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NHL 12 demo is available now, please play a few games and post your impressions here. The demo weighs in at 1.34 GB. Available now for 360, later this afternoon for PS3.

UPDATE: PS3 demo is available now.

What's included in the demo? Check out the NHL 12 demo announcement blog.

Game: NHL 12Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
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# 1 MiNiDiTkA @ 08/23/11 05:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Steve_OS
Grabbing it now, 1.34 GB.
Me too! I'll post some gameplay video later on.
 
# 2 F1Maniac2008 @ 08/23/11 06:09 AM
Can someone with gold upload the demo somewhere so silver users can test the demo too? It's killing me if I have go wait another week
 
# 3 seasprite @ 08/23/11 06:23 AM
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Originally Posted by F1Maniac2008
Can someone with gold upload the demo somewhere so silver users can test the demo too? It's killing me if I have go wait another week
?? How would one do that?
 
# 4 F1Maniac2008 @ 08/23/11 06:35 AM
Download - copy to usb
usb to pc extract demo file and upload simple as that
 
# 5 deejay2 @ 08/23/11 06:41 AM
I'm also silver member and I would like to download demo. Please get us link where we can download it.
 
# 6 SinisterAlex @ 08/23/11 06:51 AM
Just finished playing two games (both of which I recorded and will post here later on)

First thing I noticed was how fluid and smooth the skating is compared to NHL 11. It doesn't feel as stiff as it used to. It's awesome to see Ballard or Bieksa skating hard down the ice to retrieve the puck. His arms are pumping, his head down. Truly awesome.

The cut scenes are similar, but they play with sound. So for example, if I make a hit, they will play the replay of the hit but with the "hit" sound, skating, boards, etc. Goals are different now, you score a goal, it goes to the crowd, then to the celebration, then shows a few different angles of the goal.

There are a lot of other things I can go over, but I'll leave that for when I go and make the demo videos later today. NHL 12 might not have the "WOW" factor past games have had, but I believe NHL 12 is a game of little things and little changes and I truly cannot wait until the full retail version of the game comes out!
 
# 7 anpc @ 08/23/11 06:58 AM
On a DL...
 
# 8 blinkfan77 @ 08/23/11 07:08 AM
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Originally Posted by AtomicLegend
Just finished playing two games (both of which I recorded and will post here later on)

First thing I noticed was how fluid and smooth the skating is compared to NHL 11. It doesn't feel as stiff as it used to. It's awesome to see Ballard or Bieksa skating hard down the ice to retrieve the puck. His arms are pumping, his head down. Truly awesome.

The cut scenes are similar, but they play with sound. So for example, if I make a hit, they will play the replay of the hit but with the "hit" sound, skating, boards, etc. Goals are different now, you score a goal, it goes to the crowd, then to the celebration, then shows a few different angles of the goal.

There are a lot of other things I can go over, but I'll leave that for when I go and make the demo videos later today. NHL 12 might not have the "WOW" factor past games have had, but I believe NHL 12 is a game of little things and little changes and I truly cannot wait until the full retail version of the game comes out!
Ahhh I'm so excitedddd. Mines at about 60% right now and I'm itching to play. I noticed how good the skating looked in the Jagr quick clip and I'm excited to try it out.

AND WE CAN FINALLY PLAY AS THE BRUINS IN THE DEMO!!!!! Winning the Stanley Cup is awesome it has so many perks lol.
 
# 9 SinisterAlex @ 08/23/11 07:21 AM
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Originally Posted by blinkfan77
Ahhh I'm so excitedddd. Mines at about 60% right now and I'm itching to play. I noticed how good the skating looked in the Jagr quick clip and I'm excited to try it out.

AND WE CAN FINALLY PLAY AS THE BRUINS IN THE DEMO!!!!! Winning the Stanley Cup is awesome it has so many perks lol.
Yeah and one thing I noticed while playing was that I broke Mason Raymond's stick, so I skate to the bench to retrieve one. You remember how in NHL 11, you just magically got a new stick off of the bench? Well in NHL 12, you literally have a team mate hanging over the boards, holding his stick out for you to grab! Just one of the MANY little things I mentioned in my previous post.

I cannot wait to post these demo commentaries!
 
# 10 Therion7 @ 08/23/11 07:23 AM
Guys, is "Rogers Arena" present at center ice?

A curious European needs confirmation
 
# 11 beantownbruins @ 08/23/11 07:26 AM
Wow as a main OTP/Club player here is what I was looking for and noticed...

The computer D is still inept (even on superstar, which is one level higher than OTP). Which means kids that glitch goal and curl drag over and over and over again will still be able to do so.

Hits are even bigger than in '11, how is that possible??? Mason Raymond came and knocked me over with no momentum when I was Johnny Boychuk, how does that work? Most realistic hockey game ever, FAIL.

We can only play "be a pro" as a center???...Here is what that says to me, EA is still working on the "in front of the net presence" and will release yet another product unfinished. If you can't play D in the "be a pro mode" how are we supposed to know if the "in front of the net presence" works or doesn't work correctly?

Yet another NHL demo has been released where we cannot play as a goalie. A HUGE disappointment since that contained one of their "new" features.

Look guys, I really went into this with the highest of hopes but the lowest of expectations. I still came out disappointed. I will end up getting this game, but only because there is no other hockey option out there. I know there will be a lot of you that will knock me for this post, but it is just my opinion. I'm trying to think in terms of OTP/Club and I just don't see that area of NHL improving, or even being upgraded, through this demo.
 
# 12 tgalv21 @ 08/23/11 07:29 AM
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Originally Posted by beantownbruins
Wow as a main OTP player here is what I was looking for and noticed...

The computer D is still inept (even on superstar, which is one level higher than OTP). Which means kids that glitch goal and curl drag over and over and over again will still be able to do so.

Hits are even bigger than in '11, how is that possible??? Mason Raymond came and knocked me over with no momentum when I was Johnny Boychuk, how does that work? Most realistic hockey game ever, FAIL.

We can only play "be a pro" as a center???...Here is what that says to me, EA is still working on the "in front of the net presence" and will release yet another product unfinished. If you can't play D in the "be a pro mode" how are we supposed to know if the "in front of the net presence" works or doesn't work?

Yet another NHL demo has been released where we cannot play as a goalie. A HUGE disappointment since that contained one of their "new" features.

Look guys, I really went into this with the highest of hopes but the lowest of expectations. I still came out disappointed. I will end up getting this game, but only because there is no other hockey option out there.
umm what's stopping you from skating over to someone in front of the net and using the net presence stuff? plus the demo has been out for about an hour i don't understand how you've came to such negative conclusions especially without actually playing online.
 
# 13 blinkfan77 @ 08/23/11 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted by beantownbruins
Wow as a main OTP player here is what I was looking for and noticed...

The computer D is still inept (even on superstar, which is one level higher than OTP). Which means kids that glitch goal and curl drag over and over and over again will still be able to do so.

Hits are even bigger than in '11, how is that possible??? Mason Raymond came and knocked me over with no momentum when I was Johnny Boychuk, how does that work? Most realistic hockey game ever, FAIL.

We can only play "be a pro" as a center???...Here is what that says to me, EA is still working on the "in front of the net presence" and will release yet another product unfinished. If you can't play D in the "be a pro mode" how are we supposed to know if the "in front of the net presence" works or doesn't work?

Yet another NHL demo has been released where we cannot play as a goalie. A HUGE disappointment since that contained one of their "new" features.

Look guys, I really went into this with the highest of hopes but the lowest of expectations. I still came out disappointed. I will end up getting this game, but only because there is no other hockey option out there.
Ugh. I could care less about BAP. You can be a Center for sure. Who gives a **** if you can't do certain things in the demo. It is a DEMO.
 
# 14 beantownbruins @ 08/23/11 07:37 AM
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Originally Posted by blinkfan77
Ugh. I could care less about BAP. You can be a Center for sure. Who gives a **** if you can't do certain things in the demo. It is a DEMO.
Because like I said I am thinking in terms of OTP/Club. I play D in both. I just think it is a disappoinment that you can't play D, or anything besides C for that matter, in this demo. Last year you could play anything except goalie.
 
# 15 straka91 @ 08/23/11 07:38 AM
Pros-
Shooting and passing feel much better. Actually has some oomph to them.
Shooting close to goalie feels way more realistic finally.
Minor hits make the players wobbly.
Puck not glued in postion when setting up for slapshot.
Goalies are a little better.
Love the automated stick swinging while on defense (I play mostly D online).
Seems easier to tug players while fighting.
Love the fact that I can crease clear.
Arenas look less generic for now.

Cons-
Skating has a wierd vibe to it this year, just doesnt feel right. (very hard to explain unless you've played it).
Big hits feel less satisfying.
Knocking players into to bench is way to easy. (Granted they boosted checking for the demo)
Stick deking feels a little unnatural to me.
Jersey's are a little too dim.
Gordie Howes Menu picture is really blurry
It feels NHL 2k8 or NHL 08ish.
Overrated the crap out of the Bruins and some Nucks. Glass 79? and Lucic 87? lol.
Game is still horribly skewed towards offense. Poke checking is pointless in the Demo.

Kinda meh about it.
 
# 16 beantownbruins @ 08/23/11 07:40 AM
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Originally Posted by tgalv21
umm what's stopping you from skating over to someone in front of the net and using the net presence stuff? plus the demo has been out for about an hour i don't understand how you've came to such negative conclusions especially without actually playing online.
Because the same moves that kids exploited in NHL 11 still work in the demo. I'm not trying to start an argument, just saying what I noticed. If those moves still work then there will be those who still exploit it, making OTP/Club less fun.
 
# 17 TylerHowe @ 08/23/11 07:44 AM
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Originally Posted by tgalv21
umm what's stopping you from skating over to someone in front of the net and using the net presence stuff? plus the demo has been out for about an hour i don't understand how you've came to such negative conclusions especially without actually playing online.
When someone says something positive no one says anything. You say something bad about the demo, and you are too quick.
 
# 18 Entiae @ 08/23/11 07:45 AM
Alright, I've played two games now and I like it more and more.

At first it felt an awful lot like NHL 11, but I'm really starting to love it.
The puck physics seems much better, which leads to more realistic goals. It looks great when the goalie just barely gets a piece of the puck, but not enough to make the save.
I scored on a beautiful wrister by Kesler, but guess what. It wasn't top corner. I kept it low and Thomas couldn't get enough of it to keep it out. It looked fantastic.
The physics overall are much better as well. Hitting looks way better and it's harder than in NHL 11. I had a funny moment where I hit a player from behind and both players fell to the ice. It looked very natural.

And one more thing that I wasn't expecting at all. The crowd is amazing! The sound is brilliant, and I definitely wasn't expecting that.

With that said, this game still doesn't play a very realistic game of hockey when it comes to stick-handling, but it's still fun to play.
 
# 19 blinkfan77 @ 08/23/11 07:57 AM
Crushing, crushing disappointment- No face for Brad Marchand. Absolutely crushing. I'm so sick of the gigantic lack of real faces in this game. So pissed right now. For ****s sake, they still haven't changed Thomas's generic face either and he won the Vezine and he's STILL only rated an 89. Pathetic.
 
# 20 blinkfan77 @ 08/23/11 08:02 AM
There's nothing I despise more than being FORCED to play with the awful Manual Passing. I'm not about to get into an argument over Manual Passing either. It's not that I suck at it, so save it. I just despise it. It feels so awful. If I want to pass, I want to pass it. I don't want to have to wait to "charge" it up.
 

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