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The NHL team stated two videos would be available today, and we have now received them. For many folks, this will be their first look at real gameplay in NHL 16.

You can take a look at both videos above (NHL 16 Gameplay Balance Trailer, NHL 16 Overhead Gameplay) and talk about what you like or don't like in each video.

On a personal level, I find the trailer to be more impressive just because you get a closer look at some of the actual improvements up close. In the gameplay video, even with the time stamps provided by EA, it's harder to appreciate some of the new stuff. I am a bit biased though because as someone who has played the game, I have found it's easier to get a feel for these new changes rather than watching them on screen.

Source: NHL 16 - Gameplay Balance (EA Sports)

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# 1 spidertour02 @ 07/14/15 01:10 PM
I think I'm going to stay away from these boards for a day or two, knowing the reaction that this will surely generate.
 
# 2 Don Jon @ 07/14/15 01:12 PM
Glad they showed us unedited gameplay. For me, the trailer did a better job on showing off the nice footwork that they implemented. It looks good, and so does the new defensive awareness. That being said I really hope the puck pickups and skating improvements are much more noticeable when your holding the controller, because you'd have a hard time convincing most of the public that the second video wasn't nhl 15 gameplay.
 
# 3 adayinthelife @ 07/14/15 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Don Jon
Glad they showed us unedited gameplay. That being said I really hope the puck pickups and skating improvements are much more noticeable when your holding the controller, because you'd have a hard time convincing most of the public that that wasn't nhl 15 gameplay.
Agreed. Hopefully there's a level of feel to those modifications, because the first video looked great, while the second looked a lot like NHL __.
 
# 4 The Visualizer @ 07/14/15 01:19 PM
The strafe and seamless puck pickup animations look really good.

Lots of good stuff in these videos that should bode well for EASHL with mostly human controlled players.

Neutral zone A.I. on both sides of the ice still looks unnatural with their decision making and im still waiting to see if they made big strides with goalies or else all of these other changes will be meaningless as games will still be 5-4 affairs again this year where any decent chance finds the back of the net.
 
# 5 ChaseB @ 07/14/15 01:22 PM
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Originally Posted by spidertour02
I think I'm going to stay away from these boards for a day or two, knowing the reaction that this will surely generate.
If anyone goes major clown shoes and doesn't just talk about the content of the trailer and gameplay video, they will have to deal with the results. You shouldn't feel afraid to talk about what's here if you want.
 
# 6 shogunofharlem3 @ 07/14/15 01:23 PM
Oh boy. I'm going to stay positive but didn't see any neutral zone pressure.

The goalies still can slide in the butterfly to follow the puck without any push, magical magnet under the ice glide. And the goalie made a glove save at the end and finished on hit butt again. Too many saves in 13-15 have the goalies finishing on their backsides. Was hoping that'd be addressed

That being said. The strafing and seemless puck pickup is nice addition. I like the way the players reacted to pucks near them on defense by blocking lanes.
 
# 7 nordiques1995 @ 07/14/15 01:24 PM
The skating is sweet !

Envoyé de mon Nexus 5 en utilisant Tapatalk
 
# 8 jake19ny @ 07/14/15 01:25 PM
Not much you can take from the short gameplay and no knowledge of what the settings were but three things I saw that bothered me. 1) Human controlled player easily skates from his blue line into Offensive zone with CPU defender harassing him but he maintains total control of puck. 2) Still magnetic passing stick to stick even with a defender in good position on top of player the puck sticks to his blade upon reception. 3) human defender skates backwards playing the CPU offensive player entering the zone and his CPU defensive partner collapses to his side to take the puck carrier with him instead of playing the man breaking in without the puck. This one was a huge issue last year because it usually ended up with an uncovered man in front of your net. Hopefully slider tweaking will help but overall I'm not expecting much gameplay improvements
 
# 9 Don Jon @ 07/14/15 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by jake19ny
Not much you can take from the short gameplay and no knowledge of what the settings were but three things I saw that bothered me. 1) Human controlled player easily skates from his blue line into Offensive zone with CPU defender harassing him but he maintains total control of puck. 2) Still magnetic passing stick to stick even with a defender in good position on top of player the puck sticks to his blade upon reception. 3) human defender skates backwards playing the CPU offensive player entering the zone and his CPU defensive partner collapses to his side to take the puck carrier with him instead of playing the man breaking in without the puck. This one was a huge issue last year because it usually ended up with an uncovered man in front of your net. Hopefully slider tweaking will help but overall I'm not expecting much gameplay improvements
settings were listed on ea:

Camera: Dynamic Medium
Difficulty: All-Star
Game Style: Hardcore
 
# 10 actionhank @ 07/14/15 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Don Jon
settings were listed on ea:

Camera: Dynamic Medium
Difficulty: All-Star
Game Style: Hardcore
Oof, that was All-Star, and Hardcore? The puck still seems glues to the guy as he skates through two defenders. And I see that awful "Barely checked, but completely lost the puck and got shoved out of the play" animation is still there sometimes when you get cross checked. Their big hits are looking good, but the minor contact is still looking to be a headache.

That said, the new strafing looks really good, and the passing will hopefully work as well as shown. I was hoping to see some solid examples of the one-touch passing being used.

I'll say this. The gameplay didn't look that different, but if the strafing helps as much as I think it can with player control (god help me if I ever see another no-reason 360 at the Blue line, taking the puck across and killing my powerplay...) then it could be a definite step in the right direction for control.

Still worried about the defenders being more eye-candy than anything else, when taking on opponents, and not intercepting passes.
 
# 11 AdamJones113 @ 07/14/15 02:02 PM
Here are things I noticed (and are mentioned in the video, which you should watch ):



Shawn Horcoff is out there as the clock winds down for the Ducks, rather than Getzlaf, Perry, Kesler, etc. Example of bad late-game coaching AI.

As shogun said, goalies end up on their butts. A lot.

Not much NZ pressure to speak of.

I wish they had shown CPU-CPU gameplay, highlighting upgrades to them, rather than having humans (who know the game and controls and strategies) control everything.


On the whole though, this looked pretty solid.
 
# 12 csamuelsvt @ 07/14/15 02:03 PM
Really liked the new skating...and some of the subtle things they discussed...

But as others said, dont like the goalie animations that are still in there from previous games...don't know how much longer we can keep saying "they haven't put in the new save animations in yet." Also, the game does look extremely similar which is why I think they had to highlight what exactly is different..

And the commentary, yikess.....thought they worked on it this year? Was in the final minute and Doc once again acting like he doesn't want to be there. Just zero emotion/excitement...pretty disappointed in that.

The first video was much better than the second one.
 
# 13 snc237 @ 07/14/15 02:04 PM
Wow that gameplay was slow
 
# 14 canucksss @ 07/14/15 02:05 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Don Jon
settings were listed on ea:

Camera: Dynamic Medium
Difficulty: All-Star
Game Style: Hardcore
Thanks!

Quote:
Originally Posted by jake19ny
Not much you can take from the short gameplay and no knowledge of what the settings were but three things I saw that bothered me. 1) Human controlled player easily skates from his blue line into Offensive zone with CPU defender harassing him but he maintains total control of puck. 2) Still magnetic passing stick to stick even with a defender in good position on top of player the puck sticks to his blade upon reception. 3) human defender skates backwards playing the CPU offensive player entering the zone and his CPU defensive partner collapses to his side to take the puck carrier with him instead of playing the man breaking in without the puck. This one was a huge issue last year because it usually ended up with an uncovered man in front of your net. Hopefully slider tweaking will help but overall I'm not expecting much gameplay improvements
1) BIG LET DOWN FOR ME - for so long the lack of NZ pressure is present in EA's NHL. IS it really difficult to have this? C'mon, its the new generation of game system is in its' (almost) 2nd year!.

3) Hopefully!

Quote:
Originally Posted by actionhank

Still worried about the defenders being more eye-candy than anything else, when taking on opponents, and not intercepting passes.
I hope that this could be improved in their slider (if the slider is working).


Thanks for posting this....still I am in the "no buy" mode....hopefully there's more to come.
 
# 15 scottyp180 @ 07/14/15 02:12 PM
I didn't play a ton of NHL 15 but I didn't notice much change in that gameplay video, though I guess that can he said about most sports titles these days
 
# 16 Money99 @ 07/14/15 02:26 PM
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Originally Posted by snc237
Wow that gameplay was slow
I actually liked the pace of the game.
Luckily there's sliders to change that for anyone who wants it to be slower or faster.

Overall, there were good things in that video from Cobourn's interception to more loose pucks from minor contact.

I'm still interested in seeing a full game and whether or not the CPU is able to turn into Pavel Bure with any player on the ice.
 
# 17 Caniac94 @ 07/14/15 02:58 PM
Like everyone has said where's the pressure in the neutral zone? If that's hardcore all star settings then I am really disappointed. I didn't expect a big leap in terms of changes but jeez you could put this up side by side with NHL 15 and not tell much difference. Even with the commentary. Same old lines, same old goaltenders. I'm going to wait until I get a chance with the demo but it's likely I'll be saving some cash this year.
 
# 18 iFnotWhyNoT @ 07/14/15 03:02 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABfnbDIIREM

I didn't play nhl 12 but did it have NZ pressure coded into the game for CPU? IF not Im confused why it would be a pro tip by EA but not implemented.
 
# 19 Panther84 @ 07/14/15 03:26 PM
Still feels like nhl 15, same goalies doing splits for no reason and did they even work on the commentary? sounds the same
 
# 20 Cletus @ 07/14/15 03:39 PM
I'm not sure why forwards are in the zone so much on the forecheck. I like that they have strategies but for the most part every one seems like a 3-2 because the forwards are so aggressive. Goalies look like EA goalies. It would be nice to see them move better, but we've all been playing EA NHL and know what to expect. The d-men use their sticks to knock away passes but don't harass the puck carrier. That doesn't make much sense to me because they want to make team play their mantra for 16. You would think if they made the d-men lax it would be on passes instead.

Outside of all the old snafus that we come to expect and hate, the strafing system sounds nice and the gameplay seems like EANHL. At this point if you've been unhappy with the games of the past, you're not going to be happy with this one.
 

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