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The NHL 17 Beta has been out for most of the weekend and we, like many of you, have been playing the Beta non-stop since it dropped.

At this point, what do you think of the game this year?

Sound off with a vote in the poll and leave a comment on how you think NHL 17 is stacking up!

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# 1 Luke466 @ 08/01/16 01:25 PM
This is from a purely EASHL perspective and Defenseman at that:
-this is the Beta so that's not lost on me
-no drastic change from '16, couple extra character classes but gameplay very similar from the back end.
-the 'tie-up' feature is pretty good but you literally move the player away from the slot area, so in effect, you're out of the play as well. (as an aside, when I tried this as a Forward in the slot I got far more penalties so not sure if this is an issue related to the class).
-deflections were noticeable but this could be balanced at release.
-the customization is what's going to drive this mode as 'new' this year. Is your club looking to compete for unlocks such as score clocks and wall colours in your rink?
-nothing radically different which will be good/bad depending on what you want (NBA 2K Controls anyone !).
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# 2 mdinovi @ 08/01/16 03:02 PM
Honestly, i don't see a big difference. I have played a ton of the EASHL part, and im already level 30. Whats the point to go up levels? You unlock celebrations and stick tape colors. The cheese goals are still on there, skate one way shoot the other and it goes in. Still to easy to dance with the puck on your stick. I for one like the old feature of trying to reach Legend 3 and making my guy more like how i want to use him.

For the most part, i play a ton of GM mode so i have to wait to see how it looks this year.
 
# 3 snc237 @ 08/01/16 08:32 PM
I'm currently ranked 10th in ranked on Xbox. Love how loose the puck is now and the hitting. So many people try dancing into the slot (like they been able to do for 10 plus years) and they loose the puck. If you don't take what the D gives you your in trouble. Massive improvement if you ask me. Plus like the changes in hut but menues and set up to get your cards needs improving speed wise.
 
# 4 DirectFX @ 08/02/16 02:16 AM
So far EASHL nothing great depends also on who you play with can be dumb kid messin around in net or a def always trying to play foward leaving breakaways but nothing to fix that . The new classes are ok but I like the attributes version as you can customise your player to your liking not locked into a build with height, weight and skills you can't change. I feel once a couple builds are overpowered that's all you will see and it will be boring without the customizable attributes. The poke check is a bit overpowered lots of loose pucks just sitting there everyone skating by it like midget hockey..... Had opponents try offensive builds which have least amount of defensive stats but still hitting and poke checking like they best defenders in the nhl so some tweaks needed .

Wish could try GM mode though
 
# 5 BSH1975 @ 08/02/16 11:29 AM
I only play EASHL since '08 or '09 with a team of guys....We all stayed playing over the years and we became good friends.

I play RD ion our team and became the goalie the moment you could select Goalie in EASHL.

As a defender I like the new netbattles and stick infracments of the non puck carrier in front of the goal.....the whole skating feels smoother

I think there are loads of small changes that I like.
I love being goalie again and feel like I can make a difference again.

Last year you could rank up but it just showed ho much games you had played.

In NHL17 you actually play to enhance your team. I like that you start with no fans and can build up to a full size ring with lots of crazy fans. Averything is ajustable, as a team you just have to unlock it all...So now you ARE playing for something.

Yeah Like always...NHL is a no brainer buy for me

I do wish you could adjust you player's height and weight.
 
# 6 spoofrice11 @ 08/02/16 11:54 AM
So can someone tell me more about this Beta?
What is it, how do you get to play it?
 
# 7 GrandMaster B @ 08/02/16 11:59 AM
I really wish they would get rid of holding the right trigger down so you can zig zag all over the place. No where in the controls does it say anything about doing that with the right trigger other than to pass the puck.
 
# 8 vegasplaya @ 08/02/16 01:24 PM
in HUT, is there a way to change logo and uniform without deleteing team? also i have never given up this many goals online. i must be missing something. lol
 
# 9 brandon27 @ 08/02/16 02:13 PM
Personally, I found it to be the same as last year basically. There's a few things I've noticed that are different and come across as better, but overall, it's not anything extremely important. At least not for me, as an offline GM/franchise player.

Goalies do look better, their movements look a lot more natural, and better positioning etc. So, that's a plus.

My first game (HUT against the CPU, because as I said, I'm an offline player and that's the only way the Beta would allow me to play the CPU) the CPU took about 5 penalties. I was excited. The next two games I played, No CPU penalties. Huh?

Played 3 games, won 5-3 (w/an empty netter), 4-2, then 6-0.

The CPU AI seems a bit more aggressive if I just come up ice and carry in to the zone, but if you get around that one aggressive D-man, it's smooth sailing to the net quite a bit of the time.

For all the talk about skating differences, it seemed the same to me.

Did I mention goalies looked and played better/more realistically? Because they do, and it's cool to see.

Player AI/CPU guys seemed a bit better/more aware defensively, but not a huge improvement, they don't play like their CPU team counterparts IMO.

Speaking of the CPU players, they still have moments of super human abilities. Whether it be speed, enhanced puck control, or lack of physics/momentum on their agility. They seem to be able to move quicker, accelerate quicker,, turn quicker/sharper than my own player or AI controlled players. Which is no real surprise for me with the NHL series as of late.

I know the beta is mostly centered around online play. So me playing strictly against the CPU probably isn't that helpful of an impression, but I just refuse to play this game online, and most sports games in general because of the way some people choose to play them. So, hopefully the player vs CPU Hut mode that was in the beta isn't fully reflective of the final version.

At this point, did I enjoy it? Yeah. I mean, EA's NHL can be fun to play if you're willing to overlook some of it's issues, and lets face it, as players, we all know them and are used to those issues by now because they never seem to go away, but if you can overlook them, you can play a fun game of hockey. It may not be fully representative of what you see in a real NHL game, but it can be fun and enjoyable as long as you don't let the frustrations kill it for you.

Also, goalies are improved, and it's awesome.

Bottom line for me... It's not getting a pre-order for me this year. I'm going to wait until the EA Access trial on the full game later in the year, then make my decision on buying or not when I see how things are affected with sliders, and get a good look at how GM mode is since that's where I spend all my time.
 
# 10 IceyJester @ 08/02/16 05:04 PM
How do you get the beta? I didnt even know they was doing one.
 
# 11 Fiddy @ 08/03/16 10:32 AM
I've posted long winded reviews/impressions year after year. Not doing it this year.

A lot of the same glaring issues are in the beta. Same goals, from the same spots go in at the same rate. New goalie stances and save animations I hoped would stop some of these shots, from what I have seen they don't.

The game looks better, some new animations are cool. The customization of the EASHL team stuff is great. I also like the group OTP match making. Used this last night. We had 9 EASHL guys on. 3 of us hopped into an OTP and had a blast.

I would have loved to see what full sim looked and played like. Because there of some things I like on the default EASHL settings and would of loved to see how it looked on the next level up.
 
# 12 iaxy @ 08/03/16 11:06 AM
After 10 games in HUT and 10 games online, this game already feels old.
Yes there are some subtle improvements, but in all honesty this is what NHL 16 should have been.
As mentioned in another thread the animations are stale and the whole game needs a full re-engineering in my opinion.
The physical interaction between objects looks 10 years old. Players from the same team pumping into each other, skater bumping into goalie, skater maneuvering near the boards (especially when perpendicular to the board) are all horrible looking animations. Change of directions still looks and feels clunky.
To me it's all about how a game plays and feel - it's gameplay and animations which make or break a game. I don't give a flying pair of monkeys balls about all the modes, creation zone, GM, etc. This game is in dire need of an overhaul. FIFA managed to overtake Pro Evo and some. As the only hockey game on the market, EA have got lazy over the years and NHL 17 (as well as NHL 16) is the result of that laziness.
 
# 13 scitychamps87 @ 08/03/16 06:51 PM
I like hockey way too much not to buy this game. The subtle changes gameplay wise make a big difference in the feel to the game. I have a feeling full sim mode will feel great. I will be buying despite the lack of presentation improvements.
 
# 14 spoofrice11 @ 08/04/16 11:23 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by brandon27
Personally, I found it to be the same as last year basically. There's a few things I've noticed that are different and come across as better, but overall, it's not anything extremely important. At least not for me, as an offline GM/franchise player.

Goalies do look better, their movements look a lot more natural, and better positioning etc. So, that's a plus.

My first game (HUT against the CPU, because as I said, I'm an offline player and that's the only way the Beta would allow me to play the CPU) the CPU took about 5 penalties. I was excited. The next two games I played, No CPU penalties. Huh?

Played 3 games, won 5-3 (w/an empty netter), 4-2, then 6-0.

The CPU AI seems a bit more aggressive if I just come up ice and carry in to the zone, but if you get around that one aggressive D-man, it's smooth sailing to the net quite a bit of the time.

For all the talk about skating differences, it seemed the same to me.

Did I mention goalies looked and played better/more realistically? Because they do, and it's cool to see.

Player AI/CPU guys seemed a bit better/more aware defensively, but not a huge improvement, they don't play like their CPU team counterparts IMO.

Speaking of the CPU players, they still have moments of super human abilities. Whether it be speed, enhanced puck control, or lack of physics/momentum on their agility. They seem to be able to move quicker, accelerate quicker,, turn quicker/sharper than my own player or AI controlled players. Which is no real surprise for me with the NHL series as of late.

I know the beta is mostly centered around online play. So me playing strictly against the CPU probably isn't that helpful of an impression, but I just refuse to play this game online, and most sports games in general because of the way some people choose to play them. So, hopefully the player vs CPU Hut mode that was in the beta isn't fully reflective of the final version.

At this point, did I enjoy it? Yeah. I mean, EA's NHL can be fun to play if you're willing to overlook some of it's issues, and lets face it, as players, we all know them and are used to those issues by now because they never seem to go away, but if you can overlook them, you can play a fun game of hockey. It may not be fully representative of what you see in a real NHL game, but it can be fun and enjoyable as long as you don't let the frustrations kill it for you.

Also, goalies are improved, and it's awesome.

Bottom line for me... It's not getting a pre-order for me this year. I'm going to wait until the EA Access trial on the full game later in the year, then make my decision on buying or not when I see how things are affected with sliders, and get a good look at how GM mode is since that's where I spend all my time.
Thanx for the review. I also only play offline (Franchise mode).

- So how do you get the Beta?
 
# 15 russ99 @ 08/04/16 02:55 PM
https://www.easports.com/nhl/news/2016/nhl-17-beta-information
 
# 16 spoofrice11 @ 08/04/16 03:30 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by russ99
https://www.easports.com/nhl/news/2016/nhl-17-beta-information
I've click there and registered to be an NHL Insider, but I've only seen the email about: Thanks for signing up. I didn't receive an email with a Beta password.
 
# 17 IceyJester @ 08/06/16 10:39 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by spoofrice11
I've click there and registered to be an NHL Insider, but I've only seen the email about: Thanks for signing up. I didn't receive an email with a Beta password.
Its over, it ended on the 4th.
 
# 18 RockPowderDownLoL @ 08/08/16 07:27 PM
I see video of the game and it still lacks an intuitive application of advanced hockey physics and knowledge of the game. I don't care if the the producer says he loves the game and I've said it before but the guys and gals who make that hockey game lack a true understanding of hockey. I imagine they love the game but with the engine they have they will never get my measly 75$. I will also never forget when I tried to participate in the EA survey and it asked me if I ever traded in a used copy of NHL and I was honest and said yes and I was cut off from the survey as if me buying the game every year since I was a kid and even once bought the game 3 times in one year was not enough to have a worthy opinion. Screw EA hockey their game lacks intelligence in too many ways for me to even have a second glance at it. Have not even tried the BETA, video gameplay showed me enough.
 

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