Archive for May, 2011

EA Sports Hockey Simulator Says Canucks Win Stanley Cup

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

EA Sports, famous for their NHL Hockey series of games, knows a lot about hockey. They harvest every last micrometer of data they can and cram it into their games until you almost expect the virtual Sedin brothers to become sentient and try to break out of your Xbox. Last year, their pick for the Stanley Cup (Chicago) was spot-on. This year, they said the Canucks would win the series. Well, technically not this year–back in October, actually, before playoffs started and when hope of playoffs success was dimmest.

Not only did EA Sports predict the Canucks would win the Cup, they also predicted that Vancouver would beat the Sharks 4-2 in the Western Conference playoffs, and that Boston would beat Tampa Bay to become Eastern Conference champs (the sim isn’t perfect, though: the Bruins won 4-3, not 4-2 as was predicted).

Here’s footage of the sim predicting Vancouver’s earlier win against the Sharks. Check out how eerily close they got to the actual series.

 

 

Be a part of the moment!

Monday, May 30th, 2011

30 seconds after the winning Western Conference Final goal….

 

Do you have your Canucks ticket yet? This is history in the making!

EA Sports Releases Details on NHL 12 for 360, PS3

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

According to EA Sports, it’s the world’s “Premier Hockey Video Game.” If you ask gamers, though, it’s more like the only one—main competitor 2K Sports only released the current version of their game, the Ryan Kesler-bedecked NHL 2K11 for iPhone and Wii. By steering clear of the PS3 and Xbox 360, they hope to gain enough time to make NHL 2K12 a clear improvement on EA’s NHL 12, but only time will tell.

Meanwhile, NHL 12‘s September release date creeps nearer, and EA has begun to release a trickle of information. Primary improvements to the game center around making it even more indistinguishable from watching a live game on TV: in addition to ever-more-complex player models and realistic crowds, the physics engine has been beefed up with what EA calls their “Full Contact Physics Engine.” No more awkward action figures gliding eerily across the ice as in the PS2 days; these players shift their weight, collide with each other, and move differently based on their size. The game’s Be a Pro mode has also been improved.

New to the game are highly improved dynamic goalies: players can “knock the net off and make contact with goalies, knocking them down or out of position, as they crash the crease,” and most importantly, EA promises that gamers will now be able to drop their goalie’s gloves and take a swing at players they don’t much care for.

Beyond EA’s press release and screenshots, little information is available about the game. It remains to be seen whether updated rosters, a better physics engine, and the improved Be a Pro mode are worth $70, though.

NHL 12 comes out in September for all major gaming consoles, and will most likely run hockey fans $59.99 in the US and $69.99 in Canada.


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