the ratings are absolutely terrible, last year lundqvist was an 86 coming off back to back vezina nominated seasons. this year his numbers dont look much different
i always would up with terrible goaltending in NHL 08 anyway, because i just stacked my team up front and won every game 7-4 (a la this years tampa bay lightning perhaps?), with no cap room for a decent goalie. thanks for winning me a bunch of cups, jimmy howard!
All of these numbers are generated from point production, physical stats (weight / height) and scouting reports. They're really never correct and frankly Canadian players are always rated higher than they should be as well.
If so then that is why I always have to change stats on players.
i hope they have the fighting like 2k games. i hate going on a breakaway or a 2 on 1and all of the sudden a fight happens. and the fights should be human controlled cause if we wanna see drury fight, we should be able too and to select when we want to fight.
I wonder, do they use this tactic for other sports games? When I used to play Madden I never noticed any real glaring miscalculations.
Yes and no. The first thing to understand is that despite it's success last year, the EA NHL games are small market products. Hockey (even taking Canada into consideration) is not nearly as big as Basketball, Football, Baseball and Soccer. Hence a lot more money is delegated to those development teams which results in better games overall. NHL 08 can't touch Madden in terms of features and development.
Fortunately, some EA branches know how to stretch a dollar and NHL 08 was a very, very good game from a playability standpoint; and NHL 09 looks to be even better. However, the statistics and research were on the poor side and they don't appear to be getting better.
Not to mention hockey is considerably more complicated than football, baseball, etc. In football, a player plays on offense, defense or special teams (typically), while in hockey, virtually every player in the lineup plays offense and defense, kills penalties or runs the powerplay, or both. That's a lot of information to consider, and it seems like EA has focused more on offense and checking ability rather than defense, probably because it's not as exciting.
Plus, like I said, Canadian players tend to get slightly, if not severely boosted ratings. As good as Crosby is, there is no way his Defensive Awareness (DAWR) is better than Zetterberg's and Datsyuk's who were both Selke nominees.
Because the goal light is on and Debbies fans are cheering.
i dunno, this looks exactly like the kind of image they have in nhl 08 pregame shots. plus redden doesn't have that typical cpu "oh no, the other team scored, i'm gonna skate with my head down dejectedly" attitude