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NHL 22 Closed Technical Test is Live

For those of you that signed up for the NHL 22 Closed Technical Test earlier this month, codes are being sent out to select individuals today. Keep an eye out for the email and redeem your code at the PlayStation or Xbox Store respectively.

The World of Chel is featured in the technical test. Here’s what’s available.

  • Pro-Am
  • Ones Eliminator
  • Threes Eliminator
  • EASHL Drop-in (3v3 and 6v6)
  • EASHL Clubs (3v3 and 6v6)

If you didn’t get a chance to sign up for the NHL 22 Closed Technical Test, you can try your luck with various giveaway opportunities from the official @EASPORTSNHL Twitter account.

Feel free to post feedback here, but EA is specifically looking for feedback at the Closed Technical Test forums. Don’t stream or upload any content from the technical test, EA will ban all of your accounts.

NHL 22 Closed Technical Test Known Issues

Gameplay

  • X-factor ability tuning
  • Ability indicator state tuning
  • AI gap control tuning
  • Penalty balance tuning
  • Stick in physics around board consistency
  • Protect puck consistency
  • Between legs deflection accuracy
  • Interception animations off the ice allowing puck to go through
  • Goalie AI rarely getting stuck in a cover loop
  • Goalies getting too far ahead when tracking a laterally moving puck
  • AI goalies poke check frequency
  • Goal scoring balance
  • Shootout/Penalty shot scoring balance
  • Haptic and vibration tuning not final
  • Haptic feedback may stay enabled if you have it disabled but your teammates still have it active
  • Defender facing angles: skaters sometimes face the net and away from the passing lane

WOC

  • Select Mode option shown in Post Matchup when it shouldn’t be available
  • Eliminators Dressing Rooms show large Matchmaking widget
  • A number of screens that contain similar colored text/buttons as the backgrounds which make them difficult to read
  • 2D jersey renders of club jerseys in the Dressing Room appear corrupted or visually inaccurate in color and or are squished
  • Sometimes bags are available but cannot be opened. This can be rectified by leaving/re-entering the mode
  • Custom club jerseys default to black instead of the club creator’s favorite team colors
  • In the rare case, player may encounter loss of dressing room functionality on first time boot. Issue is resolved by restarting the game
  • EASHL: Attempting to use ‘Invite Player To Club’ may cause the game to hang
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  1. Mintsa
    I redeemed the code on my PlayStation app. But how do I start the download on the PlayStation app ??
    I’m on PS5.

    I suppose you have to look on your ready to play/download list of games. Not to different than Xbox really. I redeemed the code directly on the console and it started downloading immediately to avoid that headache.
    lions67
    How do we get the code?

    You had to sign-up for one when the window was open. I think EA is doing a "giveaway" on social media but those seem like slim odds.
    lions67
    How do we get the code?

    You had to register for it like a month ago when they announced it. Then they send you an email with the code. If you didn't do that, you still have a chance by looking at EA's media outlets (facebook, twitter) where they'll be giving out codes for your console of choice.
    Me to. I’ll give away my beta code later this evening. I’m offline only franchise, I’m not playing that, really disappointed.
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    stooge 1010
    Me to. I’ll give away my beta code later this evening. I’m offline only franchise, I’m not playing that, really disappointed.
    Sent from my iPhone using Operation Sports

    If you really want to give your code, i would be happy to have it. Im on PS4 tho... i don’t know if it will work.
    Thanks in advance !
    I’d gladly accept a PS5 code if anyone would be so kind. Missed the signup. I mainly play CHEL with my friends so would really like to check it out! Thanks in advance!
    I’ll put the code up when I get home, I don’t have my glasses, I can barely see to type. I’m one of the older offline gamers
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    stooge 1010
    Me to. I’ll give away my beta code later this evening. I’m offline only franchise, I’m not playing that, really disappointed.
    Sent from my iPhone using Operation Sports

    I’m on PS5 and would be happy to have a code
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    MizzouRah
    I have no desire to play anything but vs the CPU to see how the AI plays so I'll pass on this technical test.

    There's at least one mode with CPU. I played Pro AM but the difficulty setting must be very low. I beat them 10-0 and I rarely ever play NHL so doesn't really tell much about the AI I guess.
    stooge 1010
    Me to. I’ll give away my beta code later this evening. I’m offline only franchise, I’m not playing that, really disappointed.
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    Yeah me too,I hate those gimmicky Arcady modes.Played about 20 minutes. That's enough for me.Give us a proper demo where you can play offline and where you adjust the settings
    kariya05
    There's at least one mode with CPU. I played Pro AM but the difficulty setting must be very low. I beat them 10-0 and I rarely ever play NHL so doesn't really tell much about the AI I guess.

    What’s pro am?
    Sent from my iPhone using Operation Sports
    Menus are no longer laggy on button press on next-gen BUT they're still slow loading since it's always doing something with the network (as you can see in the upper right).
    Getting into games seems to load about the same as it did last year playing on a next-gen console but exiting the game is almost instant. No lag in the menus in game either. I actually buttoned out too fast in the action tracker and got back into the game.
    As far as gameplay goes, playing against the AI in Pro-Am and I'll really have to play the trial in October before I can really judge that. You really cannot get a sense of how good these games play while playing online.
    Scored the same old goals that I've been scoring for the last few years. Goalie animations are still either too slow or unrealistically fast. I'm not sure if the new stick physics work for goalie sticks since it seemed to have that same old forcefield around it when they tried poke checking the puck, phasing through the skaters stick.
    The new auto hustle and puck covering is really nice though.
    Travolterjohn
    Did someone notice new real likenesses in NHL 22 ? Actual Pics showing only the Players which have real faces in NHL 21 too .....

    I wish I could share some knowledge, but this is a closed test so... NDA and all that. I can tell you this, there are some new play by play names in there this year. Names that make me happy if you've ever watched my past broadcasts. ;)
    VeNOM3099
    I wish I could share some knowledge, but this is a closed test so... NDA and all that. I can tell you this, there are some new play by play names in there this year. Names that make me happy if you've ever watched my past broadcasts. ;)

    A closed Test means not that you are not allowed to say about new likekenesses. Would be glad for some news. I need no pic or vid to see, only names are enough. Many new likenesses and a mask creator are for me main things for a decision to buy, otherwise will skip.
    It's fine. Feels kind of the same, but, it's not terrible. I like what they've done with the haptic feedback on the controllers. Can I even say that? Or am I in violation of the Geneva Convention?
    All I’ll say is the game is definitely updated and I’m liking how it plays so far.  If the AI is like how they play on scrimmage, it should be more challenging.
    But like every other year with the Beta, they’ll change it because people will complain that certain things are too hard and they can’t do the curve shot any more and they’ll ruin it.
    leafsfan67
    Been waiting for 20 min for a drop in game.No wonder I only play offline,online is ****e.
    Finally got into a game.Yes!Wait lost connection.Garbage.
    BenVenom
    Social Assasin the men in the black suits are coming for ya. Board up your window s and doors!*

    I hope not! I don't think I said anything more than Nasher been sayin' on Twitter!
    1) Put in code
    2) Download beta
    3) Swear because the mode they put out is for online pre teens
    4) Try it anyways
    5) Small visual upgrade, nothing new that my sliders weren’t able to do for 21
    6) Uninstall and wait for the trial and hope it’s more promising.
    Are we ever going to get roster share?? I don’t care that Guy Lafleur etc is in the game. I buy NHL 22 for the players in the NHL now.
    And my god. If you thought the commentary was annoying last year. Cybulski said hold my beer. How do they pick this guy. I’m good with Ferraro because he has a clue and rips on himself. But get Gord Miller or Chris Cuthbert. Or any of the NBC guys for all I care.
    Might be the first NHL I have skipped since I first started in 93. But that doesn’t matter because there is a whole bunch of 10 year olds that spend their mom and dads money on maxing out their pro and get off scoring 8 glitch goals.
    Sorry
    Travolterjohn
    A closed Test means not that you are not allowed to say about new likekenesses. Would be glad for some news. I need no pic or vid to see, only names are enough. Many new likenesses and a mask creator are for me main things for a decision to buy, otherwise will skip.

    You're not allowed to speak in specific terms is what they said. That's why they won't allow pics or streams of the game. You're allowed to talk about features they've already announced, but not go into details about them. They have EYES even here. Trust me. Nasher is Nasher....
    If I were to answer your question a bit more specifically without risk of breaking their NDA, YES there are new likenesses though I can't say who they are. Believe me it would make me extremely happy to share even ONE of them with you (which I've been asking for forever). Once they lift the NDA I'll be glad to tell you who. In the meantime... ;)
    I thought this was gonna be real NHL h2h gameplay, not these gimmick game modes I personally don't care about.   Here's my code for PS5.    AHHJ-94NQ-RQLH   Enjoy.
    northmen24
    1) ………
    And my god. If you thought the commentary was annoying last year. Cybulski said hold my beer. How do they pick this guy. I’m good with Ferraro because he has a clue and rips on himself. But get Gord Miller or Chris Cuthbert. Or any of the NBC guys for all I care.
    Sorry
    THIS is one of the biggest Problems…no „real“ Broadcaster, i hate these gimmick arcade commentary!
    I think it’s a real shame for the best hockey league worldwide.
    EA, finally start representing this league respectfully. (NBC is out, ESPN?)
    KennyJ1976
    I thought this was gonna be real NHL h2h gameplay, not these gimmick game modes I personally don't care about. * Here's my code for PS5. * *AHHJ-94NQ-RQLH * Enjoy.
    Do people really play these modes.Seems like no one does.Personally I have bought every game since 93.If this was the only mode I would stop playing.I have tried many times and each time I play I want to quit early and it's a chore to finish.
    VeNOM3099
    You're not allowed to speak in specific terms is what they said. That's why they won't allow pics or streams of the game. You're allowed to talk about features they've already announced, but not go into details about them. They have EYES even here. Trust me. Nasher is Nasher....
    If I were to answer your question a bit more specifically without risk of breaking their NDA, YES there are new likenesses though I can't say who they are. Believe me it would make me extremely happy to share even ONE of them with you (which I've been asking for forever). Once they lift the NDA I'll be glad to tell you who. In the meantime... ;)

    :lolabove: You can't record video or post shots and that's it. Plenty of in depth and detailed talk all over the internet.
    I've already posted in here about detailed thoughts on the game, as far as I'm aware there's around 8 NHL players in this beta due to only having 2 Pro-Am missions. No one's coming for anyone :rolleyes:
    Elite49
    :lolabove: You can't record video or post shots and that's it. Plenty of in depth and detailed talk all over the internet.
    I've already posted in here about detailed thoughts on the game, as far as I'm aware there's around 8 NHL players in this beta due to only having 2 Pro-Am missions. No one's coming for anyone :rolleyes:

    Are you that desperate for a "new" game that you can't wait until it releases? I get my instructions directly from a game changers. You want more, it appears you can already find it. I already mentioned there IS new stuff concerning new faces, but I can't go into details as to WHO.
    I'll stick to my methods. An NDA is an NDA. There's a reason there's a place to discuss the game (AHQ) and it's locked to people who are allowed. Call me old fashioned if that tickles your furries...
    Until I see something from EA that says "Go ahead and spill the beans about everything", I'll say nothing specific. You want details, go to their AHQ Test page if you can. Oops!! It's locked!! I wonder why??
    PS: The reason why they want us to say nothing is I guess marketing would like customers to remain in the dark until the 10 hour trial or they buy the game and find out details for themselves. I guess they think the less we know, the more we are apt to make an impulse buy. Perhaps not YOU or others specifically who pre-ordered the game. But there are many who are on the fence and have no idea what to expect. Not too dumb of an idea, if you think about it. I'd have liked it if it was an open BETA truth be told and we could all talk about what we like and don't like. Who the new players are. Did they update the portraits? Did they finally put the Flyers right color orange jersey in the game (I heard that one a lot in previous years). I wish I could stream the game. But they decided on a closed test for a reason.
    No one's is gonna come after you if you post about it. But they can bar you from posting to their forums and they can bar you from playing a test like this again.
    leafsfan67
    Do people really play these modes.Seems like no one does.Personally I have bought every game since 93.If this was the only mode I would stop playing.I have tried many times and each time I play I want to quit early and it's a chore to finish.

    Same with me, I have bought it since first game come out on sega genesis, i never play them other modes. Just straight up nhl hockey.
    I’ve been an nhl fan since 1970s. I love hockey and want as realistic game as I can get with realistic rosters
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    Elite49
    Menus are no longer laggy on button press on next-gen BUT they're still slow loading since it's always doing something with the network (as you can see in the upper right).
    Getting into games seems to load about the same as it did last year playing on a next-gen console but exiting the game is almost instant. No lag in the menus in game either. I actually buttoned out too fast in the action tracker and got back into the game.
    As far as gameplay goes, playing against the AI in Pro-Am and I'll really have to play the trial in October before I can really judge that. You really cannot get a sense of how good these games play while playing online.
    Scored the same old goals that I've been scoring for the last few years. Goalie animations are still either too slow or unrealistically fast. I'm not sure if the new stick physics work for goalie sticks since it seemed to have that same old forcefield around it when they tried poke checking the puck, phasing through the skaters stick.
    The new auto hustle and puck covering is really nice though.
    I like the sound of those menus, since I mainly play as a menu game LOL
    leafsfan67
    Do people really play these modes.Seems like no one does.Personally I have bought every game since 93.If this was the only mode I would stop playing.I have tried many times and each time I play I want to quit early and it's a chore to finish.

    You haven’t tried out LeagueGaming then have you?
    I can tell you right now, 6v6 played CORRECTLY is by far the BEST way to play this game.
    The game feels good, lot more weight to the skaters. Of course, this also means it's more difficult. Most of the games I'm in are very low scoring because players can't zip around the ice with the puck on a string like they are used to.
    It's going to make any drop-in games unbearable but team and offline modes much better.
    Hockeystatic
    The game feels good, lot more weight to the skaters. Of course, this also means it's more difficult. Most of the games I'm in are very low scoring because players can't zip around the ice with the puck on a string like they are used to.
    It's going to make any drop-in games unbearable but team and offline modes much better.

    Online players will complain about it and have it changed to arcade again
    I'm big into presentation. I only play in true broadcast camera and love it. But how are the pop up stats? I know they can't be any worse as 15-21 they popped up basically right as puck drops so couldn't even read and digest them. I know they now use Augmented Reality but how is that? Do you have time to check the stats out? And is there a good variety of them? Or is this feature even in the technical test? Thanks.
    lions67
    You haven’t tried out LeagueGaming then have you?
    I can tell you right now, 6v6 played CORRECTLY is by far the BEST way to play this game.

    I disagree based on the default online tuners alone. Lacks depth, one meta rules all, the "plays" made aren't real or cool. Same broken faceoff plays and exploiting the bubble around the crease that were ran by the top guys in 09 are still being ran in 21 lol.
    One thing I wish they did better, especially if you're a BAP winger, is the ability to open up for a one timer. I always use the RT button to kind of face backward, but I'm trying to open my stance to get my shot off better and it doesn't really work. They should add that.
    do pkayers go offsides more?
    more pucks out of pkay?
    more stoppages?
    do goalies actually cover tbe puck for a whistle ?
    is there offside chalkenges?
    hand passes??
    too many men penalties? or any different penalties?
    did goalies get completely overhauled?
    lions67
    You haven’t tried out LeagueGaming then have you?
    I can tell you right now, 6v6 played CORRECTLY is by far the BEST way to play this game.

    Leaguegaming? Most of them wouldn't know real hockey if it landed on their face, whacked them on the face with a hockey stick and yelled "Hey, I'm Hockey!"
    If you wanna play real hockey, then go outside or (at worst) play with friends in a club that know the sport.
    MJ200
    do pkayers go offsides more?
    more pucks out of pkay?
    more stoppages?
    do goalies actually cover tbe puck for a whistle ?
    is there offside chalkenges?
    hand passes??
    too many men penalties? or any different penalties?
    did goalies get completely overhauled?

    A lot of your questions are specific to offline play, which is not available to the TEST. Also it's a test build. Many things will be like last year until the full release. Others will be new (they already talked about it). And some of the things you asked haven't been revealed yet so you'll have to wait and see for yourself.
    As an offline franchise player myself, so far I'm underwhelmed. Maybe it's because as an offline player I expect more of a challenge from the AI, but there you are.
    There are some good changes. Other things have stayed the same (so far). And yes, there are things that are definitely changed for the worse. So far it's not a night and day difference in the test. If you loved last year, chances are you'll at least like 22. Is that good? Is that bad?...
    Take that as you will.
    lions67
    You haven’t tried out LeagueGaming then have you?
    I can tell you right now, 6v6 played CORRECTLY is by far the BEST way to play this game.

    Exactly if you play 6v6 then you are taking the AI right out of the equation, which just happens to be one of the biggest complaints us offline guys make. But it shouldn't be that way. How often can you get 12 people together to play a game let alone more than one game at a time. You should not be paying 80 dollars to play a game when all the stars align and you get 12 people together for a game. EA should fix the damn AI so that when the stars are not aligned you can still have a good game with a few friends or even better when you are playing by your self against the computer.
    OH YEAH and if your not going to do the rosters correctly then let us F*%king do it and be able to share it with everyone if we want.
    Maybe if they did those two things then they could save some money on painting this pig one year.
    babaracus88
    Exactly if you play 6v6 then you are taking the AI right out of the equation, which just happens to be one of the biggest complaints us offline guys make. But it shouldn't be that way. How often can you get 12 people together to play a game let alone more than one game at a time. You should not be paying 80 dollars to play a game when all the stars align and you get 12 people together for a game. EA should fix the damn AI so that when the stars are not aligned you can still have a good game with a few friends or even better when you are playing by your self against the computer.
    OH YEAH and if your not going to do the rosters correctly then let us F*%king do it and be able to share it with everyone if we want.
    Maybe if they did those two things then they could save some money on painting this pig one year.

    Exactly. Really hope that this stuff gets posted on the white board at the next meeting about the game. EA and the NHL team should be embarrassed when they look around at all their other games getting good reviews. Madden 22 is the best madden to date. NHL seems to be happy just staying where they are if not taking steps backwards.
    babaracus88
    Exactly if you play 6v6 then you are taking the AI right out of the equation, which just happens to be one of the biggest complaints us offline guys make. But it shouldn't be that way. How often can you get 12 people together to play a game let alone more than one game at a time. You should not be paying 80 dollars to play a game when all the stars align and you get 12 people together for a game. EA should fix the damn AI so that when the stars are not aligned you can still have a good game with a few friends or even better when you are playing by your self against the computer.
    OH YEAH and if your not going to do the rosters correctly then let us F*%king do it and be able to share it with everyone if we want.
    Maybe if they did those two things then they could save some money on painting this pig one year.

    Oh the days of NHL 2K and the Roster/Settings Share. Ten years ago, but LIGHT years ahead of the competition.
    VeNOM3099
    Leaguegaming? Most of them wouldn't know real hockey if it landed on their face, whacked them on the face with a hockey stick and yelled "Hey, I'm Hockey!"

    What's this obsession with claiming people don't "know hockey" ?
    Get over it bro - people will disagree with you on how a video game should/shouldn't work - it doesn't mean they lack a basic understanding of the sport they love.
    babaracus88
    Exactly if you play 6v6 then you are taking the AI right out of the equation, which just happens to be one of the biggest complaints us offline guys make. But it shouldn't be that way. How often can you get 12 people together to play a game let alone more than one game at a time. You should not be paying 80 dollars to play a game when all the stars align and you get 12 people together for a game. EA should fix the damn AI so that when the stars are not aligned you can still have a good game with a few friends or even better when you are playing by your self against the computer.
    OH YEAH and if your not going to do the rosters correctly then let us F*%king do it and be able to share it with everyone if we want.
    Maybe if they did those two things then they could save some money on painting this pig one year.

    The AI are so bad...it's really an eye sore. Then the speed glitch with sliders...need some effort in solely the offline gameplay one of these years otherwise there's really no incentive for offline players to buy.
    one thing I always learned about EA Sports games and closed tech tests, take that with a grain of salt throw it out the window, cause everything you are doing won't even be put into store released version, they have game already finished, closed tech thing is like way too draw you in see it and feel it, they have Ultier motive already, so question yourself what are you even testing is my question, just you watch AI will be magnificent once it's released.
    he always changes it at the last moment.
    SuperGoalies
    one thing I always learned about EA Sports games and closed tech tests, take that with a grain of salt throw it out the window, cause everything you are doing won't even be put into store released version, they have game already finished, closed tech thing is like way too draw you in see it and feel it, they have Ultier motive already, so question yourself what are you even testing is my question, just you watch AI will be magnificent once it's released.
    he always changes it at the last moment.

    Here's a thing, and take it from someone who is still waiting for them to change since the year 2000:
    THEY.NEVER.CHANGE.
    And that's the frustrating part. We all want to love the game. But year after year, they make sure we don't. This year will be no different unless, like you said, big changes are coming. But after 20+ years, the probabilities point to "NO".
    KoryDub
    What's this obsession with claiming people don't "know hockey" ?
    Get over it bro - people will disagree with you on how a video game should/shouldn't work - it doesn't mean they lack a basic understanding of the sport they love.

    Let me see if I can make this clearer: no one picks something because they don't like it. I like racing games. I like fighters. My friend does too. But he hates F1 and he hates Street Fighter, which I love. Asked him why, he said he doesn't like the technical aspects of them. He just likes to drive mindlessly or mash buttons, so he prefers Horizon or Smash Brothers.
    We both like Hockey. I like to know what I'm doing when I play. Win or Lose, it feels good to test your mettle against an equal opponent, human or AI. He likes good games. He likes to not get frustrated and play against opponents who bash their controllers against their faces or throw a dice to execute. It's a waste of money to him. We both despise EA's NHL game.
    Go fig....
    VeNOM3099
    Let me see if I can make this clearer: no one picks something because they don't like it. I like racing games. I like fighters. My friend does too. But he hates F1 and he hates Street Fighter, which I love. Asked him why, he said he doesn't like the technical aspects of them. He just likes to drive mindlessly or mash buttons, so he prefers Horizon or Smash Brothers.
    We both like Hockey. I like to know what I'm doing when I play. Win or Lose, it feels good to test your mettle against an equal opponent, human or AI. He likes good games. He likes to not get frustrated and play against opponents who bash their controllers against their faces or throw a dice to execute. It's a waste of money to him. We both despise EA's NHL game.
    Go fig....

    hahah okay bud that sure cleared things up
    anyway, stop hating on people you don't think have as high of a 'hockey IQ' as you. It's pretentious.
    VeNOM3099
    Let me see if I can make this clearer: no one picks something because they don't like it. I like racing games. I like fighters. My friend does too. But he hates F1 and he hates Street Fighter, which I love. Asked him why, he said he doesn't like the technical aspects of them. He just likes to drive mindlessly or mash buttons, so he prefers Horizon or Smash Brothers.
    We both like Hockey. I like to know what I'm doing when I play. Win or Lose, it feels good to test your mettle against an equal opponent, human or AI. He likes good games. He likes to not get frustrated and play against opponents who bash their controllers against their faces or throw a dice to execute. It's a waste of money to him. We both despise EA's NHL game.
    Go fig....

    There's just a lack of "soul" if you will to all of EA's products, don't you think? They haven't always been this way. The PS2 era, especially for football, saw an impressive attention to detail and immersion. They were always trying to innovate, bring the next bit of immersion/realism to the game that had nothing to do with graphics. When I played NCAA 06, I could "feel" the passion for college football there. The crowds, the big plays, the momentum swings that all make college football amazing were there.
    Fast forward to their current collection of games since the X1/PS4 era and the games all look impressive, Madden 22 especially, but all games lack the "little things" imo that make you feel like there's passion behind the projects. FIFA's crowds are terrible compared to PES imo, same with their ball sounds, net sounds, ball physics, and just a general sense of trying to achieve soccer not a competitive game skinned as soccer, you know?
    Take NHL for example, the crowds are awful. They literally go quiet during the replay of the goal...like the puck hasn't even dropped yet and we don't have any crowd noise. The intros are embarrassing. Hockey might have the coolest intros of any sport with the light shows, the fog, the props, the runout, the deafening crowd...and we get guys casually skating around a lit arena with like a white-noise level of crowd buzz that doesn't make you in the least bit excited to play the game. 2k10 had a great PA intro, light show, fog horn going off, and while it maybe was semi repetitive, I watched it literally every time because it made me excited, it brought me into the environment, the buzz was there, I couldn't wait to drop the puck and get going. Then the thrill of a goal with the insanely loud fog horns, music, and crowd was simply stunning. Best presentation in a hockey game I've ever seen, it hasn't been matched...which is sad because EA started putting props into the game in 16, then just never utilized them!?? Like come on lol...
    Probably hard to articulate, but these games are all just so stale and stiff. Madden 22 has added some really nice juke animations that truly feel organic, I'm hoping this is a direction for all games soon because NHL especially lacks grit, the chaos of a net-front battle, the urgency from both teams on loose pucks, it's just an extremely robotic representation of hockey that requires so much slider and attribute work to squeeze some dynamic gameplay out of. Everything is built to be this mundane competitive experience and they just skin it to the respective sport they're selling. No actual hockey knowledge shines in this game, just twitch skill for success even in the most offline, customized settings. It's so boring, I shouldn't have to try this hard to recreate some semblance of hockey in a game that claims it's a hockey game.
    ..... before the game different People should sing the anthems. Maybe some honors before the game. 500, 1000, 1500 Game celebration or sometimes to raise a banner. Some statistic talkings before the Game. Players to watch in this game for both Teams, Players which are on a hot or cold streak, some camera views to the crowd to detect sone legends during the Game ...... this Team is without any new ideas.
    Travolterjohn
    ..... before the game different People should sing the anthems. Maybe some honors before the game. 500, 1000, 1500 Game celebration or sometimes to raise a banner. Some statistic talkings before the Game. Players to watch in this game for both Teams, Players which are on a hot or cold streak, some camera views to the crowd to detect sone legends during the Game ...... this Team is without any new ideas.

    Remember when NHL games had intro movies? They say they don't wanna waste money on something people are just gonna skip, but here we are 2021 wasting money on ridiculous player intros before drop-ins and club games, like them floating on air or crazy waves.
    Hypocrites much, EA? Not too much. Oh, much too much...
    VeNOM3099
    Remember when NHL games had intro movies? They say they don't wanna waste money on something people are just gonna skip, but here we are 2021 wasting money on ridiculous player intros before drop-ins and club games, like them floating on air or crazy waves.
    Hypocrites much, EA? Not too much. Oh, much too much...

    "Props and a cool light show just wouldn't be worth it, but some guy flying in like superman on an ODR is totally worth the investment!"
    -EA Sports
    "Just shut up and like it."
    -EA White Knights

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