The NHL franchise from EA Sports has been about evolving the game of video hockey ever so slightly since NHL 07. It was during that year that they introduced the Skill Stick. It took play off of the face buttons and put it on the right stick, something that feels exceptionally natural today.
Six years later and, well, the folks at EA Sports are looking for ways to revolutionize the genre. Quite frankly, the game hasn’t changed enough in the last few years. Hopefully, the new skating engine will fix that problem.
1,000 new animations, more realistic ice movement and a brand new A.I. system? I doubt it will be as evolutionary as the Skill Stick, but let’s hope NHL 13 is a dramatic shift forward.