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NHL 13 review: Lace up your skates

Most hockey fans would agree that last year's NHL 12 video game was pretty close to perfect. But that hasn't stopped the producers at EA Sports from trying to improve it.

This year, the improvements in NHL 13 include even more realistic skating with more than 1,000 new animations. Player control is better, and the artificial intelligence more closely mimics what you'd see on the ice if you were watching a real game.

Those are all good things, because this may be the closest thing to the NHL we'll see this season as the league lockout continues.

Our favorite feature in NHL 13 is the new NHL Moments Live, which allows you to go back in time and re-create some of the most memorable events in the league's history. The feature is familiar to fans of other EA Sports games, and it's about time we saw it in the hockey franchise. With dozens of moments to choose from, tackling all of them can certainly keep you entertained, and new moments are set to be added for the latest season (if that ever happens).

Picture this: It's the first game of a 1993 Stanley Cup playoff matchup between the St. Louis Blues and Toronto Maple Leafs. In the second overtime, you're challenged to score the game-winning goal as Hall of Famer Doug Gilmour from his viewpoint on the ice.

RATING E for Everyone

PLOT Lace up the skates and hit the ice

DETAILS Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, $59.99

BOTTOM LINE Almost makes up for lockout

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