Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Doug Miller on 08/18/11 at 03:40 PM ET
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…
Alright… well waiting for a video I can embed into this blog is taking longer than I expected… so in the mean time, let’s take a look at one other little tidbit reviled earlier today via NHL 12 Line Producer Sean Ramjagsingh’s Twitter. Today, he has been at X’11, which is a Xbox 360 exposition event, where several NHL players, both past and present have joined him to play some NHL 12. The interesting thing though, is a little before this event started, Sean threw up some more pictures of players to be featured on NHL 12’s main menu screen. This also gave us our first look at the “final” version of the main menu, which you can see below in the Gretzky picture he posted:
Screenshot via Sean Ramjagsingh’s Twitter
Not like there is any kind of big news reviled here with this screenshot… I just thought it was interesting. As it’s the first look we’ve got at what the in-game menu will look like when we get our hands on the full game early next month. Expect the menu in the demo to look quite different though, as it will only feature three game modes.
Here we go… the much awaited official video from EA…
Thanks again to Shin547 for uploading this on YouTube so I could embed it
So now that all the cats are finally out of the bag… let us take a moment to step back and look at the entire list of Legends in NHL 12, in the order of which they were announced, and the primary teams they will be associated with in Hockey Ultimate Team…
1. Wayne Gretzky - Edmonton Oilers
2. Ray Bourque - Boston Bruins
3. Chris Chelios - Chicago Blackhawks
4. Steve Yzerman - Detroit Red Wings
5. Borje Salming - Toronto Maple Leafs
6. Jeremy Roenick - Chicago Blackhawks
7. Patrick Roy - Montreal Canadians
8. Mario Lemieux - Pittsburgh Penguins
9. Gordie Howe - Detroit Red Wings
That is quite the list… although I’ve already heard people complaining endlessly about Roenick’s inclusion among these Legends, as opposed to say, Bobby Orr, Mark Messier, or Jean Beliveau… among others. No doubt EA had some money issues when it came to licensing the rights to these players, which is the only reason I can think for them to have been left off. Hopefully though, as I have been saying, we can only hope that this feature will continue along with the franchise from here on out, until they finally have an entire team (or two) full of Legends. Although, in defense of JR, as I pointed out to a reader who made a comment on yesterday’s NHL 12 update early this morning… Roenick might not be up to “Legend” caliber when it comes to the majority of this list… but he is very much a Legend in the EA Sports NHL-franchise. Having been voted pretty high up on several “virtual athletes of the decade” lists, most notably by IGN.com, among other well-known video game websites and (now dead) magazines over the years.
I know there are plenty of people that are bummed out that this “Legends” thing was EA’s “big announcement” that they had been hinting at ever since day one of NHL 12 news and info. Personally, I think this is very awesome, and can’t wait to start playing around with some of these all-time greats in hockey. I also like that we will have to “unlock” them in our own Be a Pro careers, as that seems a little more rewarding that just having them all be there from the get go… at least for use in certain modes where they might really make a difference, like Be a GM. I’m also looking forward to the many “Legendary Milestones” that will be in the game, as the way we will have to unlock these Legends. That should be a very fun and interesting challenge this upcoming season… as well as getting to play though the careers of these Legends in the new Be a Legend mode, once we have unlocked them.
The first thing that I’m doing with my copy of the game though? Use some custom roster moves to put Yzerman and Howe on Detroit, and Chelios and Roenick on Chicago. They will be “locked”, but not on that All-Legend Team. Then I’m throwing on the Red Wings Winter Classic sweaters (which are finally in the game this year) and will have an epic rematch with Chi-town in the new Winter Classic game mode. Thinking back at the moment though… it’s extra sad now that Osgood has retired this year… otherwise, with the new goalie fights, I could also have a rematch of his classic fight with Roy… oh well.
Anyway, I’m going to stop ranting for now, and get this current update to this blog posted for people to read. Then I’m going to go about the task of breaking down who might be included in the “All-Legends” Team, which will feature these 9, plus several other current superstar players. Expect to hear more in a few hours with another update to this entry… unless I save it for later, perhaps Saturday… as there is more news expected from EA coming up, in the form of another blog about online game modes… which might be coming out later today or tomorrow. I’ll keep my eyes open though, and when that hits, I’ll bring it to you, along with my analysis of what it all might actually mean for the future of the EASHL and other online game modes in NHL 12.
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