New features announced for NHL '13

NHL 13 screenshot

If you're like me, you love playing EA Sports' NHL games, even after the season is over. The series is probably my favorite of all the EA Sports games.

EA Sports has already announced a couple of new features for next year's game via a press release, and I already can't wait to get my hands on it.

Follow after the jump for more:

True Performance Skating

It's the little things that make the NHL series so fun, and those little things are only going to get better. They've added more animations that will more accurately reflect the way a player skates, rather than simply making him fast or slow:

A game-changing innovation for the franchise that adds physics-driven skating and over 1000 new animations. True Performance Skating authentically replicates the explosiveness, momentum and top end speed displayed by today's NHL players. True Performance Skating combined with the Skill Stick, finally gives gamers access to the entire toolset of an NHL player, delivering unprecedented control and unlocking a level of creativity never before possible in a hockey videogame.

Hockey I.Q.

This will make players more aware of players around them, not just the one who has the puck. Another little thing that will go a long way in the game:

An innovative new A.I. system that governs the behaviors of players, goalies and team systems. In previous NHL games, players were only aware of skaters in their immediate proximity and goalies could only react to the player in control of the puck. With EA SPORTS Hockey I.Q., all players are now fully aware of every other player on the ice, resulting in quicker, smarter and more true-to-life decision-making. EA SPORTS Hockey IQ also delivers the deepest and most customizable set of real-world hockey systems and strategies ever for the franchise.

GM Connected

GM Connected seems very similar to the Online Dynasty mode in the NCAA Football games. Now, you'll be able to play with some of your friends where you each control different teams:

The ultimate fantasy league with friends. GM Connected takes the franchise's most popular offline mode, Be a GM, and allows you to play with and against your friends in your own 30-team NHL. Whether you are a hardcore sports gamer or a hockey fan that moonlights as an armchair general manager, the mode offers unrivaled accessibility and depth by allowing players to manage, play or coach on the road to building your team's legacy. GM's can also take their experience with them with a mobile companion app, ensuring that they never miss a single moment.

NHL Moments Live

This is probably my favorite new feature. Madden had something similar to this, where you jump into the middle of a game in a certain situation that happened to a team in real life. They'll also add scenarios as the year goes on. Maybe a couple of Nashville's comebacks will be in there?

Rewrite or relive history as you replay some of the most thrilling moments from today's NHL. NHL 13 evolves the concept introduced by other sports games, introducing each scenario with real-world NHL footage to bring players closer to the intensity of the moment. Moments from the 2011-12 NHL season will ship on disc and new moments from the 2012-13 NHL season will be added as and when available throughout the season.

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