EA SPORTS NHL SLAPSHOT is the franchise’s first outing on the Wii, and it skates onto the platform by literally putting a hockey stick into the player’s hands. The hockey stick accessory*, which is included in all copies of NHL SLAPSHOT, will allow players to pull off shooting, checking, stick handling and many more moves in the game by performing real life motions that the pros use on the ice. In addition, Peewee to Pro mode allows users to start as a youngster playing on a backyard pond and grow through Bantam leagues and the CHL before stepping on to the NHL ice. With skill growth and unlockable boosts, the Peewee to Pro Mode is one of the deepest single player career modes in an EA SPORTS title to date. NHL SLAPSHOT also features Wayne Gretzky on both the cover, and in-game. Players will have a chance to play through the Great One’s career, from his humble beginnings on a frozen pond to his dominating NHL presence.
The NHL series from Electronic Arts has prided itself on bringing the authentic hockey experience to your living room. NHL 11 proved to be a hardcore hockey-sim fans wet dream, but left the average sports gamer and the younger crowd in the dark. EA rectified this by releasing the more accessible NHL Slapshot. Does accessibility translate into mindless and bland gameplay? There are several game modes you can take a shot at. The Peewee to Pro mode is a great starting point, allowing players to become accustomed to the gameplay. Starting out with children playing 3 on 3, eventually moving up to teens, young adults and eventually to the pro NHL, you would expect for the difficulty to get progressively harder, but the game remains relatively simple no matter what league you're playing... Read Review