NHL 17 Reviews

NHL 17 is ranked in the 76th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
NZGamer
Top Critic
8.1 / 10.0
Nov 2, 2016

But, it all lends itself to the challenge of the game. EA’s NHL has always been my favourite sports sim. It is a beautiful game (with apologies to that other beautiful game). Speed, power, finesse, toughness, and teamwork. I am just glad it’s time to drop the puck on a brand new season of hockey.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2016

Outside of the wonky difficulty issues, NHL 17 is a fantastic hockey game that is able to brilliantly straddle the line between arcade game and hockey simulator. While the step up from NHL 16 might not be all that impressive, for those like me that skip years, there are a wealth of new and improved features. From the new World Cup of Hockey to a new Franchise mode, NHL 17 has literally everything you could need for a solid Fall/Winter epic hockey shut-in. NHL 17 is a must have for any hockey fan out there.

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75 / 100
Oct 4, 2016

NHL 17 brings a slew of changes and additions to its modes that will make fans happy, but the gameplay is relatively unchanged from last year.

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Nick H.
Top Critic
Sep 29, 2016

NHL 17 is a very good game of hockey that has not really grown much since last year. Tweaks and improvements are there, certainly nothing feels worse about the title than last season, but there is still room to innovate.

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ZTGD
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2016

NHL does a good job of improving on several key areas from last year’s game without feeling like a completely fresh coat of paint.

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GameZone
Top Critic
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2016

NHL 17 is one of the best hockey games of this generation. It doesn't feel like a slightly upgraded version of the last game, it builds upon old ground and makes it feel fresh and new through awesome new modes and great gameplay.

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8 / 10
Sep 27, 2016

The mentioned faults do knock NHL 17 down a little, but it would be harsh to do anything other than praise what is a very different and much improved game to last year. New modes, impressive tweaks to the AI to make things more competitive, and that stellar in-game presentation that does a darned good job of simulating the real thing mean that there's more than ever for the puck nuts to get their teeth into this time around.

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8.8 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2016

The best entry to the franchise in years, NHL 17 adds one of the best game modes yet

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7 / 10
Sep 25, 2016

After the barebones release of NHL 15, the notable improvements of last year’s really stood out.

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Polygon
Top Critic
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2016

NHL 17’s most promising features are held back by its reuse of old elements

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4 / 5.0
Sep 23, 2016

NHL 17 builds on the solid mechanics of its predecessor while adding several new features such as World Cup of Hockey, a more beefed up GM mode, lots of customization options and the return of player classes to name a few. Some might feel the actual gameplay on the ice does not represent a huge improvement over NHL 16. If you missed out on last year’s game or are interested in a more polished version, however, then NHL 17 merits a trip down the virtual ice.

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75%
Sep 23, 2016

NHL 17 is the best ice hockey game to date. There's still a lot to improve and EA tried to do so even this time, but in form of tiny steps. NHL 16 owners can wait until next year, but everyone else can be really satisfied.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 16, 2016

Your decision to pick up NHL 17 will depend on your experience with the previous two titles. If you haven't picked up a NHL title this season or you stopped at NHL 15, you absolutely must purchase NHL 17. The game has been refined with loads of changes for both pros and novices, and the number of modes present, along with their depth, will ensure that this stays in rotation until the hockey season starts. If you already have NHL 16, then there isn't much of an impetus to grab the NHL 17 version. The extra modes are indeed nice, but you already have access to just about everything, so those additions might not feel that impressive. Either way, NHL 17 remains a solid game, and one hopes that the momentum continues into next year's title.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2016

NHL 17 has improved on what makes the game great and thrown in enough new toys to keep players happy well into the spring

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2016

I have always enjoyed NHL games, I like Ice Hockey as a sport, I have just never really understood the rules etc. Which I think it why I like to play NHL games, as it lets me play a sport I like while learning about it.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2016

NHL 17 is surprisingly easy to jump in and out of even in the mode dedicated full season and career modes. Its simple controls for beginners and unobtrusive tutorial system make it a very accessible game that still has a lot of depth.

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Ray Carsillo
Top Critic
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2016

NHL 17 takes a step forward with the series in terms of more authentic gameplay, but has lost its edge in a couple of its long-standing modes.

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M3
Top Critic
6 / 10
Sep 15, 2016

It has been a fact for a couple of years now that EA Sports NHL series is in need of a big renovation. The graphics is starting to look dated, the physics isn't nearly as good as PES or FIFA and the AI is unbalanced – particularly the goalie part. NHL 17 is still a pretty decent game for the hockey fans, but it's hard to not feel a bit disappointed.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 14, 2016

If you’re looking for an authentic NHL game with excellent gameplay and plenty of modes, this is definitely the game for you.

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83 / 100
Sep 14, 2016

If you haven’t played EA’s NHL series yet, then you need to get NHL 17 now. It is an astoundingly-detailed, immersive hockey game that has something for every type of player to love. - See more at: http://cogconnected.com/review/nhl-17-review/#sthash.wAetawyS.dpuf

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