EA Sports™ NHL® 12 for the PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360® is now available in retail stores throughout North America. Developed by EA Canada, NHL 12 is rated E10+ by the ESRB. EA Sports NHL 12 is the second title to participate in the EA Sports™ Season Ticket program. Season Ticket subscribers were provided full digital access to EA Sports NHL 12 three days before retail launch.
“As a winner of twenty-two sports game of the year awards, the NHL franchise has a history of producing high quality and innovative entertainment experiences and this year we have taken it to new heights. With over 300 gameplay improvements and the ability to play with some of the NHL’s greatest legends, such as Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, NHL 12 is our most exciting offering yet,” says Dean Richards, General Manager Team & Action Sports, EA Sports.
EA Sports NHL 12 authentically captures hockey as it is played on the ice with over 300 gameplay refinements highlighted by three key innovations in Anticipation AI, Dynamic Goalies and the Full Contact Physics Engine. Anticipation AI takes NHL 12 to the next level as players will now intuitively determine their next move by reading and anticipating the play. With the Full Contact Physics Engine, size and strength matter. NHL12 continues to innovate by giving you true to life collisions and control over the battles in the crease. Bigger forwards will be able to plant themselves in front of the goalie for screens and larger defensemen will be able to drive smaller forwards out of the crease. Users will be given total control, by choosing to spin off their check to get in position, or use their size and strength to overpower the opposition. With Dynamic Goalies, goalies are live for the first time ever. Players can make contact with goalies as they crash the crease and goalies will battle through traffic in front of the net as they fight through screens to make awe-inspiring saves.
New in EA Sports NHL 12 is the introduction of legends; nine former NHL greats – such as Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, and Mario Lemieux – that will be integrated into the game across virtually every mode, including the all-new Be A Legend Mode, adding a new and exciting dimension to the NHL series. Be the next great legend in the revamped Be A Pro mode. Play as your created pro and earn every shift on the ice with stellar play, big hits, and spectacular goals as you progress towards greatness. New to the mode is the ability to simulate to your next shift while the all-new EA Sports Action Tracker, which tracks and presents every major event that takes place while your character is off the ice. This feature will enhance the gameplay experience as gamers will now spend less time watching from the bench and more time playing, while still being aware of the game situation as they step back onto the ice for their next shift.
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