NHL 12 - 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

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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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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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Full contact play on the boards in NHL 12
Full contact physics engine.
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Product Information

Platform:PlayStation 3
ASIN B004WL4LP8
Release date September 13, 2011
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3.7 out of 5 stars 124 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #13,243 in videogames
#808 in Video Games > PlayStation 3 > Games
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Product Dimensions 5.3 x 0.6 x 6.7 inches
Media: Video Game
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By Paul on September 14, 2011
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3
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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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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Great overall game! This game is much different from the previous versions as the AI is much different, the instant replays are the actual footage from different angels and it has an option for the game to be played at a faster speed which was much needed in the "NHL 11" version because it was way too slow. The other improvements are that I can score more goals from the point and the goalies interact much more. The only gripes I have is that I wish the one timer was better and that had an option to announce the 3 stars of the game like the previous versions.
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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. I totally love this game, it has a few bugs, but it's the first game to actually make me want to buy the most recent edition for online play. The be a pro is my favorite part so far, and I'm not even drafted yet. It is rather in depth. As always I am amazed at the voice capabilities, I've yet to find a commentator error of saying the wrong name for a player, or not being able to say a name. It is possible create a female character and if there is any commentator error it is the fact they still refer to female players by male pronouns.

Gameplay - It took some getting used to and there are some aspects I don't like, I get a useless penalty now and then since the right stick is the same control for shooting as it is for checking. Often close in at net, I will go to shoot a pass on a one-timer and end up checking the goalie instead getting a penalty. Or I will be going to check a player gain control of the puck just before the hit, and shoot the puck down ice when I didn't want too.

Graphics - The graphics are sharp and I'm impressed I've not seen any glitches, or errors, dropped pixels or anything like that.

Sounds and Soundtrack - The Goal horns get real annoying, I keep my volume at about 18, but when that alarm/buzzer goes off It seems the volume went up to 40, Luckily I can adjust the volume, so it went down to 0. The soundtrack is great, but again I muted it since during the menu it seems three songs play over and over, and I started finding them interfearing with my thoughts and sleep. You can also set a custom soundtrack, so far as to what song plays and were it plays for each and every team.
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