4. NHL 13
Even if the NHL season isn’t happening thanks to a lockout, the action continues on the virtual ice. With True Performance Skating, NHL 13 introduces a totally new take on physics and player momentum. You’ll need to keep a close eye on how forcefully you propel yourself down the ice. And the days of cutting on a dime and making accurate passes at top speed are a thing of the past. The realism brings with it new challenges, and they make the game more fulfilling.
NHL 13 also introduces GM Connected mode, which is the biggest online league in a sports game to date. Between a GM, team owners, managers, and each individual player, a GM mode can span over 700 possible players. It’s staggering, sprawling, and in execution, it’s awesome. There’s plenty to love about EA Canada’s refinements to the NHL formula, and NHL 13 is a watershed moment for the series this generation.