EA SPORTS (XBOX 360, PS3)
This series of hockey simulators has come a long way since its star-making cameo in the nineties bromantic comedy Swingers. And while it won’t let you make Wayne Gretzky’s head bleed like in the film, this installment hits the ice with a new physics system that re-creates the speed, momentum, and molar-ejecting impacts of the arena. Brainier arti fi cial intelligence allows teammates, oppo nents, and goalies to take in the big pic ture rather than just react to whoever is moving the puck, so don’t expect to rely on breakaway tactics that worked in past releases. If you get bored of season play or online league games, take a break and replay famous scenarios from NHL history, complete with real TV footage to set the scene.