Well, firstly, I'm not too big on hockey. I've probably only seen 1 or 2 games and seen a couple of hockey movies. I barely know the rules but I'm a quick learner. The reason I chose this game instead of any other is because it looks interesting and looks like something different.
I have played the demo, but it was glitchy as hell so I didn't bother with it. I'm thinking if this game isn't for me, I should try NHL 12 first.
If you don't know hockey 12 is probably better for you on all levels. Its more arcade like, and isn't at all difficult for someone who doesn't know the game. 13 will give you a harder time if you never played hockey before because with the skating you have to know angles and how much distance is needed when defending to prevent forwards from just blowing by you.
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