As the first screens and videos were released of the upcoming EA Sports NHL title, I obviously started to pay attention to the ice graphics to see how realistic they were. Given that the arena's so far have looked amazingly accurate, I imagined that the center ice designs would be equally authentic. It's early on and some photos/videos could be earlier builds but often these early issues end up in final product. It is not my intent to run down EA or their game in this article, but simply bring attention to these inaccuracies so that perhaps they will notice and correct them so that we end up with as many authentic ices as possible. Lets get started.
Boston Bruins - Looks great!
Dallas Stars - Looks great!
Detroit Red Wings
So far it is hard to see much but from the screen shot EA released, I cannot see any problems.
This is a bit odd... The Oilers have no arena name on ice, yet the Rexall Arena logos are under the scoreboard and on the left wall. Last year the arena sponsor, Rexall, got a new logo. My only thought is that the wordmark around center ice is going to change and Rexall requested that they do not put the text in. At any rate, such an authentic arena having no text at center ice is quite a bummer, but lets hope this gets fixed somehow!
Los Angeles Kings - Looks great!
Montreal Canadiens (updated)
The red line has been updated. All this ice needs is the proper Bell Centre font.
Philadelphia Flyers - Looks great!
San Jose Sharks
Another solid red line where it shouldn't be, but isn't it nice to see an actual arena name on the ice at San Jose? (An EA rep has told us that the red line has since been fixed!)
Still need to work on the arena wordmark a bit. 'Scottrade' should be in purple and 'Center' in gray.
I will update this page as we see more center ice designs from the game.