (in otherwords, if you've set your accel/speed higher, it should pay dividends compared to last year). I haven't received the boost pack code from amazon yet, but I think the terms/conditions say they've got ~2 days to e-mail that.

Graphics: A lot more polished compared to last year. The character renders are really solid and the overall presentation has fewer delays. Otherwise, a lot of the animations seem similar to previous years, though some physics tweaks have already brought about a few comical collisions.

Audio: The commentary has been updated, as has the audio track. It's nice to get new music, but note that you can pull your own tunes off your PS3 using the "EA Sports Media Hub", going into "Custom Music" and then pulling in your own songs (you've put music on your ps3.... right?). After a few days, I typically turn down the in-game commentary. I got really tired of hearing "a soft dump into the corner" during NHL12 every 10 minutes -- this is in reference to a play where forwards send the puck ahead into the offensive zone aka "dumping the puck."

Gameplay: It feels pretty different with the addition of more flexible backwards skating, new physics on your skating mechanics and more "bumping" other characters. Already, I've heard people in-game complaining about "interference" from other players who skate into them without attempting a check -- this will not result in a penalty but might be just enough to take you out of a critical play. Pokecheck is really powerful now; as a defenseman, this was something I really missed last year. I have a feeling the developers will release a patch that tunes down the pokecheck in the near future. At least it's not as bad as the hipcheck-gate issue at the beginning of NHL12.

Sony/EA need to stay on top of game releases. You can't buy any boosts or slots as of the time of this writing (I was trying to get another slot). You'd think Sony could go ahead and make that available the day before the game is released. A friend who is playing 13 says he'd give the game 3 stars, as it feels like the same old grind, year after year. There's some truth to this, but I really enjoy getting online to play with friends. You see something new every time. In that way, it's like real hockey, you never know if someone is going to go flying into the bench (probably not) but who knows? Maybe next time I play the goalies will get into a fight... that'd be great. If you liked NHL12, go ahead and get '13.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2013
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: StandardVerified Purchase
Once you play you don't want to stop. Rosters always up to date. Many different game modes to come from!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2013
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: Standard
The game first came out back in sept and was amazing. As a college hockey player the game was legit and you had to actually play hockey in order to do well.... Then came the first tuner set. Wow.
Absolutely horrendous. I don't know what happened but it went from legit hockey. To forehand backhand glitches. Again. The online play as of April 2013 is the worst since the game came out. It's to the point where if 2k sports made an NHL. I'd return EAs to buy that one. NHL 12 was actually better than this. I can't explain how goalies make the most amazing saves known to man but can't stop a simple shot that's coming right at them. It's like they've never seen a forehand backhand deke in their life. Here's a thought. Stop doing interviews saying "the AI in 13 is the best we've ever had" when you start off being correct and then you release a tuner set and every computer player is worse than 5 year olds who have never skated in their lives. Make up your minds. I recommend not playing online and sticking to GM mode. At least those goalies are halfway decent and can stop a pass from the other end of the ice. EA I recommend you figure it out and either make all of the online modes superstar or have different divisions for different caliber of players so that beginners can play at their level and experienced players can enjoy the game without wanting to break the disk and give up on all EA sports game forever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2013
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: StandardVerified Purchase
The gameplay is fine, the skating is very smooth, and control seems realistic, however the checking animations are very choppy and not fluid at all....

The big issue is simulating in GM mode, which is like the only mode I play to build a dynasty... It takes waaaaaay to long to simulate through games... I could only make it through one season, and I had enough. I don't understand how it could take so long when games like NBA 2k13 I can sim through in no time. This must be fixed or I will not buy next year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2013
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: StandardVerified Purchase
If I had rated this product when it first came out it would be 4-5 stars, as they had the skating engine working great where users could not simply skate in circles waiting for the defender to be a step behind, but then with one of the patches, they moved everything back to the old skate dancing tactics, which are frustrating to watch when playing online. If they're going to say it is realistic, they should have stuck with the original product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2014
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: StandardVerified Purchase
I have been playing NHL hockey games since its inception and they continue to innovate and captivate their players with gameplay, visuals and sheer enjoyment!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2013
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: StandardVerified Purchase
EA NHL series just gets better and better. This game is not much different than NHL 12, so if you are new to the series, get 12 on the cheap. If you are a die hard, then the new skating physics, graphics, animations makes this a good upgrade.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2013
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: StandardVerified Purchase
awesome game to play with your friends. skating and checking are new aspects, which take a little while to get used to, but they are quality and more realistic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2013
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: StandardVerified Purchase
People sleep on hockey and they are just ignorant.
Most fun game to watch, play and enjoy! I will always buy !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2013
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: StandardVerified Purchase
Ordered this for my son for Christmas. I recieved the product quickly and in good order. The price was great!
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