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Alright, well both of these little news tidbits come from yesterday, but I figured I’d let my recent HockeyFest announcement simmer for the time being, as nothing here is major news, so I figured it could wait a day. Anyway, EA has released a new short blog that consisted of a quick Q&A regarding a few of the new online features, all of which pertain to the EASHL. There was also a new video found on EA’s Swiss YouTube channel, which announced that a few European arenas are to be accurately featured in NHL 12. Then there is some older news, which EA reminded me of by reminding people about it on their NHL 12 FaceBook page. I would have already covered that older news, but it’s so old that it pre-dates my time here at KK.
UPDATE: 4 PM - A new video has just been released by EA featuring Wayne Gretzky talking about the Legends, although there is no new info here, aside from a clear shot of the front of the “Legends Team” uniforms. The video has been included at the bottom of the post.
I’m extremely excited to announce the news that I’ll be covering the 2011 edition of HockeyFest, down at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on September 10th. This is due to the fact that George will be up in Traverse City at the time to cover the Wings’ prospect tournament, as well as main training camp to follow.
Alright, well now that I’ve had a full day or so of virtually non-stop demo playing, with the exception of falling asleep at the controller a few times. I’m ready to give you my rundown of my initial impressions of this little taste of NHL 12 that EA Sports has given us.
First, in an overall sense, as I had suspected based on everything I had read and saw prior to this, a few small improvements have gone a long way into completely changing how the game feels and plays. Much like last year, when I thought the implementation of the new passing system alone in NHL 11, changed how the game felt and played across every mode.
As of 6:07AM the NHL 12 demo has been added to the game marketplace for demos on the Xbox Live website… and is currently downloading on my system! Should update on the dashboard soon as well. This is just a heads up… enjoy the demo everyone!
Well, we are just a handful of hours away from the release of the official NHL 12 demo this year. At least potentially, as one of the few questions that remains about the demo is, when exactly is it coming out? We know August 23, we just don’t know when it will actually drop tomorrow. It could be 12:01 AM EST, or it could be sometime in the middle of the afternoon, no one really has any idea. ( Update - check the bottom of this post for the expected time ) Either way, expect a quick update from me tomorrow once it is officially available for download.
In the meantime, let’s go over what to expect in the demo this year, as we will be getting a lot more than we usually get from the annual NHL-series demo. Additional Late Update - Two brand new videos from GameSpot.com have been added at the end.
Well, I’ve clearly been noticing the amount of heat JR has been getting lately, after this week’s earlier announcement that he would be included as a “Legend” in NHL 12. “Outraged” would be the best term to describe most fan’s reactions to this announcement. I will admit, that I too was a bit surprised at this news, considering I put a lot of time and thought into my own short list of candidates who I felt would be worthy of such an honor. Of that list of mine, 7 of the 9 players I named ended up finding their way onto the NHL 12 Legends list. The two exceptions were Roenick and Salming.
Just some of a few quick things today, as EA’s newest NHL 12 blog, which was supposed to be released “soon” has yet to surface. So instead I bring you some old news I should have reported a long time ago, and some a recent tidbit of video from yesterday.
Earlier this afternoon, some NHL 12 fans on the internet found a new Legends video, posted exclusively on the EB Games (now GameStop) webpage for NHL 12. However, the video was kind of “hidden”, thankfully over the time it took for me to write this update, there has been a new link to this new video released by EA Sports in an exclusive with GameStop’s official site, which makes it much easier to find, and is of much better quality that the original one that was found.
Read on, as I’ll provide a link to this new video ( UPDATE - Days later, I finally have the video included in this post ), which reveals several bits of juicy new info on the Legends, including what their team uniforms look like, some info about unlocking them, and best of all, what their overall ratings will be! Also included in this update is some additional news about the Jets’ new sweaters potentially not being in the game upon release, and some new quick-clips about HUT and the EASHL.
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Just minutes ago, the long awaited news finally dropped on EA’s NHL 12 Twitter Feed. Super Mario and Mr. Hockey are the final two Legends to be included in NHL 12. However, since EA’s official videos don’t allow for embedding. Expect an update in a few minutes when I find an embed-able version, which will be included below, along with some other thoughts on this final list of Legends in NHL 12.
Updated with video, and more…
My apologies for not breaking this news the moment it dropped, as was the case yesterday. I happened to oversleep by a few hours this morning… anyway, here is the scoop. First, in a video released on EA’s Sports Swedish Facebook Page, further confirmed yesterday’s news about Yzerman, and then went on to reveal that Toronto Maple Leafs’ Swedish defenseman, Borje Salming, will also be one of the included Legends in NHL 12.
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