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ESPN Videogames have posted NHL 10: Five Things to Know.

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"A lot of people loved Be a Pro mode last year where we put you down on the ice as a player. People love being on the ice," says Littman. "So when we were looking at our fighting this year and making fighting a big feature, putting you right there in the skates of an NHL player is our goal. That's why we went with first-person fighting. If you've played any first-person game, then you know how it feels -- you're right there in the scene. It's a much better way to be interactive than if you're looking in from a top-down view. So that's where we started with first-person fighting. Right now, it's looking pretty good because when you get punched, you get punched right in the face and it's coming at you right in your screen. This huge fist comes at you from this huge fighter, and it hits you in the face. And then you, you're doing all of your punching with the right stick, and of course you can also dodge and try to make him miss while you're throwing punches and trying to hit the other player while this big fist flies your way."

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# 1 Nomah5 @ 05/13/09 05:03 PM
Cant wait!
 
# 2 Jim236 @ 05/13/09 05:16 PM
Sounds good! From the screens it's pretty clear that proper board pinning will be in at the very least, and the new crowds both look and sound great as well.

The whole 'enforcer' idea sounds very similar to what 2k did a few years back, here's hoping EA do a better job of implementing it. Nice to see fighting getting some love too, although if I'm honest I hope they put in an option for a standard 3rd person camera for those that want it. Really looking foward to hearing more.
 
# 3 wildthing2022000 @ 05/13/09 05:16 PM
Great info so far, I'm liking the post play actions/penalties.
 
# 4 tonynyy @ 05/13/09 05:36 PM
I'm loving it, I just hope this doesn't turn every game into a slugfest. Teams like Detroit fight around 15 times a year, so they shouldn't be out there slashing and face-washing after the whistle.
 
# 5 shakeable @ 05/13/09 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by tonynyy
I'm loving it, I just hope this doesn't turn every game into a slugfest. Teams like Detroit fight around 15 times a year, so they shouldn't be out there slashing and face-washing after the whistle.

But at the same time i hope that they don't have a maximum of 3 fights per game.

Would be really dumb if the other team starts 3 fights and then put the pressure on you, and you cant do anything about it.



By looking at the screenshots, the crowd interaction need some work thou. It's very evident in the Kesler screen. Most of the crowd aren't even remotely interested in the play.
 
# 6 wildthing2022000 @ 05/13/09 06:33 PM
Just to say it because it hasn't been mentioned yet. Women in the stands, that's a decent upgrade.
 
# 7 flyersdabe @ 05/13/09 07:20 PM
Oh how bad I can't wait to be able to shoot at Fleury after every play and face wash that punk Sidney Crosby.

This game sounds terrific.
 
# 8 ChaseB @ 05/13/09 07:20 PM
In previous games, you would hit an arbitrary button anywhere on the ice and you would fight," says Littman. "To be more realistic, this year you have to go find somebody to fight. You go up to an opponent and grab them, even face wash them, which people do in real life to get their attention, and then you're asking them to drop the gloves.

If someone face washes Apollo Creed, then he is going to get dropped.
 
# 9 Bumble14 @ 05/13/09 08:22 PM
Wow...all I can really say is WOW..

As much as I liked NHL 09, something about it seemed so sterile and boring at times. I can not wait to see scrums, board pinning, and physical play. I'm surprised it took so long to impletment- I've been waiting for after whistle scrums since Ice Hockey on NES.
 
# 10 Money99 @ 05/13/09 08:29 PM
Okay, I know I'm going to sound all doom and gloom but I'm very paranoid this whole Intimidation stuff is going to be done incorrectly.

There is definitely some intimidation in the game. No doubt. But there are players who will never get intimidated no matter what goes on. Litty used Crosby as an example but I don't think this kid has ever been intimidated by anyone.

Also, I hope a fight won't automatically break out every time you go for one like it was described. And I really didn't like hearing that if there's no tough guys on the rink, then whoever you're abusing will drop the gloves. If that's the case then I'll start a fight against Detroit every shift. I'll gladly substitute a scrub to get Datsyuk, Hossa, Lidstrom or Zetterberg off the ice.
I want the fighting ratings directly linked to whether or not they'll drop the gloves. The Wings, by and large, never ever fight. Datsyuk could win the Selke for the 2nd time in a row so I never want to see him go anybody.

Don't get me wrong. I loved all that I read, but I'm worried that once again what goes on the ice won't be mirrored to the players attributes.
There are certain players in this game that have ice water in their veins and would never fumble passes or lose fatigue because they're scared. I don't want to hit Mike Richards 4 times and face wash him and then watch him fumble and bumble around the rest of the game. That would never happen.

And while Litty thinks that fighting and grinding will be a deterrent to cheap tactics, I have to disagree. In real life it might because real life people don't really like to be punched in the face. But in a video game, where you feel no pain, it's going to be nothing but after ice whistles and fights.
I just hope the AI is smart enough to suck you into taking dumb penalties if that's all you want to do.
If start that crap against a softer and gentler team like Detroit then I would expect to get a lot of penalites because Detroit won't retaliate.

Finally, while fighting can wake a team up it's not necessary to win games. Again, just look at Detroit.

I guess my main concern is that all of these features are going to be over the top. As much as I love the movie Slap Shot I don't necessarily want my hockey video game experience to be the same.
 
# 11 TreyIM2 @ 05/13/09 08:39 PM
I think I'm in, this year. Sounds great. EA is really going hard on all their sports franchises. Now, if they could just get NBA Live 10 on point....
 
# 12 Fiddy @ 05/13/09 08:56 PM
man this is gonna be a great year of nhl 10..
 
# 13 ChaseB @ 05/13/09 09:04 PM
Money if you pay me, I'll punch you in the face each time there is a scrum on the ice so it deters you from using the mechanic. Deal?
 
# 14 onlybygrace @ 05/13/09 09:16 PM
Wow...

Looks like I won't be trading this game in like I did with 09.

This will be the best game of all-time if all this is pulled off.
 
# 15 ChaseB @ 05/13/09 10:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Scottdau
You really need to change your avatar! Why? becasue I keep think that is you and I keep thinking how vain is some one to have an avatar of them self!
Nice pads. I didn't you played for the Sharks.
 
# 16 Millennium @ 05/13/09 10:26 PM
I just got moist reading that...
 
# 17 Money99 @ 05/13/09 11:04 PM
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Originally Posted by ChaseB
Money if you pay me, I'll punch you in the face each time there is a scrum on the ice so it deters you from using the mechanic. Deal?
I've done less for money.
 
# 18 Acedeck @ 05/14/09 12:53 AM
"Now we've come to the point where we're still improving offense, defense and goalies, but we've done a really good job with those features already. What's left?

This comment worries me a lot, especially after hearing so much about fighting and physicality improvements. For starters, NHL 09 was no where even close to being where it has the potential to be from an AI and game-play aspect. There's absolutely zero board play, too little pressure from CPU defenders, and numerous flaws in the AI when it comes to money goals. In fact, I don't even think it's likely EA could fix the AI/game-play side of things in a two year window, let alone a one year window. There's a lot going on in hockey, and there's a lot to improve on the AI side of things before I would consider EA's NHL game anywhere close to the point where they can say "What's left?"
 
# 19 Dalsanto0026 @ 05/14/09 01:06 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Money99
Okay, I know I'm going to sound all doom and gloom but I'm very paranoid this whole Intimidation stuff is going to be done incorrectly.

There is definitely some intimidation in the game. No doubt. But there are players who will never get intimidated no matter what goes on. Litty used Crosby as an example but I don't think this kid has ever been intimidated by anyone.

Also, I hope a fight won't automatically break out every time you go for one like it was described. And I really didn't like hearing that if there's no tough guys on the rink, then whoever you're abusing will drop the gloves. If that's the case then I'll start a fight against Detroit every shift. I'll gladly substitute a scrub to get Datsyuk, Hossa, Lidstrom or Zetterberg off the ice.
I want the fighting ratings directly linked to whether or not they'll drop the gloves. The Wings, by and large, never ever fight. Datsyuk could win the Selke for the 2nd time in a row so I never want to see him go anybody.

Don't get me wrong. I loved all that I read, but I'm worried that once again what goes on the ice won't be mirrored to the players attributes.
There are certain players in this game that have ice water in their veins and would never fumble passes or lose fatigue because they're scared. I don't want to hit Mike Richards 4 times and face wash him and then watch him fumble and bumble around the rest of the game. That would never happen.

And while Litty thinks that fighting and grinding will be a deterrent to cheap tactics, I have to disagree. In real life it might because real life people don't really like to be punched in the face. But in a video game, where you feel no pain, it's going to be nothing but after ice whistles and fights.
I just hope the AI is smart enough to suck you into taking dumb penalties if that's all you want to do.
If start that crap against a softer and gentler team like Detroit then I would expect to get a lot of penalites because Detroit won't retaliate.

Finally, while fighting can wake a team up it's not necessary to win games. Again, just look at Detroit.

I guess my main concern is that all of these features are going to be over the top. As much as I love the movie Slap Shot I don't necessarily want my hockey video game experience to be the same.
My feelings exactly.

I have a feeling this feature will be overused.

I like the sound of crowd interactions though, that sounds great, though judging by the screenshots it doesn't look like it's been implemented very well. The player models look terrific.
 
# 20 blinkfan77 @ 05/14/09 02:53 AM
The first thing I do when I fire this game up for the first time? Beat the **** out of Scott Walker with Milan Lucic. Can't wait.

I wish they would add goaltender interactions though. Interference would be awesome. Maybe they'll touch on it at some point. I doubt they add it though.
 

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