I’m not Canadian, so Ice Hockey isn’t in my blood, but as far as a team sports game goes, it seems pretty simple, much like football, but on ice. There is one disadvantage however, the goals are a heck of a lot smaller. Having said that, I must have remembered a thing or two from last year when I had my first taste of Ice Hockey with NHL11, because in my first game on NHL12, I won 5-2.
Ice Hockey is a fast and furious game that pretty much doesn’t stop until some scores a goal or starts a fight. That’s right, I said ‘starts a fight.’ And you’ll have ample opportunity to do just that. Check a player a little to aggressively and the gloves will come off, you you’ll switch to boxing mode as you try and avoid his punches and land your own, with the goal of knocking him to the ice.
I’m guess that the inclusion of a well thought out fighting mechanic means that there must be a lot of punch ups in real life Ice Hockey.
Graphically the game is as smooth as the ice you’ll be playing on, and the presentation, as with most sports games these days, is all TV style. It draws you in so much so that you can almost feel the chill off the ice.
The tricksy bit to NHL12 is in the controls. There is no red button for shooting and green button for passing, it’s all handled through a series of subtle flicks of the thumb sticks, and whilst this may take a while to get used to, once you’ve learnt the basics you never loose the ability.
NHL12 has a huge number of options and ways to play, so that everyone should find something to do, from the beginner who just wants to play a couple of friendlies to a seasoned player who wants to be a pro, creating a character and playing through their life long career.
NHL12 is an essential addition to any Ice Hockey fan’s gaming collection and a sure fire hit for any general sports game fans out there who want to try something a little different.