It seems like my Twitter feed recently has been dominated by NHL playoff chatter, my local sports radio has spent more time than usual discussing it and everyone around me seems to have the playoff hockey fever. Because of that, I decided to give NHL '13 a shot tonight, on the PS3.
I can't remember the last time I played a hockey game was. I'm guessing it was probably around the Super Nintendo era, but I could be wrong. Without being a fan of the sport, there has been little motivation for me to play a game about the said sport. Because of my lack of knowledge in this genre of games, I was tempted to play the tutorial, but I instead chose not to.
I just jumped into a game, expecting to be able to wing it and figure it out as I went. Well, I was plenty wrong on that front. A few minutes into the game, I had to pause it check what the controls were, since they weren't even remotely easy to figure out. I actually had to do it a couple more times after that, because that's how confusing they were. I'm sure anyone familiar with the franchise could pick it up easily and get going without any problems. For rookies, however, the tutorial is probably necessary.
The game was fun, but by the end of it, I felt like I do with regular hockey. I got bored by the end. For hockey fans everywhere, this is probably an awesome game for them. For me, however? Not so much.