NHL 12: Line Editing Sucks

As previously mentioned, NHL 12 has some usability issues. For a game of its scope, maybe that’s not unexpected. There are a lot of menus to sift through for sim-heavy parts of the game like the Be a GM mode. But being able to change what players are on what line shouldn’t be that hard. It’s been in every hockey game since the beginning of time (probably). Unfortunately, NHL 12 manages to be terrible in a lot of ways on this one screen. Continue reading

Title Screens: Because You Aren’t Done Waiting Just Yet

Title screens. Nearly every console and PC game has one. Back in the arcades, the title screen was the tollbooth of the highway of gaming bliss. But with a game that you’ve already purchased, what is the title screen really doing for us these days? And a better question, why do a lot of games delay loading content until after the title screen?

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NHL 12: Curse of the Abbreviation

OHL team home

There are a lot of abbreviations there...

Here’s an interesting problem I’ve had with NHL 12 – while playing the Be a GM mode, primarily I like to play as the NHL team. I’d say, probably a fair guess that most other people do too. But occasionally I do like to drop into an OHL team game for various reasons. Sometimes I want to see how well a prospect does, sometimes I just want to try and help out the team when playing a tough opponent.

However, finding out who are tough opponents isn’t always as easy as you might think. Continue reading

NHL 12: Finding the Right Trade Partner is Hard

NHL 12, by and large, is an amazing game.  NHL 12 Title ScreenIt’s both accessible and deep, and while I’m generally a single-player sort of guy when it comes to sports games, a 12-person online match is quite an experience.

So, while in general I give big ups to this game, that doesn’t mean it’s perfect.  One of the things that I find super irritating is in the Be a GM mode.  Making trades is a key part of being a successful GM, and it’s way harder than it should be to make this happen.  Here’s why: it’s pretty much impossible to find a player that you want, much less make the deal happen. Continue reading