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Five Features We Would Love to See in NHL 19

The 2017-2018 NHL season is barely underway, but NHL 18 has driven up excitement since the middle of September. Countless expansion teams have been created and Threes breakaway goals have been scored to date. These modes and their accommodating features are clear indicators that the series is willing to innovate and experiment to bring in new fans and spice things up for die-hard loyalists. As such, here is a list of five features that we would love to see in NHL 19.

Better Passing Control

Passing altogether could use a bit of an overhaul. Holding the pass button for slightly too long far too frequently results in the puck flying comically too far across the ice and derailing momentum. But sometimes, just tapping the pass button lightly to a nearby teammate will be way too soft and immediately stolen by defenders. No player’s passing should be perfect, but passing should be a much more controlled experience to set up the offense. NHL’s passing system feels more like FIFA estimating where it thinks you want the ball/puck to go as opposed to NBA 2K’s more selective button-specific passing.

Custom Sounds And Other Customization Improvements

The Expansion Draft is one of the biggest draws to the game for newcomers and perennial players alike. It was very surprising to see certain aspects of the team customization suite so robust (such as the Arena Creator) while others felt multiple console generations outdated (such as the team logo customization). If the Expansion Draft feature (presumably) persists in NHL 19, a more functional logo creator would be a noticeable step up.

However, being able to customize goal horns, arena sounds and in-game songs would elevate the mode even higher. MLB the Show’s Sounds of the Show allow players to customize every audio aspect of their experience, including multiple walk-up songs and custom uploaded chants. Bringing in hometown-specific songs and Ric Flair’s “woo” after goals would make an immersive mode even more incredible, all without significantly overhauling the core experience.

A Deeper Hockey School For Coaching Strategies And More Complicated Dekes

Hockey School was a nice feature for newcomers. Figuring out when to use wrist shots versus slapshots helps out beginners, but does not do much for intermediate or hardcore players. The game’s box advertises new Creative Attack Dekes that allow for players to chain a number of complicated moves together, but it is barely touched on at the very end of Hockey School. So why not expand Hockey School to include situational tutorials like a fighting game’s training modes to teach intermediate players how to become experts with these dekes?

Or how about a clearer breakdown of offensive/defensive strategies? Some are self-explanatory, though the game never recommends when or how often these coaching strategies should shift. For example, read this description for “Overload” an offensive strategy: “best suited for skilled players.” Well, alright. Overload actually consists of spacing players out to pass the puck to pull the defense out of position. The game plays well without shifts in coaching strategies, but sometimes the AI can feel two difficulties easier when the right tactic is employed against the right team. Expanding Hockey School for intermediate players is an easy win for NHL 19.

Classic Legendary Teams Outside Of HUT

The NBA 2K series’ inclusion of classic NBA teams brings a new level of excitement to each subsequent entry in the series. In the DLC/Ultimate Team world we live in, it is safe to rule out the option of unlocking these teams from single player progress. HUT already has HUT Heroes licensed, so why not expand a little bit more to include some of the most legendary NHL teams? Pitting the 1991 Pittsburgh Penguins against their present day counterparts would be a blast. Better yet, how fun would it be to take the 1984 Edmonton Oilers into Franchise Mode as the 32nd team in the league? Including these legendary players and teams would provide extra depth for every mode in the game.

An MLB The Show “Showtime” Feature

The 2016 iteration of MLB The Show implemented an optional feature called “Showtime” wherein your Road to the Show (the game’s career mode) player could slow down time for big moments. The Showtime meter was very sparse and primed for use in big moments such as a much-needed strikeout or a do-or-die hitting situation. While some initially wrote it off as a cheap way to make ends meet in Road to the Show, the mechanic did not always guarantee results and never grew to be overpowering. This idea is easily the most experimental of the bunch, but could be very useful for the blistering speed of breakaway dekes, busy rebounds in front of the net, or  precisely aimed slap shots. It could even be used on defense to square up a big hit or a clutch diving body block. Of course, it would be available for any mode as an optional feature with extremely limited use. But it could add a new dimension to close nail biters or improbable comebacks.

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  1. NHL needs a heck of a lot more than this list. 1. Frostbite 2. Actual spatial and positioning logic for AI players (don't drift to the boards if you are on a 2-1 break AI winger)  3. Improve the awful puck movements where it whips around the boars over and over again to opponent AI. 4. Improve the draft experience with both animations and expanded player list. 5. Improve the horrible audio presentation than doesn't even mention Auston Matthews.
    This is my favorite sports game to play online, and I'm not even considering purchasing it after spending time with the 10 hour trial.
    As long as EA continues to prioritize things like the HUT cash-cow, nonsensical "Arcade" modes (seriously, just make another game for that audience) and cumbersome Mortal Kombat style deke systems, I'll prioritize keeping my money in my pocket.
    I've been coming to this site for about fifteen years, and this is up there with peculiar articles. A "Showtime" feature? Seriously? NHL 2002 did have that, and it was an awful look, and much maligned from devs and players alike.
    Also, what you describe about passing is what manual passing is like with the assist slider turned to 0. 
    - Frosbite engine.
    - Better presentation. Add SportsNet and Hockey Night in Canada broadcast presentations.
    - more goalie animations.
    - more stat overlays during game. standings, top scorers, power play and penalty kill stats etc..
    -Amen to classic teams 
    -Concur re:  Frostbite
    -Ditto to Peter: stat overlays SORELY needed
    -Better puck physics, where it moves realistically (versus on a string) off sticks, skates, players, boards (see PES)
    -Per above, live boards
    -Adaptive AI. Enough with the exploits
    -Improved matchmaking in EASHL. Current Division system simply does NOT match up well. 
    -Better CR scoring, coaches grades based on position. Match the two
    -Pokechecks don't always dislodge rather slow down puck carriers
    -Bring back subtle hooking/grab
    -Easier mute options (on the fly) 
    -Simplified hip check, goalie pull controls
    -After whistle hits are guaranteed penalties
    -Reduce wraparound potency
    I'm unfortunately needing to echo the above: this game is terrible...independent of the above. In the same game, I saw a goal disappear, a face off in the wrong zone, penalties taken away, a fighting overlay stuck on the screen. 3 exploit goals. Endless poke check abuse. How is one expected to enjoy a game that won't let you actually play it?
    I miss Gary Thorne and Bill Clement.  I started with NHL 13 so I only got to listen to them for 2 years.  They should bring them back and have 2 announce teams.
    Fix the AI before adding anything. Especially defensive AI. Defensemen can’t seem to block shots that are a foot or two from them, goalies are absolutely awful. Was playing online and I shot a backwards backhand to the net from behind the blue line and the goalie stopped it and  instead of possessing it  let it slide into the goal. There was nobody around him either. Literally the next play, my goalie did almost the same thing. Instead of covering a puck in front of him he just sits there.  Also fix AI controlled players shooting the puck with a defender standing a foot from them. Makes no sense. 
    A lot of good things have already been mentioned, so I go with CUSTOM MUSIC. Just bring it back already, it adds so much to the in-arena realism.
    Edit: Oh, it has been mentioned in the article, only read the thread.
    -roster sharing
    -authentic goalie masks
    -a lot more authentic player face models
    -bring back custom arena music please
    -more camera angles
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    Definitely need some better goaltending graphics. Haven’t seen a goalie use the reverse VH in actual gameplay yet despite it being used consistently in the NHL...
    Roster sharing, custom music, and full 31/32 team control for franchise mode would be nice too. I’m moreso hoping for 2K to release a game at this point...
    Defensive stick should be only at right stick, more natural feeling manual control for your stick. Not R1+right stick.
    Its bit pointless to have checking at right stick, because at checking you dont really need that much control.
    So Defensive stick more like what a NHL2k had implementet.
    We can save time and just check the wishlists for the last 7 years. I would like to see the return of online franchise with custom season length and sliders. Also would like to see custom season lenght in offline franchise. I need the option to play shorter seasons!
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    It needs more Customization like NBA 2K MyLeague.
     - Let us upload images for Create A Team, make Draft classes, and edit players in Franchise Mode.
    Also, it is rediculous that are rookies have Black cutouts for their pics instead of the cartoon images like other sports games.
    To who wrote the article: these maybe things YOU, would love to see in NHL 19 and maybe it's you who hasn't play this title too often and maybe it's you who went to school for writing and are just trying to be part of the gaming industry or whatever so you wrote this vanilla piece to get your name out there or whatever. This game needs a crap load more than a "showtime" feature.
    Let's see a writer do some real work, and dig a little deeper, and call some parties out, and let's see some progress. Enough of this middle of the road crap. This game is middle of the road, and it's crap.
    My top 5 would be:
    1. Roster sharing
    2. Improved A.I. - this includes breakout logic, offensive and defensive positioning, and special teams positioning/logic
    3. Better neutral zone play
    4. Improved goalie animations
    5. Deeper scouting system for Franchise Mode
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    This is a good article but so much of what is listed in it and in posts are things we have wanted since the series was ported to next gen. Definitely things we've asked for since the game changers events inception. Yet year after year it's all ignored. I'm not holding my breath for anything because it's always "maybe next year".....hope I'm wrong and if I am here's my list and it's more than 5 but I put my top 5 in bold
    1) Roster share
    2) Commentary that actually follows what's going on during the season or at least accurately reflects the game your currently playing
    3) More play by play names. This list has not changed in a decade
    4) better goalie AI
    5) better defensive AI
    6) better breakout AI
    7) 5 man celebration

    8) line matching by CPU
    9) proper timeout usage and goalie pull by CPU
    10) make a big game feel like one...(commentary and presentation)
    On a side note regarding AI, if they just addressed some legacy issues that we have complained about for YEARS that would go a long way to improving AI alone. (EXAMPLES: your CPU teammate abandoning a guy in front of the net, players flocking together, your AI teammates skating into you, wandering AI players, Goalies going down before the shot is taken, having a player who was knocked down still get up and maintain control of the puck over your still skating player.)
    1. Coach specific strategies. I would like to see coaches in the game, each with their own play style and roster building preferences. Expanding on that, they should be able to be hired/fired and new ones should generate as well with different characteristics. You could either take over as a coach, choosing your abilities or as the owner and hire your own coach who have their own ideas on team strategy and which players they prefer you to acquire. Teams would then play different "styles" instead of every team doing the same thing and having the same feel to them when you play against them.
    2. Legacy issues fixed. Goalie pads should not have sticks/pucks going through them or through the goalies bodies. This needs fixed once and for all. You can add 5 man celebrations and any other nagging issues (goalie animations) that's been in this series for years.
    3. Roster sharing. We have great roster guys on here, so it's time to let them do their thing which would also improve the game as we could tweak certain ratings to coincide slider settings.
    4. Slider sharing. 2k had this, we need to also be able to share sliders without having to plod through them each time. We should be able to d/l them and run. Would love to see what the developers use as well. :) The descriptions on some of the sliders do not really explain what exactly they do, would it hurt to give a much more detailed explanation?
    5. Franchise. We need more, much more! Dynamic commentary, story lines, more in depth injury system, dynamic intros, playoff coverage, after game 3 stars announcement, the list goes on and on. It's time to revamp the franchise mode, it's extremely STALE.
    MizzouRah
    1. Coach specific strategies. I would like to see coaches in the game, each with their own play style and roster building preferences. Expanding on that, they should be able to be hired/fired and new ones should generate as well with different characteristics. You could either take over as a coach, choosing your abilities or as the owner and hire your own coach who have their own ideas on team strategy and which players they prefer you to acquire. Teams would then play different "styles" instead of every team doing the same thing and having the same feel to them when you play against them.
    2. Legacy issues fixed. Goalie pads should not have sticks/pucks going through them or through the goalies bodies. This needs fixed once and for all. You can add 5 man celebrations and any other nagging issues (goalie animations) that's been in this series for years.
    3. Roster sharing. We have great roster guys on here, so it's time to let them do their thing which would also improve the game as we could tweak certain ratings to coincide slider settings.
    4. Slider sharing. 2k had this, we need to also be able to share sliders without having to plod through them each time. We should be able to d/l them and run. Would love to see what the developers use as well. :) The descriptions on some of the sliders do not really explain what exactly they do, would it hurt to give a much more detailed explanation?
    5. Franchise. We need more, much more! Dynamic commentary, story lines, more in depth injury system, dynamic intros, playoff coverage, after game 3 stars announcement, the list goes on and on. It's time to revamp the franchise mode, it's extremely STALE.

    All the above plus:
    If you adjust the HUM strat slider, it should also affect your strategies per line. Right now, the only thing strategies adjust is the basics. You have to adjust the individual line strategies.
    If position lock, you should ONLY control that position in a shootout. This was mentioned a few years back and nothing done.
    Bring back PLAYER lock.
    Boxscores for all games during franchise. With that, how about what 2k did for their football game. Have a "ESPN" style presentation talking about the scores around the league with highlights from the games. 2K did it with their football game years back, so EA should be able to do that now.
    1 fully edit rosters in franchise (including ratings)
    2 coaches
    3 neutral zone play to be tighter
    4 get rid of face-off stats and giveaways and takeaways stat (can never replicate this in franchise compared to sim games)
    5 better shooting and goalie animations ( its very stale, and some shooting animations look like there not even trying to score )
    This series is stagnet stale and stuck in the mud. I don’t know where they go from here honestly. It feels like 16,17 and 18 are just roster upgrades. It pains me but instead of 5 things I give you one group celebrations
    Super minor, and I may be the only one who wants it, but USHL teams for United States-based Junior Hockey system to use would be super awesome. Also wouldn't mind having a draft for Junior Hockey for Be A Pro, or at the very least, "random team"
    Look what tops the list.....Again....Roster share. This has been the top request for such a last gen feature since NHL 15. This is a feature that has been and still is available in every other sports game out there. If there is a legitimate reason why we do not get this I sure wish EA would let us know.
    Coming in second is Neutral Zone AI which has also been asked for FOREVER
    1. Be A Pro - Make playing Goalie viable, not to bad this year but still a lot of through the pad goals or impossible goals because it is time for the other team to score.
    2. Franchise - Roster share, Player Lock
    I'd like to see:
    Coop Online Franchise with Team Play
    Roster Share
    Access to a Roster Editor (Crazy I know, but be the first to fully unleash the power of the Community with an app to edit rosters, opportunity to be pioneers).
    AI can always be improved, it is better in 18, but don't rest on it, expand and always improve.
    AI Skating - improve their skating ability to that of the user. They can still stop, stutter, turn, accelerate faster than human. Although I find it better, it is still there at times. When was the last time you saw them curl? They don't, they stop and start....quickly.
    This was in order of priority for me. I'm still playing 17 and having fun. 18 will be purchased when I finish this current season in 17.
    I really hope for the pioneer recommendation. Unleash the community! They are ready and WILLING!
    shogunofharlem3
    I'd like to see:
    Coop Online Franchise with Team Play
    Roster Share
    Access to a Roster Editor (Crazy I know, but be the first to fully unleash the power of the Community with an app to edit rosters, opportunity to be pioneers).
    AI can always be improved, it is better in 18, but don't rest on it, expand and always improve.
    AI Skating - improve their skating ability to that of the user. They can still stop, stutter, turn, accelerate faster than human. Although I find it better, it is still there at times. When was the last time you saw them curl? They don't, they stop and start....quickly.
    This was in order of priority for me. I'm still playing 17 and having fun. 18 will be purchased when I finish this current season in 17.
    I really hope for the pioneer recommendation. Unleash the community! They are ready and WILLING!

    THIS!!!! I would LOOOOVE to have an app on my computer or even my phone to edit rosters. It is so much quicker and easier than doing it on your console.
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    jake19ny
    This is a good article but so much of what is listed in it and in posts are things we have wanted since the series was ported to next gen. Definitely things we've asked for since the game changers events inception. Yet year after year it's all ignored. I'm not holding my breath for anything because it's always "maybe next year".....hope I'm wrong and if I am here's my list and it's more than 5 but I put my top 5 in bold
    1) Roster share
    2) Commentary that actually follows what's going on during the season or at least accurately reflects the game your currently playing
    3) More play by play names. This list has not changed in a decade
    4) better goalie AI
    5) better defensive AI
    6) better breakout AI
    7) 5 man celebration

    8) line matching by CPU
    9) proper timeout usage and goalie pull by CPU
    10) make a big game feel like one...(commentary and presentation)
    On a side note regarding AI, if they just addressed some legacy issues that we have complained about for YEARS that would go a long way to improving AI alone. (EXAMPLES: your CPU teammate abandoning a guy in front of the net, players flocking together, your AI teammates skating into you, wandering AI players, Goalies going down before the shot is taken, having a player who was knocked down still get up and maintain control of the puck over your still skating player.)

    Great list. I agree with everyone's concern about overall gameplay, so I won't repeat them.
    Form me, an offline player who plays 20 minute periods, #9 is crucial. I can never understand why EA hasn't figured out how to get the cpu to use its timeout.
    Two things I would add:
    1. Let the home team choose to shoot first or last in an overtime shootout. Its a pretty basic NHL rule thats been around for a while now. 2K had this option years ago.
    2. Allow for players to be kicked out of the face-off circle for jumping too early. Again, 2K had this years ago. It would also be nice if a team received a delay of game penalty if two players in a row are thrown out of the circle.
    A lot of great suggestions in here. A lot of the stuff we've been asking for for a long time too.
    One small thing I want is the ability to edit any player once inside franchise so I can update guys around the league as I see fit. And also it would also be great if they'd allow player movement and cpu roster editing as well so i could update rosters on the fly or fix any nonsense that might occur.
    I'd want that option to be available alongside the regular ai driven trade and signing features and not disable one for the others. I want to have the ability to intervene in some way if I see fit (not to cheat and build a super team which seems to be an issue for EA for whatever reason). EA needs to let us curate our experience however we want.
    And yes, for the love of everything do something about goal celebrations. The score and then pause, and then two man celebration while everyone else glides about soullessly raising their arms looks awful.
    1. Roster share
    2. Ability to edit player names to create classic rosters
    3. Classic goalie masks
    4. Team rebranding as in NBA 2k
    5. Ability to play without helmet
    bad_philanthropy
    A lot of great suggestions in here. A lot of the stuff we've been asking for for a long time too.
    One small thing I want is the ability to edit any player once inside franchise so I can update guys around the league as I see fit. And also it would also be great if they'd allow player movement and cpu roster editing as well so i could update rosters on the fly or fix any nonsense that might occur.
    I'd want that option to be available alongside the regular ai driven trade and signing features and not disable one for the others. I want to have the ability to intervene in some way if I see fit (not to cheat and build a super team which seems to be an issue for EA for whatever reason). EA needs to let us curate our experience however we want.
    And yes, for the love of everything do something about goal celebrations. The score and then pause, and then two man celebration while everyone else glides about soullessly raising their arms looks awful.

    Ignoring AI, which will always be my biggest gripe, I think customization is the next biggest problem. Every other sports title is miles ahead of the NHL team in terms of player likeness. The majority of teams in NHL still look nothing like the real players. Even games like Madden, where a mask hides the majority of their faces has more accurate looking players. If the team can't do it, that's fine. I would rather they work on the game itself.
    But, give the fans some control. Let me edit in-game players. Let me import logos and jersey designs and share them online. The game looks good, but the players and custom jerseys look so cookie-cutter and dated.
    Easy fix.....anyone but EA....could take a little from 2K or the show.....game is so stale....used to love this franchise in mid 90s and early 2000s....been same game since 2012
    Better passing would be great, because as Elliot states in the article, it can be infuriatungly eratic at times. I'm so sick of icing the puck for no good reason.
    PC version
    Lighter, faster menu's
    Roster Share
    Slider Share
    Frostbite
    AI improvements
    Better player and facial likenesses
    Crowd Meter levels and record setting (anyone remember this from WAY WAY back??)
    Better situational crown noise (game 7 stanley cup tieing the game w/ 2 minutes should have crown going insane and literally drown out the announcers even)
    Team celebrations
    Special nights, like player specific nights, bobblehead, etc, where that player gets a boost in rating for the game.
    Turn off dumbing down of teammate CPU players in order to make games closer.
    Turn off magnetic pickup of puck by opponent CPU players and total inability of teammate players.
    Turn off unrealistic CPU speed bursts (solvable now w/ sliders, but still)
    The game as is basically cheats to be competitive, which just shows its complete and utter stupid AI and lack of ability to create on its own. It makes games really stupid, you have the puck 90% of the game and out-shoot them 10 to 1 and still the games are close. If you turn all of this down/off, you win in a complete BLOWOUT.
    I want to see coaches appear on the benches and play more of a role in the games. I'd like to see a lot of cutscenes during games pointing at the bench and during timeouts. Ice girls/mascots involved as well. It just really is an odd experience compared to the other sports games out there
    Alot to people have already mentioned most of the things i want so i just wanna say.
    Goal celebrations, seriously who had the bright idea to remove group hugs and implement the celebration we currently have? I seriously get tilted when i see that celebration when i score. It is ridiculous that someone went "I have this great idea for goal celebrations!" and somehow they agreed that it was a great idea, are they watching any hockey? This seriously bugs me so much. Anyway there is alot that needs to be done as others have mentioned earlier.
    Peter_OS

    - Better presentation. Add SportsNet and Hockey Night in Canada broadcast presentations.

    Tampa & Preds fan. I can't stand Canadian-based coverage of hockey. It's all god-damned Toronto all the time. I have to deal with it online & on prominent hockey talkshows. No way I want to see "Hockey Night In Canada" or "SportsNet" creep into this game.
    That said, I wouldn't mind a custom EA play-by-play team. NBC guys (with the exception of Ferraro) are annoying as hell. Willy Daunic (Preds) & Ken Daneyko (Devils) are two of the best...Daunic's a great play-by-pay, & Daneyko does incredible color commentary.
    Great list u have here. I must say i totally agree with previous post. My thoughts that i would love to see nhl 19 are:
    1. Better roster editing. Search player tool would be great. And Ea could place ex NHL players who are playing on KHL on section "on other leagues" And also give us editing program to pc where it would be so much easier edit rosters.
    2. Full roster controll to franchise mode. And able to use custom rosters with 32 teams mode. And also we would have option to edit anything we want on that mode.
    3. Better Be a pro mod. Coach dosents make other roster and line change than moving me up or down. Its just stupid and boring.
    4. Better crow.
    5. Change commentators.
    6. Bring back international tournaments. Also when u edit internationall teams u should able to copy player from teams. Now u must move them so after moving them for international team they are not anymore on their nhl team.
    7. ROSTER SHARING. Come on ea that cant be that hard!!!
    Anyone interesting to start new gaming company :p Lets make new better nhl game. I would make so much better game :D
    I havent played NHL this year....but one of the great things I like about Franchise Mode in NBA 2K and MLB the Show series is the ability to pick any game on the schedule and jump in and play that matchup in your League.
    Its also cool to be able to play out all the post season playoff games as well.
    I like controlling one team throughout the year, but I also like to randomly play key games from time to time with other teams. It makes it fun
    Im wondering if the NHL 18 allows that this year in Franchise mode.....?
    Remove the auto pass just before you recieve the puck like i press call for pass the as soon as i recieve the puck i just pass it down the ice there should be a way to cancel that
    RicoLaguna
    I havent played NHL this year....but one of the great things I like about Franchise Mode in NBA 2K and MLB the Show series is the ability to pick any game on the schedule and jump in and play that matchup in your League.
    Its also cool to be able to play out all the post season playoff games as well.
    I like controlling one team throughout the year, but I also like to randomly play key games from time to time with other teams. It makes it fun
    Im wondering if the NHL 18 allows that this year in Franchise mode.....?

    Nah. Nothing close to that. You can’t even view all team schedules. The only way to see the scores happening around the league is from slide interface from the franchise dashboard.
    1. Good commentary
    2. AI.and offline gameplay this needs to be a lot better and more organic
    3. More differences between players and team strategy differences more refined.. Stars are noticeable, snipers, playmakers, speed, skating styles, stick handling, hitting, grinders, etc
    4. More editable music and arena specific, highlight goals, ticker, intermission, presentation
    5. More effects.. snow sprays, board shakes, net collisions , sound effects.. pads, posts, glass, boards, animated jumbotrim, fan chants, trophies at end of year .. MVP, etc
    kman192
    Remove the auto pass just before you recieve the puck like i press call for pass the as soon as i recieve the puck i just pass it down the ice there should be a way to cancel that

    If you press LB you'll cancel yourself from instantly passing the puck. You have to be quick to do so though.
    1-5. Better Gameplay... It's been said before, but really needs to be said again.
    Won't happen, though. I know it for a fact. Their only focus as far as gameplay is to tweak small things for online play. Even if they did start working solely on gameplay I'm sure it would take at least 3 years to make it fun with the amount of effort they put in each year. They could add 50+ new features next year, and I wouldn't care because the on-ice gameplay is just trash. When the game is in motion, it looks and feels almost nothing like the actual sport. Skating is sluggish, players constantly keep the puck after getting hit, goalies are still horrible, players miss easy shots extremely often and for some reason refuse to tap in goals a 6 year old could score (and I don't mean they take inaccurate shots, that is to be expected. No, they miss hitting the puck ENTIRELY, far too often...). And the AI... oh man, the AI.
    Against friends it can be kinda fun because the AI is garbage for both teams and not just yours. However, the AI is so bad that you can only really make the simplest of plays, meaning all the games you play will be extremely similar (Played 15 games with friends in a row that ended 3-2) and the game gets stale super quick. Me and my friends used to set up playoffs with different teams & leagues and have a blast playing all year long back in the day. This year we haven't even made it halfway through the first round of our first playoff, and we are so bored we are probably already done playing.
    Singleplayer mode, forget about it. It feels like you're playing 1v9 hockey with how abysmal your AI teammates are. The opponent CPU is ridiculously unrealistic and unfair on the higher modes, too. They take the puck without even touching you, have 90%+ passing even with their slider at 0, even physics is disgustingly in their favor now. Pucks will constantly go through my players skates and even their stick blades, and I've had a ton of times where I poke the puck towards one way and it flies the complete opposite direction right to another CPU player. The puck literally defies the laws of physics to make its own way to the CPU. It makes it impossible to enjoy the game on All-Star and above. Playing on Pro takes away the CPU cheese, but even with sliders heavily in favor of the CPU it is so easy it isn't fun.
    Chiefaho

    Singleplayer mode, forget about it. It feels like you're playing 1v9 hockey with how abysmal your AI teammates are. The opponent CPU is ridiculously unrealistic and unfair on the higher modes, too. They take the puck without even touching you, have 90%+ passing even with their slider at 0, even physics is disgustingly in their favor now. Pucks will constantly go through my players skates and even their stick blades, and I've had a ton of times where I poke the puck towards one way and it flies the complete opposite direction right to another CPU player. The puck literally defies the laws of physics to make its own way to the CPU. It makes it impossible to enjoy the game on All-Star and above. Playing on Pro takes away the CPU cheese, but even with sliders heavily in favor of the CPU it is so easy it isn't fun.


    Passing slider on 0, on Superstar. No 90% passing at all. I dominated the above game, couldn’t score. Lost the game and didn’t feel cheated at all.
    I play home games on All-Star and road games on Superstar.
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    Fiddy

    Passing slider on 0, on Superstar. No 90% passing at all. I dominated the above game, couldn’t score. Lost the game and didn’t feel cheated at all.
    I play home games on All-Star and road games on Superstar.
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    I'm gonna need to check your sliders out sometime then, Fiddy. I used them in one of the past next-gen NHL games and I remember them working pretty good. That game summary looks pretty nice too. Does the AI actually "earn" goals in your games? I mean, do they actually set up plays or do they blindly shoot? With me, the AI just slides into the zone, I force them to take a really bad angle shot and they still score. Gets very annoying very fast.
    Chiefaho
    I'm gonna need to check your sliders out sometime then, Fiddy. I used them in one of the past next-gen NHL games and I remember them working pretty good. That game summary looks pretty nice too. Does the AI actually "earn" goals in your games? I mean, do they actually set up plays or do they blindly shoot? With me, the AI just slides into the zone, I force them to take a really bad angle shot and they still score. Gets very annoying very fast.

    I’ve been using the second version of sliders in my thread. Basically Default Sim, with some changes like the passing. Check em out. Maybe that can help you enjoy the game a bit.
    The two goals Marchand scored on me were well earned. I turned the puck over on one and he scored on a deflection for the other. Solid game.
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    I want a true gm mode. Somehow I don't think Lou lamoriello is in charge of setting the prices for hotdogs or budgeting for arena repairs.
    Hiring and firing coaches.
    Hiring scouts.
    Bring back the trade deadline.
    Putting players on LTIR.
    Offer sheeting players should have some kind of repercussions in the league.
    Etc.
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    Maybe these lazy ****s at EA will finally get the players to turn the correct way instead of looking like a bunch of morons. Also cpu movement is ****ing ******** stop start stop start, left, right , stop *Insert dime pass to random cpu player in the corner who then immediately passes it to the point *repeat. Actually my favorite feature is AI players skating directly past a loose puck or just staring at it like its not even part of the game. Cant forget the poke check where the puck stops and doesn't go anywhere
    What about 47 features we would love to see in NHL 19?
    Franchise Mode
    1- Hire/fire staff (including real life coaches) who have strengths and weaknesses
    2- Non trade/movement clauses to contracts
    3- Total revamp of the Trade deadline, including increased trade values for players with 1 year left and playing for a selling team, maybe add a bidding system to see what other teams are offering
    4- Total revamp of the Free agents day... top free agents don't wait 7 days to sign with a team, they sign mostly on day 1
    5- Contracts based on production and age, not solely on overall (seeing a 82 OVR rookie I developed in AHL during 3 years demanding a 5M$ contract is ridiculous)
    6- Salary arbitration
    7- Contract bonuses
    8- Player/goalie fatigue, increasing with age
    9- In game goalie injuries
    10- Line chemistry (could be mixed with morale)
    11- Multi-position player (Ie Galchenyuk is a LW/C)
    12- Suspensions
    13- Draft lottery animation
    14- Edit player ratings during BeaGM
    15- Player demands (ice time, line change, trade, etc.)
    16- Keeping track of your CHL rookies
    17- Bring back hot and cold streaks
    BeaPro
    18- Draft animations (interviews, team meetings, putting that long awaited NHL jersey for the first time, make this event mean something!)
    19- Training sessions like MLB The Show to improve your skills
    20- Being able to refuse to sign your entry level contract (Ie you were drafted by Buffalo but you want to be traded)
    21- Player demands, like more playing time, getting some time off, switching position, number, asking for a trade with a team you selected
    22- Getting more exp points when you win trophies
    23- Interactions between players to build morale/likeability
    24- Contract negotiations (if my agent tells me I'm worth about 4M$, I could ask for 4M$ and see other teams propositions)
    EASHL
    25- Post whistle penalties
    26- Player reputation. After every game, we should be able to rate players, so you will be able to track these little ****** who just wait at the red line to get the breakaway pass or that D who is always forechecking on PK
    27- Being able to vote to kick out trolls
    General gameplay/presentation (offline and online)
    28- Precision movement on defense
    29- Way better AI on defense and NZ
    30- Better goalies
    31- Better player separation
    32- Getting thrown off faceoffs
    33- 5 player goal celebration
    34- Multi-type players (Toews is a TWF/PLY, McDavid is a PLY/SNP)
    35- AHL arenas and goal songs
    36- Real team intros
    37- Full player customization (name, face, equipment, goalie masks, etc.)
    38- Real arena announcers
    39- French commentators
    40- Fight instigation penalties
    41- Home advantage in line changes
    42- Skating/stance styles to differentiate players
    43- Front of the net melees, mostly when playing a rival or during playoffs (with NZ faceoff when dmen come down in the fight like in real life)
    44- Roster sharing
    45- Slider sharing
    46- Custom sounds/music
    47- More player types
    These are the main ones for myself at least
    1. 31-32 team control.
    2. Roster sharing.
    3. Attribute separation meaning something.
    4. Getting as many player models as accurate as possible.
    5. Edit player ages for current players.
    Ltslide21
    These are the main ones for myself at least
    4. Getting as many player models as accurate as possible.

    This is a pet peeve of mine. 713 roster spots in the NHL and since 2007 they probably don't even have 40% of its players in the game via cyber face.
    Would also be nice to have a handful of different body types for the players as well.

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