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  • Summary: Play on outdoor rinks and journey from the ponds to the pros in new game modes. Compete with and against 200 of the greatest hockey legends to ever hit the ice, highlighted by Wayne Gretzky. Powered by cutting-edge new gameplay technology, experience explosive-edge skating that delivers morePlay on outdoor rinks and journey from the ponds to the pros in new game modes. Compete with and against 200 of the greatest hockey legends to ever hit the ice, highlighted by Wayne Gretzky. Powered by cutting-edge new gameplay technology, experience explosive-edge skating that delivers more acceleration, speed and responsiveness. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Sep 26, 2018
    90
    Besides some of the same nagging issues with the franchise, the portions that got upgraded truly shine. RPM Technology is no joke as the results are seen on the ice. Gameplay is fast and fun and the AI helps complete the experience. CEHL is extremely fun with a good bit of variety, but could use some more depth when compared to The ONE in NBA Live 19. The unified progression system that is here is quick and allows styles to be easily adjusted. Having 200 NHL Legends is fantastic if they were included in other ways outside of Ultimate Team. All the nitpicking gets thrown out the window once you hop on the ice, though, as NHL 19 is fun and exciting in action.
  2. 90
    Virtually everything about NHL 19 is a genuine step forward in quality. While some modes received the lion’s share of the attention, it feels like damn near everything received SOME love. If you have been on the fence, now is the time to lace up and hit the ice. We’ll see you between the pipes.
  3. Sep 14, 2018
    89
    NHL 19 has something for everyone, packing tons of quality into its many fun and diverse modes.
  4. Sep 13, 2018
    80
    There are still things that need addressing, but NHL 19 is the best hockey experience I’ve had with the NHL franchise in the PS4 era.
  5. Sep 25, 2018
    80
    NHL 19 is no longer a party for a small audience, but a big event for all fans of hockey.
  6. Sep 24, 2018
    74
    NHL 19 offers an enjoyable offline hockey simulation, with highly customizable franchise and offbeat modes. Online, the new World of CHEL tilts the ice to the casual side of things, which not everyone will appreciate. Various technical issues also linger, so this year's edition is best suited for fans of single player.
  7. Sep 24, 2018
    50
    Don’t let NHL 19's slick menus and new skating animations fool you: the same NHL game you’ve been playing for five years is still here. If you already know the series well, this is unquestionably the best iteration of the title, but it comes with the added caveat that it’s hindered by many of the same problems from years past. The reduced significance of poke check, and smaller changes like new skating animations, definitely help elevate the general presentation of the title – but it could and should be so much better than it is.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 12 out of 22
  1. Sep 17, 2018
    10
    Love it!
    The updated skating system in this year's edition is the most noticeable new feature, and it brings a massive upgrade to gameplay.
    Love it!
    The updated skating system in this year's edition is the most noticeable new feature, and it brings a massive upgrade to gameplay.
    One of the coolest additions to this year's game is "World of Chel." Although I still cringe at the name, the new hub brings a bit of freshness to game modes in NHL 19. To enter World of Chel, you create a playable character that can be dropped into a variety of game modes, the popular EASHL online team play mode, the arcade-style NHL Threes mode that was introduced last year, and an awesome new mode called NHL Ones.Playing Ones ( 1v1v1 free-for-all where you race to outscore your other two opponents on the ice ) may bring experienced NHL gamers back to the days of NHL 2006 and the very similar "Free For All" game mode. Either way, it's very welcome addition to NHL's collection of game modes, as it's an addictive and fun way to hone your one-on-one game.Along with World of Chel comes pond hockey venues and a massive upgrade in the player customization department. Users can outfit their playable characters in a wide variety of clothing and equipment, ranging from wacky jackets, sweatshirts and pants to NHL team-branded merchandise and jerseys. You'll rarely see two online characters take to the ice in the same loadout.

    The customization and breadth of drop-in options brings a bit more depth to the gameplay options and that's a good thing.

    For offline players, Franchise Mode appears to be largely similar to the product rolled out last year, but with one exception.
    EA Sports has overhauled the mode's scouting system from top-to-bottom. When you take over a franchise, you're tasked with assembling a team of 20 scouts that will evaluate both pro and amateur talent, meaning the quality of your scouting will likely affect the quality of drafting, trading, and free agency decisions. I didn't get too much of a chance to play around with it (at least not over a long period of time ), but it's something that may be valued by those who invest enough time into franchise mode to play across multiple seasons.
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  2. Sep 14, 2018
    10
    Great game! Just finished playing it and had a blast. Movement of skaters has improved so turning is quicker and smoother than ever before.Great game! Just finished playing it and had a blast. Movement of skaters has improved so turning is quicker and smoother than ever before. There were a lot of penalties called, but majority were justified since I was rattling the poke check at inappropriate times causing tripping of opponents. The old time controls is awesome and one timers are much easier to execute this year. The new modes are awesome too. Highly recommend to any sports gamer. Expand
  3. Sep 14, 2018
    9
    Love this years version, player control is way better this year finally you don't float away like trying to turn a semi truck. The New traitLove this years version, player control is way better this year finally you don't float away like trying to turn a semi truck. The New trait upgrade system is a good inclusion. NHL 19 for me is a better game all round. Expand
  4. Sep 26, 2018
    2
    Advertises 200+ Legends and Alumni players before release. Advertises Gretzky hoisting the Stanley Cup.
    Game releases and Legends are limited
    Advertises 200+ Legends and Alumni players before release. Advertises Gretzky hoisting the Stanley Cup.
    Game releases and Legends are limited to Play Now with only about 50 legends and Alumni players being used between a few teams, and HUT where you have to buy the Legends cards to get them on your team... Stupid.. followed it very closely before launch and EA was VERY vague explaining where they were implemented, but boasting about the 200+ they have. Just seems sly to me.
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  5. Oct 14, 2018
    1
    I’ve been playing NHL on consoles since NHL 08 and I’ve never been this disappointed. The number of penalties is ridiculous and as soon asI’ve been playing NHL on consoles since NHL 08 and I’ve never been this disappointed. The number of penalties is ridiculous and as soon as you adjust your game they update it to make sure you’re still seeing close to 10 a game whether it’s you doing it or your opponent. Dropping into a 6 on 6 game takes forever to find and when you do it’s unplayable with the 20+ penalties a game until everybody quits. 3 on 3 is basically who can convert most on the 3-6 penalty shots a piece they get minimum. The new 1’s mode has no take backs so you just have to sit in front of the net and grab others rebounds. Scoring seems less reliant on skill than ever now. I’ve realized my best shot at winning, especially online, is just to throw it on from up top and crash for rebounds and just keep shooting as much as I can. Setting up a shot seems to have little effect on the chance of it going in to where you’re better off just getting as many opportunities as possible regardless of how good a chance it is. They also seem to reward people for struggling with pity goals. They also advertised legends in franchise mode as a feature, and not only do they still not have them available, but their current rosters are still missing tons of regular players even after the October update(more than a month after release). I also don’t understand why every sports game made by either EA or 2k allows shared rosters, but NHL doesn’t. If they won’t allow give us the correct rosters more than a month after release, at least allow us to download from others like every other sports video game. The skating is a bit better though. Expand
  6. Oct 10, 2018
    0
    Good game if you have lots of money to spend on transaction. Because it does not matter your skill, the players on your team, the synergies,Good game if you have lots of money to spend on transaction. Because it does not matter your skill, the players on your team, the synergies, only parameter the AI values is how much money you spent. If you spend money your players will score, doesn't matter the rating. EA, it's in the wallet! Expand
  7. Sep 21, 2018
    0
    I remember when I can pop in a disc and play a game, those days are long gone... I remember after i waited hours to install a game then a bitI remember when I can pop in a disc and play a game, those days are long gone... I remember after i waited hours to install a game then a bit longer from updates, I could jump into a (team) game. No I'm forced to play this offline sweater wearing hippie bull****! WTF happened man? Matchmaking is screwed 23 + 46 ways to sunday monday and saturday. Ive never considered it before, even with the horrendous debut of nhl 15 on xb1 / ps4. I didnt get this impulse to want to trade it in and lose $40. Fix, god please, fix team play matchmatching and forced tutorials chel so i can just ******** get my $60 worth. BRING BACK LOBBY'S YOU ******* PILE OF DONKEY **** SNIFFING *** ****** **** TARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand

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