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  • Summary: NHL 12 has players try to become the next legend in hockey.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
  1. Sep 28, 2011
    Fans of the NHL series are unlikely to skip an entry, for any number of reasons, including the roster and uniform updates, the online play or the simple lack of competition, and there's no reason to start now, as this version's tweaks offer a genuine improvement over last year's well-regarded title, once you adjust to the more realistic controls (either through practice or tuner adjustments.)
  2. Sep 6, 2011
    To be honest, I'm usually in the camp that skips every second NHL title because it's hard to justify what seems like a few enhancements and a roster update for the price of a AAA game, but this time they've done a fantastic job with improvements that are very hard to resist. Damn fine way to celebrate your 20th title.
  3. Sep 28, 2011
    All in all, NHL 12 is the best iteration of the series, which isn't too surprising considering every new version has improved on the last.
  4. Sep 25, 2011
    A great game has just got one heck of a lot better. [Nov 2011, p.93]
  5. Sep 26, 2011
    It is always hard to review these incremental sports releases because they mostly spend their time tweaking things the fans are going to appreciate. NHL 12 continues that trend, and remains the best hockey game on the market, by far.
  6. Oct 11, 2011
    It's an incremental jump over NHL11, then, and NHL12's newest periphery additions perhaps don't fire as they should. However, it's an incremental jump over a game that was ruddy marvellous in its own right.
  7. 70
    Better is good, but it isn't great. [Nov 2011, p.110]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 8 out of 24
  1. Sep 14, 2011
    This is an incredible hockey game. As with all the critic reviews, the Be A Legend mode is a silly addition that isn't all that special. The AI in the game seems to have improved a ton with this release, which makes the Be A Pro mode a lot more fun. The only thing that can be frustrating is with the new goalie interaction, AI goalies are much more likely to run away from the crease without contact just to get a new penalty. This is a very minor complaint to a near-perfect hockey game. Expand
  2. Oct 8, 2011
    With a clear conscience there is no way I can give this game less than a 10!. Its beautiful. The depth of game play is inconceivable. The sounds on ice and in the stands plus the commentary are all awesome. presentation is spot as well. oh and tight game play make this game a legend. if your a hockey fan or not you need to buy this game! Expand
  3. May 18, 2013
    I just want to say that just because a game is disappointing does not mean it's a bad game, and even though it is similar to nhl 11, I still had a lot of fun playing it.

    I am not really a big fan of nhl 13, but they tried something knew with it. I will probably be stuck playing with this game for a while, and I am not upset about that at all.
  4. Oct 10, 2011
    The lack of hockey knowledge of the designers of NHL 12 is glaringly obvious. The same brain-dead AI, barely any changes to game play aside from a couple tweaks, interaction with the goalie (which can be exploited, and is not adequately penalized,) and the hip check as the most effective means to separate an opponent from the puck, regardless of what part of your body makes contact with your opponent, make the high scores of this game laughable. I can't wait until the exclusivity of the NHL to be removed from EA, so that another designer can make a hockey video game that actually plays as the sport does, rather than an arcade fantasy for individuals who've never seen a hockey game, played the sport, or touched a puck in their lives. Expand
  5. Jan 16, 2012
    This game is average. The game shows great potential in certain areas. The season mode is greatly improved and the mechanics aren't completely frustrating. However, this game fails to deliver anything new or improved in most of the game's areas. 5 hole scoring is impossible and the goalies seem to be superhuman at times. The game fails to put the puck where you want it to be. Amongst this Be a pro is useless for players looking to be snipers and Defenders. Poke checking is best left to the AI and for Snipers one-timers are non-existent. You're left taking the puck up to the slot and hope your deeke is good enough to trip up the goalie. Also opposing defense-men can easily poke check or cross check you and completely obliterate any chance of scoring. I found myself scoring 15 goals in 30 games beginning my career with 4 goals in a single game. However due to the lack of assistance from teammates winning the ross art would require you to somehow have a 2 player career and ask a friend to constantly feed you the puck for one-timer goals. Also there is no hope for the AI i tried to find hope in giving my teamates the puck and then asking for it while i was in the slot. 2 things will happen. 1 they will fire the puck around the back of the net and screw you over. Or 2, they will try and take the shot for themselves ignoring the fact they can't shoot and ignoring your call for a pass. The team practice is not as one would hope playing a 4-4 3-3 skirmish. You have 3 chances to fire on the goalie if the puck is held by an opposing player you must restart and try to score again. The game showcases many amazing things but its nothing new. EA failed to deliver an interesting and fully functional game. If controlling a whole team by yourself is your cup of tea then purchase this game. If your looking forward to having a career your better off playing real hockey. Expand
  6. Oct 19, 2011
    Log into online game, try to push someone and nothing happens. Oh they have a legend card and near-impossible to attain stats. The can look at me and I fall. Go grind and farm for that legend card. Stupid. Expand
  7. Jul 6, 2012
    the game sucks, it seems to act on its own. i can spend some games bring players out of the play and the will be no more goals despite difficulty, when it decided to score there is no stopping the computer despite skill of player or strategic defence. Be a pro was very close to the same. advice: watch highlights videos cause you are not really in the game Expand

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