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Posted by Hockeymask27

I've watched this video so many times.... Help me.

Posted by oasisbeyond

LOL at Vinny insulting J Quick... He won the freakin cup.... Who did he mean? K. Hrudey? lol Kings didn't have anyone as good as Quick. Fuhr? lol

Posted by CastroCasper

I'm sitting here thinking, "man, this looks like hockey, like real hockey". So good job, developers.

Posted by Djnuttty

That pennywise tribute song. Cool.

Edited by Xymox

Did I just hear a semi dubstep remix of a bad religion or pennywise song?

And wow, did they recycle the animations / player models from NHL 99?

Posted by TheHT

"If we turn penalties on and just keep fighting, will we eventually just run out of people?"

"I dunno!"

"Wanna try it?"

Vinny's the best.

Posted by TheHT

Fuck yeah Rock the Rink! Loved that game.

Posted by FoxMulder

Jeff and Vinny should ALWAYS do all the new EA sports games forever!

Posted by Scotto

@TiE23 said:

My dad has been an LA Kings fan since before I was born and I only occasionally watched games with him. But when the Kings made their run to the Stanley cup in June I was watching a hell of a lot more hockey than I ever had. Now I'm hooked and excited to see how the Kings do with pretty much the same exact winning line-up a second go-around. But with the lock-out pretty much now a decided thing, there will be no hockey this year... So my dad decided to buy NHL 13, the first game I think he has ever purchased for himself since the NES days.

So we picked it up and spent a good 4 hours or so just playing one on one and I gotta say, it's pretty fucking good. The stick controls and physics-centric nature remind me of EA Skate, there are a lot of options and you can get the controls down after a few games. I mean, sure, the first goal I scored in the game was in my own net, it was still pretty awesome even with such a stupid accident of trying to poke check the puck three feet in front of my net.

My dad got pissed off a lot, nearly throwing the controller a half-dozen times because he wasn't used to the momentum-dependent nature of the player's movements. He rarely plays games. He can shoot his way through Unreal on the PC, but hand him a controller and he manages to aim correctly, but get lost with the left thumb-stick, running into walls. I had to remind him which button was A and which one made us punch each other.

Like hockey? This may be the only hockey you'll get this year.

FYI, up here in Canada, a lot of the hockey "experts" on TV etc. are predicting the lockout will end either a) in late November, or b) in time for the Winter Classic to be the season opener.

Posted by Tesla

Jeff + Vinny + sports game = always a good time

Posted by TiE23

My dad has been an LA Kings fan since before I was born and I only occasionally watched games with him. But when the Kings made their run to the Stanley cup in June I was watching a hell of a lot more hockey than I ever had. Now I'm hooked and excited to see how the Kings do with pretty much the same exact winning line-up a second go-around. But with the lock-out pretty much now a decided thing, there will be no hockey this year... So my dad decided to buy NHL 13, the first game I think he has ever purchased for himself since the NES days.

So we picked it up and spent a good 4 hours or so just playing one on one and I gotta say, it's pretty fucking good. The stick controls and physics-centric nature remind me of EA Skate, there are a lot of options and you can get the controls down after a few games. I mean, sure, the first goal I scored in the game was in my own net, it was still pretty awesome even with such a stupid accident of trying to poke check the puck three feet in front of my net.

My dad got pissed off a lot, nearly throwing the controller a half-dozen times because he wasn't used to the momentum-dependent nature of the player's movements. He rarely plays games. He can shoot his way through Unreal on the PC, but hand him a controller and he manages to aim correctly, but get lost with the left thumb-stick, running into walls. I had to remind him which button was A and which one made us punch each other.

Like hockey? This may be the only hockey you'll get this year.

Posted by Smokey_Earhole

"it's like IGN reviews...!"

Oh motherfucking snap!

Posted by Zechs_Marquise

"Its like IGN's reviewing system" XD

Posted by Scotto

@mithical said:

"Yeah, go back where you came from... Canada."

Edit: Vinny actually gets some incredible shots off. Also, the idea of trying to start a brawl at the Winter Classic is pretty funny.

He tells Jonathan Quick (Kings goaltender) to go back to Canada, which I thought was funny, because Jonathan Quick is from Connecticut. One of the best American hockey players out there right now.

Anyhow, I thought this quick look was great, though I'll admit to a little frustration at their reluctance to do simple things like pass - Vinny in particular just kept flying into the offensive zone and skating toward the net until someone stripped the puck from him, when he had teammates painfully open for a pass. I was also confused by their comments about how hard it was to complete a pass, since it's pretty dead easy - just point in a direction and hit the trigger.

Sports quick looks where they go in without knowing anything about the sport or the games are generally funny though, if not informative.

EA's NHL games have been great for several years now. My only gripes are the lack of true TV presentation, the bad looking faces, and the stale commentary that has been pretty much untouched in years - and featuring two guys who don't even do NHL games any more, as far as I know!

If the quote "there are shots, and then there are laser beams" makes you cringe, you know what I mean.

Posted by Masakari

Damn, the concept of passing eludes them! They both suck at NHL.

Posted by csl316

I'll support any further Dark City references.

Hockey always seemed like it's the ideal sport for video games. Shame that these days Madden gets most of the glory, especially since the NHL series has been so solid.

Edited by mithical

"Yeah, go back where you came from... Canada."

Edit: Vinny actually gets some incredible shots off. Also, the idea of trying to start a brawl at the Winter Classic is pretty funny.

Posted by Vrikk

"Oh no, he jumped right out of the guy bin!"

Oh Vinny, your ignorance on sports is adorable :3

Posted by Vrikk

@m2cks said:

I don't even watch hockey and I was increasingly agitated when Vinny wouldn't shoot the puck.

Edited by vinsanityv22

"So if you want a hockey review from someone on the East Coast, where hockey exists, you'll get it" - Who the fuck wants that? :)

No offense Alex, but when I crave sports game knowledge, I'll look to Giantbomb's resident experts, Jeff and Vinny ("The Footballsmen"). Thank you very much!

I absolutely cannot wait for FIFA VS. Pro EVO (I actually hope they do a sort of "Quick Look face-off" and put both games in the same video). I haven't played a sports game in forever, unless you count Mario Strikers, and now I suddenly feel like there aren't enough on the release schedule! I certainly hope Vinny and Jeff take a look at NBA 2K13 and NBA Live 13 when they come out (IF Live 13 comes out).

Edited by vinsanityv22

I got a pre-video ad for "Visit Connecticut: Still Revolutionary".

I don't know what to think about vidyagames anymore.

WTF?

Where are the ads that mean anything to gamers? Like, say, ads for videogames. How will I know Borderlands 2 comes out next week!?! Come on Giantbomb - get on the ball.

...

Oh hey, the resident Giantbomb "Footballsmen" have reunited! Quick Look, you have my undivided attention!

Posted by MachoFantastico

I clap for Jeff's IGN comment.

Posted by wsowen02

IGN really is terrible

Posted by ohnoabear

Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey was a N64-era arcade game, but there was also a Wayne Gretzky Hockey franchise for the PC, back when VGA graphics were new and exciting. It was developed by Bethesda, back when they were known mainly for this and the Terminator FPS, so it it was made by some of the founders of the Elder Scrolls series.

Posted by preheatedbibby

omg hockey

Edited by ApocalypseLater

I don't quite know if their lack of sports knowledge amuses or hurts me. It's like watching a game show and knowing the answers when a contestant doesn't.

Nevermind, I figured it out. It amuses me as all hell.

Posted by wildmatt

@twillfast: I really don't think that at all... Stupid goals happen way more often than you'd think.

Posted by Baggykins

when Vinny said "deke" this is all I could think of

Posted by Xeirus

"It's like IGN reviews in here"

-Jeff

Posted by Elfen

Is there any chance we can eventually let closed captioning?

Posted by Tomorrowman

vinny was actually making some pretty good plays.

Posted by twillfast

34:25: That's the reason I don't like sports games; because the unplayed players will do things that actual players would never do.

I really liked sports games better when they were all simple and completely bananas. They should give the players some cool abilities instead of focusing on realism. Abilities like laser eyes cutting open a hole in the ice where a three headed hockey-hydra comes up and helps your team out. And a Scorpion chain-hook that you can throw out to pull players in with, or even the puck. Or a super-shot that's so powerful it can shoot other players across the ice.

Anyone else want in?

Posted by Ghostiet

"It's like IGN's reviews" - BOOOOOOM DA GERST DROPS DA BOMB AGAIN

Posted by Strife777

Everybody is saying it, but Jeff/Vinny quick looks are always great.

Posted by m2cks

I don't even watch hockey and I was increasingly agitated when Vinny wouldn't shoot the puck.

Posted by HerbieBug

quebecois with your ockey and your hice. D:

Edited by HerbieBug

I am also Canadian and I think hockey is stupid. Of course, I think most team sports are stupid in general. I do enjoy poutine and smoked salmon though. I have ended sentences with a sincere and non-ironic 'eh'. I think those francophones out east are fucking bastards but could not provide any clear rationale for that bias if asked. :D

Posted by JBG4

Drop Gloves.

Posted by Zelnox

Too funny.

Posted by GERALTITUDE

What?

Only two Winter Classics to pick from? No Heritage Classic? Boooooo.

Posted by MeAuntieNora

Is it a bit nipply in here or did I just watch a hockey Quick Look?

Posted by Th3_James

I am Canadian and don't care about hockey. I did however like getting in fights in some Genesis hockey game I had.

Posted by Hemlock

As someone who has bought just about every EA hockey game since 94' and went at midnight to pick up 13', this quick look was glorious.

Posted by WVUEers

I really don't want to be "that guy" but my hockey nerdom is too over powering.

-Hartford Whalers became the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997

-The Kings just won the Stanley Cup... so yeah Jeff they're pretty good these days (You were in LA when they did, how do you not remember that?)

-The game isn't over rating the NHL teams with stars it's that the game has multiple leagues (like FIFA) and that the NHL is the premier league in the game so by comparison all the NHL teams are that good.

Posted by ColinWright

Potvin sucks.

Posted by trayntastic

i hope they do nba 2k13

Posted by Pudge

Giant Bomb Sports Desk is almost beating Giant Bomb Flight Club for my favorite feature on the site now.

Posted by ThePantheon

@Mister_V: my thoughts EXACTLY. Vinny + Jeff + sports make me glad to be a subscriber.

Posted by CptMorganCA

You guys are nuts! The Jeff and Vinny combo of blindly entering sports games is one of my favorite GB things!

Posted by Hogans_Hotdogs

Every year I look forward to EA's new lineup of sports releases purely for the quicklooks.

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