It’s almost the perfect game.
In retrospect I may have been a little too high on NHL 12. I don’t feel the same way about that game as I did 12 months ago when I reviewed it. There were still a couple of money goals which became apparent over time and broke any fun I had with the game because I couldn’t play my hardest without breaking the AI. While the skating was slightly improved, it paled in comparison to what we were promised this year. The new Be A Pro mode last year did deliver a much more authentic experience. However, everything else in the game pretty much remained stagnant.
I’m as hardcore as they are when it comes to video game hockey. I’ve been playing the EA Sports NHL series since its inception in 1991 with NHL Hockey on the Genesis, and previous to that I was playing games such as Slap Shot, Superstar Ice Hockey and Face-Off! on the C64. So I’m definitely more critical about this series than most just because I have an intimate knowledge of all of the features that have been added every year and even features that have disappeared over the years.