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NHL 18 Gameplay Trailer: Creative Attack Dekes, Defensive Skill Stick, Creative AI, 3-on-3 EASHL

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NHL 18 Gameplay Trailer: Creative Attack Dekes, Defensive Skill Stick, Creative AI, 3-on-3 EASHL

EA Sports has just released their NHL 18 gameplay trailer, featuring creative attack dekes, defensive skill stick, creative AI and 3-on-3 EASHL. Check it out and post your thoughts!

On offense, all-new creative dekes include between-the-legs shooting, one-handed dekes, back-handed toe-drags and much more – including the ability to branch moves together for moment-to-moment decision making. On defense, the all-new Defensive Skill Stick gives you the tools to counter attacks with poke check targeting, extended pokes, and controlled stick sweeps to cover zones of the ice and take away lanes. New Creative A.I. also means your teammates leverage all the same creative tools as you for beautiful, intelligent decision-making all over the ice, including board passes and through-passing into space.

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  1. The defensive skill stick and better AI passing looks nice.
    My main worry so far is still that the AI defense is way too passive, and the goalies still stay too hunched over when playing and moving. It seems one of the bigger problems with goalies is that they do everything in their power to square up to the shooter, almost to a fault. If you watch them move in the video, they seem to come out of the net to the top of the paint, but then they seem to stay almost lined up in the same direction as the cross bar, and centered directly on the puck, even if the puck carrier is way to the side on a backhand. This ends up leading to them being out of position, and that coupled with their jittery sliding animations where they don't really dig in and push off, but shuffle, leads to them allowing a lot of easy goals that they would normally save.
    The skill stick will be nice on defense, but it still looks like the AI is just still skating along next to players and facing away from the puck a lot. I'm really hoping that gets more love before release, as it's been one of the bigger issues in the game for me.
    Sure, I can deke and dangle all over, but it's not fun when my AI defenders just skate backwards watching the puck carrier.
    As someone who actually really enjoyed NHL17 despite its flaws (I actually made it through 2 BeAGM seasons playing 80% of the games), I really like the new defensive skill stick and creative AI (though I am extremely skeptical as to how good the AI will be at this), but it seems like every single year a "feature" is "new dekes!" that I barely, if ever, use. I've resigned myself to the fact that this development team just doesn't want to focus on what we think the series needs.
    The fact that 3-on-3 is a "big" "gameplay" feature is also incredibly disappointing and concerns me as to how the rest of the game is improved. I've also resigned myself to the fact that, under this development team, we'll probably never see full-line goal celebrations or anything like that. Praying I'm wrong because right now when you score a goal it's so unsatisfying most of the time. I get that they're catering to the EASHL and HUT crowds who just skip through it, but it still stinks.
    All that said, I'm still looking forward to the game and think it will be a solid, small step forward.
    I couldn't be more excited about the 3 on 3 modes. I absolutely loved seeing 3 on 3 in OT, and thought it would be great for the ASG even before I saw that it was what they were doing.
    There is a good chance the 3 on 3 may get 90% of my play time.
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    Jay D
    I couldn't be more excited about the 3 on 3 modes. I absolutely loved seeing 3 on 3 in OT, and thought it would be great for the ASG even before I saw that it was what they were doing.
    There is a good chance the 3 on 3 may get 90% of my play time.
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    I'm hoping the actual AI knows how to use their 3 on 3 now.
    Before, it was 1 forward and 2 defenders, so this lead to stuff like Kyle Brodziak being sent out in OT with Gunnarsson and Bortuzzo, instead of a better line like Parayko and Stastny with Fabbri.
    I am loving the new NHL series. It is very underrated gameplay wise and the little details continuously amaze me. Keep up the great work.
    Please scrap the animation you see at the 6-7 second mark from Tuukka. No modern goalie reacts like this to a shot, falling back on their ***, if anything they should be flopping forward. Ugly legacy animation that cropped up around NHL 13(?) and has been kept around for some reason.
    I guess we'll have to wait for NHL 19 to get a goalie animation overhaul. The shooter-goalie battle is as integral to hockey as pitcher-batter in baseball, and it really detracts from realism when you see goalies moving in ways that you'd never see IRL.
    every single goal top shelf.
    which proves stats dont matter, players don't matter, nothing matters, except can you aim perfectly top shelf with whoeever to score.
    Joke
    Defensive skill was the same in the last gen.
    Skill stick should be as a "normal update of the gameplay" not as an improvement of the game.
    Nothing new EA
    Enjoyed NHL 17 quite a lot despite its flaws and legacy issues.
    I'll believe AI stuff when it's in my own hands. I'm skeptical the AI has learned to use the skating engine properly and will be smarter positionally and have better animations to transition into receiving the puck.
    actionhank
    I'm hoping the actual AI knows how to use their 3 on 3 now.
    Before, it was 1 forward and 2 defenders, so this lead to stuff like Kyle Brodziak being sent out in OT with Gunnarsson and Bortuzzo, instead of a better line like Parayko and Stastny with Fabbri.

    EA said they rewrote the logic for 3v3 to be more in line with how it's played IRL. You can see in the video they line up with 2F/1D at the faceoff, as opposed to 1F/2D like last year, so that's a start. They also mentioned puck support logic intended for 3v3 improvements also impacting the rest of the game, so let's hope they're not all talk.
    bad_philanthropy

    I'll believe AI stuff when it's in my own hands. I'm skeptical the AI has learned to use the skating engine properly and will be smarter positionally and have better animations to transition into receiving the puck.

    And yeah, what BP said... proof is always in the pudding regarding touted AI improvements.
    Another idiotic dekefest...will they never learn? Actually, they pretty much have learned....learned how to make money repackaging much of the same features and adding some small ticks to keep the teenagers happy. I recently picked up 17 for $10....and have played a few games and quickly realized that I overpaid. I wouldn't touch 18 with 10' pole.
    Same trailer as last month, same animations from the past few years, same features as last gen (apart from 3 on 3 mode).
    As much as it will pain me, I won't be buying this year's. 
    Not a single word about goalies....the last thing this game needs is more offense. This looks more and more like 17 with added dekes and a 3v3 mode.....:signball:
    Personally I actually enjoy the current NHL game in terms of Gameplay. What I want to see is Improved Presentation/Commentary & a sleeker & more informative menu system.
    Personally I actually enjoy the current NHL game in terms of Gameplay. What I want to see is Improved Presentation/Commentary & a sleeker & more informative menu system.
    Me being a goalie I am hoping like last year they add new mask designs  as goalie mask designer I think seems impossible for them to implement . I also wished we could play 3s in eashl but with the smaller rinks like in the first trailer and finally my wish would be the final unlockable stadium in eashl would be the outdoor classic that would be Kool right . I'm gonna buy the game anyway 
    For me, the stuff that is apparently in this year's game that they aren't talking about are the most exciting things.
    The franchise improvements like re-worked CPU-generated rookies, improved player progression, and mid-season contract extensions sound really good.
    A larger ratings spread between NHL players (75-94) is an extremely welcome addition. I still wish they would use the entire 1-99 ratings scale in order to get even more separation, but this is a good start.
    The stuff they have showed in the trailers does not really interest me. Hopefully the behind-the-scenes improvements will be enough to make me buy this game.
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    More of the same..
    Threes, dekes, spamming top shelf shots and whaling goalie animations (that really start to look old).
    Despite this and the "reveal" of the new jerseys, I still have some hope that this NHL 18 will have some stuff in it that will continue to improve on the model they were building in last years game.
    I guess I don't really get the purpose of the offensive passing AI changes. All NHL is already is a fire a pass to center ice or the far blue and enter the zone by yourself. Then take a shot from the slot because the AI defense allows you to walk in. I mean it's the same issue every year. If they made AI changes to defense then we would be talking about something great. Maybe they did but didn't mention it, but I highly doubt they did.
    As others have said the goalies are terrible. It's the same unrealistic animations every year. Finally people are starting to notice because over the last few years when a few of us talked about it, the majority said goalies weren't a large issue.
    bwiggy33
    I guess I don't really get the purpose of the offensive passing AI changes. All NHL is already is a fire a pass to center ice or the far blue and enter the zone by yourself. Then take a shot from the slot because the AI defense allows you to walk in. I mean it's the same issue every year. If they made AI changes to defense then we would be talking about something great. Maybe they did but didn't mention it, but I highly doubt they did.
    As others have said the goalies are terrible. It's the same unrealistic animations every year. Finally people are starting to notice because over the last few years when a few of us talked about it, the majority said goalies weren't a large issue.

    Bwiggy back on the forum! Couldn't agree more.
    I hope the new AI will be a true improvement on the current AI, and I think it will be a step forward in terms of what it's trying to accomplish. I have even more hope for the defensive skill stick, and I think it'll be really good for human players. Let's see if the AI is creative enough to take full advantage of it; looked good in the trailer, but so what.
    Ah goalies. Here's hoping, once again, for continued improvements and variations. Won't complain about them though if EA really makes a hit with these touted improvements instead of focusing on goalies. It's a marathon, not a sprint on these consoles.
    Besides the break when i was playing 2K instead; this will be the first year I'm not picking this game up right away. Might just wait until a black friday sale even.
    I liked the gameplay last year, but the other sports games are so above & beyond where NHL is in terms of franchise & career options.
    I have almost no interest in the HUT & Online modes; so with a lack of attention to offline play, I feel really disappointed in what I've heard so far.
    If it's just a deking and scoring fest, then this game is going to suck. If you can properly counter offense with the defensive skill stick, and goalies aren't as glitchy as crap-- as well as bad AI, then this game has a chance at being okay.
    The goalies are top 3 of the biggest eye sores in this game. You can argue possibly the #1 issue.
    They are atrocious. The movements are TERRIBLE, the animations are completely unrealistic, they don't push off... I could go on and on. When they get scored on, it's the same ugly animations we've seen since PS3/Xbox 360 days.
    If you pass cross crease to another player and shoot, you'll see the goalie animations speed up in the instant replay mode with that UGLY dive across the crease animation to try to make a save.
    I DO like the defensive skill stick....the AI well, lets just say that will be seen if any improvements were made when the beta is out. Couldn't care for the ridiculous skill stick moves. The goalies are so bad in the video that the moves and how they play out, make the game look awful. The goalies just get out of position once the moves are initiated...ugh
    I don't put any stock in these trailers. They always seem to show amazing dekes, passes, and poor positioning and weak save attempts by goalies all while promising AI improvement. I'm not ripping the game because I was able to enjoy NHL 17 enough but until I can get my hands on it and tweak it my way the verdict is out. My greatest frustration with NHL17 was everytime I got my gameplay to happy place they released a patch that nerfs it and I need to tweak all over again.
    I take it there is still no proper boardplay? I remember NHL 2K6 had fantastic boardplay controls and animations. I guess however it isn't as "sexy" as skill sticks, etc...
    Color me unimpressed. They should just call it NHL All Star Game 18. Not enough here to warrant a full price. 
    The entire game engine and animations needs an overhaul imo. This is times where I wished we have competition for hockey. I can only imagine if 2K was still around what game they would have had for us by now. sigh..
    Peter_OS
    Color me unimpressed. They should just call it NHL All Star Game 18. Not enough here to warrant a full price.*
    The entire game engine and animations needs an overhaul imo. This is times where I wished we have competition for hockey. I can only imagine if 2K was still around what game they would have had for us by now. sigh..

    I don't the point in your last comment. Why bring up 2k when they have no desire to make an NHL game. It's obvious NHL was and would have always be the better game.
    AdamJones113
    Bwiggy back on the forum! Couldn't agree more.
    I hope the new AI will be a true improvement on the current AI, and I think it will be a step forward in terms of what it's trying to accomplish. I have even more hope for the defensive skill stick, and I think it'll be really good for human players. Let's see if the AI is creative enough to take full advantage of it; looked good in the trailer, but so what.
    Ah goalies. Here's hoping, once again, for continued improvements and variations. Won't complain about them though if EA really makes a hit with these touted improvements instead of focusing on goalies. It's a marathon, not a sprint on these consoles.

    I'm back, but I always check the forums :) . I've just kind of stopped talking as I got tedious saying the same things haha. I'm sure we all do from time to time.
    johnnyg713
    I don't the point in your last comment. Why bring up 2k when they have no desire to make an NHL game. It's obvious NHL was and would have always be the better game.

    In a lot of people’s opinions (mine included) The NHL 2K series was vastly superior to the EA NHL series for MANY many years.
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    johnnyg713
    I don't the point in your last comment. Why bring up 2k when they have no desire to make an NHL game. It's obvious NHL was and would have always be the better game.

    I agree EA NHL was the better game as far as sales. I disagree that EA NHL would have always been the better game. We can't say that at all. Around 2014 there were many people who started to finally complain about aspects of the EA game that needed help. Goalies, neutral zone pressure, AI breakdowns, I can go on. Back in 2010 nobody complained about EA NHL like they do now. The controls and overall fun of EA NHL ruined any chances that NHL 2k had. EA NHL was still fresh then. 2k had it's issues but a true hockey fan could see the positives from that game and how a slider set could completely overhaul a game that out of the box was a mess. In many cases this wasn't seen by people a year or two years down the line because more and more people started to get sick of EA NHL each year, and by that time 2k was out.
    With that said, who knows where NHL 2k could be right now. As I said, around 2014 is when people who never used to complain about EA NHL, started to finally complain about the issues and the fact EA did nothing to address them. EA still hasn't addressed the big issues by the way. So who knows, if 2k had kept making the game maybe a lot of people would have switched over to 2k by this point and it would be flip flopped of 2010. I actually believe that both games would have been much better by now because the competition may have actually pushed EA to fix it's glaring issues.
    bwiggy33
    I agree EA NHL was the better game as far as sales. I disagree that EA NHL would have always been the better game. We can't say that at all. Around 2014 there were many people who started to finally complain about aspects of the EA game that needed help. Goalies, neutral zone pressure, AI breakdowns, I can go on. Back in 2010 nobody complained about EA NHL like they do now. The controls and overall fun of EA NHL ruined any chances that NHL 2k had. EA NHL was still fresh then. 2k had it's issues but a true hockey fan could see the positives from that game and how a slider set could completely overhaul a game that out of the box was a mess. In many cases this wasn't seen by people a year or two years down the line because more and more people started to get sick of EA NHL each year, and by that time 2k was out.
    With that said, who knows where NHL 2k could be right now. As I said, around 2014 is when people who never used to complain about EA NHL, started to finally complain about the issues and the fact EA did nothing to address them. EA still hasn't addressed the big issues by the way. So who knows, if 2k had kept making the game maybe a lot of people would have switched over to 2k by this point and it would be flip flopped of 2010. I actually believe that both games would have been much better by now because the competition may have actually pushed EA to fix it's glaring issues.

    From my personal opinion, EA always looked better in terms of actual on ice movement from what I saw back when 2K was pumping out sports games. I just never could get into the 2K animations. But, I loved that EA had pressure.
    Because, in my opinion, the game really started to suffer in terms of stagnation and becoming what a lot of people saw as essentially a patch every year when EA started to focus on the online modes like HUT, and lost their competition. Without competition, there's no one across the hall forcing you to innovate and try new and daring things.
    EA slowly seemed to lose focus on the offline crowd, and things like innovations in franchise mode only seemed to come around because of things that happened for online play first. As someone that just never was a fan of online play it was frustrating. The AI in game seemed to never really progress with the player control, and flashy offense always took front seat to more sound defensive controls. It looks like they're finally addressing the defensive side with the stick, but even assuming that the controls all work as intended, the AI has to be better or it won't matter. I will just do a better job of cutting off passing lanes while my AI teammates stand around reading board advertisements.
    All in all, it's impossible to guess what 2K would be bringing to the table, especially seeing how they couldn't compete with other game series, like The Show...but they also really stepped up and seized the market in the NBA, which would be an amazing thing for the NHL series to have their customization options, something many have asked for for a long time.
    I've always wondered (truly, and not in an abrasive way), how Rammer still has a job?! There seems to be a huge lack of leadership, information, direction,... I could go on and on. Just has baffled me for quite a while now.
    And if he is not the problem, even getting some new blood in would likely be welcoming.
    Just my opinion...
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    I never was a big fan of the 2K series and I think it was the skill stick that killed the 2K series. I can only imagine if it was like the NBA2K series how great that would be for us hockey fans. I wish we had someone as articulate as Sim Nation Da Czar for the hockey series.
    Christian9
    I've always wondered (truly, and not in an abrasive way), how Rammer still has a job?! There seems to be a huge lack of leadership, information, direction,... I could go on and on. Just has baffled me for quite a while now.
    And if he is not the problem, even getting some new blood in would likely be welcoming.
    Just my opinion...
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    agree! its like "Gary Bettman"....:y10:
    Honestly, I don't think we will see major updates to this game until the next generation of consoles arrives. XBox One X will be released this november and PS5 should arrive late 2018, which means EA will probably release NHL 19 for both gens with some minor updates.
    With the next gen, hopefully we will see the debut of many things: Frosbite, roster sharing, story mode, better AI, player differentiation, etc.
    Reff99
    Honestly, I don't think we will see major updates to this game until the next generation of consoles arrives. XBox One X will be released this november and PS5 should arrive late 2018, which means EA will probably release NHL 19 for both gens with some minor updates.
    With the next gen, hopefully we will see the debut of many things: Frosbite, roster sharing, story mode, better AI, player differentiation, etc.

    I hate to sound overly negative, but I was saying the exact same thing about the switch from the previous generation (PS3, etc) to the PS4, thinking that once they stopped supporting those legacy consoles the AI would get better...and it didn't.
    Christian9
    I've always wondered (truly, and not in an abrasive way), how Rammer still has a job?! There seems to be a huge lack of leadership, information, direction,... I could go on and on. Just has baffled me for quite a while now.
    And if he is not the problem, even getting some new blood in would likely be welcoming.
    Just my opinion...
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    I think it's because he's doing what EA wants. I don't think EA themselves much care how realistic the on ice presentation and gameplay is, because online play and the money making HUT seem to be the bigger concern.
    actionhank
    I hate to sound overly negative, but I was saying the exact same thing about the switch from the previous generation (PS3, etc) to the PS4, thinking that once they stopped supporting those legacy consoles the AI would get better...and it didn't.

    I'm still playing Legacy on PS3 and in my opinion, AI is way better on old gen. But I can't imagine how next gen games could be worse than they are now. Maybe I'm too naive...
    Reff99
    I'm still playing Legacy on PS3 and in my opinion, AI is way better on old gen. But I can't imagine how next gen games could be worse than they are now. Maybe I'm too naive...

    I think the issues seemed to pop up with the switch to the newer physics engine. The AI never did seem to learn to handle their own momentum, so they end up out of position from sliding.
    I notice it all the time when they bump into their own goalie, or especially when you make a save and then your defenders all start scooting away from the net at breakneck speed.
    Let's dive into the trailer a little bit...

    Let's look at this sweet-looking deke from Jonathan Drouin on Tuukka Rask here. Looks pretty fantastic. But let's consider some negatives. Drouin is coming in on Rask at a pretty straight angle, so Rask isn't in the middle of a ton of lateral motion at the moment. Yet when he pushes with his right skate as Drouin slips the puck past, he doesn't get a lot of force sending him into the path of the puck. More worryingly, he doesn't attempt to stretch out his pad and easily stop the puck. Let's contrast with every single goal in this video.

    What makes the Forsberg so effective is that the skater gets the goalie moving side-to-side enough that the 'tender can't get back in time to stop the puck, which he tries to rectify by sticking his pad out as far as it can go. Rask does nothing of the sort in the above pic from the trailer. Even if you say he had lateral movement going before the cut-in to the clip, he would still stick out his pad. Take a look at the last clip in the vid, Zetterberg, who has the least lateral movement of any of the players highlighted. He still has some though, but importantly, Smith sticks his big pad out, to no avail. The no avail, at least, is consistent with Rask in the trailer.

    What in the world is Patrick Kane doing here? Seabrook (AI) clearly has the puck, but Kane is rushing towards him, into the zone, when the Blackhawks should be breaking it out—especially since there's little forecheck pressure. This results, seconds later, in Kane being flatfooted in the circle, next to Seabrook, with Duncan Keith having only one man to pass to, with that guy, Toews, having two Canucks in front of him cutting off angles and passing lanes. Kane is not rushing in from the bench—that's on the right side of the ice—but there may be an explanation. It's a short clip after all. Good thing to note: Keith is nicely placed behind the net for Seabrook to swing it around to. I mean, there's no forecheck, and there is actually a Blackhawk player straight up the boards whom Seabrook is facing when he gets the puck, but Keith is in a very nice position.

    Edmonton shows us some less-than-stellar defensive coverage on this one. The right defenseman gives Forsberg oodles of space on the boards, and the left defenseman allows Johansen great inside position to receive the pass, making no move at all to defend against the pass. He should, since McDavid has nicely backchecked to take away the third forward. Subtly, the right defenseman faces towards the middle of the ice while backskating feebly at Forsberg, and then turns around with the pass long by him. I think he would be best suited having his chest pointed at the puck carrier, giving him greater defensive range with his stick to, say, break up a centering pass. But that's just me. The left pylon, er, defenseman, lets Johansen cut behind him (away from the puck) to sweetly receive the pass and bury it. Classic Oilers!
    There are a lot of things to love in this trailer. My favourite was the Seth Jones defensive play, where he had his stick extended and then brought it level to the ice to stop a cross crease pass. Let's see more of that! Looking forward to seeing further trailers and hopefully some deep-dives from the devs before the game comes out.
    actionhank
    From my personal opinion, EA always looked better in terms of actual on ice movement from what I saw back when 2K was pumping out sports games. I just never could get into the 2K animations. But, I loved that EA had pressure.
    Because, in my opinion, the game really started to suffer in terms of stagnation and becoming what a lot of people saw as essentially a patch every year when EA started to focus on the online modes like HUT, and lost their competition. Without competition, there's no one across the hall forcing you to innovate and try new and daring things.
    EA slowly seemed to lose focus on the offline crowd, and things like innovations in franchise mode only seemed to come around because of things that happened for online play first. As someone that just never was a fan of online play it was frustrating. The AI in game seemed to never really progress with the player control, and flashy offense always took front seat to more sound defensive controls. It looks like they're finally addressing the defensive side with the stick, but even assuming that the controls all work as intended, the AI has to be better or it won't matter. I will just do a better job of cutting off passing lanes while my AI teammates stand around reading board advertisements.
    All in all, it's impossible to guess what 2K would be bringing to the table, especially seeing how they couldn't compete with other game series, like The Show...but they also really stepped up and seized the market in the NBA, which would be an amazing thing for the NHL series to have their customization options, something many have asked for for a long time.

    I definitely agree with you on that. You have to get past it in order to enjoy it. What I will say is that for how bad the goalies looked in 2k, they were far and away better with animations and movement then EA. What's even funnier is the 2k goalies are still a million times better then EA's. They were so life like in their movements. I always said, if you put 2k's goalie movement and save animations on the EA goalies, you would have the perfect goalies. Then implement personal stances and all that jazz. You would have something amazing.
    bwiggy33
    I definitely agree with you on that. You have to get past it in order to enjoy it. What I will say is that for how bad the goalies looked in 2k, they were far and away better with animations and movement then EA. What's even funnier is the 2k goalies are still a million times better then EA's. They were so life like in their movements. I always said, if you put 2k's goalie movement and save animations on the EA goalies, you would have the perfect goalies. Then implement personal stances and all that jazz. You would have something amazing.

    I think my biggest issue with the EA goalies is that they correctly try to stay centered on the puck, lining it up with their body...buuuuuut, they don't factor in much else, it seems.
    A lot of times my issues with goalies comes from the fact that the AI forwards can deke so quickly from one extreme to the other, and goalies will slide way out of position to guard a deke to the backhand, leaving them unable to get back to the crease for the move to the forehand.
    Similarly they just play too deep in their nets, and don't square up to a lot of shots that should be relatively easy saves.
    It's been one of my biggest frustrations, next to the teammate AI. The goals that should go in don't because they sprawl and dive everywhere, moving in unrealistic ways without any real sliding issues, but then at the same time, the easy saves are usually missed because the AI moves out of position or just sits in the net slumped over, leaving the net top wide open.
    Seriously...i love you guys and this forum but y'all are impossible to please. It's no wonder they gave up on this place years ago. They fix or add a few things and y'all will ten other problems to magnify to game breaking proportions. NHL 17 was a fantastic game and it's looking like 18 could make significant strides forward... but it's never enough. Because it's not perfect NOW. Guess what, it never will be and that's ok. They do a damn fine job.
    I don't say much around here anymore but the repetitive spiel just gets really old sometimes.
    I think it might be the odd/even year issue. EA has never pulled off a odd/even year sweep. Ever... If the even year was great odd year would suck. 17 was very decent so besides adding making a mascot (sorry that's silly cool) LoL... I am seeing the pattern continue. Every year EA brags about stick work it makes for a garbage game....
    Let's hope like this year's Devils the outlook is wrong.... Who knows maybe the weak can rose above. LoL.
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    onlybygrace
    Seriously...i love you guys and this forum but y'all are impossible to please. It's no wonder they gave up on this place years ago. They fix or add a few things and y'all will ten other problems to magnify to game breaking proportions. NHL 17 was a fantastic game and it's looking like 18 could make significant strides forward... but it's never enough. Because it's not perfect NOW. Guess what, it never will be and that's ok. They do a damn fine job.
    I don't say much around here anymore but the repetitive spiel just gets really old sometimes.

    I've always respected your posts and opinions, but most everyone is being patient and hoping for the best. I'm glad you're enjoying NHL 17, but I for one can't, and it's because of the issues I talk about.
    I'll commend EA for making improvements, but if those improvements don't help me to enjoy the game, I'm not just going to sit back and go "Well, hey. They improved things. And this 3-on-3 mode looks fun for others". I was eager to see the improvements to Franchise Mode in 17, and they ended up being half baked, and the same issues that have been in the game for years continued.
    I don't expect EA to bend over backwards to please me, and I'm more than willing to talk about what they do right...but isn't the point of the forum to talk about what you like/want from the game, not just to sing the praises of small change?

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