Percentile Rank

NHL 16 is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 39 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

74%

Critics Recommend

Based on 39 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

TechnoBuffalo
Buy
Buy
Sep 21, 2015

NHL 16 is such a better effort than it was last year. The improvement upon gameplay and better attention paid to arena feel make it a great year to play.

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GameZone
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 3, 2015

EA's NHL 16 is an improvement in every way over NHL 15. But there was really only room to go upwards. Some people will love the gameplay, others won't. It's really something you have to play and tweak.

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Scored Reviews

Examiner
Sep 15, 2015

Overall, NHL 16 is a remarkably improved experience compared to last year's. With more depth and features, addictive Be A Pro and Be A GM modes, stunning visuals and an exquisite gameplay experience, NHL 16 is exactly what people hoped NHL 15 would be: a great game.

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Impulsegamer
4.6 / 5.0
4.6 / 5.0
Sep 25, 2015

I went into NHL 16 expecting yet another generic sports simulation and instead found a deep and engaging experience that, above all, was a blast to play.

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GameTrailers
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2015

NHL 16 not only makes strides ahead for fans of the video game adaptations, but for fans of the game of hockey as a whole. A middle ground has been reached between realism and fun that is wholly surprising. NHL 16 isn't just a step in the right direction, it's the game hockey fans have been waiting for.

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AR12Gaming
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 15, 2015

NHL 16 delivers on what the fans have been asking for. It answers everything NHL 15 was missing and more. I think any hockey fan will truly enjoy this NHL title. Awesome – NHL 16 adds to what NHL 15 was and I think players are going to thoroughly enjoy this iteration of the game.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Sep 15, 2015

Honestly, NHL 16 may be the improvement that was needed to keep fans happy.

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Cheat Code Central
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Sep 15, 2015

NHL 16 clearly out did its predecessor in just about every facet and gamers world-wide should be excited to scoop up this years version of the revitalized franchise.

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COGconnected
87 / 100
87 / 100
Sep 15, 2015

While it may not be perfect, and it still has some kinks to iron out, NHL 16 is the comeback the series needed, and it is a great title for those looking to jump back into the action.

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Rectify Gaming
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2015

NHL 16 is the best NHL game to this point and I expect future games to get even better gameplay wise and graphics wise.

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Gaming Nexus
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2015

All those stripped out game modes are back and they're just as fun as they should be. Gameplay is better than its ever been for both veterans and rookies while the presentation is spot-on and a pleasure to take in. There's no denying that the NHL franchise is back to where it should be.

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Digital Chumps
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Sep 16, 2015

The dopey AI does not mar the entire experience. But it crops up frequently enough to keep me from being able to comfortably enjoy a two goal lead.

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2015

NHL 16 is the type of game NHL fans wanted last year. Full access to game modes and a welcoming execution for newcomers makes NHL 16 an essential purchase for anyone interested in the game of hockey. With the small issues aside, hockey has never been better than this.

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Toronto Sun
Oct 14, 2015

After the disappointment of last season's effort, NHL 16 feels like a solid rebuilding year. It may not go all the way to the Stanley Cup, but it definitely won't miss the playoffs.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2015

NHL 16 is a huge step towards restoring faith in EA Canada and EA Sports. The game saw huge improvements across the board, with Be a Pro, Be a GM, and EASHL all being better entries than in previous years. It's not without its issue, as menu and online play lag is somewhat frequent and the added practice mode could use so much more attention, but the product is as crisp as they come. NHL is back with a vengeance and NHL 16 is one hockey game that you can't afford to pass up.

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games(TM)
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 26, 2015

NHL has bounced back

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Bit Cultures
80%
Bit Cultures
Zach Nonnemacher
80%
Sep 29, 2015

NHL 16 is leaps and bounds improved from last year's title. While all of the returning game modes are warmly welcomed, it can come off as a cheap marketing ploy to take them away in the first place, only to reinstate them as a selling point. The feel of the game replicates a more authentic simulation in both look and gameplay.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 15, 2015

NHL 16 fixes the mistakes of its predecessor, bringing the NHL franchise back to form.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Sep 15, 2015

While some game modes still feel like they are living in the past, the return of fan-favorites like EASHL and the improved Be A Pro make NHL 16 a power play that hockey fans are bound to love.

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GamesRadar+
Sep 15, 2015

Strong on-ice gameplay and terrific multiplayer are offset by a lack of innovative modes. While this is a solid rebound from a shaky next-gen debut, NHL 16 still has work to do to regain greatness.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Sep 24, 2015

NHL 16 is a solid return to form for a beloved sports franchise. For sports fans, every year brings about new hope for their team. Well this year that hope was realised as NHL 16 provides an outstanding experience both on and off of the ice. There is still room for improvement, but now the title is more than a foundation - it is a full game with a great deal for hockey fans to appreciate.

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Game Revolution
Sep 15, 2015

Despite the draw of the EASHL and the core gameplay in NHL 16, there's a layer of familiarity that might turn away some folks. But after the missteps of last year's series entry, NHL 16 represents a step back in the right direction for EA's virtual hockey franchise and its fanbase. Some of the game modes feel underdeveloped in key areas, namely Be a Pro, but the variety on display and the hook of online multiplayer make NHL 16 an easy recommendation.

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EGM
8 / 10.0
Ray Carsillo

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2015

New aspects in NHL 16 like the on-ice trainer and the Morale system in Be a GM give the game some welcome layers of depth, and the actual gameplay is as good as ever. However, you can't help but get the sense that the biggest additions to this year's game just came from putting back features that were cut from last year's title.

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PSX Extreme
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 16, 2015

NHL 16 represents a return to form for the long-running hockey franchise. Those trying to get the bad taste of their mouths from last year's entry should be pleased with EA Canada's effort, which is capable of attracting casual and hardcore fans alike. EASHL is fulfilling and even addictive, shootouts are an absolute blast, the On-Ice Trainer is an excellent addition for newcomers, and the gameplay is smooth in some places, and rugged and powerful where it needs to be (feel that hit?).

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GamingTrend
80 / 100
80 / 100
Sep 15, 2015

After a small misstep in NHL 15, NHL 16 feels like a huge apology letter to fans. Many removed features have returned, but that also means improvements are few and far between. EA Sports Hockey League features a nice shot in the arm, but the Be a GM mode seems to be taking a back seat. Be a Player has received some nice additions, but not being able to alter the period length seems absolutely asinine and ruins the mode. NHL 16 is a well-written apology letter that will bring fans back to the franchise, but if you are looking for monumental upgrades, look elsewhere.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 25, 2015

At the same time, NHL 16 represents a nice return to form for the virtual hockey franchise. From its various modes to the more responsive gameplay, NHL 16 addresses many of the issues that scuttled last year's game. If you weighed and measured NHL 15 and it left you wanting, NHL 16 could be the game to get you back on the virtual ice once again.

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2015

This new iteration of NHL recovers from last year's sizable stumble by reinstating the excised features and making improvements on them which make them more enjoyable and easier to get into.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 15, 2015

NHL 16 is a triumphant return to form. After the debacle that was the razor-thin NHL 15, EA has restored all of the beloved modes to the game and they're better than ever.

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We Got This Covered
Sep 15, 2015

NHL 16 follows up last year's debacle with a fun, content-packed and beautifully presented hockey experience, that marks the welcomed return of fan favourite modes like EA Sports Hockey League. It is, however, rough around the edges in certain areas, which is what prevents it from being a bonafide classic.

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New Game Network
78 / 100
78 / 100
Sep 17, 2015

NHL 16 marks what some would call a rebuild year. Most of the content that was inexcusably cut last year is back, but that's about it. The gameplay remains solid, and there is hope that the franchise can finally break away from the past and create something great in the future.

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IGN
7.8 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

7.8 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2015

NHL 16 brings the series back up to speed with some great modes and features, but you can't count on its online modes.

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GameCrate
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2015

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.

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Operation Sports
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 14, 2015

NHL 16 has done enough to fix the damage of last year, and it's worth checking out.

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Polygon
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2015

Outside of the fantastic in-game trainer — which, it's worth noting, is similar to what's available in EA's other sports games this year — and the revamped EA Sports Hockey League, NHL 16's updates are incremental. The issues I saw are uncharacteristic of the high EA reached on the previous consoles, and as the series is finding its footing in the new generation, NHL 16 doesn't quite reach that bar.

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Destructoid
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2015

NHL 16 isn't perfect, but it's a substantial improvement over what released last year.

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Game Informer
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2015

A competent hockey experience still looking for a game-changing feature

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Worth Playing
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2015

NHL 16 feels like what NHL 15 should have been. The gameplay remains largely the same, but there is at least some effort to get newcomers more familiar with the mechanics. All of the modes are back and fully intact, while the presentation is solid save for a few hitches here and there. It would be nice to see something that's actually new, but considering how bare the previous entry was, getting these modes back is a good start.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 24, 2015

When you come right down to it, NHL 16 is an improvement over last year's release in virtually every department. Unfortunately, that isn't exactly saying a lot.

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USgamer
Sep 15, 2015

There's a lot to like about NHL 16. EA Canada has worked diligently to bring back almost all of the features that were missing last year, with Be a Pro and EASHL being notably improved. The presentation has also received a really nice bump, and the gameplay on the ice is smoother and more exciting than ever. While it's more ambitious than it looks, though, the next step remains elusive. For now, we'll just have to settle for a really solid hockey sim.

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