Now that the NHL news is slowing down a bit, we can finally focus on playing video games. Sure, a lot of people have been talking about this “going outside” thing, but why would we want that to happen? Our computers and video game consoles are all inside!
Thankfully, EA Sports recognizes this and they’ve released a brand new trailer for NHL 12.
If you’ve been waiting for the day where you can hit an NHL player hard enough that he breaks through the glass and showers the crowd with dangerous shrapnel, that dream is almost a reality. If you’ve ever wanted to knock a goaltender’s helmet off or send him crumbling down to the ice in a heap, you’ll be able to do that too.
If you want Tim Thomas to finally have an accurate helmet design… you’ll have to keep waiting.
But you CAN knock that inaccurate helmet off right of his head, so that’s pretty good, right?
The game does seem pretty realistic though as it doesn’t show the Canucks scoring a goal in Boston.
The trailer also has a shot of Semyon Varlamov on the Capitals, so apparently EA Sports is joining the rest of us in refusing to believe that the Avalanche would actually trade a first and second round pick to Washington for Varlamov.
Hopefully all of these enhancements, from broken glass to goalie fights, don’t make the game too ridiculous to play. It seems like EA is focusing on adding features that rarely happen in NHL games. How often does someone break the glass with a check? How about someone checking the goaltender behind the net so hard that his helmet flies off? What about a goaltender fight?
Sure, all of these things are exciting when they happen, but they rarely actually do.
Though these features are probably better than the “finger bite taunting” and “season ending headshots” that have recently been added to the actual NHL.
Maybe EA Sports is onto something. We’d rather see a player flip over the boards after a check than see someone lie motionless on the ice after a late hit or elbow to the head. Perhaps the actual NHL should be more like the video game and less like a primitive fight to the death.
Or maybe we should really consider going outside.