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  • Summary: Play on outdoor rinks and journey from the ponds to the pros in new game modes. Compete with and against 200 of the greatest hockey legends to ever hit the ice, highlighted by Wayne Gretzky. Powered by cutting-edge new gameplay technology, experience explosive-edge skating that delivers morePlay on outdoor rinks and journey from the ponds to the pros in new game modes. Compete with and against 200 of the greatest hockey legends to ever hit the ice, highlighted by Wayne Gretzky. Powered by cutting-edge new gameplay technology, experience explosive-edge skating that delivers more acceleration, speed and responsiveness.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Sep 20, 2018
    90
    NHL 19 is quite simply the best ice hockey game ever created. There’s a massive depth of content within, all of which is magnificently upheld by its refined gameplay mechanics and its overall improvements. The game isn’t entirely without fault, but there’s no denying that this years installation is deeper, more varied and a hell of a lot more fluid than any game before it. Fans of the series, don’t pass this by.
  2. Sep 14, 2018
    89
    NHL 19 has something for everyone, packing tons of quality into its many fun and diverse modes.
  3. Sep 18, 2018
    85
    NHL 19 is one of the best-playing hockey games I can remember, thanks to an overhauled animation system and the best body checking money can buy. World of CHEL is cool, too, at least as a foundation for future editions. Unfortunately, as it is right now, unless you like player-locked multiplayer experiences, this banner addition won’t have much more to offer other than a few challenges and a new parka. Still, if you’ve skipped the last few years of NHL games, you could do a lot worse than NHL 19.
  4. Sep 13, 2018
    80
    NHL 19 succeeds mainly because of its best-in-class controls, authentic presentation, multitude of different ways to play, and its overall excellence in capturing the essence of hockey culture. The pond hockey mode is a fun new way to play with friends in beautiful outdoor environments, but it's the only brand-new feature, and that may disappoint veteran fans.
  5. Sep 24, 2018
    80
    Generous content is the great strength of NHL 19. Unfortunately, it's not sufficient to overcome the lack of new gameplay mechanics or the graphic render and animation system, that would gain a lot from a switch to the Frostbite engine.
  6. Oct 9, 2018
    80
    NHL 19 is somehow both great and a bit disappointing. Sure, this is the best hockey game yet, with an almost impossible amount of depth. This is the kind of game you can play all year and still not feel like having even really scratched the surface. It is good sit down and play for a couple of hours or just jump in for one game and then head out to do something else, but at the same time, this barely feels like an upgrade over last year's version or the year before that. It's the same iteration of game over and over again, each slightly superior to the one before it
  7. Oct 2, 2018
    80
    NHL 19 is a solid game and one that packs plenty of ways to enjoy its core mechanics. Not having played a hockey game seriously in almost two decades it feels like a really good place to step in. There is a lot to unpack here, and I had fun with more than one of the modes. It also has a great training mode for those like me who want to dig deeper into the ins and outs of the sport. EA may not tout this game as much as their other sports games, but they should. This is yet another quality pillar in the EA Sports library.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Sep 21, 2018
    10
    What a game. This is the best installment since NHL 14 in my opinion, and gives me a quaint feeling of hope for the future of the Franchise.What a game. This is the best installment since NHL 14 in my opinion, and gives me a quaint feeling of hope for the future of the Franchise. They canned their lanky producer Rammer in the off-season, and clearly the change has taken them in a new direction.

    Skating:
    It feels better than popping bubble wrap. Agility and turning feel more realistic than ever, which allows you to control your player much more effectively. Deking is much more challenging and the game forces you to be creative and diverse with how you attack. Gone (hopefully) are the days of players being able to bounce off the boards and defenders.

    Defense:

    In 18, **** defenders were often bailed out by their ability to spam poke check. We all did it. That has changed in 19. No longer can you haphazardly swing your stick at the puck/puck carrier at any angle. You can, but you'll take 10 penalties a game. Body positioning and angle of attack are rewarded more than ever, and the game forces you to take a measured approach to defense. The stick lift is no longer a penalty button, but is only effective in close. You are able to take away lanes with your stick, and force puck carriers into unfavourable situations. It feels like you have more weapons to counter a good offense.

    EASHL:

    The servers are trashed right now and drop in is unplayable. I ancitipate it will be fixed soon, but it's unacceptable EA hasnt really publicly addressed it. Moving on, the addition of player builds, traits, and changing players height and weight gives you a plethora of options to polish your player. This has given a massive new element to club play, and meaningful games and progression to look forward to.

    Like a lot of you, EA has pissed me off for many years with their NHL product. This edition has given me a cautious hope that they are trending in the right direction.
  2. Sep 14, 2018
    8
    Finally i think they may have it right? my main gripe from previous years has been the player control, ie/ turning overall lack ofFinally i think they may have it right? my main gripe from previous years has been the player control, ie/ turning overall lack of responsiveness. I'm finding in 19 it seems like the control has been somewhat corrected.
    The new features i like, upgrading traits etc a good addition. So if you love hockey you may find this year the one ?.
  3. Sep 24, 2018
    8
    The game looks and sounds better than ever and both the visuals and sound design really do enhance the gameplay quite considerably. I foundThe game looks and sounds better than ever and both the visuals and sound design really do enhance the gameplay quite considerably. I found the skating to be much improved this time around and on the whole most of the different mechanics feel better this time around. The controls take a bit of getting used to at the start I must admit that I was very impressed with how much depth they have whilst also remaining tight and responsive throughout. The new pond hockey mode is an incredible amount of fun and it adds to the overall content which is massive to say the least. There are a few new inclusions dotted around the game and some of them do improve the game quite a bit and they also make the game more accessible. The Be a Pro mode still feels a little basic and doesn’t have enough depth to it which is a shame because I feel they could do so much more with this mode.Game’s tend to go on for too long and that’s mainly because it’s too easy to gift a penalty.I quite enjoyed last year’s instalment of NHL but I did feel that it lacked in a few areas which in the end did hold it back. Thankfully this time around them areas have been improved significantly in some cases and this does make NHL 19 a must own for fans of the series. One of the biggest improvents for me this time around were the controls. There’s much more depth to them this year and they also feel more fluid and responsive as well. I also feel that the presentation side of the game has been improved this year as well, and in my opinion it’s the best looking and sounding game the series has offered us so far. In terms of gripes I don’t have too many thankfully and the gripes I do have aren’t major problems so I did find that the pros did outweigh the cons quite considerably and that means then that NHL 19 gets a big thumbs up from me because the content will keep you satisfied for months to come.
  4. Oct 11, 2018
    7
    While the gameplay has improved and World of Chel is a nice addition, the game still has clunky menus, and issues that existed for many yearsWhile the gameplay has improved and World of Chel is a nice addition, the game still has clunky menus, and issues that existed for many years now. Also EASHL matchmaking is broken as getting a full 6v6 drop in is almost impossible. I still enjoy the game despite it's flaws and if your a fan of Hockey, you will enjoy it too. I recommend this to any fan of the NHL series but I wish EA Sports will fix the issues plaguing this game.
  5. Oct 10, 2018
    0
    Good game if you have lots of money to spend on transaction. Because it does not matter your skill, the players on your team, the synergies,Good game if you have lots of money to spend on transaction. Because it does not matter your skill, the players on your team, the synergies, only parameter the AI values is how much money you spent. If you spend money your players will score, doesn't matter the rating. EA, it's in the wallet!
  6. Sep 21, 2018
    0
    I remember when I can pop in a disc and play a game, those days are long gone... I remember after i waited hours to install a game then a bitI remember when I can pop in a disc and play a game, those days are long gone... I remember after i waited hours to install a game then a bit longer from updates, I could jump into a (team) game. No I'm forced to play this offline sweater wearing hippie bull****! WTF happened man? Matchmaking is screwed 23 + 46 ways to sunday monday and saturday. Ive never considered it before, even with the horrendous debut of nhl 15 on xb1 / ps4. I didnt get this impulse to want to trade it in and lose $40. Fix, god please, fix team play matchmatching and forced tutorials chel so i can just ******** get my $60 worth. BRING BACK LOBBY'S YOU ******* PILE OF DONKEY **** SNIFFING *** ****** **** TARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  7. Sep 14, 2018
    0
    Do not buy it. Its the same worthless game. Nothing has changed in the past 10years I'm not sure why I had my hopes up for this one. When uDo not buy it. Its the same worthless game. Nothing has changed in the past 10years I'm not sure why I had my hopes up for this one. When u switch players it decides to make change you to the guy selling popcorn. The penalties are outrageous. I'm not sure why they even put poke checking in the game. Just save your money.

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