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NHL 22

EA Sports, EA Vancouver
Oct 15, 2021 - Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

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6 / 10
Game Informer
7.3 / 10
6 / 10
God is a Geek
6 / 10
PlayStation Universe
8 / 10
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3 / 5
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NHL 22 Official Gameplay Trailer

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Critic Reviews for NHL 22

NHL 22's various arcade modes have their charms, but it's an uneven installment that puts the focus in the wrong places.

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NHL 22 relies on its superstar talent, and it's not impressive enough to give the gameplay the new life it so desperately needs

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NHL 22 doesn’t feel like the next leap forward for video game hockey. It barely feels like meaningful DLC.

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NHL 22 is enjoyable, but feels very similar to last year despite using a new game engine. Too much focus has been put on implementing Superstar X-Factor abilities and little else.

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NHL 22 does an excellent job at bringing back old arcade-y mechanics and blending it with today's simulation quality presentation in a way that works together rather than against itself. Some modes could still use a refresh, but the core gameplay of NHL 22 shows that the NHL series is really hitting its stride with this release.

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I can’t see the NHL franchise reaching the heights of its mid-2000s glory years anytime soon, but at least we have the Frostbite engine in there to start building upon. It took far too long to arrive, though; it’s here now. And while I can see the potential for it to one day have this series feeling exciting again, I don’t see that happening for a long time. But, hey, it’s the only hockey game in town, so I guess I’ll see you on the ice.

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With NHL 22, EA's long-running team finally gets a brand new game engine, providing better physics, graphics, and animations. As usual, we also get a variety of game modes that make most people happy, whether it's realism or party games that attract. What we do not get, however, is a sufficiently refreshed sense of play. The improved physics helps, but does not shake off all the old flaws. That said, NHL 22 is an excellent hockey game, although several long-standing problems still exist.

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NHL 22 surprises by making its debut on a new console without removing any of its modes, but those who played NHL 21 may find this version a little too familiar. X-Factors on paper should be a game-changer but are mostly underwhelming. The switch to Frostbite does massively improve the fidelity of the rink – even if character models still look downright demonic – but should that really be the biggest change to the game? The ultimate question is: can the price increase be justified on the PS5? And given how little really has changed from last year to this year, the answer has to be a “no”.

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