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Platform PS3, 360 Publisher EA Sports Developer EA Canada Release Date 2012-09-11

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NHL 13 review: get smart

NHL 13 is the smartest hockey game ever made, and it wants to make you a smarter hockey player. Both on the ice and off, its revamped simulation systems - the physics-driven skating engine, player AI, and franchise trade logic - allow for a more realistic approximation of the NHL. They also make for a challenging game that naturally teaches you about hockey at every turn. New players may find NHL 13 more difficult, and more difficult to get into, than ever before. Even long-term fans of the hockey franchise have a lot to learn here. But if you stick with it, you'll come to enjoy a deep experience that asks a lot of you as a player and rewards you with even more. NHL 13's most significant overhaul is its new skating engine, which takes physics into account for the first time....

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EA Sports playoff simulation picks New York Rangers as 2013 Stanley Cup champions

The New York Rangers will win Lord Stanley's Cup this year, according to the simulation of the 2013 NHL playoffs that publisher Electronic Arts conducted in the engine for its NHL series, the company announced today. As the sixth-ranked team in the Eastern Conference, the Rangers played the role of underdog in each of its playoff series. It took them seven games to get past the Washington Capitals (no. 3 seed) in the first round, and another seven to best the top-ranked Pittsburgh Penguins in the conference semifinals. But they swept a fellow Original Six team, the Montreal Canadiens (no. 2 seed), to get to the Stanley Cup Finals. There they faced the Chicago Blackhawks, which was the league's best team in the regular season and had steamrolled the competition in the Western...

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Virgin Gaming launches Xbox Tournaments app on Xbox Live with $100K tournament

Competitive gaming company Virgin Gaming launched an Xbox Tournaments app on Xbox Live today, with plans to bring sports-based competitive gaming to Xbox 360 owners. The free app allows players to check out Virgin Gaming's Xbox Live tournaments, enter them, play in them and track their progress on the leaderboards. It's currently available in the U.S., Canada and U.K., and launch titles for its first tournament include EA Sports' Madden NFL 13, NHL 13 and FIFA 13, along with 2K Sports' NBA 2K13. According to Virgin Gaming, additional territories, games and features will be added to the app later. "Competitive online gaming is increasingly becoming an important component of the video games industry, and the Xbox Tournaments app allows us to bring engaging tournaments to a large and...

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EA Sports tournament draws in spectators like a real-life sporting event, says Virgin Gaming exec

The EA Sports Challenge Series has the potential to pull in spectators because it's an eSports tournament featuring sports games, said Virgin Gaming executive vice president Wim Stocks in an interview with Forbes. Virgin Gaming held the second annual Challenge Series in Las Vegas earlier this month; players competed for a $1 million prize pool in the PlayStation 3 versions of Madden NFL 13, FIFA 13 and NHL 13. More than 150,000 entrants took part in the tournament, with the finals in Las Vegas hosting 896 competitors trying to finish in the money. According to Stocks, the draw of a tournament like the Challenge Series is that as long as people understand the sports in question — football, soccer and hockey — they can follow the ups and downs of the competition. "People who watch...

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Closure free for PlayStation Plus members this month, other discounts announced

Closure, Eyebrow Interactive's high-contrast puzzle platformer, is free this month for PlayStation Plus members amid more monthly deals beginning tomorrow, Feb. 12, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog. A former Independent Games Festival Winner, PlayStation 3's Closure normally costs $14.99. Other PlayStation Network deals for Plus members include Capybara Games' PS3 puzzler Critter Crunch for $1.40 (regularly $6.99), Team17's Cross Buy-compatible top-down shooter Alien Breed for $7.99 (regularly $9.99) and Different Tuna's papercraft-infused PS3 side scroller Derrick the Deathfin for $4.00 (regularly $7.99). A PlayStation 3 download for NHL 13 is also available for $38.39 (regularly $47.99). Earlier this month, Sony announced that Guardians of Middle-earth, Monolith...

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NHL 13 celebrates new season with trailer

EA Sports is marking the beginning of a new NHL season with a trailer from its hockey game NHL 13, which was released in September 2012. The game is currently available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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Xbox Live deal offers $10 off Madden 13, FIFA 13, NHL 13, NCAA Football 13

This week's Xbox Live deal consists of a $10 discount on four 2012 EA Sports titles: Madden NFL 13, FIFA 13, NHL 13 and NCAA Football 13. The offer is available only to Xbox Live Gold members and applies to the Games on Demand versions of the games in question. They regularly cost $59.99, and are available for $49.99 this week. Much better deals on the games in question were being offered during the holiday shopping season. But a discount is a discount — and if you want your football fix as the NFL playoffs begin this weekend, or if you can no longer bear the thought of being away from hockey during the NHL lockout, Microsoft has you covered this week.

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Xbox Live deals include sales on Tropico 4 and DLC, Serious Sam games

Microsoft's upcoming deals on Xbox Live Marketplace content feature the city-building simulator Tropico 4 and its add-ons, as well as the Serious Sam games, Major Nelson announced today. From today through Dec. 17, the Games on Demand version of Tropico 4 is discounted to $19.99 from $29.99. And select add-ons are on sale for 50 percent off — that includes the Modern Times expansion (600 Microsoft Points), as well as the Quick-dry Cement, Plantador, Junta and Bonus Pack DLC (200 Microsoft Points each). The Serious Sam sale runs from Dec. 18-24, and consists of half-off discounts from 1200 Microsoft Points to 600 on Serious Sam 3: BFE, the Serious Sam: BFE - Jewel of the Nile DLC, Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter and Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter. NHL 13 is now available on...

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NHL 13, XCOM: Enemy Unknown lead Amazon Cyber Monday deals

Amazon's list of Cyber Monday deals includes some low prices on 2012 hits like NHL 13 and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The online retailer is using the day to re-run some offers from Black Friday and the preceding week, such as the XCOM deal. That discount (to $25 from $59.99) applies all day — or at least until supplies last — but there are also plenty of Lightning Deals that only last for a limited time. Here are some highlights: Lightning Deals: SSX, $15.99 (12:10 p.m. ET - 4:10 p.m. ET); NHL 13, $25 (4:10 p.m. - 8:10 p.m. ET); Dance Central 3, $22.99 (4:10 p.m. - 8:10 p.m. ET); Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd you Steal our Garbage?!!, $19.99 (8:10 p.m. - 12:10 a.m. ET) all-day discounts: XCOM: Enemy Unknown (PC download/360 only), $25; Dishonored, $29.99; Lego Batman 2: DC Super...

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NHL 13 update duplicates players for the European leagues

EA Sports released an update this week for NHL 13 that adds a duplicate version of NHL players from European leagues to their current team. The following leagues will have their players duplicated into their current teams: Czech Extraliga (ELH), SM-Liiga, Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), Elitserien (SEL) and National League A (NLA). This means a player like Claude Giroux, who plays for the Philadelphia Flyers in North America, will also be available on the European Eisbaren Berlin (DEL) roster. EA Sports said on its website that by adding NHL players who have joined European leagues to their respective team rosters, the company is "able to create an authentic experience for fans of those leagues and the NHL, worldwide." Users who play offline can manually move NHL players to their...

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  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 09/11/2012
    • Publisher EA Sports
    • Developer EA Canada
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    • Released 09/11/2012
    • Publisher EA Sports
    • Developer EA Canada
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