NHL 13 is right around the corner and, as someone who skipped NHL 12 (the first time I’ve skipped a year since, probably 1999), I’m excited.
This helps even more. The initial player rankings have been leaked and one Wing is ranked higher than all the others. You know who it is: Mr. Pavel Datsyuk who’s rated a 93. This is good for second in the game.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with that rating, but there are a couple things that I really do have to take issue with.
Hit the jump for more and a comparison of #13 with Sid.
First, stick checking a 87? There is no one better than Datsyuk, that’s gotta be at least a 95. Secondly, I think his balance and agility are a little too low, while his speed and slapshot probably are a bit on the high side. And finally, I would have no problem with his checking (84) or fighting skill (70), if they weren’t both rated lower than Crosby (85 and 75 respectively). Did they see Datsyuk take out Perry and Crosby’s ball punching antics? It’s almost as if the EA Sports was ordered from someone to make Sid the highest rated in the game…hmmm…
(Also, Crosby with a 75 durability rating? I’d have matched this rating with Shawn Chambers’ in NHL 93.)
No other Wing was in the top five for forwards or defensemen, which, honestly makes sense. Zombie Lidstrom would certainly still get at least a 90. But oh well, it’s still going to be fun dangling with Datsyuk all around the ice.
I skipped NHL 12 as well.
I'm following the trend of alternating years.
It seems like every second year they come out with a new engine/component and they follow it with a more polished product the year after.
@DannyG i think NHL12's be a GM mode is the best yet. trades are more believable. player value makes sense. now if they would just make it so drafted players were worth a damn...
at the end of the day, it doesn't matter what rosby's ratings are. we'll all just edit his durability down to the lowest possible number and then edit rosters so that he plays for Team Japan anyways.
The pic is different than your post. You say stick checking is 87 but the pick says 92. Overall says 95 which is tied with crysby for highest
Corrections and Significantly Retarded Stats-
Overall: Pav 95, Rosby 95... Passing: Pav 94, Rosby 95... Defensive Awareness: Pav 93, Rosby 95... Stick Checking: Pav 92, Rosby 91... Balance: Pav 89, Rosby 89
Still think the cover contest was rigged. Tavares beats Dats. Yeah right!!! That brewing said. Can't wait for the game!
I'm not a big fan of the NHL games (the last one I owned was NHL 96), but I still think it's a damn shame Dats didn't make the cover. I might have bought it for that alone. Also lol about Crosby's reliability rating. It should be as high as Homers skating ability...