NHL 2016 Review
NHL has been a huge franchise for EA over the years and as a result this years edition has had a very nice overhaul, if your a single player that loves taking on the mighty teams in Season’s or a multiplayer gamer that loves to build your own team from the All Stars in Ultimate Team then this years edition has your name all over it! its no secret, Sports games are not my strongest area of expertise but I do like to step out of my comfort zone every now and again and take on a challenge. What I got from my time with NHL 2016 was that this is a well balanced, solid game that provides a fantastic atmosphere. When you first start the game you get to choose your controls, either simple or complicated based on your skill and knowledge of NHL, obviously I went for the easy route which made my experience alot more enjoyable.
EA has revamped most of the modes to combat last years failed 2015 edition that for the most part lacked the passion and adaptable modes of previous years, fans of the series will be happy to know EA sports Hockey League has been fixed and is worth its weight in gold…and pucks! New to this year is the visual On-Ice trainer which allows new comers to jump in ease.
The On-Ice Trainer is an aid to guide you through your first times on the ice, it will teach you the rules and how to play while being in game. You greeted with the basics such as face-off’s and shooting the puck! You’ll then move to more advanced skills as you become better in the simpler of things. It will teach you specific things like wrist shots and once the game feels you have done enough it will move onto the next skill. This was perfect for me and for new beginners, learning the rules like face-off’s was perfect as i didn’t have a clue what it was or what to do! The On-Ice Trainer saves all the confusion and stress of having to learn a new game, it gives you the knowledge of how to win and also why I had lost.
The gameplay is great but the easy of use and smooth controls are the real reason why NHL is a winner, if I can pick this up and start slapping some pucks in then this game was made for anyone and everyone! If you familiar with the way EA do their Fifa games you will straight away notice the game styles and layouts, this is a great move from EA to keep all its sports games under the same banner.
NEW WAYS TO COMPETE AS A TEAM
Hockey is a sport that comes to life in a competitive team-based gameplay experience. Whether it’s through speed, skill, or physicality, every player makes an impact on the ice no matter what position they play or their role on the team. So grab some friends and jump into either 6 v. 6 Online Team Play, Online Couch Co-op, or the re-imagined EA SPORTS Hockey League and prove that great individuals can’t beat a great team.
6 v. 6 Online Team Play: Play online with up to twelve skaters including user controlled goalies. Using real-world NHL rosters you can compete in ranked drop-in games against players from around the world or invite your friends to a private OTP session before you step into the EA SPORTS Hockey League.
Online Couch Co-op: The perfect way to play when you and your friends want to jump on the couch, join forces and play some drop-in hockey online. It’s the best place to practice your team play skills before playing OTP or EASHL.
Be a GM: Being a GM is about more than just getting the best players, it’s about getting the right players to play well together. Each player on your NHL and AHL team has a different personality that you will have to manage. Deal with trade demands, teammate relationships, and much more by calling team meetings or adjusting your roster to directly affect your team’s on-ice performance. Be A GM is an entertaining mode, one in which I lost hours in the menus alone. Whether I’m trying to make that clutch trade or having my heart broken because I couldn’t seal a deal with a favourite player, I’m engaged in the fantasy team I’m creating. Making the choices you wish your favourite team’s manager would make feels empowering; putting together the next Stanley Cup champions takes a lot of work, but it’s satisfying when it pays off.