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EA Sports released NHL 13 today

Sep 11, 2012, 10:18 PM EDT


EA Sports released NHL 13 for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 today (unless you’re a European PS3 owner – then you get it Wednesday).

Various Web sites already have reviews for the only major console hockey game, so let’s take a brisk look around.

The game hasn’t been available for very long just yet, but what are your thoughts so far?

If you want a humorous take on NHL 13’s release, take a look at Sean McIndoe’s piece.

  1. stakex - Sep 11, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Unless you are super anal about teams having up-to-date rosters or you play with friends who are…. you pretty much should never buy a sports game every year. Its really a waste of $60.

    I’m still playing NHL 2010 myself, though I think giving three years its about time for a new game. Its a shame 2013 is getting pretty so-so reviews.

    • itsallniceonice - Sep 11, 2012 at 11:05 PM

      One of the best video game franchises out there, but I’d have to say it’s steadily been going downhill. They always patch the game into oblivion because of cheesers online, creating the same game year after year.

    • lordfletcher - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      some people just don’t want to play the EXACT same game for 3 straight years and in the grand scheme of it, $60 is nothing, so buying it once every 12-24 months makes sense to most. Apples / Oranges amigo. All personal preference but I sure as heck don’t want to listen or watch the same game for 3+ years. Also playing your friends online is nice and they are all not hacking older games. It’s the way of the world. Bigger, brighter, newer, faster, stronger… yada yada yada

  2. subliminalnoize - Sep 11, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Why the hell would I buy this game, if the league it is supposed to promote can’t even get its act together. This is usually my sign that hockey is around the corner, and its time to start getting pumped mark, but with this impending lock out I’m calling boycott. Those of you out there who feel as hopeless as I am with the whole situation, this is one thing we as fans can do. If we stop supporting products that are part of the greater whole of the NHL, they might start to see why the “lock out” is such a bad idea.

  3. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor - Sep 11, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    I don’t know why fans of the franchise wouldn’t buy this game. The people who make the NHL series are by far the best of anyone at EA Sports. This is a whole new game from NHL 12, it’s a brand new challenge. They fixed a lot of problems and, while the skating will take some getting used to, it is a big upgrade and much more realistic. Unlike with Madden, people who buy this game actually have an updated version. They hardcore fans of this series are in love so far.

  4. itsallniceonice - Sep 11, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    EA Vancouver really has a love affair with Luongo eh?

  5. schuckme - Sep 12, 2012 at 3:55 AM

    the game is solid but i have ONE ANNOYING yet ongoing complaint wit EA Sports NHL franchise.. that is when im playing online i dont get why the freakin hell they are too scared to bump the game speed up my god playing online is such a dull drag sometimes becuz the players skate so FREAKIN SLOW!! has anybody at the EA corp ever been to a hockey game?? jesus christ hockey is such a fast paced game! BUMP UP THE GAME SPEED it will make for smoother and more fun realism! i hate tryin to control and make moves while going at a snails pace every year!!

  6. freneticgarfieldfan - Sep 12, 2012 at 6:21 AM

    “the computer-operated GMs make enough poor decisions to break the fantasy.”
    Haha, I didn’t think the game would be SO realistic.

    • tkovacs2 - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:38 AM

      Not EA Sports’ best idea to base the computer GM’s logic off of Scott Howson.

  7. martysbetter - Sep 12, 2012 at 7:51 AM


    • ravenscaps48 - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      When are the invites being sent out?

  8. comeonnowguys - Sep 12, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Loved 10, still play 11 pretty regularly. Two years is a good life cycle for a sports game.

  9. lonespeed - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    I have 09, 10, 11 and 12.

    Against my better judgement I went out and bought 13 last night. NHL is pretty much the only video game I play. At least 80% of all my gaming per year.

    Sadly, the game is just as good as I expected. So there go my late evenings for the next couple months.

    4-2 last night, and sure to improve. GAA of less than 1.5 and two shutouts despite the half-year or more of rust. Can’t wait to play again late tonight. Grrr.

  10. sheapuck - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    I went to the store to get it because I wanted to play and it wasn’t open yet. I was locked out 😦

  11. travishenryskid - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    A lot better than 12 IMO. The skating is a huge improvement for me. One major problem though. Lemieux is a 97 and Gretzky is a 94. Seriously?

  12. lordfletcher - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    I bought it, again (I have since 98)

    I enjoy it every year and can rationalize the expense. I play this game once to five times a week for the entire year.. and $60 for the game compared to a $75 lower level ticket for one game at the X, sure does seem like great value for entertainment.

    As always, I will play the Be a Pro Mode till the roster update comes out in mid October but with the lockout, does that mean the NHLPA players / rookies won’t sign as early? I wonder if that will force the rookies to not be in the game for awhile. Dunno doesn’t matter too much, just a thought.

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