NHL 16 is definitely a return to form the NHL series, now I think I'd like to see them break that form and come up with something different. The features are there, the graphics are amazing, now the gameplay needs to catch up to the rest of the game. Hopefully they can do that next year.
This is clearly a game made by Holmes fans, for Holmes fans (although you don't have to have read the stories to enjoy it). Hopefully the game doesn't get lose in the holiday game release madness, because it would be great to see follow-up titles building upon all that this game does right.
Overall, the game is fun. It's Madden. You know what you're getting. They actually cleaned up the core gameplay rather than simply changing rosters and updating graphics, which is pretty cool. There's no in-depth MyPlayer component a la The Show, NBA2k or the EA's own NHL series. It's funny how the dream in NFL games is to be the owner or the coach, not the player.