Do NHL players complete tape to tape hard passes across the entire rink without bobbling the puck ever? Because that is exactly the situation with passing in NHL 12. Skating is horribly unrealistic, the AI is terrible, player ratings are terrible, there is very little differentiation between stars and pluggers, and everyone can clearly see that NHL 12 is a half-assed product with so many bugs, too much bloat, and not enough attention to the finer details to make things go smoothly. And that's not even getting into the checking engine, or how horribly broken hip checking was upon release.
If you built a realistic hockey game, sales would tank and you'd see 1000% times the complaints you see now. It'd be canceled within 2 years. Why? Because it wouldn't be any fun.
NHL 12, like all hockey games before it, makes some compromises to keep it fun. If the puck were a free-floating object that you had to constantly control with your stick, people wouldn't make it 10 feet up the ice without losing it. Thus, they compromise and have a little bit of "stickiness" when you're in possession of the puck. You control the deking, but the puck generally stays on your stick.
NHL 12 is about the only game I play constantly. Yes, it has lots of things I would love to see improved. Yes, there are ways to glitch it. But, if you take the imperfections into account and learn how to counter the "glitchers," there are few games that can match the fun of a 6on6 EAHSL game.
"Wayne Gretzky Hockey II" along with it's partner game "Hockey League Simulator"
Because of these games I didn't discover girls until I was 18.
I ran a hockey league in highschool, and we played endless games. Even when I wasn't home kids would come over and tell my parents they had a game scheduled. My parents would let them in and lead them to the computer room.
Wicked good times.
Summer time was all about Earl Weaver baseball though.
I played the NHL series since NHL98 on the PC, but 2002 and 2003 were absolutely abysmally brutal and I swore to never buy a game from EA sports again. So I went and bought a PS2 so I could play the 2k series, from 2k3 to 2k7, until the new gen EA sports stuff came out on 360 and PS3.
I haven't seen NHL2k3 much on here, I think it was a great and very underrated game.
I'm waiting for the 2001 mod to be released for NHL 2004 actually. I think a chunk of it is done but the graphics are incomplete. There is a 96-97 mod but I was only a little kid then, I remember the 2001 season a lot better...the awesome Avs team that won the cup then