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Load times....are you kidding me?,
This review is from: NHL 12 - Playstation 3 (Video Game)
So here's the deal. Yet again, EA has written another good hockey game, and the worst front end I can recall in 20-odd years of gaming. I am using a PS3 slim, with the most recent update to the game. Today is 16 JAN 12, I think this game has been revised at least 2-3X times to date.
First prompt- press start- appears at 41 seconds. Then you need to acknowledge an autosave, so another X. 30-odd seconds later, after it dings the EA server and downloads lord knows what, you're finally at the main menu. Let's recap here- over 70 seconds, with prompts, before you get to the main menu. Good luck if you don't have broadband- the long delay in connecting and downloading was taken at 7:10AM on a weekday via cable modem, so you know what you're getting yourself into.
Now onto the main menu- 11 presses to load a season....the season save-file is 6117KB, according to the menu. It saves in about 2-3 seconds. Loading, however, is another story...tell it to load a file, then, of course, say again you want to load it...then wait...assuming you can actually get a stable load. My current saved season won't load (it plays the song and sits there, this takes about 2 minutes to verify). Total time to successfully load a saved game? 42 seconds.
Assuming you've the patience to do a full season, it will take you fifteen presses (at least) and just about two minutes to load it. This assumes you don't have an unloadable file. You want a review of the game, check out the paid-off pundits or the fanboys. Consider yourself warned.