StickSkills says, "Each year, successful sports franchises face the problem of trying to maintain a solid game while adding something new for players to get excited about. In many cases, that “something new” doesn’t change the overall experience of the game very much, resulting in a general “more-of-the-same” attitude. With this in mind, EA’s NHL series has had a pretty good run of things over the past three years. With scores consistently in the upper 80s, EA has always been able to do enough to balance old and new elements, keeping everyone happy. This year, though, the publisher/developer decided to reach even further, hoping to make NHL 13 the definitive virtual hockey experience."