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NHL 13 tweaks trades, player ratings

Jul 24, 2012, 10:22 PM EDT

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Modern sports video games open up the fantasy of running your own team, but they still have a long way to go to truly ape reality.

Game Informer’s Matt Bertz provides a detailed preview of some of NHL 13′s tweaks that should appeal to armchair GMs, beginning with some changes that seem relevant in the wake of the Rick Nash trade.

… A team in true Cup contention like the New York Rangers may be willing to trade away high draft picks or well-regarded prospects to acquire a veteran player to fill out the roster, while rebuilding teams may part with their veterans to gather more draft picks and build for the future. Teams will constantly re-evaluate their standing throughout the year, so they are not locked into a specific philosophy.

One common criticism of the series’ (and many sports games’) ratings system is that stars might stand out, but not as much as they should because it seems like even mediocre players receive solid ratings.

That could change a bit with NHL 13, according to Bertz’s account.

Based on early fan feedback on NHL 13’s direction, the development team decided to change the player ratings to create more of a gap between the star players and the average skaters in the league. Franchise players like Sidney Crosby are still rated in the 90s, but the average ratings of third-line defenders are in the mid-70s instead of the low-80s this year.

  1. scottfmullin - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    And can we do something about the potential ratings for the junior leaguers? Nobody except the number one overall player get high potential it feels like. Also, how could any 16 or 17 year old be set to get WORSE at defense over his career?

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

      Dion Phaneuf has managed to do it.

      • scottfmullin - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

        OK that was a good one

      • psujay - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:49 PM

        Comment of the year.

  2. rushledger - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Funny stuff but yeah that’s a good point about the defensemen in the chl

  3. DTF31 - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Now are they going to properly adjust difficulty? Or cheap our and just buff the other team so that John Erskine can make up 20ft in only a few strides on Gaborik in open ice?

  4. alexb64 - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    I’d be happy if making a deal for a 4th line penalty killer from a last place team listed as looking to sell & acquire ANYTHING wasn’t just as complicated to pull off as a deal for Stamkos. “Sorry we’re not looking to trade away young players” “Sorry we’re not looking to trade veteran players” “Sorry we’re not interested in adding any 2 way players at this time” “I’m sorry we’re not looking to add any 1 way players at this time”

  5. se7enbladez - Jul 25, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Blackhawks and penguins will be overpowered.

  6. highlander24 - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:47 AM

    How about changing how when you check someone straight on it looks like your leading with your leg. They still make good detailed updates every year though. My favorite game franchise.

  7. tfaltin - Jul 25, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    How about just making it so you can’t skate right around computer defenseman and score on a goalie who consistently gives up unrealistic short side goals?

    • sknut - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      I think they have gotten somewhat better at this but still happens way too often. There was one NHL can’t remember the year but an older one, where if you did a wrap around you almost always scored. The goalie just didn’t follow you over and you almost always had an open net.

      Another thing I notice and maybe its just me but I score almost all of my goals high maybe thats how it should be but I found that interesting.

    • vanchuk - Jul 25, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      EA Sports’ offices are located in Burnaby, BC… a stone’s throw away from Rogers Arena, where a certain R. Luong–no wait, that’s too obvious, let’s call him Roberto L., tends goal for the local ice hockey team. What else could you expect but weak shortside goals?

      • tfaltin - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:11 AM

        I guess it’s normal up there….My friends and I play the EA Sports Hockey League for every game, and without a doubt the biggest problem is kids who just skate to the short side post, wtihout being impeded from the computer defense (it’s more like an escort to the post from the computer), and do the same backhand-forehand deke which the goalie always falls for, and even though there’s no angle to shoot far side, the goalie gives up the near side goal. Or my second favorite, a forward does a fake slap shot at the circle, gets the computer defense to stop in his tracks, and skates right around him for a short breakaway. That’s a riot to watch as well. Getting this EA?

  8. jacketsfan7 - Jul 25, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    I like that now

  9. phillyphan83 - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    why did my comment get deleted? there was nothing wrong with it!

  10. lordfletcher - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    this series has done an excellent job and it seems they are trying to tackle one main issue each year, so in reality this game is on a revolving gameplay cycle, which is odd but with their resources its the best they can do. Only if they made Madden money right lol :)

    As someone else stated early, in Franchise mode / GM mode / whatever it’s called or changing to this year, it would be nice if drafting players wasn’t completely worthless. It seems that it takes these “prospects” 7 years to earn a decent rating to start on your team and every draft year your scout seems to tell you that he thinks this years class will be a bit weaker than normal (yawn)

    overall this game each year I would give a 9 out of 10 and it really is great value.

    One last thing, PLEASE update the commentary. It feels like it has been the same since 1999.

    As a Wild fan I am sick of hearing Gary Thorne talk about how the Wild are known for playing the trap, it’s been almost 4 years since Lemaire’s system has been around. Ugh

  11. chrisr9040 - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    I want to know why every year my First Round pick’s value diminishes to the point of almost a second rounder. I could never figure out why some team’s 1st round pick’s value fills the bar 3/4 of the way, and others barely at all. I could have the 1st pick overall and still only be able to get a 4th liner for it because it’s so worthless.

  12. quizguy66 - Jul 25, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    @lordfletcher I think that bit about the commentator saying Minnesota plays the trap makes it more realistic. After all real commentators said that about the Devils last season even though it was totally false ;o)

    Is EA going to incorporate incompetent GMs into the mix where they take a worse offer than they would have gotten at the trade deadline? Call it Howson Mode ;)

    -QG

  13. windmiller4 - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    There is so much about the Nhl games that i love, and so many things i think need to be changed, too much to list on here though.
    http://windmiller4.wordpress.com/2012/07/25/nhl-13-comes-out-soon-what-we-should-all-hope-has-been-done-to-improve-the-game/
    Thats just some of what i hope can be done very soon in upcoming games to completely revamp the GM mode and make it more realistic.

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