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The official release of the NHL 16 Feature list is here, and while its the exact same as the list leaked yesterday, it's nice to get confirmation on what is coming in this year's game.

Here is the full list of game modes in NHL 16:


Check out the full list of NHL 16 features below:

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"Built with more input from our fans than ever before, NHL 16 steps onto the ice to deliver ways to compete as a team, new features across the most played single-player modes, gameplay innovation at every position on the ice and an unrivalled game day atmosphere.

New Ways to Compete as a Team

Hockey is a sport that comes to life in a competitive team-based gameplay experience. Whether itís 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 canít beat a great team.

The New EASHL

Sharpen those skates and grab your buddies because the EA SPORTS Hockey League is back! This fan-favorite online team mode has been reimagined and lets you choose specialized player classes to deliver a balanced competitive experience on the ice. Player skill and your ability to play as a team will now be the determining factor in who wins and loses hockey games.

6 v. 6 Online Team Play

New copy: 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 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. Itís the best place to practice your team play skills before playing OTP or EASHL.

A Way to Play for Every Hockey Fan

Whether youíre an armchair GM, want to live out your NHL pro fantasy, or build your ultimate dream team, NHL 16 will deliver a single-player game mode for every type of hockey fan - each with new features that youíve never seen in EA SPORTS NHL.

Be a GM: Player Morale

Being a GM is about more than just getting the best players, itís 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 teamís on-ice performance.

Be a Pro: Shape Your Legacy

The way you play dictates the type of player you will become in an all-new Be a Pro progression system. On-ice actions directly influence attributes earned, ensuring that your Pro will reflect the way you play. Sim to your next shift and the ability to work your way up from CHL rookie to an NHL Superstar also make a return in NHL 16.

Hockey Ultimate Team: Single Player Seasons

The most played mode in the NHL series gets even better. Improved player management and the introduction of HUT Single Player Seasons gives you another way to hone your skills before jumping online with HUT Online Seasons or challenging your friends with the Play a Friend feature.

Visual On-Ice Training

Whether youíre new to the NHL series and looking for pointers or are a grizzled veteran trying to perfect your game, this new training tool will help sharpen your offensive and defensive skills no matter your talent level. Visual aids project shooting targets, passing lanes, open teammates, and more.

Complete Control From Every Position

Whether you play as a forward, defenseman or goalie, NHL 16 delivers a balanced gameplay experience that makes every position on the ice meaningful to team success. With gameplay innovation on offense and defense, players have new tools to not only score goals, but to prevent them as well.

Precision Skating

Utilize a new skating tool that allows you to make refined movements with your skater in any situation. On defense quickly jump into passing lanes and intercept the puck, or walk the blueline on the power play and open yourself up for that one-timer in the offensive zone.

Seamless Puck Pickups

The ability to quickly control a pass or corral a loose puck can be the difference between generating a scoring chance and getting leveled. New puck pickups result in smoother transitions when receiving the puck no matter what your position, giving you more time and control to make your next move.

Unrivaled Game Day Authenticity

NHL 16 brings the game to life with distinct arena atmospheres, the most realistic players yet, and a story-driven commentary package to pull you into the energy of the game like never before.

Distinct Team Arena Atmosphere

Best in class arena authenticity gets even better with the inclusion of authentic arena effects and props including team specific celebrations, mascots, chants, and even signature props like the Lighthouse at the Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota.

Story Driven Commentary

Doc Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, and Ray Ferraro are back and now call the game with even more emotion. Hear Docís voice rise and fall with the action on the ice and get analysis from Eddie & Ray on the peaks and valleys of a NHL season. An expanded NBC SPORTS broadcast package and new pre-game intros brings the drama to life in more ways than ever before.

Superstar Authenticity

Enhanced facial features and new equipment details synonymous with the leagueís top players adds another layer of player authenticity. Use these new equipment elements to customize your own created character giving them a unique look, from custom stick tape, colored skate laces, tinted visors, and more.

Playoff Beards

One of the oldest and most iconic traditions in hockey has arrived. With accurate representations of beard patterns, length, thickness, and growth rates for individual players, the road to the Stanley Cup just got hairier."

UPDATE: One thing people keep asking about is if "edit a pro" is in the game. Right now, none of the GameChangers or EA is saying it will be in NHL 16.

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Member Comments
# 1 Mosier77 @ 05/19/15 10:36 AM
NHL 15 was one of the most disspointing and overall worst sports video games I've ever owned. The franchise mode was absolute GARBAGE in a series that has always lagged behind it's peers in that department. Let's hope NHL 16 is better so I don't waste $60 again.
 
# 2 snc237 @ 05/19/15 10:41 AM
now I wouldnt mind a trailer as well. I'm excited to play this game. Especially eashl. The new system has a ton of potential and hopefully prevents super players that make the gane unbalanced. Example is a guy with 95 speed. The cpu D can't keep up at all so it's just break away fears if you don't have more then 3 players playing
 
# 3 AdamJones113 @ 05/19/15 10:42 AM








NOTE: These videos are unlisted but were publicly shared in the EA Forums, that's why I think they are fine to upload.
 
# 4 nddurst @ 05/19/15 10:42 AM
The Ask NHL area on the website is actually a nice addition.

http://www.easports.com/nhl/ask
 
# 5 snc237 @ 05/19/15 10:53 AM
Well I'm happy. Everything I want is back and that's all I really wanted.
 
# 6 SVCbearcat10 @ 05/19/15 10:54 AM
The only disappointing news maybe...

Complete Control From Every Position
"Whether you play as a forward, defenseman or goalie, NHL 16 delivers a balanced gameplay experience that makes every position on the ice meaningful to team success. With gameplay innovation on offense and defense, players have new tools to not only score goals, but to prevent them as well."

I know they mention goalie in the first sentence, but as they go on, I get the feeling that goalies may have been overlooked again. Way too early to tell though...
 
# 7 NYRangers31 @ 05/19/15 10:55 AM
It's sort of pathetic that I get excited about Be a GM features like AHL integration, sim to intervention, etc. being added back into the game. I didn't play much of 15 because of how empty the game mode felt.
 
# 8 Nas160 @ 05/19/15 11:06 AM
One thing's for sure- it's really good to see them be very open about information of the game, unlike last year. Looks like they have most things back in, which is good to see, but now this mean's I definitely *have* to get a PS4 now.

They didn't come out with a trailer showing how the game looks, so I'm hoping this means they've done a re-haul of the same formula we've seen since freaking NHL 07 on the 360.

From the Customization menu in the video AdamJones113 linked, I didn't see an option for creating a team, which upsets me. However, when they do bring that feature back in, I hope it is completely overhauled as well, without using the exact same assets and options in the PS3/360 one.
 
# 9 adayinthelife @ 05/19/15 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by snc237
Well I'm happy. Everything I want is back and that's all I really wanted.
This is not a personal jab at you in any way, but this is exactly why I have little hope in the series, and this is exactly why it will remain stagnant.

I don't want to be a tinfoil hat type of guy, but this is so typical EA Sports to remove everything from last years version, only to put it back in this year and use it as marketing.
 
# 10 Hammettf2b @ 05/19/15 11:19 AM
They better let us edit players.
 
# 11 tyler289 @ 05/19/15 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Hammettf2b
They better let us edit players.
I'm worried because in the customization video they show the menus and in "creation zone" (where edit player previously was) there was only "create" options with the option to edit your created player only.
 
# 12 ozcore @ 05/19/15 11:27 AM
is it me or i didn't see franchise mode anywhere?
 
# 13 Hammettf2b @ 05/19/15 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by tyler289
I'm worried because in the customization video they show the menus and in "creation zone" (where edit player previously was) there was only "create" options with the option to edit your created player only.
I hope there's some type of "movement" that the devs see in time to put it in the game. It's a big deal for a lot of people.
 
# 14 Hammettf2b @ 05/19/15 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by ozcore
is it me or i didn't see franchise mode anywhere?
It hasn't been Franchise mode for a while. It's called GM mode now.
 
# 15 redsox4evur @ 05/19/15 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by ozcore
is it me or i didn't see franchise mode anywhere?
Be A GM is in there...
 
# 16 ozcore @ 05/19/15 11:30 AM
lol I'm playing mlb the show too much lol
 
# 17 Diehardfan @ 05/19/15 11:33 AM
This all sounds just so peachy....we've heard it before and EA failed to deliver the goods. They have burned a lot of bridges with a long trail of failed versions...they need to show me before I buy again.
 
# 18 Vikes1 @ 05/19/15 11:34 AM
Really hoping that player and team separation has been addressed. Just gotta have this basic thing.
 
# 19 Cletus @ 05/19/15 11:37 AM
I just saw a screen grab of the menu and season mode is there. There's something for the guys at OS

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# 20 Money99 @ 05/19/15 11:44 AM
So no BaGM for any league other than the NHL?
Why? I really don't understand this decision.

It's such an absolute waste of resources and licensing.

EDIT: I know it's not really the developers fault. I'm sure adding full integration for every league in the game would take a lot of time and man power.
Obviously EA isn't willing to give the NHL team a huge head-count like NBA Live or Madden - which is a shame considering how pathetic Live has been the last few years.
 

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