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The NHL 16 EASHL beta is available now for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4. While it was available on the Xbox One earlier this morning and throughout the day (via workaround), EA Sports hit a snag getting it online for both consoles the way they intended.

With all of that said, they figured out the cause of the problem and have extended the beta until August 7, giving gamers an extra day to hit the ice.

NHL 15 (Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or EA Access) is required to access the beta initially, but is not required after you have successfully downloaded as the beta will be accessible directly from your console hard drive. (More information here, including a chance for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 users to access the beta, if you have upgraded to a current-gen console).

As noted by Chase on Twitter:

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If you struggle to find the EASHL download spot on NHL 15 on PS4 -- tab to the Play option, then tab back to Home and it should be in top right panel (As seen in the image above).

The same can be said for the Xbox One beta, if you can't locate it.

Play a few games and let us know what you think!

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# 1 Ownal0t @ 07/31/15 12:40 AM
2 things so far,

first off, is it me or does the movement and puck control feel WAY off? i mean NHL 15 was my first game in 12 years but that first game felt wierd as hell, it felt like i had no control of anything and that i never had the puck when i did. i hope thats just me and not this game. cause that was annoying.

2nd. i wish when there was a game in progress of our club, we can get a score or be able to watch it live. just to make time in the dressing room less boring
 
# 2 SinisterAlex @ 07/31/15 01:07 AM
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Originally Posted by ThreeKing
Are there drop-in games?? I can't get into a game.
No drop in for the beta. Just club matches. Are you on the PS4 and west coast? I want to get in on a game but none of my friends are online to play. I've created a club just need some people to play with.

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# 3 Ownal0t @ 07/31/15 01:24 AM
i made a club for randoms and anyone and new people, 000 Rookies Welcome 000 is my club on PS4. east coast
 
# 4 dmslapped @ 07/31/15 01:33 AM
Started making a character and the menus disappeared... not a good start
 
# 5 shogunofharlem3 @ 07/31/15 01:58 AM
Impressions from my end.

Much improved from 15. MUCH. Wish the "Game In Progress" status had a little more info. I sat in a room for about 35 minutes then finally the game started. Had I known I joined locker room in the 1st I could have come back later on.

I played 3 games. Lost all 3, 2 games were great and 1 game we lost 6 to 1 or 8 to 1. BUT, the other team was nasty! They were taking the puck behind their own net, drop passing it, another guy was picking it up with speed as they all curled. It was a thing of beauty, how EASHL, with practice, can be played.

Really had some fun. As a predominately defensive guy, I still feel naked out there with my canned poke check (that causes trips all the time), my little mini manual poke check (Holding RB and right right sweep) and putting the body on a guy. When those attackers come in, there really isn't much to do.

I would even take an Ulf Samuelsson button (I'm a Bruins fan and will never forget that knee to knee hit on Neely) but I'll take that in video hockey. Defense needs more options to stop the "skill stick" while we get nothing.

Passing seems slow to get rid of. Its a balance of speed of pass vs release, I like having control of my speed of pass but, I still play old man hockey and we can rip passes way quicker with no "load up" time. I like the idea but should be address.

All in all, really liked the beta so far. Goalies look far improved animation wise. Good stuff and I do credit EA for releasing early to get some feedback and to make sure it works when release

I'd like to see some impressions on:

Pass Release Speed
Slap Shot from D animation speed, I never could get one off no matter how much room I had.
Lack of Defensive Weapons to stop the many many Skill Stick moves
 
# 6 The Visualizer @ 07/31/15 02:15 AM
+ I really like what they have done with pass accuracy between the builds. I only played Dman tonight, but I tried TWD, DEF, OFF and there is a noticeable difference between the 3 that works gameplay balance-wise.

+ Goalie animations and overall movement looked different and much more realistic. I like how their glove is up most of the time now and how you can see and take advantage of momentum on aggressive pushes side-to-side

+ i like that its harder to dangle thru traffic, that should promote a better style of hockey for those interested in winning until the exploit stuff is eventually discovered

- i only played about 10 games of NHL15 and coming from 100s to 1000s of EASHL games last gen the skating improvements and LT/L2 new control didnt impress me much

- AI still braindead in most situations, but thats prob by design to promote more 5v5 and 6v6

- i will echo shogun's post from above, pass release seems a little slow. It was completely unresponsive on a few occasions for me

- ai goalie cleared puck into crowd 2 straight games without much pressure on him

-body checking was not effective as I expected with Defensive Dman build. I lined guys up right and they glanced off more than often and kept the puck. Some of these attempts seemef like the collision animation wasnt triggered correctly.

- protect puck button seems pretty OP still. I had trouble bodying a couple guys off the puck (not sure what builds) and I used it effectively with 3 different dman builds
 
# 7 superbus @ 07/31/15 03:17 AM
As a defenceman: I'm very happy with a lot of changes, particularly as a defencive D-man. Being in position means a lot now; passes don't go through everyone like it used to. It's also harder to break the puck out with long passing (though I will say defencive D-men are comically bad at passing; needs to be tweaked a bit there). I like the skating. I like how human defenders are really good at the blue line now on clearances. There's a lot to like here.

As a goalie: ehhhhhhh. There's a lag when you try to do just about anything - probably the server - and that causes problems because they fundamentally changed the controls. If you're an experienced goaltender, it's great - you can T-push, you can use subtle edge control, there's no more gliding like you're in a dome hockey game - but they need to tweak responsiveness, and change the controls up. Instead of having to hold LT for tight control, they should make that default and let us use a trigger or a bumper - preferably left bumper, while putting left-trigger back to butterfly (it's RT now) - to T-push or do any other heavy angle correction. Also, they need to give us tools for rebound control; any time a rebound sprays out, we're dead.

Needs to add, overall:

* DROP IN FUNCTION. Holy crap, waiting on "teams" is a fool's errand. I understand this is beta, but my word.
 
# 8 ballgameronny @ 07/31/15 05:43 AM
Says unavailable for xbone

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# 9 Money99 @ 07/31/15 07:52 AM
Is anyone able to comment on feeling or seeing major differences between the builds?
Will snipers shoot harder and more accurate?
Are defensive dmen more effective at knocking pucks loose?
Is it easier to thread needles with playmakers?

Thank-you!
 
# 10 BellSKA @ 07/31/15 08:15 AM
Can someone verify if you can 'Invite' friends from your list to your Club? I am currently unable to send invites to my private Club and find this quite unproductive. I have no problems giving my Club name to my friends list, but wouldn't it be easier to just send them an invite?

Also, the color wheel is cumbersome and not worth the trouble.
 
# 11 ricky24 @ 07/31/15 09:15 AM
Played 5 games last night. Was not impressed. Game mode is just bare with these new pre built players. We had 3 guys and the AI was brutal. No better than they were in nhl 14. That was my main issue with eashl and it doesn't look like it's fixed at all.
 
# 12 snc237 @ 07/31/15 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Money99
Is anyone able to comment on feeling or seeing major differences between the builds?
Will snipers shoot harder and more accurate?
Are defensive dmen more effective at knocking pucks loose?
Is it easier to thread needles with playmakers?

Thank-you!
Yes you do see a difference between classes. Snipers really have some power to their shot and if left with space your in trouble. Plus using a playmaker feels 100 percent different then a grinder. It's also nice everyone is the same speed.
 
# 13 snc237 @ 07/31/15 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by BellSKA
Can someone verify if you can 'Invite' friends from your list to your Club? I am currently unable to send invites to my private Club and find this quite unproductive. I have no problems giving my Club name to my friends list, but wouldn't it be easier to just send them an invite?

Also, the color wheel is cumbersome and not worth the trouble.
I spent 10 minutes searching for that. Went through every menu. Didn't find a thing. Guess they will have to know your team name
 
# 14 snc237 @ 07/31/15 09:49 AM
Referring to the A.I. I play 2-2 or 3-3 (not enough friends for 6-6) so I been use to the A.I. For years. Things that are great is they aren't huge liabilities on defence any more. They poke check and stay Infront of their man better then they ever have before. I have yet to see them take a stupid penalty. They don't dump the pick in near the blue line anymore which is great so you now have a lot more offencive chances. The are a little better moving the puck around offensively however sometimes they do feed you the puck down low when your swarmed by guys.
Their are a few negatives. When they have the puck in their own zone the tend to go behind the net and lose control or just stand thier and get the puck poked away. This could be due to everything is as defensively as possible as default team settings and me and my buddies are skating to far up ice.
all in all I'm happy with how the game is. You really have to work the puck around for good scoring chances. Goalies seem really solid as well.
 
# 15 elgreazy1 @ 07/31/15 09:57 AM
On Xbox One, I keep getting errors when it comes to downloading.

From the NHL 15 menus it'll state the servers are unavailable.
From the Dashboard the tile to download is grayed out with "Unavailable".
I even tried the Rammer34 Friends process and that didn't work.

What gives?
 
# 16 patsfan188 @ 07/31/15 10:28 AM
Goaltending was extremely glitchy and laggy. I like the new animations, but was very tough to play when it reacts after you make a movement. Didn't know how to do the desperation saves either, were they taken out of the game?
 
# 17 snc237 @ 07/31/15 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by patsfan188
Goaltending was extremely glitchy and laggy. I like the new animations, but was very tough to play when it reacts after you make a movement. Didn't know how to do the desperation saves either, were they taken out of the game?
Ya it was tough the one game I played. The left trigger makes it so you can do finite movements (which I think it should be default. Right trigger now makes you go to butterfly which is weird because I'm so use to the left trigger doing that. I never found the desperation saves so it must be auto now. Plus you don't teslly see goalies stack the pads anymore. That was more a stand up goalie thing and that doesn't exist anymore
 
# 18 BellSKA @ 07/31/15 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by snc237
I spent 10 minutes searching for that. Went through every menu. Didn't find a thing. Guess they will have to know your team name
It's better than last years OTP where people in my friends list and I had to do the ole' 3,2,1, press A.

It looks like you'll have a locker room feel, but I don't understand why you wouldn't have the ability to invite friends from your console's friends list. Feels like backwards technology if they leave it out.
 
# 19 BL8001 @ 07/31/15 11:20 AM
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Originally Posted by elgreazy1
On Xbox One, I keep getting errors when it comes to downloading.

From the NHL 15 menus it'll state the servers are unavailable.
From the Dashboard the tile to download is grayed out with "Unavailable".
I even tried the Rammer34 Friends process and that didn't work.

What gives?
I have this same problem on my xbox one. I have rebooted it by holding the power button.

No difference. I am looking for it the exact ways you described and I am getting the same results. Error or Unavailable.

I did get an email from EA thanking me for joining the beta...
 
# 20 VTKombat @ 07/31/15 11:38 AM
I was disappointed by the goalie position most of all. The goalie position should have such precise movement but it is so stuttery when you move. Even with the left trigger down. And what did they do with the post hugging. Using the left bumper is so awkward especially while using left trigger to keep your goalie from over moving. They should capitalize on the right stick and allow you to use that to move your glove and stick hands. Up and to the right with the stick defends a right top shelf shot, straight down covers the five hole and so on. It's too tough of a position to be as herky jerky as it is. BTW the desperation saves are mapped to the X/square button depending on controller
 

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