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NHL 12 Development Team Has A Brain Afterall

The very first encouraging piece of news regarding the changes being made to goalies came to my attention today.  One of the touted new features for NHL 12 is the ability for goalies to fight.  As soon as I read this in the original features release it sent off alarms bells.  Anyone who has played NHL 11/10/09 Online Team Play (OTP) mode knows that the ice sheet if full of immature idiot griefers hiding behind their internet gaming anonymiity to cause strife.  I was deathly afraid that every OTP game next year would turn into how quickly can two human goalies get to center ice to drop em?  Apparently the team at EA indeed has a brain despite not listening to many of our other concerns over the past three years regarding the need for fixes to the title.

Fresh off of a community event Jason aka TNA Equalizer has some good information on goalie play.  Two things in a very good post really stood out.   Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

June 3, 2011 at 4:52 PM

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More NHL 12 Goalie Stuff

So ever since the first blurbs about the upcoming NHL 12  feature additions hit the internet my EASHL club has scrambling to see if our concerns will be addressed and what the new changes might mean to the way we currently play the game.  My right winger brought some information to me that merits repeating.

Goalie V-H Technique – what does V-H stand for? Well I’m glad you asked.  It stands for vertical-horizontal.  It is a technique used by goalies similar to the hug post.  Goalie V-H is something you see many NHL goalies do throughout the game but something we’ve been missing in the title.  The purpose of this technique is to put goalies in better position for passes behind the goal line and also allows for them to more easily push off the post into butterfly.  How does this affect your goalie in NHL 12? From the goalie V-H, you will be able to make saves, poke check, and cover the puck.  You will also be able to push off the post from this stance and right into butterfly or into the desperation saves.  Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

June 2, 2011 at 6:00 PM

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NHL 12 Release Date and More Thoughts

NHL 12 will hit store shelves on 9.13.11  According to EA’s Features’s Whiteboard you can expect the following:

Full Contact Physics Engine
– Shatter the glass with bone-crushing hits along the boards
– Knock rivals over the boards and into the bench
– Significantly impact the play of the goalie with screens and collisions

Be a Pro Revamped
-nothing revealing in their teaser paragraph apart from you will earn every shift, if you play BaP that way

– Play in the Winter Classic – The NHL package jumps to life with the addition of the NHL Winter Classic, the league’s premier outdoor hockey event on New Year’s Day. Play under snowfall at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field as 70,000+ rabid fans provide inspiration by cheering you on while donning Winter Classic gear. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 31, 2011 at 9:23 AM

What Do I Want in NHL 12?

Marc-Andre Fleury being run in the outdoor venue in NHL12's new Winter Classic Mode

Y!’s Puck Daddy runs a story today about EA’s upcoming title update to the NHL franchise, NHL 12.  Apparently several new “features” are coming including a Winter Classic mode as well as the ability to knock the net off its moorings and players running goalies.  The article asks at the end what do you want to see in NHL 12?  As someone who has played more than a few (over 3200 games of online team play/EASHL in 3 years) I actually do have a few requests.  How about instead of new features for the back of the box EA goes in and fixes some of the existing problems? Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 20, 2011 at 9:08 AM

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