Connect with us

NHL 22 Trial Available Now For EA Play Subscribers

NHL 22

NHL 22

NHL 22 Trial Available Now For EA Play Subscribers

The NHL 22 trial is available now for EA Play subscribers, allowing members to play the full game for up to 10 hours. Progress from the trial will carry over at launch for those that purchase the game. Make sure you fully quit the game when you’re not playing so the timer stops. Make sure to play a few games and share your impressions with the community.

EA Play is included with the Xbox Games Pass Ultimate subscription, at no additional cost. Otherwise, it costs $4.99 per month or $29.99 per year, for PlayStation and PC users, with the following benefits.

Of note, new members can subscribe to the EA Play service for .99 cents for the first month.

  • Unlock exclusive challenges and rewards, member-only content, early trials of new releases, and access to a library of top titles.
  • Play select new-release games for up to 10 hours even before they launch.
  • Get more to play with unlimited access to a collection of Electronic Arts’ fan-favorite series and top titles.
  • Save 10% on all EA digital purchases, including game downloads, Season Passes, points packs, and DLC.

The Standard Edition of NHL 22 releases on October 15 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5. The X-Factor Edition launches 3 days earlier and includes bonus in-game content.

278 Comments

Leave a Reply

Discussion
  1. I normally don't request things, but is there an option to randomize the draft order in BAP? Full season in the OHL or anything?
    Getting drafted only by Sabres, Kraken, or Ducks if you sxceed in the CL or Memorial Cup or throw having to throw those for some draft randomization automatically kills the potential of me playing the mode
    I got that message last week but since then I've been good.
    I'm downloading the trial now. Super excited to try it out and see if it plays any different to last year. Loved last year up to the holidays and then it just felt different than the release. If they have a litte more upgrade to neutral zone play (did improve last year) and more importantly no defensemen just lunging at my player going down the boards for an easy breakaway or odd man rush I'll consider that a win. I'm not expecting much else. I'd love to have a hockey game again for two straight years on release day.
    The ice does look amazing on series X.
    Disappointed be a pro seems the exact same, since that is the mode i play most. Same intro with agent at the pond, same stupid dialogue choices, etc.
    Also disappointed no more coop modes added. I really really really would love to be able to play through a season with a friend online. Or at least a tournament.
    Haven't played enough to comment on gameplay.
    XSX
    Play now Blues vs Kraken AS/Full Sim/5m
    They now have a woman color commentator that says things when there is a faceoff, not every faceoff but here and there and when O'Reilly was taking it. (might pertain to xfactor players)
    I might be in the minority but I really like all the stat overlays, they are varied. (don't thing I saw the same one twice)
    Ice does look great.
    There isn't many replays which I like, gets you right back to the action. There is on goals but normal stoppages there isn't.
    No goalie intros.
    The AI seems better to me but I need more games. At least my D seems to block the lanes better and take the middle more.
    10/4 roster update and a tuner update.
    I'm going to play a bunch today but the newness has me wanting to play more.
    NYJin2011tm
    PS5 yet? I don’t see it?

    Yes. I only see the PS5 in the store. I was actually looking to download the PS4 version but can't find the trial version.
    gator3guy
    Yes. I only see the PS5 in the store. I was actually looking to download the PS4 version but can't find the trial version.

    I downloaded/installed PS4.
    Played my first game, Devils-Hawks season opener, full-sim settings, all-star level no slider tweaks. Lost 2-1, shots were 22-21 for the Hawks. It wasn't too bad tbh, once we get better rosters with player separation from the fine gents who do that kind of thing, it'll be even better.
    The rink is too dark though, wasn't a fan of that. Plus, come on, how does Dougie Hamilton not have his face in the game yet? The NBA has it's full 450 player field in the game down to the exact tattoos, yet we can't get even 450 real faces in this game without tattoos? Come on guys, get better.
    I'm downloading on PS5 - there was a connection to the EA Play trial from my PS5's home screen, so I didn't do the usual process of going through the game's product page. Under Explore, look and see if you have anything that says "Get more NHL 22" - that's where I downloaded it from.
    Won't be playing until tomorrow most likely because potato internet. It's 40 GB.
    Defensive play is so much better than before. The stick physiques finally make a difference on tip ins and poke checks.
    The ice looks amazing (I'm playing on the Series S) and the player models look a bit better, while the crowd still looks like ****. But the jerseys (especially during close ups) finally move and look like the real thing, you can even notice the fight strap on the back.
    Overall, this is light years better than NHL 15 debut on X1/PS4. I'm glad they took an extra year and didn't rush a next-gen version last year.
    Live on PS5 and XSX.
    As a long time NHL player, I am actually very impressed this year. The presentation is engaging (would love to see more sports games embrace AR - never thought I would say that, but it's nice) and the graphics have made a BIG leap.
    Too early to weigh in on gameplay.
    I felt the ice looked better on the ps5 v the series X but look gorgeous. I only played 1 game of online versus on both. I enjoyed it. The stat overlays on the ice were slick.
    Hello, a question
    Played both Ps5 and Serie x
    Strange thing, online is perfect smooth, but when playing offline is not perfect smooth, i see microstuttering.
    Someone else noticed this ?
    I think is the movement of the back of the jersey, is not perfect smooth but only offline !!!
    leafsfan67
    If you don't care why are you here?

    I do care. I’m playing it now and enjoying it. Most people on this forum are negative about the game so for those that’s what I meant but thanks for the sarcasm.
    Sent from my iPhone using Operation Sports
    marino13
    I do care. I’m playing it now and enjoying it. Most people on this forum are negative about the game so for those that’s what I meant but thanks for the sarcasm.
    Sent from my iPhone using Operation Sports
    I think the game is great,what do you think?
    Nomah5
    I felt the ice looked better on the ps5 v the series X but look gorgeous. I only played 1 game of online versus on both. I enjoyed it. The stat overlays on the ice were slick.

    Glad I'm not the only one who likes that kind of stuff. :)
    Been playing for the past hour and I will only talk about gameplay/ai first impressions:
    Neutral zone pressure is very good
    Skating looks better
    Board hits looks nicer as well
    The main NEGATIVE was my concern all along, bad cpu offensive AI.
    Dmen do not shoot nearly enough from the point. This was not a problem in NHL 20, but it became one last year and still here. Cpu dmen overcycle and rarely shoot when they should. Ive also edited cpu ai d men shoot tendencies to max in the strategies. Still horrible.
    The cpu forwards are a bit too one timer happy.
    Sent from my iPhone using Operation Sports
    Been playing for the past hour and I will only talk about gameplay/ai first impressions:
    Neutral zone pressure is very good
    Skating looks better
    Board hits look nicer as well
    The main NEGATIVE was my concern all along, bad cpu offensive AI.
    Dmen do not shoot nearly enough from the point. This was not a problem in NHL 20, but it became one last year and still here. Cpu dmen overcycle and rarely shoot when they should. Ive also edited cpu ai d men shoot tendencies to max in the strategies. Still horrible.
    The cpu forwards are a bit too one timer happy.
    Sent from my iPhone using Operation Sports
    Sent from my iPhone using Operation Sports
    NYJin2011tm
    I still don’t see it for PS5 but I’m on the app on my phone not my system. Guess I’ll look on my system when I get home.

    Can’t find it either
    Sent from my iPhone using Operation Sports
    rhouserjr0614
    Can’t find it either
    Sent from my iPhone using Operation Sports

    I had to do a search of the Playstation Store to find it. Once I did there was an option to download the EA Play trial right next to the standard version of the game. It is not listed in the EA Play subscription section if that is where you are looking.
    I have played 2 games and am loving it!
    The haptic feedback on PS5 is really well done. The game looks gorgeous, a few dodgy animations here or there but so far nothing game breaking.
    The sim gameplay feels spot on for me so far other than the usual lack of CPU penalties but hopefully sliders can fix that.
    The Stat overlays are easily the best this game has done in a long time, they are superb I just wish they stayed on screen for a bit longer.
    I agree the stat overlays are nice with the augmented reality but it seems to come at the expense of replays. You get an occasional replay after a goal, but only 1 quick angle. Zero replay of penalties l, it just goes right into showing the he penalty taker going into the box with the Aug Reality showing type of penalty and time of penalty. There is almost zero pregame. They don’t show and talk about the goalies at all anymore. Haven’t tried franchise but I’m sure it’s the same. Graphics are much improved, especially the ice and the lighting. Seems a bit more active I. The neutral zone and I actually had to dump and chase sometimes instead of just doing it to try and replicate real hockey. Playing on Allstar and I am 1-2. The cpu is less tic tac toe pass crazy which is great. I also and I don’t ever remember the cpu doing this saw the cpu bank pass a puck to a streaking teammate because one of my players was in between them taking away a direct pass. I could be wrong and maybe this has been in the game but it was new to me. Would love if they added a lead pass option and maybe something similar to fifa where u can call on another teammate that ur not controlling to pressure the puck. So far tho I’m very hopeful that we have a very good game this year.
    reth316
    You need to change the presentation setting to full broadcast and you will get more replays and goalie matchups in the intro that way.

    Oh wow I didn’t even see that as an option, thanks brother!
    I know this is impressions thread, but are you guys allowed to post videos now? Would love to see Ps5 gameplay simulation videos.
    Sent from my iPhone using Operation Sports
    Another thing I have noticed that is a shame is the new scores and points leader ticker at bottom of screen is only available in Be A Pro. That absolutely should be in Frachise mode! Can't believe it's not...
    I was blown away at the pre-game setting screen so I'm very impressed. AI moves the puck up ice like the should, not circling back into their own zone like the don't know which net their shooting on.
    Graphics are gorgeous...need to change presentation to broadcast as mentioned above.
    Not that there was any doubt as I've been buying this game since it's inception, but this baby is on pre-order...10 hours is gonna fly by
    Played a game between Jackets and Sabers. As a majority offline Franchise guy, really impressed with the game play I’ve seen so far. Much more realistic passing and defense. Can actually break up passes now as does AI. Nice to see pick not automatically glue itself to any stick it comes in contact with and actually bounces realistically.
    Overall graphics are much improved on Series S compared to 21, which isn’t surprising. Loves the new stat overlays. And the new commentator added a bit to the game.
    I’d like to atleast see penalty replays.
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Played the TB MON game while it finished downloading. I was TB and I lost 4-3 in OT. It felt like a cheap loss. They scored first, ok. I tie it up then some overlay got stuck on the screen and I couldn't see and they go up 2-1. I tie it up again and not even five seconds later they took the lead 3-2. I eventually tie it up and we go to OT. Predictably on the first faceoff they win it and score on first shot to win 4-3.
    What does it take to get the CPU to take a penalty? I got called for a few but CPU none just like it's been recently.
    I don't think I like the play by play guy. Analyst was fine.
    phillyfan23
    Been playing for the past hour and I will only talk about gameplay/ai first impressions:
    Neutral zone pressure is very good
    Skating looks better
    Board hits look nicer as well
    The main NEGATIVE was my concern all along, bad cpu offensive AI.
    Dmen do not shoot nearly enough from the point. This was not a problem in NHL 20, but it became one last year and still here. Cpu dmen overcycle and rarely shoot when they should. Ive also edited cpu ai d men shoot tendencies to max in the strategies. Still horrible.
    The cpu forwards are a bit too one timer happy.
    Sent from my iPhone using Operation Sports
    Sent from my iPhone using Operation Sports

    I played a game on Superstar (not sure if that matters) and the CPU D shot plenty of shots from all over. Just one game but I noticed it.
    icicle22
    I had to do a search of the Playstation Store to find it. Once I did there was an option to download the EA Play trial right next to the standard version of the game. It is not listed in the EA Play subscription section if that is where you are looking.

    Just search up NHL 22. I preordered the game, think that’s messing it up?
    Sent from my iPhone using Operation Sports
    Jeffrey99
    Played a game between Jackets and Sabers. As a majority offline Franchise guy, really impressed with the game play I’ve seen so far. Much more realistic passing and defense. Can actually break up passes now as does AI. Nice to see pick not automatically glue itself to any stick it comes in contact with and actually bounces realistically.
    Overall graphics are much improved on Series S compared to 21, which isn’t surprising. Loves the new stat overlays. And the new commentator added a bit to the game.
    I’d like to atleast see penalty replays.
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

    Change broadcast setting to full and you will get penalty replays
    I realize hardly anyone on this forum plays EASHL, but NHL 22 is identical to 21 in that regard, other than improved Frostbite graphics and collision detection. Cross crease passes and goals are still the goto, as are skating one direction and shooting the other. 5'7" 160lb sniper/dangler builds continue to rule the ice, while the absolutely pathetic ai is just as bad or even possibly worse than ever. They don't even attempt to poke check a player on a breakaway when right beside them. It's still honestly disgusting and pathetic how EA continues to get away with the worst ai programming while not even attempting to make it better and then charging full price as a new game.
    Thank goodness for the 10-hour trial, as there's no way in hell anyone should pay full price for this garbage, as the actual game engine is still the exact same as it's been for the last 10+ years. People will eventually figure out that the X-Factor is just another bull**** attempt at milking this game and selling as many copies as possible at release before discounting it by at least 50% within a month. I love hockey, and the back and forth action of online play, but the frustration from this game has simply become too much to put up with, with the absolutely dreadful ai programming leading the way once again.
    handheldpictures
    I realize hardly anyone on this forum plays EASHL, but NHL 22 is identical to 21 in that regard, other than improved Frostbite graphics and collision detection. Cross crease passes and goals are still the goto, as are skating one direction and shooting the other. 5'7" 160lb sniper/dangler builds continue to rule the ice, while the absolutely pathetic ai is just as bad or even possibly worse than ever. They don't even attempt to poke check a player on a breakaway when right beside them. It's still honestly disgusting and pathetic how EA continues to get away with the worst ai programming while not even attempting to make it better and then charging full price as a new game.
    Thank goodness for the 10-hour trial, as there's no way in hell anyone should pay full price for this garbage, as the actual game engine is still the exact same as it's been for the last 10+ years. People will eventually figure out that the X-Factor is just another bull**** attempt at milking this game and selling as many copies as possible at release before discounting it by at least 50% within a month. I love hockey, and the back and forth action of online play, but the frustration from this game has simply become too much to put up with, with the absolutely dreadful ai programming leading the way once again.

    Have you played any offline games? I have zero doubt the AI is dumbed down in Chel, as technical it should be all human 6vs6 there anyway. But the AI really plays pretty good offline in versus.
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    I played both ps5&xsx. overall was fantastic.
    on xsx, no vibration right?(bug or something?)
    on ps5, haptic feedback and controller sound was good.
    graphics are almost same.
    max452
    Hello, a question
    Played both Ps5 and Serie x
    Strange thing, online is perfect smooth, but when playing offline is not perfect smooth, i see microstuttering.
    Someone else noticed this ?
    I think is the movement of the back of the jersey, is not perfect smooth but only offline !!!
    Yes, I've seen that as well on my series x. Most noticeable for me when carrying the puck up ice through the neutral zone, the camera movement doesn't feel fluid and seems choppy.
    I've tried turning off hdr, switching to a monitor from my TV and no changes, very strange as it's pretty noticeable yet I haven't seen too many people bringing it up yet
    Sent from my SM-G925V using Tapatalk
    Got it downloaded.
    First thing ill do before playing tonight is set up a franchise to play games in to do my testing. Set the presentation to FULL broadcast and raise CPU penalties.
    Ill play a few a post my thoughts
    handheldpictures
    I realize hardly anyone on this forum plays EASHL, but NHL 22 is identical to 21 in that regard, other than improved Frostbite graphics and collision detection. Cross crease passes and goals are still the goto, as are skating one direction and shooting the other. 5'7" 160lb sniper/dangler builds continue to rule the ice, while the absolutely pathetic ai is just as bad or even possibly worse than ever. They don't even attempt to poke check a player on a breakaway when right beside them. It's still honestly disgusting and pathetic how EA continues to get away with the worst ai programming while not even attempting to make it better and then charging full price as a new game.
    Thank goodness for the 10-hour trial, as there's no way in hell anyone should pay full price for this garbage, as the actual game engine is still the exact same as it's been for the last 10+ years. People will eventually figure out that the X-Factor is just another bull**** attempt at milking this game and selling as many copies as possible at release before discounting it by at least 50% within a month. I love hockey, and the back and forth action of online play, but the frustration from this game has simply become too much to put up with, with the absolutely dreadful ai programming leading the way once again.

    EASHL isn't supposed to play as sim. It's supposed to be arcade like. EA has said that before. If you want real simulated hockey, EASHL is not the mode to play. It's always going to be cheese.
    toodles2you90
    EASHL isn't supposed to play as sim. It's supposed to be arcade like. EA has said that before. If you want real simulated hockey, EASHL is not the mode to play. It's always going to be cheese.

    Exactly. Its for the kiddies.
    The haptic feedback honestly is so well done. It feels like you are skating going over all the little ridges on the ice. I like the sounds through the controller but I could live without the goal music through it. Haven't played 21 for a minute but it sure seems like the graphics are better. Maybe just the players. They don't look like plastic action figures as much. Gameplay sure felt on point to me. Too early obviously to tell but this could be a real gem.
    onlybygrace
    Exactly. Its for the kiddies.

    OMG! Are you serious? Were you even playing when EA had GM connected, where you could team up online with your friends and play through an actual season on your favorite team with and against the ai instead of other human players? That was the best mode ever, but guess what, EA decided it was too much work and no money to be made from it, so after a few years they canned it.
    So, for those of us that don't want to play single player modes, as in Be a Pro or Franchise, we're left with EASHL club or dropin, and if we don't happen to have a full 6 on 6 human match or people start quitting part way through, the ai comes into play. Every single mode in EA's hockey should have the exact same ai programming. The World of Chel/EASHL doesn't have sliders or a difficulty level to adjust, but from what I've read from previous years, the ai is supposedly set at all-star. Lmao, as it's more like rookie.
    All I'm trying to say is that offline or online, the ai should be identical to whatever difficulty the game is set to, but evidently, that doesn't appear to be the case. So please stop ragging on those of us that prefer to play online with friends instead of alone.
    Played first game on PS4. Full sim, All-star, 10 minute periods, default sliders.
    I was the Blues and played the Kraken.
    Won 9-2.
    43 shots to 34 in my favor.
    You could definitely still get the cross ice goals but they do get intercepted more. CPU passing is still too good. They completed 92% of their passes. The puck definitely seems more lively and not so stuck onto players like it has before. The skating feels a little different but nothing crazy. The new animations look smooth and the re-directs are pretty slick.
    One thing I did notice was they changed what is given as a hit. I had 52 hits in the game but only a few were where I actually blew a guy up. Seems you dont have to murder someone to register it as a hit anymore.
    Definitely gonna need some slider adjustments but this seems like the best game of hockey I've played in the NHL series. AI seemed better, not perfect but definitely better.
    handheldpictures
    OMG! Are you serious? Were you even playing when EA had GM connected, where you could team up online with your friends and play through an actual season on your favorite team with and against the ai instead of other human players? That was the best mode ever, but guess what, EA decided it was too much work and no money to be made from it, so after a few years they canned it.
    So, for those of us that don't want to play single player modes, as in Be a Pro or Franchise, we're left with EASHL club or dropin, and if we don't happen to have a full 6 on 6 human match or people start quitting part way through, the ai comes into play. Every single mode in EA's hockey should have the exact same ai programming. The World of Chel/EASHL doesn't have sliders or a difficulty level to adjust, but from what I've read from previous years, the ai is supposedly set at all-star. Lmao, as it's more like rookie.
    All I'm trying to say is that offline or online, the ai should be identical to whatever difficulty the game is set to, but evidently, that doesn't appear to be the case. So please stop ragging on those of us that prefer to play online with friends instead of alone.

    In theory you are correct but thats not how they want it. Top players online want stick skills to control the game and not computer players. It's why you are always going to get terrible AI play. It's designed so you pretty much need a 5 man team to get good hockey. That's why it plays on competitive mode and not full sim. EA doesn't want computer players to control the online world of NHL, so you don't get very good CPU play unfortunately.
    And I like EASHL. I play with my family on there but you just have to go in knowing its arcade-ish hockey.
    handheldpictures
    OMG! Are you serious? Were you even playing when EA had GM connected, where you could team up online with your friends and play through an actual season on your favorite team with and against the ai instead of other human players? That was the best mode ever, but guess what, EA decided it was too much work and no money to be made from it, so after a few years they canned it.
    So, for those of us that don't want to play single player modes, as in Be a Pro or Franchise, we're left with EASHL club or dropin, and if we don't happen to have a full 6 on 6 human match or people start quitting part way through, the ai comes into play. Every single mode in EA's hockey should have the exact same ai programming. The World of Chel/EASHL doesn't have sliders or a difficulty level to adjust, but from what I've read from previous years, the ai is supposedly set at all-star. Lmao, as it's more like rookie.
    All I'm trying to say is that offline or online, the ai should be identical to whatever difficulty the game is set to, but evidently, that doesn't appear to be the case. So please stop ragging on those of us that prefer to play online with friends instead of alone.

    No, I havent been playing this game since 1993 nor was I ever a hockey writer for OS in 2009.
    Vazione
    Live on PS5 and XSX.
    As a long time NHL player, I am actually very impressed this year. The presentation is engaging (would love to see more sports games embrace AR - never thought I would say that, but it's nice) and the graphics have made a BIG leap.
    Too early to weigh in on gameplay.

    Interesting because in the video ea showed like last week or this week don't remember but it looked 100% like a ps4 game still.
    reth316
    I have played 2 games and am loving it!
    The haptic feedback on PS5 is really well done. The game looks gorgeous, a few dodgy animations here or there but so far nothing game breaking.
    The sim gameplay feels spot on for me so far other than the usual lack of CPU penalties but hopefully sliders can fix that.
    The Stat overlays are easily the best this game has done in a long time, they are superb I just wish they stayed on screen for a bit longer.

    Is the Haptic feedback just when players get hit? Or do you fell it taking a shot or something?
    Smallville102001
    Interesting because in the video ea showed like last week or this week don't remember but it looked 100% like a ps4 game still.
    Is the Haptic feedback just when players get hit? Or do you fell it taking a shot or something?

    while skating, players get hit, passing(Adaptive trigger) and etc.
    haptic feedback is all round the game. and use dualsense speaker, so puck sound, ice sound, players chatter, goal song is play thorugh controller speaker
    onlybygrace
    No, I havent been playing this game since 1993 nor was I ever a hockey writer for OS in 2009.

    Sorry, but your "kiddies" comment was a bit much for those of us that have been playing EA's game every single year since 1991, including the absolutely atrocious next gen 2015 release.
    If I'm paying $$$ for an official NHL hockey game, then I expect the game to play somewhat realistically when I choose to play online 6 vs 6. I"m 100% fine with the 1 vs 1 or 3 vs 3 modes being a lot more arcade oriented, but 6 vs 6 should play more realistically with competent ai when required. That's all I'm trying to say, but evidently, EA continues to think otherwise.
    bcruise
    I'm downloading on PS5 - there was a connection to the EA Play trial from my PS5's home screen, so I didn't do the usual process of going through the game's product page. Under Explore, look and see if you have anything that says "Get more NHL 22" - that's where I downloaded it from.
    Won't be playing until tomorrow most likely because potato internet. It's 40 GB.

    Well....crap. I have to hope I didn't mislead anyone because that link led to the now-disabled technical test download, not the EA Play Trial. Didn't know until I tried starting it up once it finished.
    So now I'm downloading the real trial and will definitely not be playing until tomorrow. Also, the full game appears to be about 50 GB and not 40. (in two parts - the "quick-start" part is 10 GB-ish and the rest of the game is 39.9)
    Very sorry to anyone who might have downloaded this on my suggestion.
    Anyone else notice that the brightness changes? It seems darker when in your zone (bottom of the screen) and brighter in your offensive zone (top of the screen). I find it distracting. I’ve only played about a period off the Bolts/Habs game so not much time put in yet.
    Sent from my iPhone using Operation Sports
    CujoMatty
    The haptic feedback honestly is so well done. It feels like you are skating going over all the little ridges on the ice. I like the sounds through the controller but I could live without the goal music through it.

    I thought this too, I don't like the goal music through it. I don't think there should be goal music for the visiting team at all.
    max452
    Hello, a question
    Played both Ps5 and Serie x
    Strange thing, online is perfect smooth, but when playing offline is not perfect smooth, i see microstuttering.
    Someone else noticed this ?
    I think is the movement of the back of the jersey, is not perfect smooth but only offline !!!

    Noticed that as well on xsx. I think you are right about the jersey physics being the cause.
    I played a couple of games.
    Not drastically different than the past years. Same issues as always.
    Scored on a no angle weak shot from behind the goal line. The goalie reacted in an unrealistic way.
    Got scored when my goalie put it in the net with his glove.
    These goals are immersion killer.
    Still not much player differenciation again (faster skaters are not really more noticeable than the slower ones). Roster sharing may eventually help in that regard .
    I can't stand the goal replays. They are awful once again. They are nothing like on TV. Especially the ones that appeared to be filmed by a drone flying 2 feet above the ice. Yikes. Very arcadish.
    I also had the overlay/transition screen not disappearing bug. I could not see the gameplay even though the game had resumed after a goal.
    Im not gonna lie, this game grates on my nerves to play and the already cheezy presentation has taken a plunge off the deep end with the inclusion of the X Factor commentary. I miss the NBC presentation where they at least set some context for the game you were about to begin in a season or franchise.
    This presentation is just unnerving.
    Im so damn tired of watching the players stand there and stare at each other after they score a goal. It ruins or taints what should be one of the most satisfying moments in these games.
    But now i find myself rolling my eyes.
    The gameplay has some potential although I had to nerf the CPU on ALL STAR and make it seem like I’m playing against other humans and not some androids from another planet.
    This isnt going well.
    My god the presentation is utter garbage. Maybe going back to NHL 17-18 or even 19 is the answer.
    Or I could just play The Show and remain perfectly content. lol
    I don't see any improvements in CPU gameplay. It's the same as last gen. End to end rushes and no real team play and puck movement in the offensive zone from the CPU. Teams and players play the same and there's no real difference. This is simply a facelift with the same core gameplay. Pass for me once again.
    SocialAssassin
    Every single game I've played so far, the CPU scores from in between the circles. Every time.

    Same here. What are the programmers at EA smoking? This is not hockey!
    This game now is a GARBAGE !!!!
    Graphics are too dark, no way to see the puck on center ice, the jersey look strange anche cause frame drop when skating.
    Animations are unreal, too fast, missing frame, goalie are superhuman.
    Gameplay is a ****, no way to create a set play in offensive zone, no way to make two or three pass in a row.
    Never see a hockey game like this at launch, i hope in a patch soon.
    But for now this game is not a hockey game, remember me nhl hitz, but hitz was much more fun to play !!!!
    handheldpictures
    OMG! Are you serious? Were you even playing when EA had GM connected, where you could team up online with your friends and play through an actual season on your favorite team with and against the ai instead of other human players? That was the best mode ever, but guess what, EA decided it was too much work and no money to be made from it, so after a few years they canned it.
    So, for those of us that don't want to play single player modes, as in Be a Pro or Franchise, we're left with EASHL club or dropin, and if we don't happen to have a full 6 on 6 human match or people start quitting part way through, the ai comes into play. Every single mode in EA's hockey should have the exact same ai programming. The World of Chel/EASHL doesn't have sliders or a difficulty level to adjust, but from what I've read from previous years, the ai is supposedly set at all-star. Lmao, as it's more like rookie.
    All I'm trying to say is that offline or online, the ai should be identical to whatever difficulty the game is set to, but evidently, that doesn't appear to be the case. So please stop ragging on those of us that prefer to play online with friends instead of alone.

    I don’t believe the top chel players want that though. They want their fancy unrealistic stick skillz to control the game. The want the unrealistic behind the back through the legs full length of ice tape to pass passes. It’s the reason EA dumbs down the defense every year after release for chel.
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Can anyone see if more random goals go in on higher difficulty like on All-Star or higher? It got tiresome having to rely on one timers to score all the time on higher difficulties since the CPU goalie seemed too OP saving every regular and slap shots.
    tcnumba10
    Can anyone see if more random goals go in on higher difficulty like on All-Star or higher? It got tiresome having to rely on one timers to score all the time on higher difficulties since the CPU goalie seemed too OP saving every regular and slap shots.

    For the computer it's walk into the slot and let a wrist shot go and score every time. Same opportunity isn't afforded for us with the controller lol. The Pens scored five on me with a wrister from between the two circles yesterday before I quit the game and turned off the console.
    tcnumba10
    Can anyone see if more random goals go in on higher difficulty like on All-Star or higher? It got tiresome having to rely on one timers to score all the time on higher difficulties since the CPU goalie seemed too OP saving every regular and slap shots.

    The 3 I scored in my one game; 1st was five hole on breakaway, 2nd was backhand in close and 3rd was shot that bounced around from the point.
    Can’t remember exactly for the CPU, one was a rebound shot. I don’t recall the others but it didn’t stick in my head.
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Jeffrey99
    The 3 I scored in my one game; 1st was five hole on breakaway, 2nd was backhand in close and 3rd was shot that bounced around from the point.
    Can’t remember exactly for the CPU, one was a rebound shot. I don’t recall the others but it didn’t stick in my head.
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

    Perfect, I was referring to the User against the CPU goalie. What difficulty are you playing on? I just hated on relying on one timers to score on higher difficulties, it got so repetitive.
    SocialAssassin
    For the computer it's walk into the slot and let a wrist shot go and score every time. Same opportunity isn't afforded for us with the controller lol. The Pens scored five on me with a wrister from between the two circles yesterday before I quit the game and turned off the console.

    Would you say the CPU was more creative than NHL 21 tho? I’m looking for more variety of goals being scored on both ends especially on higher difficulties other than Pro.
    tcnumba10
    Perfect, I was referring to the User against the CPU goalie. What difficulty are you playing on? I just hated on relying on one timers to score on higher difficulties, it got so repetitive.

    All-star with default settings. Granted it was one game vs the Buffalo Sabres. Plan to test more this weekend.
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Arguably Canada's team is the Toronto Maple Leafs and Canada is the center of hockey and the Leafs didn't get 1 new scan.Imagine the Yankees,Cowboys or the Celtics not having no new face scans.Does this development team even know hockey culture.
    Jeffrey99
    All-star with default settings. Granted it was one game vs the Buffalo Sabres. Plan to test more this weekend.
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

    I actually was invested in NHL 21 but it got too repetitive with relying on one timers to score on All-Star or higher. However on Pro difficulty, I scored on a variety of ways but it was too easy and the opposing CPU team was too passive and too easy for me to stop them from even attempting a shot.
    If you can share your findings when you play more that’ll be greatly appreciated, wanting to see if you can score in a variety of ways against the CPU on all-star or higher is a top priority IMO.
    Observations after a few games:
    - Noticeable improvement in the ice visuals / texture, but ice looks much better in Dynamic camera than in True Broadcast.
    - Frame rate drops down when game speed is reduced from the default 3 (it is really choppy at 0). 
    - I am not seeing many new animations
    - Passing is more contextual. If a pass is played behind a player, he will have a harder time picking it up successfully (which is good)
    - I am seeing a good variety of goals. 
    - Much improved AI 
    - Players still move a bit robotic, not fluidly
    - Not too keen on the new triangle player indicator over the head, especially for the CPU (hard to notice)
    - Poke check is really very well implemented (finally), without tripping fouls being called every 5 seconds
    - That said, there are not enough penalties called (on other offences) 
    - Cycling the puck is much more fluid and intuitive
    My biggest gripe (as every year) is that the True Broadcast camera is too close to the action. Why can't EA allow us to zoom out? The only way I can enjoy the game is by playing European leagues where the ice is area is larger and the camera is more zoomed out. 
    Playing on all-star the last few years this seems to be the year to jump to Superstar. Game plays better to me. More variety of goals, harder to just skate past the CPU, just a better game. Usually Superstar just means the CPU scores easier on the same shots but doesn't seem to be the case to me so far.
    toodles2you90
    Playing on all-star the last few years this seems to be the year to jump to Superstar. Game plays better to me. More variety of goals, harder to just skate past the CPU, just a better game. Usually Superstar just means the CPU scores easier on the same shots but doesn't seem to be the case to me so far.

    I agree, I've been playing SS level as well.
    iaxy
    Observations after a few games:
    - Noticeable improvement in the ice visuals / texture, but ice looks much better in Dynamic camera than in True Broadcast.
    - Frame rate drops down when game speed is reduced from the default 3 (it is really choppy at 0).*
    - I am not seeing many new animations
    - Passing is more contextual. If a pass is played behind a player, he will have a harder time picking it up successfully (which is good)
    - I am seeing a good variety of goals.*
    - Much improved AI*
    - Players still move a bit robotic, not fluidly
    - Not too keen on the new triangle player indicator over the head, especially for the CPU (hard to notice)
    - Poke check is really very well implemented (finally), without tripping fouls being called every 5 seconds
    - That said, there are not enough penalties called (on other offences)*
    - Cycling the puck is much more fluid and intuitive
    My biggest gripe (as every year) is that the True Broadcast camera is too close to the action. Why can't EA allow us to zoom out? The only way I can enjoy the game is by playing European leagues where the ice is area is larger and the camera is more zoomed out.*

    What difficulty are you playing on? Did the opposing CPU team cycle the puck as well? What kind of goals did you score?
    toodles2you90
    Playing on all-star the last few years this seems to be the year to jump to Superstar. Game plays better to me. More variety of goals, harder to just skate past the CPU, just a better game. Usually Superstar just means the CPU scores easier on the same shots but doesn't seem to be the case to me so far.

    This is huge, my biggest gripe with NHL 21 was that the only way to score on all-star and SS difficulty was by one timers and cross crease. If there’s a lot of variety of goals now on AS and SS in 22 then I’m in…
    tcnumba10
    This is huge, my biggest gripe with NHL 21 was that the only way to score on all-star and SS difficulty was by one timers and cross crease. If there’s a lot of variety of goals now on AS and SS in 22 then I’m in…

    Deflections seem to be the big thing this year. Lots of goals on deflections for me.
    toodles2you90
    Deflections seem to be the big thing this year. Lots of goals on deflections for me.

    Can you straight up beat the goalie on a slap shot one on one when you’re relatively close on AS or SS?
    onlybygrace
    I nerfed the CPU goaltender big time on All Star. I mean save reaction at 35 and cross crease to 40. Made them much more beatable like my goalie.

    What kind of goals were you seeing before the changes on AS?
    A couple of things I like and don’t like about this year (PS4):
    Likes
    1.) The defensive AI is much better on the penalty kill. Power plays were near automatic for me last year. This year I am seeing the defense limiting “easy” chances a lot better.
    2.) The player movement feels smooth and realistic. Whether on defense or offense I rarely feel out of control of my player
    3.) The new presentation with the on screen graphics is pretty cool
    Dislikes
    1.) My god, that player indicator. That little red arrow. I can never tell if I have possession of the puck or not in tight scrums. I appreciate them trying to keep the screen “clean”, but this was unecessary and makes things more confusing
    2.) The cross crease is dead. Not for the reasons you may think. Yes, the CPU is much better at defending passes and defending as a whole. But while on offense, regardless of my coaching strategies none of my AI teammates make any effort whatsoever to get to tough parts of the ice (the slot or crease). I find myself having to play hero hockey, or result to taking nothing but shots from the point to generate chances. They just have no interest in trying to find open ice for shots.
    3) The hitting. While it looks better and works better, the fits have zero feel to them. But hits and small hits feel the same. Whether I’m bouncing of a power forwards to lying out a 5’9 winger, there is zero impact felt. I would prefer a controller vibration similar to last year personally. Maybe I just need to re-teach my Brian and will get used to this
    4) Poke check spam is back. Last year you had to be careful and plan your angles otherwise it was a tripping penalty. This year The CPU and I can spam poke check with impunity. Even when behind the player it rarely results in a penalty and more often than not a lose puck.
    Overall this game feels like a huge step forward in some ways, but a huge step back in others. I am willing to give them a pass however with a switch to the new engine
    tcnumba10
    Can you straight up beat the goalie on a slap shot one on one when you’re relatively close on AS or SS?

    I honestly haven't tried. I don't really take slap shots except from the point when it's open. I'll see if I can do it though.
    toodles2you90
    Two Biggest Gripes for me.
    -Lack of penalties but I'm sure sliders will help that.
    -CPU completing 90% of their passes.
    This is playing on Superstar, full sim.

    It's the same thing at QB's passing 90% completions on AM. :)
    I just deal with it as the level is ramped up a bit to provide a challenge.
    From a UI standpoint, 22 reminds me of the mid-2000s NHL games with the videos of game highlights accompaying the x-factor players. No more tiles either. I prefer a darker color scheme, but a refresh was needed.
    Watched half of a game in play now last night while I was poking around. I used Full Sim on All-Star. Game looks beautiful. I didn't realize the presentation was set to condensed, but that makes a lot of sense. Carrlyn Bathe's insights before the faceoffs could be a good add to the presentation. I only got to hear her mention Chabot and Barzal as players to watch because of their x-factors.
    It's good news that we can toggle the x-factor presentation elements.
    Gameplay-wise, I noticed that more contact counts as a hit which is positive. Otherwise, slider edits and roster edits are needed. Passing percentages are high right now (80%+).
    SoonerCrazy84
    Same old franchise mode from 5 years ago its so sad how they are clueless.
    Sent from my LM-Q720 using Operation Sports mobile app

    “Same franchise mode for 5 years”? Very un constructive and utterly false. They added coaching staffs and a revamp of scouting just two years ago lol. This is the first year they haven’t added anything “new” to franchise in the last 3 years. With the switch over to a new engine and the implementation of X Factors that is understandable.
    Your statement couldn’t be further from the truth
    I had just posted in the FIFA 22 forum that I was having so much fun with the game, that I wasn’t buying NBA 2K and NHL. Then I saw the trial pop up and tried it.
    On the One X, this feels like a massive upgrade in both graphics and gameplay. I was pretty blown away by how much aI liked it.
    Generally, I like this series, but I don’t remember a feeling that they made this big of a jump since the 360 days. I have to say the new sports games do have me wanting to upgrade to a Series X sooner than later. Just not interested in working to finds one.
    One thing that had me worried with X-factors added was x-factor goalies being too overpowered. Played first game again Carey Price and he shut me out for 59 minutes and 59.1 seconds. Scored a goal to tie it with .9 left. 43 shots on goal and only one goal through regulation and overtime including him getting across on a 2 on 0 in OT. Played with the Avs so I would have a bunch of firepower to really test it out. Gonna look more into it but seems like it could be a problem. Luckily there are only a few in the game.
    PS4 -
    I'm a casual player and am liking the upgrade on graphics and player control. Player movement/skating/stick handling is just really good. I have been spending a lot more time practicing passing, and have been trying to avoid one timers while I get feel of the game. Passing/one-timers are muted a bit which is good. Loving the puck physics and stick interference. Playing on a bit lesser difficulty until I get my button mashing under control a bit. One really good thing is that the trial timer actually works, unlike Madden. I just close the app when taking breaks and it's right where it should be when I return. Now the difficult part...to buy now or wait for it to be discounted. I'm sure PS5 is better all around but without playing both would love to hear opinions on the differences.
    P.S. One thing that would really hook me in a huge way and lessen the feel of PS5 envy is if they ever got the Vita controls correct like madden, and put the R2/L2 R3/L3 UNDER the vita/(touchpad beneath). Those have always been on top (touch screen) for NHL, so playing on the fly or in bed with my trusty Vita is terrible/unplayable.
    Pucks are flying through the goalies' bodies. Hello Frostbite!
    Auction is totally broken.
    EA took away roster sharing and old legends like Boyle, now they bring them back as something new and shiny.
    The most of face scans are old, low-polygonal and glitchy.
    No CHEL face customization like Madden 21 (madden 22 has lost the brand, tho).
    The "NEW MOVING EYES SYSTEM" occasionally causes players models to be ugly and cockeyed.
    The goal steam above the center of arena leads to heavy lags.
    EA Vancouver are beggars and crooks! Breakthrough ... the bottom!
    toodles2you90
    I honestly haven't tried. I don't really take slap shots except from the point when it's open. I'll see if I can do it though.

    Slap shot or wrister should go in easy against the goalie in real life up close, I just don’t want to have to rely on one timers only to score on higher difficulties.
    I've played two full sim games (full 20 minute periods, True Broadcast camera, All Star settings) in Franchise mode against the cpu and so far, so good. As someone who plays full 20 minute periods, my biggest gripe ever single year is shots on goal totals. I realize that the game is and never will be designed for realistic period lengths, and I'm okay with that, but no matter what I do with the sliders I always end up with astronomical shot totals (usually in the 65-75 (per team, per game) range no matter who the teams are).
    However, after my two games with no slider adjustments at all, and me not trying to purposely keep shots to a minimum, I ended up with 45/42 and 48/39 (I'm the lower on each game) and that has me very optimistic. I know that the more I play the game and become accustomed to the a.i.'s tendencies my shot totals will naturally increase, but again, this is a good start.
    Obviously, two games is nowhere near enough time to develop a true sense on how the game plays, but it is enough to whet my appetite and I definitely want to play more.
    I can see I'm going to spend the majority of my 10 hours trying to figure out CPU and AI teammate penalties....sigh. They ARE in there, but it's taking dramatic measures like maxing the rules penalty slider, maxing the CPU/CPU teammate penalty sliders, and maxing the individual sliders except for Delay of Game and Holding to see ANYTHING. They've been completely non-existent for me through several games on Full Sim default. With the above changes I've seen Charging, Slashing, Tripping, Elbowing, as well as Delay and Holding (those last two are called to extremes with the sliders up and it ruins game flow). Also 1 fight, with its accompanying major.
    Really enjoying the flow of the game otherwise on Full Sim default, 10 minute periods. Shot totals aren't overly excessive though I might try to bring them down a bit. AI isn't doing as much ping-pong passing as in the previous games and player skill differential seems to shine through a lot more.
    Edit: Add Boarding - just happened in a CPU game I'm watching. Like I said, they're in there but it requires extremes as far as I can tell.
    Therebelyell626
    “Same franchise mode for 5 years”? Very un constructive and utterly false. They added coaching staffs and a revamp of scouting just two years ago lol. This is the first year they haven’t added anything “new” to franchise in the last 3 years. With the switch over to a new engine and the implementation of X Factors that is understandable.
    Your statement couldn’t be further from the truth

    You took the words right out of my mouth
    sanjuan
    Pucks are flying through the goalies' bodies. Hello Frostbite!
    Auction is totally broken.
    EA took away roster sharing and old legends like Boyle, now they bring them back as something new and shiny.
    The most of face scans are old, low-polygonal and glitchy.
    No CHEL face customization like Madden 21 (madden 22 has lost the brand, tho).
    The "NEW MOVING EYES SYSTEM" occasionally causes players models to be ugly and cockeyed.
    The goal steam above the center of arena leads to heavy lags.
    EA Vancouver are beggars and crooks! Breakthrough ... the bottom!
    Are you playing the same game as the rest of us. It's awesome.Took away roster share,they never had it.Just added it not taken away.And Boyle is in the game.
    All of the negatives that have plagued the game over the last 5+ years still seem to be very much present in NHL '22.
    I think at this point, it's an understatement to say EA honestly does not deserve the exclusive licenses they've been given.
    TFunaro
    All of the negatives that have plagued the game over the last 5+ years still seem to be very much present in NHL '22.
    I think at this point, it's an understatement to say EA honestly does not deserve the exclusive licenses they've been given.

    The NHL licence is not exclusive.
    sanjuan

    EA took away roster sharing and old legends like Boyle, now they bring them back as something new and shiny.
    The most of face scans are old, low-polygonal and glitchy.
    No CHEL face customization like Madden 21 (madden 22 has lost the brand, tho).
    The "NEW MOVING EYES SYSTEM" occasionally causes players models to be ugly and cockeyed.
    The goal steam above the center of arena leads to heavy lags!

    100% agree. Roster sharing is unbaked without the possibility for better Player face customization and uploading Bio pics. I can’t see this terrible generic faces and black Silhouettes anymore.
    Like I've said, I think it's a nice jump from 21, which I barely played. Excited to kick my franchise off after the season roster update.
    I'm a bit shocked superstar plays this well as I've always played on AS.
    TFunaro
    They still don't deserve it. Roster sharing and video overlays can't hide the sins that this franchise lives with.

    What are these so called “sins”. Your saying a whole lot of nothing? I could tell you there is a million things wrong with anything, but without providing any examples it is all lip service
    TFunaro
    They still don't deserve it. Roster sharing and video overlays can't hide the sins that this franchise lives with.

    No one wants to make the game you want.
    The sooner you accept that and move on, the sooner you won’t have to complain about what you don’t like, and can focus on what you do like.
    And I’m not talking about the game. You don’t like video game hockey. Cool. Play something else. Do something else, like read a book, watch a movie, build a model.
    But posting about a game you hate despite clearly not following its development is a really bad look.
    TFunaro
    All of the negatives that have plagued the game over the last 5+ years still seem to be very much present in NHL '22.
    I think at this point, it's an understatement to say EA honestly does not deserve the exclusive licenses they've been given.

    And what negatives are those? Would be more beneficial to list them then to just make a blanket statement
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Travolterjohn
    The NHL licence not, but isn't not the NHLPA licence an exclusive one ?

    Evidence that gamers are just mean dip****s.
    They act like ****s until all their favorite sports only have one licensed game, because their toxic behavior has made it impossible for publishers to invest in competing sports franchises, because trolls won’t rest until they shame everyone that plays the “wrong” game.
    Now, after destroying any ability to have options in sports games, they blame the people making a game for not letting others make a game without a shred of truth. They just say it. Over and over.
    There is no exclusive contract contract for the NBA, NHL, and MLB. But every forum has folks like you claiming they do. But 2K decided to just stop making baseball and hockey games, because second place now means being annihilated and losing their entire investment. EA is losing NBA Live for the same reason.
    Folks like you reveal their motivations by just spouting crap without doing any research. But being wrong and called out on it won’t stop you. You still contibue to post about games you hate, as those are the problem, and not you.
    JayhawkerStL
    Evidence that gamers are just mean dip****s.
    They act like ****s until all their favorite sports only have one licensed game, because their toxic behavior has made it impossible for publishers to invest in competing sports franchises, because trolls won’t rest until they shame everyone that plays the “wrong” game.
    Now, after destroying any ability to have options in sports games, they blame the people making a game for not letting others make a game without a shred of truth. They just say it. Over and over.
    There is no exclusive contract contract for the NBA, NHL, and MLB. But every forum has folks like you claiming they do. But 2K decided to just stop making baseball and hockey games, because second place now means being annihilated and losing their entire investment. EA is losing NBA Live for the same reason.
    Folks like you reveal their motivations by just spouting crap without doing any research. But being wrong and called out on it won’t stop you. You still contibue to post about games you hate, as those are the problem, and not you.

    Serious dude? Stop trying to psychoanalyze everyone’s posts as if your view is the only valid one. All you are really doing is trolling the thread and crapping on everyone’s posts. You are on the wrong forum for that. This may come as a shock to you but everyone is allowed to have their opinion of the game or aspects of the game even if you don’t agree with them. That’s why OS is such a great site, we respect each other’s thoughts on the games. You want to get into name calling and bashing head over to some other forums there are plenty filled with folks like you with nothing constructive to say at all.
    I tried Superstar level and its not unbalanced in terms of difficulty and you can compete with the cpu....
    But the cpu ai passing is too perfect. There are no stray passes where the cpu ai just miss the mark. Again this problem came on last year in 21 where NHL 20 had this perfectly and the cpu sometimes passed in the 60 percent. It doesnt make the game harder, as Ive won games on SS, but it makes the games wayyy too clean and free flowing.
    No wonder ppl complain about having the game too up and down, every cpu player passes like gretzky on steroids.
    This issue is also there in AS level as well, and add to the fact the cpu dmen overpasses and doesnt shoot enough. (Another issue that didnt exist in 20), just Not good enough gameplay.
    the tic tac toe cpu passing is just too hard to overlook. Makes the gameplay not resemble NHL hockey.
    Sent from my iPhone using Operation Sports
    JayhawkerStL
    Evidence that gamers are just mean dip****s.
    They act like ****s until all their favorite sports only have one licensed game, because their toxic behavior has made it impossible for publishers to invest in competing sports franchises, because trolls won’t rest until they shame everyone that plays the “wrong” game.
    Now, after destroying any ability to have options in sports games, they blame the people making a game for not letting others make a game without a shred of truth. They just say it. Over and over.
    There is no exclusive contract contract for the NBA, NHL, and MLB. But every forum has folks like you claiming they do. But 2K decided to just stop making baseball and hockey games, because second place now means being annihilated and losing their entire investment. EA is losing NBA Live for the same reason.
    Folks like you reveal their motivations by just spouting crap without doing any research. But being wrong and called out on it won’t stop you. You still contibue to post about games you hate, as those are the problem, and not you.

    I find it funny that you are on here trolling anyone that complains about the game, but aren't you a hypocrite cause you are on here complaining about people complaining about the game? The only difference is that it is usually different people on here complaining about aspects of the game BUT it is always YOU that is complaining about people complaining. You are on here cause you are tired of seeing all these DIFFERENT people complain, how do you think everyone else feels about always SEEING YOU bitch about people complaining? Maybe try taking YOUR OWN advice and go do something else cause its getting annoying seeing your posts about complainers all the time. Trying to convince people to stop doing something by doing the EXACT same thing back to them isn't working dude so time to give up or change your approach.
    I am pretty sure we can all say that would be great.
    Signed,
    ALL OF US.
    Travolterjohn
    The NHL licence not, but isn't not the NHLPA licence an exclusive one ?

    Honestly why do you keep spewing this nonsense? There has never been an exclusive license for anything besides the NFL and Madden. 2K stopped making NHL games because the skill stick EA introduced in NHL 07 on the 360 pretty much revolutionized hockey game controls so 2K couldn't compete with that. After 2010 they gave it a shot with a Wii game, but that was the final nail in the coffin. I do believe people being negative in the social media era has created a win at all cost mentality that has killed off the competition. So, if developers can't create the #1 rated game, they don't even try anymore. That's why we no longer have NHL Faceoff, NHL Hitz, NHL Rivals, NHL Breakaway or Wayne Gretzky 3D hockey games anymore.
    JayhawkerStL
    Evidence that gamers are just mean dip****s.
    They act like ****s until all their favorite sports only have one licensed game, because their toxic behavior has made it impossible for publishers to invest in competing sports franchises, because trolls won’t rest until they shame everyone that plays the “wrong” game.
    Now, after destroying any ability to have options in sports games, they blame the people making a game for not letting others make a game without a shred of truth. They just say it. Over and over.
    There is no exclusive contract contract for the NBA, NHL, and MLB. But every forum has folks like you claiming they do. But 2K decided to just stop making baseball and hockey games, because second place now means being annihilated and losing their entire investment. EA is losing NBA Live for the same reason.
    Folks like you reveal their motivations by just spouting crap without doing any research. But being wrong and called out on it won’t stop you. You still contibue to post about games you hate, as those are the problem, and not you.

    Personal insults have no place here. One can criticize, but seriously insulting personally is not possible. I hope Steve steps in here.
    bapgap
    Honestly why do you keep spewing this nonsense? There has never been an exclusive license for anything besides the NFL and Madden. 2K stopped making NHL games because the skill stick EA introduced in NHL 07 on the 360 pretty much revolutionized hockey game controls so 2K couldn't compete with that. After 2010 they gave it a shot with a Wii game, but that was the final nail in the coffin. I do believe people being negative in the social media era has created a win at all cost mentality that has killed off the competition. So, if developers can't create the #1 rated game, they don't even try anymore. That's why we no longer have NHL Faceoff, NHL Hitz, NHL Rivals, NHL Breakaway or Wayne Gretzky 3D hockey games anymore.

    You do not understand about the post ? It was a question about exclusivity of the NHLPA licence, I never said about exclusivity about the NHL licence. You know what a ???? means ? some people’s behaviour is here like little teenage childs.
    Are there noticeable gameplay, performance or visual differences I would notice between PS5/XB1X as opposed to an XBS?
    I play in 1080p on my plasmas still
    Trying to decide if there’s a reason I should pony up for highest end consoles.
    Thank you.
    Just curious, but does this game have a setting like madden does for performance or quality for frames per second?
    Sent from my iPhone using Operation Sports
    scagwi
    Are there noticeable gameplay, performance or visual differences I would notice between PS5/XB1X as opposed to an XBS?
    I play in 1080p on my plasmas still
    Trying to decide if there’s a reason I should pony up for highest end consoles.
    Thank you.

    I have an Xbox One X and just got a Series S recently, I tried both trial versions and without a doubt the Series S looks and plays better (loading times are night and day better). The Series X/PS5 versions would look even better with a proper 4K TV(120hz), but on an old 1080p you probably won't notice much of a difference.
    Don't know if anyone has noted this but the CPU in preseason games does not use all its starters. First time seeing this in series.
    I also saw player catch flying puck and place on ice during play. Again..hadn't seen it before in series.
    For those concerned about how the game plays, I highly recommend waiting for Cycloniac's roster share and sliders. Game plays beautifully on NHL 21 with his set and the stats match NHL, including passing.
    Personally I love this game. Like a lot.
    Played 5 franchise games and am done my 10 hours already and I just wanna keep playing. Preordered the expensive version just so I can get the game 3 days earlier. I've liked NHL the last few years but didn't get through more than 20 games a season before moving on. No chance that happens this year as this is one of my favorite games so far in a while.
    Cons
    -I have presentation on full but still see way less replays than I'd like. Seems like the AR updates are being utilized instead.
    -I was a goalie for 35 years and seeing these goalie masks being regurgitated for a decade is enough already. They aren't good. The artistry of goalie masks is so unique to hockey and should be implemented better.
    -CPU passing is far too accurate.
    -Not enough variety in penalties. With all the sliders maxed I get a realistic amount of penalties but they are all interference.
    -no where near enough face scans. This doesn't really bother me as I get that the budget for NHL isn't huge but it's still a negative.
    Pros
    -create a team uses high def textures for logos now. Most won't notice but I use a created team every year for franchise and they have looked not good close up in the past.
    -The graphics look terrific. Colors pop better for me this year. Last year's blues looked purple on my set and they don't this year. I like the player models and cloth physics seem refined.
    -I like how the stick has to somewhat follow the rules of physics this year.
    -X factors is a great concept and is really a cool way to differentiate top players which is very much needed in sports games. I'm glad they implemented it.
    -i know franchise mode hasn't changed much so I'd completely understand it being a negative for some. For me though who hasn't played this series to death its still one of the deepest and well functioning experiences in sports gaming.
    -I don't know what it is exactly about the switch to Frostbite but the game just feels better and more fun in pretty much every way. I feel like im actually doing more than just kind of spectating and throwing pucks at the net hoping one goes in.
    -default sliders(minus penalties) have been great for me. I'm 3 and 2 with high scoring and low scoring games. Shots and possession seem realistic. Just pass accuracy for cpu I'd like to change.
    I'm now going to go try and figure out how to do another EA play trial so I can keep playing. Try and be kind to each other lol.
    Glad to see the Columbus Blue Jackets goalie mask still has a word mark logo that hasn’t been used in over 15 years on it.
    If they aren’t interested in updating the goalie masks, why not give us the option to? Really can’t be hard considering what 2k allows in customization within NBA 2k.
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    bapgap
    I have an Xbox One X and just got a Series S recently, I tried both trial versions and without a doubt the Series S looks and plays better (loading times are night and day better). The Series X/PS5 versions would look even better with a proper 4K TV(120hz), but on an old 1080p you probably won't notice much of a difference.

    Thanks!
    That was my thought.
    I’m riding my plasmas until they die
    Jeffrey99
    Glad to see the Columbus Blue Jackets goalie mask still has a word mark logo that hasn’t been used in over 15 years on it.
    If they aren’t interested in updating the goalie masks, why not give us the option to? Really can’t be hard considering what 2k allows in customization within NBA 2k.
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

    NBA 2k did a smart thing. Leftos was making all these great tools to Mod stuff for PC at NLSC like easily swapping dornas/courts/uniforms etc....2k swooped him up and he basically implemented all of it into the retail version in the form of the relocation features and photo importing.
    I remember having every single real life goalie mask in the last NHL PC version and would love for that to be a reality again.
    CujoMatty
    Personally I love this game. Like a lot.
    Played 5 franchise games and am done my 10 hours already and I just wanna keep playing. Preordered the expensive version just so I can get the game 3 days earlier. I've liked NHL the last few years but didn't get through more than 20 games a season before moving on. No chance that happens this year as this is one of my favorite games so far in a while.
    Cons
    -I have presentation on full but still see way less replays than I'd like. Seems like the AR updates are being utilized instead.
    -I was a goalie for 35 years and seeing these goalie masks being regurgitated for a decade is enough already. They aren't good. The artistry of goalie masks is so unique to hockey and should be implemented better.
    -CPU passing is far too accurate.
    -Not enough variety in penalties. With all the sliders maxed I get a realistic amount of penalties but they are all interference.
    -no where near enough face scans. This doesn't really bother me as I get that the budget for NHL isn't huge but it's still a negative.
    Pros
    -create a team uses high def textures for logos now. Most won't notice but I use a created team every year for franchise and they have looked not good close up in the past.
    -The graphics look terrific. Colors pop better for me this year. Last year's blues looked purple on my set and they don't this year. I like the player models and cloth physics seem refined.
    -I like how the stick has to somewhat follow the rules of physics this year.
    -X factors is a great concept and is really a cool way to differentiate top players which is very much needed in sports games. I'm glad they implemented it.
    -i know franchise mode hasn't changed much so I'd completely understand it being a negative for some. For me though who hasn't played this series to death its still one of the deepest and well functioning experiences in sports gaming.
    -I don't know what it is exactly about the switch to Frostbite but the game just feels better and more fun in pretty much every way. I feel like im actually doing more than just kind of spectating and throwing pucks at the net hoping one goes in.
    -default sliders(minus penalties) have been great for me. I'm 3 and 2 with high scoring and low scoring games. Shots and possession seem realistic. Just pass accuracy for cpu I'd like to change.
    I'm now going to go try and figure out how to do another EA play trial so I can keep playing. Try and be kind to each other lol.

    If you figure out, let me know. My time is almost up too. :)
    For those looking for another 10 hour trial you need to create a different username(extra name) and buy the monthly ea access. I believe if u cancel the ea access b4 u hit a months use u get refunded. Now I remember there being a way to use ur 2nd gamer tag(psn name) and be able to switch to ur main account once the game is booted up but I don’t know how. This is useful if u wanna start a franchise or be a pro and have the progress carry over when you purchase the retail game.
    tinpanalley
    Anyone have thoughts of the PS4 version but without comparing to current gen?
    (...I'm still not over PS4 not being current gen)

    I upped the difficulty by and can barely get it out of my own zone. CPU passing/defense is insane. It’s not them it’s me sucking I guess.
    BenVenom
    For those looking for another 10 hour trial you need to create a different username(extra name) and buy the monthly ea access. I believe if u cancel the ea access b4 u hit a months use u get refunded. Now I remember there being a way to use ur 2nd gamer tag(psn name) and be able to switch to ur main account once the game is booted up but I don’t know how. This is useful if u wanna start a franchise or be a pro and have the progress carry over when you purchase the retail game.

    I thought you could only have 1 account at a time?
    l8knight1
    I upped the difficulty by and can barely get it out of my own zone. CPU passing/defense is insane. It’s not them it’s me sucking I guess.
    Ok, but I meant general impressions, nobody seems willing to review the PS4 /XBOXone versions.
    knich1
    I thought you could only have 1 account at a time?

    You used to be able to switch users in game on ps4. I created a second account and got another ea play subscription. I do have another 10 hours on it but when I switch users it kicks the game to desktop and then won't load cause my primary accounts trial has expired.
    If anyone figures out a work around or knows a trick please share. 10 hours of exhibition games isn't the worst thing in the world though I guess.
    CujoMatty
    Personally I love this game. Like a lot.
    Played 5 franchise games and am done my 10 hours already and I just wanna keep playing. Preordered the expensive version just so I can get the game 3 days earlier. I've liked NHL the last few years but didn't get through more than 20 games a season before moving on. No chance that happens this year as this is one of my favorite games so far in a while.
    Cons
    -I have presentation on full but still see way less replays than I'd like. Seems like the AR updates are being utilized instead.
    -I was a goalie for 35 years and seeing these goalie masks being regurgitated for a decade is enough already. They aren't good. The artistry of goalie masks is so unique to hockey and should be implemented better.
    -CPU passing is far too accurate.
    -Not enough variety in penalties. With all the sliders maxed I get a realistic amount of penalties but they are all interference.
    -no where near enough face scans. This doesn't really bother me as I get that the budget for NHL isn't huge but it's still a negative.
    Pros
    -create a team uses high def textures for logos now. Most won't notice but I use a created team every year for franchise and they have looked not good close up in the past.
    -The graphics look terrific. Colors pop better for me this year. Last year's blues looked purple on my set and they don't this year. I like the player models and cloth physics seem refined.
    -I like how the stick has to somewhat follow the rules of physics this year.
    -X factors is a great concept and is really a cool way to differentiate top players which is very much needed in sports games. I'm glad they implemented it.
    -i know franchise mode hasn't changed much so I'd completely understand it being a negative for some. For me though who hasn't played this series to death its still one of the deepest and well functioning experiences in sports gaming.
    -I don't know what it is exactly about the switch to Frostbite but the game just feels better and more fun in pretty much every way. I feel like im actually doing more than just kind of spectating and throwing pucks at the net hoping one goes in.
    -default sliders(minus penalties) have been great for me. I'm 3 and 2 with high scoring and low scoring games. Shots and possession seem realistic. Just pass accuracy for cpu I'd like to change.
    I'm now going to go try and figure out how to do another EA play trial so I can keep playing. Try and be kind to each other lol.

    Did you find a good variety of goals being scored on AS or SS difficulty by the User?
    Very early impression after just one play now game. Saw subtle differences but the only thing that stood out was how the CPU cleared the puck smarter on the PK. Some of the new animations look great and others look awkward and unnatural. Overall I see potential for offline games but I’m sure that once online gamers complain the patches will destroy that hope.
    Played 1 HUT game. Still the same game where it seems way to easy for offense to rag the puck until an AI defender not under anyone’s control wanders off leaving the opening for the cross ice one time easy goal or the skate right out front untouched goal that make up 90% of all goals scored in HUT
    PhillyGuy11826
    I normally don't request things, but is there an option to randomize the draft order in BAP? Full season in the OHL or anything?
    Getting drafted only by Sabres, Kraken, or Ducks if you succeed in the CL or Memorial Cup or throw having to throw those for some draft randomization automatically kills the potential of me playing the mode

    So it looks like the answers are No, & No. And superstars like Ovechkin are getting placed on random teams for what ever reason once again. What is the point of this game mode anymore? Just take it out and put in GM Connected like a lot of people have asked
    knich1
    If you figure out, let me know. My time is almost up too. :)

    Create a new profile/account on your system. Use a different credit card and sign up for the 4.99 ea play. You can then have another 10 hours without having to redownload because the game is already on your hard drive. I did this last year and had two 10 hour trials. I haven’t tried this year so don’t know if it still works, but that’s how I did it the last few years
    Therebelyell626
    Create a new profile/account on your system. Use a different credit card and sign up for the 4.99 ea play. You can then have another 10 hours without having to redownload because the game is already on your hard drive. I did this last year and had two 10 hour trials. I haven’t tried this year so don’t know if it still works, but that’s how I did it the last few years
    So how does it end up working then when you buy the game? You wont have two different profiles?
    ... I'm confused.
    Therebelyell626
    Create a new profile/account on your system. Use a different credit card and sign up for the 4.99 ea play. You can then have another 10 hours without having to redownload because the game is already on your hard drive. I did this last year and had two 10 hour trials. I haven’t tried this year so don’t know if it still works, but that’s how I did it the last few years

    I did this and got another 10 hours. The only thing I'd add is you don't have to use a different credit card. I used the same as my main account and it works.
    tinpanalley
    So how does it end up working then when you buy the game? You wont have two different profiles?
    ... I'm confused.

    The bought game uses the profile of whichever one you bought it on. My main account has my franchise save from my first 10 hour trial and I haven't found a way to continue it on my second accounts trial so basically I'm just playing exhibition games till the bought game unlocks as I don't want to have 2 franchises going on separate accounts.
    I bought the game on my main account so when it unlocks I will continue my franchise from my first 10 hour trial.
    CujoMatty
    The bought game uses the profile of whichever one you bought it on. My main account has my franchise save from my first 10 hour trial and I haven't found a way to continue it on my second accounts trial so basically I'm just playing exhibition games till the bought game unlocks as I don't want to have 2 franchises going on separate accounts.
    I bought the game on my main account so when it unlocks I will continue my franchise from my first 10 hour trial.

    Bought the extra 10 hour trial too. Same problem how merge the two accounts.
    Ok so then basically it doesn't "work" if you plan on actually using those 20 hours towards gameplay you intend to continue. I suppose you could make sure the account you end the 20 hours on is your actual account you'll be using. But even then, you cant do anything with the first 10 hours that you intend to continue later.
    Just a heads up, if you purchases the x-factor edition of nhl 22 on Xbox you can switch your region to New Zealand and play today as its already Tuesday there. I have done it for many games with zero issues. All your saves work and nothing gets messed up when you return it to the U.S region tomorrow. I believe for PS4/5tou need to create a different account and give a fake address in another country.
    Franchise Mode is a let down for me.
    The game still gives you no depth to or sense that your actually playing in a real league with living breathing CPU teams. There is no section to see the daily scores, there is no way to click on boxscores and dive deeper into the scheduled games.
    There is no way to click on other teams from around the league in the schedule to randomly play key matchups between 2 teams or play off games if you wanted a more open sandbox mode style franchise that doesnt lock you down to one team
    I mean, when I play NBA 2K in Franchise Mode, the depth and drill down capabilities of clickable stats from just about any screen is totally immersive. Whether you want to see around the league stuff, teams head to head historical matchups, boxscores, team info and stats from the standing screens. Everything is so intelligently laid out and interactive to get data for franchise junkies. NHL is so far behind in the respect and I had hoped they would have at least taken some steps to address this....but it seems like not
    Also, in comparison to 2K4-2K8 Hockey from years ago, I still dont think EA captured all the nuances, attributes, and ratings that clearly made each player on the ice so dynamic and unique. Sometimes I would really ponder matchups before a key game with another team just to get the right player matchups because I knew that each players attributes really played out in the 2K games so well.
    In EA's games, I feel that the ratings and attributes dont all feel so distinctly different. Only the obvious one such as speed, acceleration, shot power and accuracy really feel distinct. But all the other intangibles that seperate real NHL players and make them different still isnt quite well represented or designed.
    On the positve side, graphics and presentations are improved.....however, I still wish they added some more unique playoff style animations to really increased the sense of kaos, adrenalin and overhustle that takes place during the elevated playoff games to truly seperate the feel of the regular season. In Hockey, more than any other sport, you can truly see the frantic pace of Stanley Cup, high pressure gameplay play out visually on the ice. Players over extend, bang harder, etc....and the animations should represent this style of play
    Specific request, but is anyone able to check if fantasy draft in Season mode is logical? In NHL 21, older players would go way later in the draft (or go undrafted) and prospects would be drafted quite early. Doesn't make sense when Season mode is only one year long.
    Also is the created player shooting tendency still maxed out?
    Thanks.
    After playing the trial briefly (Series X), there are some nice improvements, but the big feature they announced, namely X-Factors, is a big disappointment. It's basically like this, do you have base Matthews? Well his "special" X-Factor version shoots harder, more accurate and skates a bit faster. That's it.
    There are no differentiating factors when Matthews is on the ice, compared to Crosby, Ovechkin or Stamkos. Other than their faster, more accurate or more agile versions of players you already have. I never once felt threatened to see these players on the ice like I used to. Heck, have Sundin on the Ice in NHL 2K8 and my god he's a force of nature. Yes he's "better" stats wise (he IS Sundin after all), but he's also everywhere. He steals the puck. He makes the plays. He rushes the net. He's a threat. Every. Single. Time. You feared every time it was time for his line "Oh god! It's Sundin's line". Even without the puck, you had to be aware of where he was because his teammates where looking for him.
    This game? I never even noticed the good players until after the game when I watched the replay. "Oh it was Crosby that made that pass? Oh cool!".
    The other thing I wanted to mention is the revamped passing, which I like very much. But here is where EA could taken a page from their competitor's book and added a whole bunch of animations to puck receptions. Seeing your teammate drop a perfect pass from behind while he keeps skating forward is ridiculous the first time you see it, it becomes TORTURE the 10th time you see it. Add some cradling the puck or reaching for it to justify the missed chances.
    No, the puck getting stuck in chocolate sauce in the middle of the ice for no reason is not good enough. Make the effort, EA.
    tcnumba10
    Did you find a good variety of goals being scored on AS or SS difficulty by the User?

    Goal variety is the same minus X-Factor players. That being said, I've found the goal variety to be better in 22 after making the attribute/slider changes I made in 21. 22 is a much less frustrating 21, but the AI are still leaving much to be desired for offline mains.
    Jeffrey99
    And what negatives are those? Would be more beneficial to list them then to just make a blanket statement
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

    1. AI still has twice the acceleration and agility as you
    2. Goal variety is still limited to 1T's, "glitch" goals, and tips without extensive slider and attribute edits
    3. AI is still woefully unaware of everything. In-zone offense is static, brainless, don't fill gaps, love to stand on the half-boards and not move. AI defense still lets you just walk-in and shoot from the point as their forwards are triple crossing and then eventually just standing still after you make a single D-to-D pass. CPU AI still gets to do things you can't do, have better acceleration and agility than you.
    4. Presentation is out-classed by Backyard Hockey. Commentators are a joke, goal horns are soft, crowd silent by puck drop after a home goal
    5. Frame rate stutters on next-gen platforms
    6. Net physics still absent
    7. Same old nonsensical strategies and extremely poor execution of said strategies
    There's enough improvements for hardcore players to notice as they're subtle yet effective, but let's not pretend this was a massive change to the core gameplay. It's still EA hockey. It still lacks a soul. It lacks passion for the sport. It's a comp game skinned as hockey. Sure fire goals, a neglected AI, poor presentation, it's not an amazing new leap. It's an annual small improvement like usual.
    Just truly had a great then terrible situation. The good, was prepared to switch to the New Zealand time zone to continue after my trial ran out. I knew I was minutes away from the 10 hour mark so I was just looking thru some menus, the screen flickered and instead of saying trial is up, buy the game/wait for release date it said you have under 10 hours left in your trial. I have heard of this glitch happening but never to me. So I was happy but slightly annoyed because I wouldn’t have managed my time so strictly. The bad, playing a pre season game in franchise, mid 3rd period and the screen went green and my series x shut off. This is a known problem in madden and fifa and I have experienced it with both games numerous times and not it’s seems there is an issue with nhl. Could it be a one off situation sure but I’m nervous.
    There is a decent amount of good. It’s mostly in “feel”. Just feels a bit better in a lot of areas.
    The commentary, however is GOD AWFUL. Chybulski has always sucked and has a grating voice that doesn’t sound like a real announcer, but having them now actually comment on “his one tee zone ability” in the actual commentary is terrible. Terrible. Please do not mention these made up abilities in the commentary.
    The offensive AI is so static and brain dead. It’s very difficult to get anything going because your teammates don’t move or try to find space. That’s extremely frustrating.
    Lack of new faces is also disappointing for a visual focused generation jump.
    Moose24x
    There is a decent amount of good. It’s mostly in “feel”. Just feels a bit better in a lot of areas.
    The commentary, however is GOD AWFUL. Chybulski has always sucked and has a grating voice that doesn’t sound like a real announcer, but having them now actually comment on “his one tee zone ability” in the actual commentary is terrible. Terrible. Please do not mention these made up abilities in the commentary.
    The offensive AI is so static and brain dead. It’s very difficult to get anything going because your teammates don’t move or try to find space. That’s extremely frustrating.
    Lack of new faces is also disappointing for a visual focused generation jump.

    Agree on everything, really hoping with Espn getting the broadcast license maybe that’s integrated into the next nhl game. New announcers and that oh so sweet espn hockey music
    I have played a few hours of the game, and honestly, I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I haven't ventured inside the Franchise mode ye simply because it's pointless since the new rookies and some other players from the KHL aren't in yet. I was able to move Hofmann to CBJ from his Swedish team, but looking forward for Sillinger and Chinakhov to make the roster to finally start my franchise.
    I know there are fanboys and naysayers out there about this game, and I am not here to change anyone's opinions. The last 3 - 4 years I have played almost exclusively franchise mode, I can't wait to see the improvements made to start my franchise and and a season using my hometown Cincinnati Cyclones.
    What I have seen I have liked (and granted, I am still on the PS4, not by choice, can't find a PS5 anywhere and I refuse to pay $1000). Puck physics I am loving, it doesn't bother me that players sometimes don't clearly pick up the puck, it doesn't feel forced, it feels earned.
    I am playing on full sim, have moved the periods to 7 minutes and increased attribute effects to maxed out. That is the only thing I have done so far and games have gone real well for play now. Seeing shots for both teams in the 20-35 shot range. Only seeing 1-2 penalties, so I will play around with sliders more at release and when I can get into my franchise.
    The goals, I am seeing multiple kinds. Not the same ol' same ol'. CPU passing is still a bit tape to tape, so I will decrease CPU passing so they start making some mistakes as well.
    I saw a rumor that roster sharing is going to be available upon release, if this is true, finally has listened to my biggest gripe. Granted, I would only need it the first week or so when someone creates a great roster before EA does, but this is something I have hoped for for years.
    The negatives, I was hoping to see ESPN step in now that the NHL is back to ESPN. I am not a fan of the commentary team on here, boy how I miss the days of Gary Thorne and Bill Clement.
    All in all, tomorrow is release day for me, it won't get much play until rosters are updated, but I have liked the games I have played. They were fun, they made you work for the shots, and I was able to cycle the puck better than any other year.
    gsize19
    I have played a few hours of the game, and honestly, I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I haven't ventured inside the Franchise mode ye simply because it's pointless since the new rookies and some other players from the KHL aren't in yet. I was able to move Hofmann to CBJ from his Swedish team, but looking forward for Sillinger and Chinakhov to make the roster to finally start my franchise.
    I know there are fanboys and naysayers out there about this game, and I am not here to change anyone's opinions. The last 3 - 4 years I have played almost exclusively franchise mode, I can't wait to see the improvements made to start my franchise and and a season using my hometown Cincinnati Cyclones.
    What I have seen I have liked (and granted, I am still on the PS4, not by choice, can't find a PS5 anywhere and I refuse to pay $1000). Puck physics I am loving, it doesn't bother me that players sometimes don't clearly pick up the puck, it doesn't feel forced, it feels earned.
    I am playing on full sim, have moved the periods to 7 minutes and increased attribute effects to maxed out. That is the only thing I have done so far and games have gone real well for play now. Seeing shots for both teams in the 20-35 shot range. Only seeing 1-2 penalties, so I will play around with sliders more at release and when I can get into my franchise.
    The goals, I am seeing multiple kinds. Not the same ol' same ol'. CPU passing is still a bit tape to tape, so I will decrease CPU passing so they start making some mistakes as well.
    I saw a rumor that roster sharing is going to be available upon release, if this is true, finally has listened to my biggest gripe. Granted, I would only need it the first week or so when someone creates a great roster before EA does, but this is something I have hoped for for years.
    The negatives, I was hoping to see ESPN step in now that the NHL is back to ESPN. I am not a fan of the commentary team on here, boy how I miss the days of Gary Thorne and Bill Clement.
    All in all, tomorrow is release day for me, it won't get much play until rosters are updated, but I have liked the games I have played. They were fun, they made you work for the shots, and I was able to cycle the puck better than any other year.

    You heard wrong.
    Roster Share isn’t available until December.
    Well I must say I'm really really enjoying NHL 22. I used to get the game every single year without fail, until NHL 16, then I just found the issues with it and the on-ice feeling meant I lost all excitement to keep playing.
    I usually try the trial each year, get a couple of hours in and give up. But this time it's different.
    Is the game perfect? Nowhere close. But I am having lots of fun playing in Franchise against the AI on the EA trial. The clipping seems to have been reduced, the animations seem miles better and the feeling of passing the puck around has never felt so good.
    The presentation too is great, I really like the condensed presentation, it gives you just enough that I get highlights and stats, but not too much that I end up skipping lots of it.
    I may well get this one.
    gsize19
    I have played a few hours of the game, and honestly, I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I haven't ventured inside the Franchise mode ye simply because it's pointless since the new rookies and some other players from the KHL aren't in yet. I was able to move Hofmann to CBJ from his Swedish team, but looking forward for Sillinger and Chinakhov to make the roster to finally start my franchise.
    I know there are fanboys and naysayers out there about this game, and I am not here to change anyone's opinions. The last 3 - 4 years I have played almost exclusively franchise mode, I can't wait to see the improvements made to start my franchise and and a season using my hometown Cincinnati Cyclones.
    What I have seen I have liked (and granted, I am still on the PS4, not by choice, can't find a PS5 anywhere and I refuse to pay $1000). Puck physics I am loving, it doesn't bother me that players sometimes don't clearly pick up the puck, it doesn't feel forced, it feels earned.
    I am playing on full sim, have moved the periods to 7 minutes and increased attribute effects to maxed out. That is the only thing I have done so far and games have gone real well for play now. Seeing shots for both teams in the 20-35 shot range. Only seeing 1-2 penalties, so I will play around with sliders more at release and when I can get into my franchise.
    The goals, I am seeing multiple kinds. Not the same ol' same ol'. CPU passing is still a bit tape to tape, so I will decrease CPU passing so they start making some mistakes as well.
    I saw a rumor that roster sharing is going to be available upon release, if this is true, finally has listened to my biggest gripe. Granted, I would only need it the first week or so when someone creates a great roster before EA does, but this is something I have hoped for for years.
    The negatives, I was hoping to see ESPN step in now that the NHL is back to ESPN. I am not a fan of the commentary team on here, boy how I miss the days of Gary Thorne and Bill Clement.
    All in all, tomorrow is release day for me, it won't get much play until rosters are updated, but I have liked the games I have played. They were fun, they made you work for the shots, and I was able to cycle the puck better than any other year.

    EA has had the ESPN license for years and never done anything with it. Wouldn’t expect them to now.
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    HipNotiiC_x
    Goal variety is the same minus X-Factor players. That being said, I've found the goal variety to be better in 22 after making the attribute/slider changes I made in 21. 22 is a much less frustrating 21, but the AI are still leaving much to be desired for offline mains.

    So are you saying user controlled X-Factor players can score in a variety of ways on AS or SS difficulty but regular players will have to rely on cross crease / one timers to score?
    tcnumba10
    So are you saying user controlled X-Factor players can score in a variety of ways on AS or SS difficulty but regular players will have to rely on cross crease / one timers to score?

    I've had non x-factor players score on wrist shots off the rush, deflections, rebounds, slapshots from the point. That's without adjusting any sliders on SS.
    toodles2you90
    I've had non x-factor players score on wrist shots off the rush, deflections, rebounds, slapshots from the point. That's without adjusting any sliders on SS.

    That’s music to my ears then, my biggest gripe was that I could only score via one-timers and cross-crease on higher difficulties, AS and SS and therefore the gameplay got stale on NHL21. The goalies were too OP on higher difficulties.
    How did the CPU play on PRO compared to AS/SS difficulties?
    Did you find on PRO, the CPU was not aggressive and assertive enough? Did the the shots on goal by the CPU dramatically increase on AS/SS?
    BenVenom
    Agree on everything, really hoping with Espn getting the broadcast license maybe that’s integrated into the next nhl game. New announcers and that oh so sweet espn hockey music

    YES plz! Bring back Gary Thorne and the awesome ESPN hockey theme song. :y220:
    Dolphins88
    What version is best PS5, xboxx or xboxs
    Madden I hear xboxx is best

    It wouldn't surprise me if the XSX runs best since EA Sports games are now being developed first on the X, like they were doing during the 360/PS3 era.
    Is there any way to remove the X-factor commentary and icons? I have no interest in the X-factor element of the game so the commentary about it which no broadcast would EVER talk about is really annoying.
    bapgap
    YES plz! Bring back Gary Thorne and the awesome ESPN hockey theme song. :y220:
    It wouldn't surprise me if the XSX runs best since EA Sports games are now being developed first on the X, like they were doing during the 360/PS3 era.

    Unless your Xbox shuts off half way through a game which has been reported multiple times for EA sports games.
    I'm no fan boy I always have both. For me though the actual difference in terms of graphics/framerate is negligible. The real game changer for me and why I always go ps5 route is the controller. The dual sense can be no big deal for a lit of games but having played every sports game you can, I can say without a shadow of a doubt, NHL 22 makes the best use out of it and I know to say it about a controller is weird but it truly is a game changer. It literally makes you feel like you are on the ice and the way it rumbles as you are moving feels exactly like what it feels like when you are skating. I dunno I can't even fully describe it but it's amazing.
    tcnumba10
    That’s music to my ears then, my biggest gripe was that I could only score via one-timers and cross-crease on higher difficulties, AS and SS and therefore the gameplay got stale on NHL21. The goalies were too OP on higher difficulties.

    I will say if you are playing an x-factor goalie, you may not be able to score in a variety of ways. Still looking more into it but those goalies, especially if they have the wall to wall attribute are impossible to get goals by.
    tcnumba10
    So are you saying user controlled X-Factor players can score in a variety of ways on AS or SS difficulty but regular players will have to rely on cross crease / one timers to score?

    Yes that's my experience. I've seen better goal variety from x-factors because some give you accuracy boosts off the rush, off dekes, off taking snap shots, off one-timers, from tips, from screens, from slapshots from the points, but I have not seen normal players score any types of goals you didn't already see. The shots that go in are the ones from before (against the grain cause the goalies give up the shortside way too easily, or shooting into a wide open net because the goalie is off-angle for zero reason).
    Again though, I've still enjoyed this game more than 21. It's a lot less frustrating, but there's not a "huge" change in the way the game flows and the way you play, it's still EA hockey.
    You just have to try it out yourself. I'm not trying to downplay the improvements because I do enjoy them, it's a much more polished experience than 21, but I know that you know what EA hockey is. It's not a drastic change, it's still EA hockey. I think there's some honeymoon effect going on here which is why I'm trying to give you more of a "critical" review because I genuinely don't believe it's this great, big change, but again hardcore players who have played this game a lot will feel subtle changes more than others and it's definitely a welcomed change.
    toodles2you90
    I will say if you are playing an x-factor goalie, you may not be able to score in a variety of ways. Still looking more into it but those goalies, especially if they have the wall to wall attribute are impossible to get goals by.

    This is not good, with the goalies being impossible to beat if they are a X-Factor. Do you know if there are many X-Factor goalies in the game? Might have to remove that special attribute from all of them eh?
    HipNotiiC_x
    Yes that's my experience. I've seen better goal variety from x-factors because some give you accuracy boosts off the rush, off dekes, off taking snap shots, off one-timers, from tips, from screens, from slapshots from the points, but I have not seen normal players score any types of goals you didn't already see. The shots that go in are the ones from before (against the grain cause the goalies give up the shortside way too easily, or shooting into a wide open net because the goalie is off-angle for zero reason).
    Again though, I've still enjoyed this game more than 21. It's a lot less frustrating, but there's not a "huge" change in the way the game flows and the way you play, it's still EA hockey.
    You just have to try it out yourself. I'm not trying to downplay the improvements because I do enjoy them, it's a much more polished experience than 21, but I know that you know what EA hockey is. It's not a drastic change, it's still EA hockey. I think there's some honeymoon effect going on here which is why I'm trying to give you more of a "critical" review because I genuinely don't believe it's this great, big change, but again hardcore players who have played this game a lot will feel subtle changes more than others and it's definitely a welcomed change.

    I just don’t want to rely on one timers and cross crease to score on AS and SS difficulties. I think everyone should have a chance to score IRL in any type of way but X-Factors should have a higher chance of them going in. I don’t want to resort to one timers / cross crease if I’m using a base non X-Factor player on AS/SS difficulties.
    carnattitan
    I like the changes they made but below the goal line, the defence AI is awful. If a defenseman follows you behind the goal line, you can go in front of the net and no one will even challenge you.
    (sorry for the quality. All plays on superstar)
    https://streamable.com/d5ohbg
    https://streamable.com/8j08su
    https://streamable.com/njmw6u

    Yeah the in-zone defense when you go under the goal line is atrocious. I've tried setting my opponent to high pressure defense just to encourage them to literally run at me with no care for anything else to try and mitigate this a bit, but it hasn't worked. This specific scenario is noticeably worse than 21 and 21 already really struggled with defensive positioning when going under the goal line and behind the net.
    @tcnumba10 I'm hesitant to say that the x-factor goalies are OP because the goalies in general are just so unnaturally good at rebound control and saving high percentage shots that aren't taken with the EA-approved pathing ("glitch goals") that it's hard to determine how strong these abilities truly are. They truly might be, it's just too early to tell for sure across the board. To that point, here's one experience of mine:
    The "Tip jar" (very good against deflections) X-factor when applied to my custom test goalie (58 overall.....oh and goalie save reaction slider at 0/100 and deflection reaction at 25/100 I should add) took away some crazy deflections and did seem too OP...like puck going for the bottom blocker-side pad initially gets tipped high glove with pace and they save it clean with no rebound...that's not happening on an NHL-paced shot.
    But all this being said, the main issue is still the lack of goal variety on good hockey plays/chances that aren't the EA-approved chances. These X-factor goalie traits would be so much more welcomed if good plays/shots scored with more regularity. But then, there would be too much scoring because the AI give up way too many good chances doing whatever they do in their own zone.
    Another thing I forgot to mention...the AI is much more passive this year for better and for worse. When gaining the zone, defenders will actually not be so quick to jump you at the line which prevents the sauce to the center, pass to the far wing sequence that we've seen for years and years from working, so that's a plus. The bad part is, the backchecking forwards don't apply pressure on the puck carrier that the D properly sagged off from to cover this play. So, you wind up getting a ton of time to just walk in and shoot and the AI D never change their priority to you walking in, they'll stand and joust with the forward in-front.
    So, it's a good baby step, but the lack of back pressure is extremely noticeable. Again, I'm nitpicking here but I'm trying to give you some insight to this game from someone who won't be so quick to brush off negatives or even lateral moves from last year just because other stuff has improved. If you truly love the sport, this is still EA hockey. I am much more tempted to buy after my first impressions though, so take these words as you will. I'm not being a downer, I'm not saying there isn't some noticeable improvements, but I believe that these improvements are closer to subtle than they are to big. The biggest/simplest feedback I can give is that lack of frustration I have. It's a smoother, more polished experience than 21, there's no doubt there. But this is an expected annual improvement, this is not a game-changer if offline is your jam imo.
    Another few anecdotes, I literally jumped out of my chair with a "**** YEAH!" reaction after scoring a one-timer with Ovi who was left open in the middle on the PP. Puck came from the side boards with pace, Ovi caught the one-timer super clean, goalie had just a partial delay in picking up the shot off the blade due to screen effect being at 100/100, and the shot just ripped by him farside but he did make a very proper/appropriate-looking butterfly with the blocker out attempt at the puck, but he was just beat by a better shot.
    2nd verse, same as the first but with Mack on the rush. Held "A" to drive wide, beat the defender, on my forehand, on the strong-side, I RS toe drag then shoot top shortside glove and I totally snipe my custom goalie, just a phenomenal individual effort by one of the league's best. Goalie gave a realistic blocking/shrug attempt at it as he was telescoping fast as a respect to Mack's speed and playing the farside, but he didn't move prematurely like you see on the glitch goal, this was just a flat-out snipe and a very realistic attempt by the CPU goalie at the puck.
    So for as critical as I'm being at times, I have seen some goals in my few hours that I didn't see in 20 days of gameplay in 21, you know!? But this was with my custom goalie, custom sliders, so the TLC is still required. That being said, it's seemingly going to be much more worth it this year. Another big improvement are one-timers in a good way. You now don't need to rifle a pass to ensure the shot is strong, they totally fixed that from 21 and it's made full manual passing so much better because of it. I can now lay soft passes off into space and have someone really crank a one-timer off of it which has lead to some sweet pipes and out but no goals yet.
    I wish so bad for the AI to catchup because I literally wouldn't be able to walk away from this game if the AI were better. Like the technical features are stunning. they're great, I truly believe that. So there's a more in-depth view to my experience. It's a much more polished experience but it's lacking that final big AI push to really get this game over the hump that I think a lot of us hockey fans are wanting. It really is so close, but it's why I'm trying to give you as much critical feedback as positive. it's a really fine line haha, but if you're a hardcore offliner and are dedicated to making this experience your own and tweaking things to your liking, I think you're going to have a lot less frustration with 22 than 21. I think that's the fairest way to put it.
    stooge 1010
    How do you know when X factors are activated does it highlight around player like in madden?
    Sent from my iPhone using Operation Sports

    they're like "always on" if you will, but they're passive until they're not...lol. So AM43's X-factor is that he gets a shooting boost after a zero-touch toe-drag is performed. So once you go RS down, then shoot, boom his X-factor is applied right then and there. I think the only X-factors that have a Madden-like "activation" if you will, are goalie ones. One makes the goalie just flat-out better once they've reached 15 saves in a game, one gives an energy boost to the team if they make 3 saves in 5 seconds.
    Does that make sense?
    HipNotiiC_x
    they're like "always on" if you will, but they're passive until they're not...lol. So AM43's X-factor is that he gets a shooting boost after a zero-touch toe-drag is performed. So once you go RS down, then shoot, boom his X-factor is applied right then and there. I think the only X-factors that have a Madden-like "activation" if you will, are goalie ones. One makes the goalie just flat-out better once they've reached 15 saves in a game, one gives an energy boost to the team if they make 3 saves in 5 seconds.
    Does that make sense?

    Yea, I get it , thanks
    Sent from my iPhone using Operation Sports
    Only played about 1.5 games using OOTB full-sim setting (tried lowering gamespeed but framerate negated any slowing of pace). I am intrigued and would like to play more. Hopefully they get the framerate/gamespeed issue fixed, as I would like to slow things down some. Default is NOT overwhelmingly fast, especially with a smooth FR, but there are situations I find difficult to react to at default. Mostly scrambles around the goal and getting caught in a pickup animation and dispossessed by the CPU. Crummy way to give up a goal and it happens kinda often.
    One really positive aspect is seeing more natural looking animations in situations that previously resulted in awkward pivots. I had to go into replay for one along the boards because I couldn't believe my guy planted his skate and stuck his butt out to shield the puck as I reversed direction. He even adjusted his stick position accordingly to retain the puck. In the past he spins in place like a table hockey player.
    Waiting on a roster update when the rookies play a full game in the NHL after they release one i can go ahead and boost the ratings of players in the chl and other leagues i already created some players not in the game like prospects and draft prospects
    HipNotiiC_x
    they're like "always on" if you will, but they're passive until they're not...lol. So AM43's X-factor is that he gets a shooting boost after a zero-touch toe-drag is performed. So once you go RS down, then shoot, boom his X-factor is applied right then and there. I think the only X-factors that have a Madden-like "activation" if you will, are goalie ones. One makes the goalie just flat-out better once they've reached 15 saves in a game, one gives an energy boost to the team if they make 3 saves in 5 seconds.
    Does that make sense?
    Wait, so does that mean you can NEVER turn the x-factor ratings boosts off??
    tinpanalley
    Wait, so does that mean you can NEVER turn the x-factor ratings boosts off??

    I haven't tried turning them off, but I'd assume no just by the way they're built into the create a player feature now. Imo though, they aren't OP and the execution is pretty good. Honestly, the goal variety they add is 100% worth using...it's totally a breath of fresh air to the scoring department.
    I'm actually going to have to take a really calculated approach towards making a roster this year because these are a great addition towards making the scoring much more dynamic which is something this series has always struggled with.
    I was kind of pissed to log in and realize they cut my trial off at release date. I know that with other EA Access/EA Play titles, I got to use the 10 hours even if the game was already out. I only used 37 minutes!
    Anaxamander
    I was kind of pissed to log in and realize they cut my trial off at release date. I know that with other EA Access/EA Play titles, I got to use the 10 hours even if the game was already out. I only used 37 minutes!

    Whoa. I was thinking about getting EA Play to try the trial out but if I’m understanding this you can’t play the trial after release?
    After about 40 games, 25 in singleplayer and 15 in couch h2h, my verdict is that local multiplayer in this game is FANTASTIC, possibly the best the series has ever seen, and FAR better than last year's nightmare. Definitely not perfect, but it feels very organic when playing against another person, and the Xfactors really help distinguish different players' strengths! Easily the best NHL game since '14, and possibly even better, in this department. Singleplayer is in the exact opposite situation though.
    This is possibly the WORST the series has ever been for solo play. It is just so boring to play great hockey and get 12 good shots off in a period, and then the AI scores on some weak backhand flick from the point. Xfactors seem to have no purpose when playing the AI. You can have a superstar get stopped using his ability 10 times in a row, and then some random 4th-liner with 0 abilities will take a terrible shot that your goalie with 'Contortionist' will not even attempt to make a convincing save on. Every year it seems like the AI gets worse. Hopefully a mix of good slider/roster makers will make the game a tad more playable, but for now I have better things to do than to outshoot the AI 30-3 every game and lose 0-3. I wish EA would spend just five minutes of the development cycle focusing on the opposing AI in singleplayer.
    No way in hell would I pay $75, or even half of that, solely for the singleplayer experience. However, I bought it for $90 today to get early access so I could play some couch multiplayer (the main reason I buy the game nowadays) and I am LOVING it. Worth every penny so far.
    chitown1-23
    Whoa. I was thinking about getting EA Play to try the trial out but if I’m understanding this you can’t play the trial after release?

    The trial still work fine for me. As does the FIFA trial and that game released 2 weeks ago.
    chitown1-23
    Whoa. I was thinking about getting EA Play to try the trial out but if I’m understanding this you can’t play the trial after release?

    I preordered standard edition Monday night for Friday release and was still able to play 2 games on the EA trial last night.

More in NHL 22

To Top