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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: 21 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  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 24, 2018
    80
    Its inclusion of a myriad of different modes and customization add a depth that past installments were missing.
  5. 80
    NHL 19 is not a perfect game - but for hockey fans it is pretty darned close.
  6. Sep 27, 2018
    75
    If you haven’t picked up an NHL game in years or play mainly for the online experience, you will really like NHL 19.
  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 31
  2. Negative: 18 out of 31
  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 17, 2018
    10
    full improvement on last year. best hockey game on the market. satisfies online and offline modes. the only negative is the slow updates onfull improvement on last year. best hockey game on the market. satisfies online and offline modes. the only negative is the slow updates on new rosters as players transfer. Expand
  3. Sep 18, 2018
    8
    When I bought NHL 19, I was thinking it would be a hunk of garbage. I had pretty damn good reason to believe such, given how bad the previousWhen I bought NHL 19, I was thinking it would be a hunk of garbage. I had pretty damn good reason to believe such, given how bad the previous games were according to my of my friends. However, This game surprised me. This game is fun, something I couldn't really say about other NHL games and other EA games from this year (COUGHCOUGHMADDEN.) In particular, Be a Pro and Franchise modes have both blossomed into pretty good modes so far. I HATED the interviews in Be a Pro, so I'm obviously glad to see that they're gone. As for Franchise mode, my god, it's almost like they fixed every issues I've had with it. It was rare to see teams get studs in the later rounds. Well now you will sometimes see players with medium franchise potential slip to the fourth or fifth rounds of the draft. The sim is so much faster than in previous games. I can sim an entire season in almost five minutes. Players take their time to progress, but that's to be expected from an NHL sim because NHL players take years to develop.

    I do have one major issue with this game, and that's penalties. There are so many stick infractions that it's almost not even worth it to try and poke-check. Even if your players stick is nowhere near the skates of an opposing player, he will trip, and you will get called for tripping. It's freaking stupid, and EA needs to change it.
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  4. Dec 5, 2018
    2
    It's simply time for EA to lose this license.

    I've been playing NHL games for the better part of 20 years now and this is probably my last
    It's simply time for EA to lose this license.

    I've been playing NHL games for the better part of 20 years now and this is probably my last one. After NHL 18 I swore I would no longer pay full price for the NHL series, so I purchased 19 half off on Black Friday. I think I may never purchase an EA NHL game again.

    (Note: this whole review is for offline single-player, as I consider online multiplayer to be nothing more than a vehicle for microtransactions)

    It sucks. Every single problem from previous iterations returns, essentially nothing is better, and on top of it some things are even worse. They touted the skating in this game as a big step forward and a lot of 'journalists' mention it in their reviews: don't be fooled, It still feels incredibly fake and arcade-ish, only now it's faster. That's not better, it's just different. You still get stuck on AI players who are playing their perfect 1 on 1 coverage (more on that later), and no matter how great a jump you get, you can't really get a breakaway because of the hilarious joke of a catchup mechanic the devs put into every NHL game that gives a speed boost to a defender that got caught. Turning is no longer like skating through mud, instead it's like defying physics itself to magically stop on a dime from a full sprint and then be going full speed the other way in two strides. It's very artificial.

    Have no fear though! Your teammate AI will never be useful enough for the new skating to really impact the game anyways. Blowing down the wing and cutting back into the middle of the ice (you know, like a good hockey player) will see you rewarded by the stunning vision of your teammates driving themselves.... right into the wall. Or, if you particularly angered the hockey gods, your teammate will instead come to a dead stop right in the middle of the ice... you know, right where you're driving. Because going to the net is not a thing in NHL and hasn't been for years. I assume it's because the devs are aware that their goaltenders are immediately blindfolded the instant a single opposing player passes their line of sight, but either way it's not hockey.

    Which is honestly the main issue with NHL 19. It's not hockey. At no point in time will you be tricked into thinking you're playing hockey on your favorite team. Or hell, any team. Your defenders don't defend, your forwards don't play lanes or take up assignments, and the offensive zone is essentially you running around with 1 guy while 4 of your AI teammates see just how frustrated you can get with them being in useless positions. Playing in Be a Pro is just an exercise in futility. Your teammates won't play like real hockey players, so no matter how hard you try to play 'correctly' you'll never be rewarded. The game will only reward you for ignoring your teammates and doing everything yourself. Want to pass it to a Defenseman and drive the net to screen? Tough, they'll just pass it right back to you no matter how bad the positioning. Want to set up a nice 2 on 1 with your winger? Tough, they won't take up the lane they should take, which leaves you to not only carry the puck but ALSO fix the lanes your AI friend won't do on his own. Want to set up a nice Power Play? Sucks to be you, because your AI friends are pylons when they shouldn't be, and rabid mice when they should be standing still. It's like the people who developed the AI haven't actually seen a hockey game in person but heard about it from a friend, so decided to write the AI based on that secondhand knowledge. Don't worry though, none of these issues is of particular effect on the opposing team, which meshes well, benefits from tilted ice when you're winning, and seems to have rudimentary mind control powers that force your own teammates AI to seemingly stop working at random intervals so they can skate circles around them.

    Speaking of Power Plays... what... the...*(@&. Did no one playtest this before it went live? I don't think i've played a game where I've been under 8 penalties, with most being much higher. And that's with penalties turned down. I had 17 penalties in my very first game before I turned them down. Seriously... I mean... I don't even have words for it. This is not hockey. NHL Hitz was closer to real hockey than NHL 19. This is a game that should get a license taken away from a company.

    I could go into other things, like the fact that shooting is still terrible, dekeing might as well be removed from the game, and that Franchise mode is still the worst possible version of ESHM shoehorned into the game; but the simple fact is, this is not a good hockey game. This wouldn't even have been a good hockey game ten years ago. The franchise needs to die so someone with skill, talent, and actual care for the game can take it up. Until then I suppose I'll have to get my fill of hockey from watching the real thing, because this game will be going back where it belongs: a store shelf where it can languish in obscurity.
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  5. Dec 21, 2018
    1
    Totally changing my review on this one (based on online gameplay). I mostly only do drop-ins, if you are like me, avoid this game like itsTotally changing my review on this one (based on online gameplay). I mostly only do drop-ins, if you are like me, avoid this game like its AIDS, by far the least intelligent fan base of all time. Unfortunately, if you are a good, competetive, and unselfish player you will not enjoy this piece of crap at all. All of your teammates think they are spider-man flying up and down the ice, hogging the puck constantly only to turn it over and have your defense miss a big hit as the other team scores easily. No one knows how to pass (saucer or backwards), its like playing with a bunch of 2 year old lemmings that just want to fall to their death. On top of that, I'm only level 42 (non tiered) and I haven't come across one teammate or opponent that is actual good/unselfish, and some of these guys are maxed out!! ( thrid tier level 50 ). It's truly amazing that even the best rated online club players are still quite terrible and unaware of simple situations. Everything alright there in Canada? Seems like they've gotten dumber, pretty sad. Anyways, everything else in the game is fun, but the online base is truly the dregs of the planet. Expand
  6. Dec 21, 2018
    0
    Worst. Nhl. Ever.

    If you are a fan of EASHL, dont even bother. This game is a glitch goal fest. Nothing that ressemble's a real hockey
    Worst. Nhl. Ever.

    If you are a fan of EASHL, dont even bother.
    This game is a glitch goal fest. Nothing that ressemble's a real hockey game...just the same goals over and over again.
    Its frustrating and it gets boring real fast.
    This is going to be the last EA sports NHL I ever played.
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  7. Sep 28, 2018
    0
    This game is Trash, Take me back too NHL 14, This may very well be my last nhl i ever Buy. Please 2K save Nhl

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