Parents' Guide to

NHL 12

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Hockey sim with new features but more fights than before.

Game PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 2011
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While EA Sports' claim of more than 300 gameplay improvements sounds a little high –- not to mention there's some awkward animation in the cut-scene sequences and somewhat confusing menus -- NHL 12 is one of the better offerings in recent memory. Why? The game is both fast and fierce, includes many different modes to sink your skates into, and the new control nuances, smarter player artificial intelligence (A.I.),and a better physics engine (for more believable hits) all make for a feature-packed hockey experience. The new "Be a Legend" mode is a highlight as you can take NHL greats from history and put them in the game today -- including nine former NHL legends, such as The Great One, Wayne Gretzky. The "Be a Pro" mode is just as deep as last year's game as you work your way up from the minors to the big league. Or you can play a single match, playoff game, or entire season, or challenge friends beside you or online via the matchmaking system. Hockey fans who love video games won't be disappointed in NHL 12.

Note: Both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version of the game are the same.

Game Details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: EA Sports
  • Release date: September 13, 2011
  • Genre: Sports
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Violence
  • Last updated: August 29, 2016

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