First NHL 12 Video Reveals New Features: Full Contact Physics, Crease Crashing, And More

Mike Komisarek of the Toronto Maple Leafs is about to be hit into the boards by Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins in the NHL 12 video game

Mike Komisarek is about to be hit through the boards. Not into them. THROUGH them.

[Updated 5/27/2011]

Last week we got the very first look at NHL 12 when EA Sports unveiled their first screenshot. We were extremely excited about what we saw, and we couldn’t wait when EA announced that their features video would be published soon too.

Well, the video is out, and I’m even more blown away by all of NHL 12′s new features.

Last year, NHL 11 incorporated a new physics engine which was highly touted by the EA Sports team.  It was good, but it had its flaws.  From the footage of this video, the brand new full contact physics engine in NHL 12 looks to be much more complete.  Everything in the rink is live.  Helmets fly off on big open-ice hits.  When someone gets checked hard into the boards, the glass shatters.  Skaters can get flipped over the boards into the bench, and the nets come off when players skate into them.

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook hits Philadelphia Flyers forward Jeff Carter gets hit into the boards and shatters the glass in the EA Sports NHL 12 video game

In NHL 12, the glass can be shattered by big hits.

And it’s not just the nets that have been improved.  The entire crease area has been revamped into a much more dynamic zone.  Skaters can crash the crease, spray the goalie, and hit the goalie into the net.  There will also be much more player involvement in the net-front battles.  The player has the ability to control everything that goes on in front of the net, on both offense and defense.  A big defenseman or power forward will be able to use his size and strength to push away the opposition.  On the other hand, a smaller player will have to spin away from the defender in order to create space for himself.

Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks gets run into by a Detroit Red Wings forward.

Players can now crash the crease to wreak havoc upon the goalies.

Of course, with so much improvement in the crease area, the goalies have been upgraded too.  Goalies now will react to getting bumped by skaters.  This creates much more mayhem, as goalies will have to fight for positioning and scramble back into position if they get knocked down by a skater.  And if things get too crazy, goalies now have the ability to defend themselves.  That’s right: goalie fights.  I call Brent Johnson for my team!

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price fights against Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas in the NHL 12 video game


As we saw in the screenshot, players will be able to play outdoors, as the Winter Classic is now in NHL 12.  From what I have heard, Heinz Field might be the only outdoor venue to play in, but you can play as any team out in the snow.

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and Washington Capitals goalie Semyon Varlamov lead their teams onto the ice for the Bridgestone Winter Classic outdoor game in the NHL 12 video game

Take your game outside at the Bridgestone Winter Classic.

UPDATE: 5/27/2011: EA Sports released another quick video focusing on the Winter Classic! Check it out:

Every year EA Sports outdoes itself with the next generation of the wildly successful NHL franchise, and this year is no different.  But wait!  Rammer mentioned there’s still a huge announcement coming up!  This announcement video wasn’t enough?  Nope.  And that’s what I love about EA Sports and the NHL franchise.  They’re never done adding new improvements to their games. And when that announcement comes out, you can be sure that PBAL will be here to bring the news to you. So stay tuned for that, but for now, marvel at what has already been announced.

New full contact physics engine.  Crazy crease crashing action.  Dynamic goalies.  Winter Classic.  Huge announcement still to come.

Oh my god, Pierce, I’M SO EXCITED!!!

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  1. Sean says:

    Can’t wait to beat down goalies

  2. Lance says:

    1) Have fun with that. I’ll be at the other end of the rink scoring on you.

    2) I wonder if goalies will be able to slash at players…

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