With a new year comes a new set of sports games and you hockey fans can always count on a new NHL title to be among them. IRBGamer took a spin on the new demo and tried to get a sense on this years NHL 13 demo. This is what we have concluded:
NHL 13 appears to be the same great experience as many years previously has provided. One thing fans might notice right away is the sluggish change that was added to player control and movement. It might be a little strange at first but you get used to it and learn to enjoy it. This time around, the character movement feels more in tune with the controller itself. This change definitely makes for a better feel.
Taking a bigger look into some of the gameplay changes, you can’t help but feel that EA Sports is trying to build upon the game so that the challenge is more balanced. The ways in which they go about some of it, however, still seem a little cheap. Some people might refer to the unexplained AI boosts as “the come-back code”. The cpu teams still go into overdrive when playing against them and unnatural interaction will still take place. It doesn’t seem as rampant as NHL 12 so maybe that is a sign EA is steadily working tweaks on it.
Let’s touch on the graphics for just a little bit. From a quick glance, nothing really stands out this year as being new or fresh. The same visuals you got for the past few NHL games seems to be lingering around in this title. Someone would expect by now that a change would be shifting to put more detail into the game. The players on the ice look pretty good for today’s standards and the rink details are pretty great. With that being said, I feel there is plenty of room to improve details of player faces; lots of room. For the past few titles, it almost feels like you are playing a game among 1 or 2 cloned players. A little change would certainly be nice.
This years NHL 13 comes with a new NHL Moments mode. The whole idea behind this mode is to play out a certain scenario and completing the goal that was given to you based upon the scenario. The scenario included in the demo has the Coyotes/Kings tied 3-3 in OT. The obvious goal here is to win with the team you are given. This might not be the most exciting scenarios given but it is a nice little taste of the mode. The whole NHL Moments thing is by no means “exclusive” to this game as plenty of sports titles have had scenario modes like this before. However, this little addition is an excellent one and may just push some people to go check out NHL 13.
The lasting impression from this demo is a so-so one. If you are a hardcore NHL fan, we would expect you to get it. The few little tweaks here and there may justify it for some but just know that its about the same experience you’ve seen every previous year. Yes, the presentation and other small things have been changed here and there but its still the same game at heart. Pick up the demo for yourself and get hands on with it. What you experience should be the bottom line purchase factor.
Pick up the demo on the Xbox Live Arcade or Playstation Network Store today.