EA Sports released their much anticipated NHL12 today. Reviews and reports of game play/mechanics have been trickling in on my twitetr feed today, some of which I have decided to share. Apparently EA has gotten quite clever with this iteration and the "Be a GM" game mode hides some rather idiosyncratic quirks and pitfalls.
Be a GM – Edmonton Oilers
– Players frequently suffer injuries. Particularly star players. Injury frequency actually increases when fighters are added to the roster.
– You have to deal with constant, annoying trade requests from every player in the organization.
– UFA offers to new players are automatically rejected.
– Baffling managerial decisions by Kevin Lowe crop up randomly and there’s nothing you can do about them.
– Every game starts with the Oilers down by at least two goals.
– No Oilers goalie can maintain a SV% above .905.
– It is impossible to win a fight while playing as Zach Stortini.
Be a GM – Calgary Flames
– Automatically changes whatever GM name you input to "Ken King"
– Prospects are always returned to the minor team, even after being put on the Flames active roster.
– The playoffs end after round 1.
– Russian players cannot be traded for or signed.
– Newly signed players are automatically given a NTC.
– Consistently place 8th or below in the Western Conference, regardless of point totals.
– Players traded to Toronto automatically gain 5+ points to their overall rating. The opposite happens with any player traded from Toronto.
Be a GM – Vancouver Canucks
– Only Vancouver players have an added "diving" rating, which is automatically 90 or above.
– Roberto Loungo is automatically pulled in high-pressure or important games.
– The Sedin twins can only stand idle while being assualted after the whistle.
– "Punch" buttons during a fight become "crouch" and "turtle" if the player is Alex Burrows.
– It is impossible to win four games in the Stanley Cup finals.
Be a GM – Toronto Maple Leafs
– Cannot trade for or sign players with "toughness" ratings below 80. Related: Colton Orr cannot be traded from the team nor scratched from the active roster.
– Only one player with an overall rating of 90 or above is allowed on the roster at any given time.
– Any Goalie acquired will automatically see his rating fall below 70.
– During season simulations, the Leafs win rate will double once they have been eliminated from the playoff race.
– Phil Kessel’s rating jumps from 55-85 randomly and for weeks at a time.
– Players traded from Calgary gain 5+ points to the overall rating. The opposite happens with any player traded to Calgary.
Be a GM – Winnipeg Jets
– Dustin Byfuglien’s weight increases by 2% every day of the off-season. The "pass" button automatically becomes another "shoot" button when playing as Byfuglien as well.
– For the first season, fans cheer no matter what happens on the ice. Attendance falls by 15% for every year after that, regardless of the team’s success or failure on the ice.
– UFA’s automatically demand 25% on top of initial offers.
– Don Wadell constantly calls with terrible trade suggestions.
– The season ends when the playoffs begin.