NHL 21

Electronic Arts, EA Vancouver

Strong Man
OpenCritic Rating
75
Top Critic Average
48%
Critics Recommend
Based on 27 critic reviews
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NHL 21

Rating Summary

Based on 27 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

75

Top Critic Average

48%

Critics Recommend

Based on 27 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:Xbox OneOct 16, 2020
PlayStation 4Oct 16, 2020

Developer: EA Vancouver

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Genres: Sports, Simulation

Recognize Greatness in EA SPORTS™ NHL® 21. In EA SPORTS NHL 21, it’s the most creative, inventive and fearless players that are worth celebrating. This year, you’ll be able to pull off moves inspired by the league’s most groundbreaking innovators. An expanded and redesigned Be A Pro mode makes the journey to become one of the league’s best players more immersive than ever, with a dynamic conversation system that shapes everything from your relationship with the coaching staff, to your endorsement deals and salary — even your off-ice interactions with teammates will affect your on-ice chemistry. NHL 21 also introduces the new HUT RUSH — a mode that lets you jump into HUT games quickly, rack up achievements, and unlock rewards by scoring with style. Not all goals are created equal, and NHL 21 recognizes the plays that make the highlight reel and turn good players to great ones. Recognize Creativity, Recognize Revolutionary, Recognize Future. NHL 21. Recognize Greatness.

NHL 21 Critic Reviews

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Arcade goodies are mashed together with NHL 21's legacy issues that span an entire console generation.

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NHL 21 doesn't feel like a huge leap from last year, but EA Vancouver makes strides in addressing long-known issues and sets a better foundation for the next generation

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EA's NHL 21 is a success thanks to its improved story mode, exciting new skill moves, and excellent controls.

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By the start of my second year, I was somehow named the New York Rangers' captain, a rare honor traditionally reserved for a respected veteran and locker-room leader. I had managed to reach a 76 overall rating - appropriate for a sophomore season, though by no means impressive - but apparently hadn't raised my profile enough with the fans to unlock worthwhile perks. (Some are gated only by funds, but others are gated by social media followers; maddeningly, the game doesn't say how many followers you need.) This disconnect makes these ostensible milestones feel arbitrary and meaningless - what's the point of the brand likability rating if these other obstacles exist? - and saps any desire I might've had to bother pursuing impactful perks or the salary necessary to afford them.

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