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After Yesterday's NHL 18 Reveal: What Do You Think About This Year's Game? (Roundtable)

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After Yesterday's NHL 18 Reveal: What Do You Think About This Year's Game? (Roundtable)

After yesterday’s release of NHL 18 info, we figured it was a good time to gather our hockey guys here at Operation Sports to talk about what we just learned about. Check out our responses to today’s release below!

Also be sure to add your own in the comments!

What Did You Think of Today’s Information Release from EA on NHL 18?

Mike Lowe

I’m excited to see both the EASHL sim-style play, and the franchise mode with expansion. EASHL really started to progress more towards a sim-style as the year went on, so continuing in this direction will be beneficial to the community. EASHL is fun, so long as your opponent is not gimmicky, and this should help with that. Why don’t we have an OS Official team?! Or do we?

As for expansion, I’m hoping we have some options to pick and choose from for the expansion team details (city, branding, etc.) we get to work with. I’d love to see something similar to NBA’s 2KShare or MLB The Show’s team customization for Diamond Dynasty. I hope this wasn’t the only improvement to franchise mode as the menus are still bulky and slow, and franchise would benefit from the game’s beautiful usage of synergy in HUT. Franchise mode as a whole isn’t terribly deep either, but I’m not holding my breath for further changes. I am, however, disappointed that GM Connected didn’t make it in because this game plays quite well online, and I’d love to setup a small league that doesn’t involve cards where every team is 92-plus overall. I’d love the challenge of choosing which 75-overall winger to play on your fourth line, and feel folks would too with leagues where commissioners could earn prizes (coins, cards, etc.) to give away to participants — if we must connect it all to microtransactions and the like.

“I am, however, disappointed that GM Connected didn’t make it in…” 

Joel Smith

Expansion. EXPANSION. We gonna talk about expansion?! OH SWEET DAY. After the whole suite of customization options NHL 17 gave us last year, team expansion in NHL 18 is a HUGE addition in my opinion. Las Vegas got an NHL team this year and are about to put together their team in the next upcoming days/weeks. Now you’re telling me I can potentially go ahead and bring hockey back to Quebec? I can revive the Nordiques?! As long as EA has left the customization suite as is or improved it, I will love running a franchise and using the expansion feature. I can tell you right now that’s the FIRST thing I’m doing out of the gate.

EASHL sim is also exciting. I love playing EASHL the most (when I find a good squad, or proper drop-in teammates) so knowing that I can enjoy my favorite mode and not deal too much with the nonsense that used to be endured is refreshing to see.

“…knowing that I can enjoy my favorite mode and not deal too much with the nonsense that used to be endured is refreshing to see”

Chris Sanner

This is the year I’m going to totally get into hockey, both the real and video game form. I’m officially a Las Vegas Golden Knights fan and I plan to take my Golden Nights to the Stanley Cup and beyond!

Hockey has always been the intriguing sport on the side that I’ve never been able to fully pick up. I’ve enjoyed the EA NHL series for what it is, but I offer far from a hardcore “this is not sim” take for the on-ice action.

For me the announcements today are welcome. First, being able to do my own expansion draft with the Golden Knights is a pretty cool feature, though I’ll likely just trust the front office over in Vegas on the roster building aspect of this initially. The new controls fit in with EA’s mantra of making their games more eSport friendly.

The threes mode is another eSport friendly addition (though IDK if they’ll admit to that). A 3-on-3 fast-paced hockey game makes a lot of sense if you want to get a team together, as it is way easier to find three guys to play another three guys at a single moment versus 6-on-6.

Overall, while the announcements today won’t make sim-heads happy, they do tip EA’s hand on where they think the future of this franchise lies. We’ll be following everything as we get closer to release.

“…it is way easier to find three guys to play another three guys at a single moment versus 6-on-6.”

Josh Houtz

As a fan of the NHL games growing up, the recent news is a welcomed addition. Being able to control the Las Vegas Golden Knights and start from the ground up is an awesome concept, as each team’s roster will vary. Whether or not you’re a fan of the new team like Chris, or just want a different approach to franchise, this is a great way to put your stamp on a NHL franchise.

The thing I enjoyed most about the recent games is EASHL, and today’s news is something many have wanted for several years. I can not wait to control Josh Houtz, and team up with fellow Operation Sports writers to take on the rest of the world. Being able to make the game more “sim” appears to be the direction many of these games are headed, and I’m a huge fan of that.

As long as EA kept the core of recent NHL games intact, NHL 18 will be a must buy for myself.

“…today’s news is something many have wanted for several years.”

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  1. I'm excited for it this year. I'm a hardcore EASHL player. Now if my squad can't get 6 players on we can play 3 vs 3 which will really help eliminate the computer. We have no one to blame, but us. However I have already mentioned this, but I'll bring it up again.. does 3 vs 3 mean no human goalies?
    I personally am very excited for the game after seeing the trailer and hearing what we know thus far. It's a big disappointment that Connected GM isn't in for yet another year. I do understand, as I did last year when they explained their reasoning, but it is still disappointing.
    I'm personally excited for the news leaked on Player Development, and the draft from the screenshot that's been floating around today. Being able to grow your team and truly draft good players has always been a point of frustration for many in NHL 17. NHL 18 looks to finally address these issues in spades, and give us more consistent performance, which has been asked for by many for years now.
    NHL 17 was a much improved on-ice performance form 16, and hearing how they've again improved the AI, and added the "skill stick" on defense is fairly exciting. I can't wait to get my hands on that. I would like to see more goalie improvements and better board play announced, even if it's just a small step in the right direction.
    Gotmilkman24
    I'm excited for it this year. I'm a hardcore EASHL player. Now if my squad can't get 6 players on we can play 3 vs 3 which will really help eliminate the computer. We have no one to blame, but us. However I have already mentioned this, but I'll bring it up again.. does 3 vs 3 mean no human goalies?

    That's a great question. In my head I think they're trying to create a competitive scene for EASHL, and 3 vs 3 looks like the mode that they want to center it around. I think they want to encourage scoring, and may leave the human goalie out for that reason.
    I normally play franchise with my team, the Wings non-stop. It's essentially all I do with NHL, and maybe a season or something with the Windsor Spitfires, my hometown team. However, last night, while watching the expansion draft I, for the first time went into the team creator in NHL17. Wow, it's pretty impressive. It's pretty deep in what it allows you to customize for a first year feature. Now, reading that I can start a franchise mode by creating a team, importing it as a 32nd team and doing an expansion draft process to start my franchise off? Now that, that right there is enough to make me abandon playing as my favorite team for multiple seasons. That's a pretty great feature IMO. I actually wish all sports games would allow it. Typically, sure you can replace a team with a created one, but whats the fun in getting rid of a team completely. In Madden, to do this I usually pick an awful team, trade everyone away for picks and re-locate the team the following year, but now I'm down a real team too. This feature to NHL allows me to create my new team wherever I want them, and still keep the league intact. I like it. I'll definitely be doing that if I pick this up.
    For me, it comes down to defensive AI. The computer can't allow guys to be wide open in the slot for one timers all game long. If I'm playing as a defenseman, the other D and center should be covering their man. If I'm the center, the D should be watching their men. Too often, that's not the case in NHL 17.
    Speaking as a gamer that hasn't bought an EA NHL game since 14...
    I'm really looking forward to this one. Expansion FTW.
    Now, to bring one to Houston, Hartford or Quebec City...dang it, Brass Bonanza is catchy...
    as long as its the same gameplay with same sliders. Ill love it. NHL 17 is the best gameplay hockey game ever, so with addition of the defensive skill stick NHL 18 def be better as long as they dont make the gameplay worse.
    I play mostly offline season so I hope gameplay was tweaked a bit. NHL 17 with the new sliders was not a bad offline game. It's two biggest downfalls were everytime they tuned or patched the game it was back to tweaking sliders. Every game starts to feel the same no matter who your opponent is. There is really no team or player individuality that lets you know your playing THAT team or THAT guy is on the ice. If your playing the Sharks you should KNOW Burns is on the ice and they are going to get him the puck. Not sure how they can capture that.
    Couple observations:
    They added new and whacky commentating to the 3-3. If they did this without updating the same old stale commentary that's been in the regular game...that's bad.
    A Mask editor or creator would have been much more important than a mascot creator. If you can create your expansion team right down to every detail like they say and then have to run your goalie out there in Carolina Hurricanes mask or plain white mask....that's bad. Hey but look at your cool mascot.
    I'm guessing no 5 man celebration, I think they would have shown that....that's bad.
    No way of knowing if roster share is in but it should be and probably won't be....if not...that's bad.
    Without those things listed above NHL18 is more of a patched NHL17 for fans of certain aspects, mainly "real hockey". It doesn't make it a no buy but it's disappointing considering they spent time and effort on the arcadey 3-3 instead of dealing with glaring omissions from "Real" hockey for years. I guess we shall see...
    I've quickly lost interest in this series. I think NHL 17, while not perfect, is more than capable of holding me through another cycle. This game is heading in such an arcade direction and I can't stand that. Maybe the defensive skill stick can entice me to buy at a later point but I have zero interest at all in this series. Better off to put money towards other sports titles like MLB The Show (holy crap what a game that is and I don't really like baseball) or FIFA.
    I'll agree with a few of you guys about games feeling repetitive after awhile. Back in NASCAR: total team control, they had a rivalry bar for guys you didn't work with or help draft or even raced dirty. That guy wouldn't help you or race you clean and sometimes even take you out if you did it to him.
    It would be nice to have NHL have a rivalry % between two teams like the sharks and kings. Make it a more aggressive game with more hitting and fighting. At the moment there is no excitement between teams who should hate each other. Maybe even go a step forward and have players who hate each other.
    Raffi Torres would have a target on his back from Chicago lol
    Gotmilkman24
    I'll agree with a few of you guys about games feeling repetitive after awhile. Back in NASCAR: total team control, they had a rivalry bar for guys you didn't work with or help draft or even raced dirty. That guy wouldn't help you or race you clean and sometimes even take you out if you did it to him.
    It would be nice to have NHL have a rivalry % between two teams like the sharks and kings. Make it a more aggressive game with more hitting and fighting. At the moment there is no excitement between teams who should hate each other. Maybe even go a step forward and have players who hate each other.
    Raffi Torres would have a target on his back from Chicago lol

    Not sure if NHL series still has this anymore, I haven't seen this happen personally in 17, but in the past when you would injure someone or someone injured your team, that player would get booed every time they touched the puck. It was awesome. They could've added to that by now by creating new smaller budding rivalries and a chippier game the following matchup like you stated.
    I need a game with the "tradition" of hockey, not a fancy arcade game. The trees is a joke taken from the overtime to make a boring mode. Why not to improve actual modes first (gm,draft, career..). Where is the story mod? The classic team game mod? Too much work probably...
    Create a mascott? Well why not but next a real create a player or a sharing roster.
    I have been a huge Debbie Downer on the NHL series over the years. That's been noted on here plenty of times. Looking back I probably should have been a bit more constructive, but I'm not even sure that would have mattered in getting things changed for how I wanted things etc.
    I think most of my frustrations come from them being so close over the years, a tweak here, a tweak there game play wise would be really well done. Then year after year things, obvious things just ignored. Well maybe not ignored but just not have the man power to fix things or it was very low on priority list for whatever reason.
    NHL 09, 10, 14, and now 17 were the games I enjoyed the most offline franchise wise.
    If they build on 17 into 18 with this revamped AI, this is huge for offline and even online.
    Awesome both sides of the puck now how a skill stick.
    My favorite thing to do in EASHL etc is set up my teammates, so glad I will be able to put passes where I want and use the boards easier.
    Gameplay wise over 15 and 16 left me kind of sour, making me want again for EA to market the game as an arcade one with sim elements. This made me want them to bring back 3 on 3 arcade hockey. Fun, over the top, easy to pick up and play etc. Games over quickly..
    Then boom, they bring it back within NHL 18. They have the arcade version online/offline and with a campaign type mode, fantastic. They also have the sim type mode of 3 on 3 online in EASHL, fantastic. My buddy and I were talking just last week how its only usually 2 or 3 of us playing and how great it would be to play 3 on 3 in EASHL. Cracks me up the average EASHL games are played with just 2.1 players per team. This kind of changes the game online. Even so for e-sports. Find 2 other buds and dominate 3 on 3.
    CO-OP, this is great with all the options. I'm just hoping I can invite my buddy into my franchise and play on my team. This would be great, especially since there is No GM Connected Mode again. 64 ways to play CO-OP? This has to be in right?
    Expansion will be fun to mess with, only for me adding a 32nd team. Nice to have these options.
    All in all my game play expectations have softened and I'm not as nit picky or as die hard as I used to be. I just want some decent game play to tweak, adjust, and have fun with all while getting solid stats in a short time. From the looks of it we will have all kinds of options to do that in NHL 18. We shall see.
    Fiddy
    I have been a huge Debbie Downer on the NHL series over the years. That's been noted on here plenty of times. Looking back I probably should have been a bit more constructive, but I'm not even sure that would have mattered in getting things changed for how I wanted things etc.
    I think most of my frustrations come from them being so close over the years, a tweak here, a tweak there game play wise would be really well done. Then year after year things, obvious things just ignored. Well maybe not ignored but just not have the man power to fix things or it was very low on priority list for whatever reason.
    NHL 09, 10, 14, and now 17 were the games I enjoyed the most offline franchise wise.
    If they build on 17 into 18 with this revamped AI, this is huge for offline and even online.
    Awesome both sides of the puck now how a skill stick.
    My favorite thing to do in EASHL etc is set up my teammates, so glad I will be able to put passes where I want and use the boards easier.
    Gameplay wise over 15 and 16 left me kind of sour, making me want again for EA to market the game as an arcade one with sim elements. This made me want them to bring back 3 on 3 arcade hockey. Fun, over the top, easy to pick up and play etc. Games over quickly..
    Then boom, they bring it back within NHL 18. They have the arcade version online/offline and with a campaign type mode, fantastic. They also have the sim type mode of 3 on 3 online in EASHL, fantastic. My buddy and I were talking just last week how its only usually 2 or 3 of us playing and how great it would be to play 3 on 3 in EASHL. Cracks me up the average EASHL games are played with just 2.1 players per team. This kind of changes the game online. Even so for e-sports. Find 2 other buds and dominate 3 on 3.
    CO-OP, this is great with all the options. I'm just hoping I can invite my buddy into my franchise and play on my team. This would be great, especially since there is No GM Connected Mode again. 64 ways to play CO-OP? This has to be in right?
    Expansion will be fun to mess with, only for me adding a 32nd team. Nice to have these options.
    All in all my game play expectations have softened and I'm not as nit picky or as die hard as I used to be. I just want some decent game play to tweak, adjust, and have fun with all while getting solid stats in a short time. From the looks of it we will have all kinds of options to do that in NHL 18. We shall see.

    I pretty much agree 100%. I have given up on better player separation, teams feeling different, and amped up playoffs. I've lowered expectations and can enjoy my offline seasons more now with 100 point sliders. It's the little things I think frustrate me now. Things I feel are over due and no brainer. If I could get Roster share, 5 man celebrations, and they fix the 3-3 OT I will be happy enough to buy.
    Ignoring gameplay which I think is going to be the most important thing, I think the expansion has potential...but if the customization is still as weak as it was last year, it won't matter to me.
    The team names and logos provided in game are all pretty weak, assuming you don't want to use some goofy name like the "Deke and Destroy" or "Fear the Beards". It would be nice if they ripped a chapter out of the NBA 2K book and really revamped the customization of characters, jerseys and rinks.
    NBA 2K gives you an insane level of customization, letting you import your own logos, accents for jerseys, and court customization. It would be incredible to have that in the NHL series.
    I think it's important to remember that this is a video game, and it's never going to be perfect to the actual game. We can really only hope to get closer and get small improvements game play wise.
    If you look at it that way the game is less frustrating to play. You're no longer looking for that one thing that doesn't work but adapting and playing the game.
    I would really love Roster Share, Mask Customization, and more Create-A-Team customisation, but I feel that it might not ever happen because of copyright concerns. They could have to deal with trade mark and licensing issues if players replicate items or players.
    Not saying that is a fun answer, but a logical one.
    Madwolf
    I think it's important to remember that this is a video game, and it's never going to be perfect to the actual game. We can really only hope to get closer and get small improvements game play wise.
    If you look at it that way the game is less frustrating to play. You're no longer looking for that one thing that doesn't work but adapting and playing the game.
    I would really love Roster Share, Mask Customization, and more Create-A-Team customisation, but I feel that it might not ever happen because of copyright concerns. They could have to deal with trade mark and licensing issues if players replicate items or players.
    Not saying that is a fun answer, but a logical one.

    I just can't see how customization presents them with issues. If other sports games can allow custom logos to be added, I don't see how EA is the one company that can't.
    Real goalie masks? Sure. But I don't see how allowing people to upload images of their own choice affects EA in any way. I tried searching around to see if NBA 2K has run into the same issue, and all I've been able to track down is a lawsuit regarding Lebron's tattoos, but that was an issue with 2K sports themselves, not a 3rd party adding it to the game.
    As for changing the outlook on the game, I know it won't ever be a 100% sim, but for me it's tough to even get it remotely close most of the time. When 3/4 of my offensive zone entries are me by myself with 5 other players backing up, or when my defenders just insist on following players and moving around and almost playing keep away from the other team when they have the puck...it's frustrating to say the least.
    I'm being cautiously optimistic, but after the past few years I'm certainly not holding my breath or throwing away my standards for the game.
    I love Customization. The Expansion draft sounds fun and interesting.
    Hopefully the NHL makers played some NBA 2K (MyLeague), where you have so much ability to create things your way and got some ideas from it.
    *Things I want in the Game - Edit/Create Draft Classes - Replace Multiple Teams - Created Team Templates - Editing Players - And More
    Two of the biggest issues for me are input delay and goalies being utter crap...no mentions of fixing either from what I have seen...i'll wait for the game to go on sale.
    Fiddy
    I have been a huge Debbie Downer on the NHL series over the years. That's been noted on here plenty of times. Looking back I probably should have been a bit more constructive, but I'm not even sure that would have mattered in getting things changed for how I wanted things etc.
    I think most of my frustrations come from them being so close over the years, a tweak here, a tweak there game play wise would be really well done. Then year after year things, obvious things just ignored. Well maybe not ignored but just not have the man power to fix things or it was very low on priority list for whatever reason.
    NHL 09, 10, 14, and now 17 were the games I enjoyed the most offline franchise wise.
    If they build on 17 into 18 with this revamped AI, this is huge for offline and even online.
    Awesome both sides of the puck now how a skill stick.
    My favorite thing to do in EASHL etc is set up my teammates, so glad I will be able to put passes where I want and use the boards easier.
    Gameplay wise over 15 and 16 left me kind of sour, making me want again for EA to market the game as an arcade one with sim elements. This made me want them to bring back 3 on 3 arcade hockey. Fun, over the top, easy to pick up and play etc. Games over quickly..
    Then boom, they bring it back within NHL 18. They have the arcade version online/offline and with a campaign type mode, fantastic. They also have the sim type mode of 3 on 3 online in EASHL, fantastic. My buddy and I were talking just last week how its only usually 2 or 3 of us playing and how great it would be to play 3 on 3 in EASHL. Cracks me up the average EASHL games are played with just 2.1 players per team. This kind of changes the game online. Even so for e-sports. Find 2 other buds and dominate 3 on 3.
    CO-OP, this is great with all the options. I'm just hoping I can invite my buddy into my franchise and play on my team. This would be great, especially since there is No GM Connected Mode again. 64 ways to play CO-OP? This has to be in right?
    Expansion will be fun to mess with, only for me adding a 32nd team. Nice to have these options.
    All in all my game play expectations have softened and I'm not as nit picky or as die hard as I used to be. I just want some decent game play to tweak, adjust, and have fun with all while getting solid stats in a short time. From the looks of it we will have all kinds of options to do that in NHL 18. We shall see.

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Really hoping that is in.
    The only 2 things I want them to add to the Franchise mode, is firstly the ability to search for a particular type of player through the trade block, and also for more info, such as stats, trades, injuries etc to be displayed on the franchise interface. Both these features were including in the old gen version so its about time they were incorporated in the current version.
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    I still don't think I will be buying this game. I just don't see enough change to warrant me putting down my hard earned $60 for this franchise anymore. Yeah they added a couple of good things, but it is overshadowed by useless garbage like 3-3 crap. Now if they would have skipped that stuff and invested that time (which the say they never have enough of) in making the features that people actually play better....then yeah. But as it stands, the addition of such silly and unrequested features is sending all the wrong signals to me. For me...it's a pass.
    ^ LOL preordered, not a good idea.
    I'm taking a break from ALL EA Sports games for a while, I doubt NHL 18 will be any better than 15,16,17 were but hey that's just the disgruntled in me.
    I'm really interested in the 3-on-3 mode.
    I'll wait for the game to drop and price and then check it out.
    Not sure if anyone remembers, but NHL Hitz had a pond-hockey mode that was hella fun.
    I'm hoping this is similar.
    Gotmilkman24
    I'm excited for it this year. I'm a hardcore EASHL player. Now if my squad can't get 6 players on we can play 3 vs 3 which will really help eliminate the computer. We have no one to blame, but us. However I have already mentioned this, but I'll bring it up again.. does 3 vs 3 mean no human goalies?

    Madwolf
    That's a great question. In my head I think they're trying to create a competitive scene for EASHL, and 3 vs 3 looks like the mode that they want to center it around. I think they want to encourage scoring, and may leave the human goalie out for that reason.

    There are 2 versions of 3v3. One is an EASHL version (full rink) which can have human goalies. The other is the arcade version (smaller rink, bigger hits, etc). The arcade version will be CPU goalies.
    s_mkheidze
    I still don't think I will be buying this game. I just don't see enough change to warrant me putting down my hard earned $60 for this franchise anymore. Yeah they added a couple of good things, but it is overshadowed by useless garbage like 3-3 crap. Now if they would have skipped that stuff and invested that time (which the say they never have enough of) in making the features that people actually play better....then yeah. But as it stands, the addition of such silly and unrequested features is sending all the wrong signals to me. For me...it's a pass.

    I'm waiting to see what they add with the AI and defensive skill stick...but if I'm being completely honest, I've played this wait and see game before. It never ends well. Without revamped AI on both sides of the puck, I'll quickly grow tired of the game. I've tried dropping back into NHL 17 after getting it on sale, but after the frustration of editing players, sliders and settings to try and get the game to play how I want it to, I just get frustrated and end up quitting mid game.
    Hate to say it, but I may finally sit this one out.
    Gotmilkman24
    I'll agree with a few of you guys about games feeling repetitive after awhile. Back in NASCAR: total team control, they had a rivalry bar for guys you didn't work with or help draft or even raced dirty. That guy wouldn't help you or race you clean and sometimes even take you out if you did it to him.

    Last NHL I had (either '10 or '13 idr) had something like this with GM relations. I didn't know a lot about the value of players, etc, so in trying to move Zdeno Chara to free cap space I pretty much pissed off the entire Western Conference lol
    I would like to see my opponent AI take advantage of their time outs. I would also like to see my goalies record accurately reflected. Kind of stinks when you play 10 games, are 7-3, your goalie played all the games, and when you look at his stats, he's 2-3.
    Leaving out GM Connected, again, and not acknowledging it, unfortunately I cant bring myself to support this series any longer (my favorite game all my life). Ill be buying Madden and getting into a CFM with my NHL buddies who are also skipping.
    As someone that plays D in online team play 90% of the time, I'm pretty excited for the new stick controls on D.
    I wish they'd bring back the ability to play 2v2, 3v3, etc online without player lock. I thoroughly enjoyed playing online with random people and having the ability to switch. The OTP is good when you get a good group and people actually play D, but I like the ability to switch as well. I'm doubting it'll come back, but maybe one day.
    Slegr
    Leaving out GM Connected, again, and not acknowledging it, unfortunately I cant bring myself to support this series any longer (my favorite game all my life). Ill be buying Madden and getting into a CFM with my NHL buddies who are also skipping.

    They did address it a few years ago and the reason why it was left out. A very small percentage of people played it. I wish it was in as well, but if they let us play co-op in franchise mode with xbox live buds then I will be content.
    Super excited about the expansion draft for franchise mode!
    Is anyone else worried that the (very small) improvement made to goaltending last year will now be offset by the addition of crazy dekes though? The goaltending animations in the early videos for 18 seem to be the exact same as 17. Fingers crossed that this isn't going to be an issue.
    stick clicking should never be used for anything, it's junk. so they basically are breaking one of the functions of this game that actually work great... puck chops. shocker
    and you cant intercept/pickup pucks while in "def stick mode" ??? what the **** is that??
    just get rid of right stick hitting completely, it's a stupid thing that gives us nothing. Let hits be based on physics and learn how to properly enforce interference.
    i hope the reality of this is nothing like it's been described, or how i imagine it. but stick clicking in a high paced sports game is a terrible idea, they should get rid of left stick hustle button as well. stick clicking combined with movement is hot garbage not to mention the stress it adds to controllers.
    i think thats another reason why DJNEO left the GC Programm...?
    @kinsmen7:
    I certainly am. As a fan of playing the goalie and having realistic goaltending in the game I play, I have some concerns.
    Last year I used all my time to get the goaltending just the way I wanted to, and just as I got comfortable a new patch came out and ruined the setup for me.
    The biggest issue I have with goalies as it stands is that the videos show off all the old moves. And that is not a good look for goaltending as it stands.
    Now bear in mind there is still a small possibility that this could change and they have yet to show us any gameplay of it, but from what we got its the same-old same-old.
    @GetThePuckOut:
    DJNEO had some valid concerns about where the game was going.
    I was one of those who wanted to reserve judgement until we had a better idea of what the EA team was up to this year.
    Boy, was I wrong.
    Fiddy
    They did address it a few years ago and the reason why it was left out. A very small percentage of people played it. I wish it was in as well, but if they let us play co-op in franchise mode with xbox live buds then I will be content.

    I will say, my issue with them saying "no one played it" is that it was hard to enjoy. The servers were unreliable from what I remember, and the concrete season length turned a lot of people off to the idea, knowing they wouldn't get a full season in.
    actionhank
    I will say, my issue with them saying "no one played it" is that it was hard to enjoy. The servers were unreliable from what I remember, and the concrete season length turned a lot of people off to the idea, knowing they wouldn't get a full season in.

    Bingo. EA is big into their telemetry, but I feel that they often fail to account for the why behind the numbers.
    Hockeynut99
    Is the five man hug happening this year?
    Also I didn't get last years game did the players come out of the Sharks head ?

    I don't know that they've mentioned anything about the 5-Man celebrations this year, but it could be something minor they don't touch on.
    I want to say the Shark Head is a thing, but I can't 100% remember if they skate out of it or not before the game. I'm pretty sure it was in the game at one point, but I also haven't had any luck finding it on Youtube or anything to confirm.
    Even though I love hockey, I'll be waiting for this game to hit the EA Locker. It's shameful that year after year, we get the same gameplay. We're circling around pucks that user controlled players can't seem to see. We're getting the same dumb goalies that let slow picks get to the back of the net, and graphics/player models are disgustingly clunky and similar. There's still no Hockey IQ needed for this game, board play is atrocious, the "rush" or setup of offense is still lacking, tremendously. I just had a guy score 4 goals taking 4 foot slap shots lmao.
    Not to mention, they allow All-Star teams to be picked in H2H online, and you don't have an option to see your opponent's team prior to the game starting. Why would that even be allowed? I could t imagine seeing madden letting users have Pro-Bowl teams in ranked matches. NHL has been awful since the new generation, and I'm losing faith in anyone involved with the development of the game.
    BreakingBad2013
    Even though I love hockey, I'll be waiting for this game to hit the EA Locker. It's shameful that year after year, we get the same gameplay. We're circling around pucks that user controlled players can't seem to see. We're getting the same dumb goalies that let slow picks get to the back of the net, and graphics/player models are disgustingly clunky and similar. There's still no Hockey IQ needed for this game, board play is atrocious, the "rush" or setup of offense is still lacking, tremendously. I just had a guy score 4 goals taking 4 foot slap shots lmao.
    Not to mention, they allow All-Star teams to be picked in H2H online, and you don't have an option to see your opponent's team prior to the game starting. Why would that even be allowed? I could t imagine seeing madden letting users have Pro-Bowl teams in ranked matches. NHL has been awful since the new generation, and I'm losing faith in anyone involved with the development of the game.

    It's why I'm trying to only buy sports games every other, or every 3rd year.
    The improvements are so minute, it's not worth spending $90 every year.
    I'll likely pick this up when it's $20. The 3-on-3 sounds like a blast.
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