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EA Sports’ NHL 13 demo available today

Aug 21, 2012, 10:05 PM EDT


EA Sports rolled out the NHL 13 demo on Xbox Live and Playstation Network today.

(Unless you have a PS3 in Europe. Then you’ll need to wait until Wednesday.)

The demo includes four playable modes.

  • “Play Now” is the basic team vs. team mode. In the case of the demo, players can choose to control the Los Angeles Kings or New Jersey Devils.
  • “Hockey Ultimate Team” allows players to put together teams in a card-collecting style.
  • The new “Moments Live” mode recreates events from last season. In the case of the demo, you need to lead the Kings beyond the Phoenix Coyotes in overtime, although you don’t need to score with Dustin Penner.
  • There’s also a “free skate” mode.

Here’s EA’s promo video for the demo:

In case you’re wondering, the song is “Run with me” by Classified.

How do you feel about the demo?

  1. jacketsfan7 - Aug 21, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Cool would be nice to see a glimpse of gm mode too

  2. sportsfreak13 - Aug 21, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    The only complaint I have is the demo only let’s you play 1 period (3rd) and even if the game is tied no overtime. At least in the madden demo you can play the whole game. Plus madden offers 4 teams as opposed to 2 for NHL.

    • miketoasty - Aug 22, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      This is how the NHL demo’s have always been (At least for the current console era).

  3. martysbetter - Aug 21, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Join our PHT Commenters GM Connected League tweet @PHTGMConnect with your gamertag and team of choice!

    These are the teams left..


    • martysbetter - Aug 22, 2012 at 8:40 AM

      OTT, WPG, NSH, CGY, COL, ANA, DAL are the remaining teams – get them while you can!


      • babar61 - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:54 AM

        Is it on ps3 or Xbox?

  4. pl4tinum514 - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Demo sucks just like every year. Thankfully the demo is nothing like the game each year.

    • miketoasty - Aug 22, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      Care to explain why it “Sucks”?

  5. ndnut - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Good luck getting someone to take Columbus.! I’d take the challenge if I had xbox Live, but not having it is a bit of a hindrance.

  6. revansrevenant - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    EA, release the game for the PC! Some of us don’t use those idiot boxes known as consoles. We like sports games too.

    • windmiller4 - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:12 AM

      It would be way tougher to do all the new advanced moves with a mouse and keyboard. Maybe the old controls (I think its called NHL93 Controls?) but not the new ones, unless they made a special controller for the pc it just wouldn’t work that well

      • alexparkinson34 - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:33 AM

        you can connect the xbox cvontroller to the computer, so the controls can be exactly the same as with the xbox console. This already the case with FIFA 12, where we can use our xbox controller with all of the same controls as the console. So, the controls and controllers are not the problem when it comes to converting the game to pc.

  7. meynbass - Aug 22, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    The demo is ok. It’s a huge leap from NHL 12 as far as gameplay is concerned. It takes a little getting used to the new AI and player physics. Passing and hitting are a little more difficult due to the smarter AI. Looking forward to the full game showing up in my mailbox next month.

    Anyone on here wanting to start a club or GM connected on PS3 message/add me @meynbass on PSN

    • dclogicatlast - Aug 22, 2012 at 10:09 AM

      If hitting is harder than I have a feeling this game is going to frustrate the heck out of me. Last year a major problem was lining up a perfect hit, only to watch the puck handler bounce off like a pinball on their way to a breakaway.

  8. dbarnes79 - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    PC sucks nerd. Why don’t you join the modern era of gaming. My CPU is for email, internet, word processing, etc. I like having a console committed to gaming. Better online play too.

    • coopjr - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      Get pwnd by regularly in WOW…

      calls PC users nerds as a salve bruised ego

      (The pandas are for people like you)

      • b1unt3d - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:21 PM

        One more time in English please..

  9. sharkcity408 - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    The demo sucks. U can’t even rematch. Normally I wouldn’t judge a demo too harsh but considering last years demo sucked, and so did the finale product, I’m not eager at all to play this game. Gimme borderlands2. Same glitches exist in 13 that did in 12. True performance skating is a gimmick. They did however make the goalie better, defensive positions more accurately on the back check, and computers now do dekes. Let’s all hope this year we won’t be able to go backwards in time during a game

  10. cosmoandmelovepens - Aug 22, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Hey I’ll take Columbus. I don’t have a Twitter so… Yeah I’ll post my name here later. Is this on xbox or ps3?

  11. cosmoandmelovepens - Aug 23, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    F it I’ll make a Twitter.

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