Percentile Rank

NHL 18 is ranked in the 66th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 42 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

77

Top Critic Average

57%

Critics Recommend

Based on 42 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Scored Reviews

ZTGD
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2017

NHL 18 will satisfy hockey fans; that goes without saying. Its real achievement though is in its design, which will seamlessly teach and assist a player who knows nothing about hockey. They're likely to stick around too, because as it turns out, hockey is a blast in videogame form.

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GameSkinny
Sep 18, 2017

NHL 18 has a ton of great features and modes for both hardcore enthusiasts and casual fans alike!

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Continue-Magazin
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 27, 2017

NHL 18 improves on the already fantastic formula. The new NHL Threes mode is a refreshing taste of hockey and keeps you entertained for several weeks at least. Everything else in the game also knows how to impress – as always –.

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EGM
9 / 10.0
Ray Carsillo

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Sep 14, 2017

NHL 18 is a nice step forward for the NHL series. New modes and options like NHL Threes, 3-on-3 hockey in EASHL, or creating the 32nd franchise in the NHL are fun additions that give the series a serious shot in the arm. Some minor issues from previous games continue to crop up, and I wish the customization options were deeper, but overall NHL 18 is a must have for any hockey fan.

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Digital Chumps
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Apr 2, 2017

NHL 18 continues to build on the success of last year's title by making subtle but impactful refinements throughout the game.

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GamePro
86 / 100
GamePro

Top Critic

86 / 100
Sep 16, 2017

We will puck you: NHL 18 is the best NHL game of the past years.

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PlayStation Universe
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2017

While NHL 18 still features that pristine, refined gameplay with plenty of game modes to jump into, it still needs that special something to keep itself relevant with the changing times. Despite that, NHL 18 has enough to keep any hockey fan enthused for months.

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Cheat Code Central
4.2 / 5.0
4.2 / 5.0
Sep 8, 2017

NHL 18 delivers the gameplay improvements, renewed rosters, and added content that are the expected additions in an annually updated EA Sports game. Not every mode fits comfortably in the menu screen, but there's enough variety to satisfy gamers who like to control every inch of their season and those who prefer a quick thrill.

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Forbes
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2017

NHL 18 is another strong entry from an underrated sports gaming franchise. EA has delivered a more rewarding franchise mode, added new ways to play, while at the minimum, sustaining itself in other modes. That's a formula for success, but the lack of progress in customization, single-player modes and presentation keep it from being a monumental step for the franchise.

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COGconnected
82 / 100
82 / 100
Sep 11, 2017

With a bunch of new features and more ways to play online than ever before, NHL 18 is sure to make both returning veterans and newbies happy.

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Game Informer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2017

Whether you want to play on the couch with buddies, grind for cards in Hockey Ultimate Team, compete online, or build a new dynasty in Franchise mode, NHL 18 mostly delivers

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Attack of the Fanboy
Sep 13, 2017

Threes is definitely the star of the show in NHL 18 with only marginal improvements made to the rest of the franchise's modes.

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Game Rant
Sep 22, 2017

EA Sports builds upon the existing tried and true base for NHL 18, bringing with it a spectacular new mode called Threes and a much-needed gameplay retool.

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TrustedReviews
Sep 14, 2017

Like most US-centric sports games NHL has a reputation as an acquired taste, but really it shouldn't be. It's a thrilling, accessible sim of a thrilling, accessible sport, with the varied online and offline modes you'd expect from an EA Sports game, plus a real slap shot to the back of the net in the form of Threes. Bring on the Frostbite engine and an equivalent to FIFA's Journey mode, and EA might have a classic sports game on its hands. As it is, it's still absorbing and a lot of fun.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 14, 2017

New players will have to work to get up to speed, as much as the game tries to help them out, but hardcore puck nuts will find themselves going deep into overtime with this one. The almost overwhelming numbers of ways that the game can be played means that it's one that will definitely keep you going way past the finals.

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2017

NHL 18 impresses with new teaching tools, sublime skating, updated dekes and defensive moves, new modes, and a lot of improvements. It isn't a perfect hockey game, but when it skates this well and looks this sharp, who cares?

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Pardis Game
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2017

NHL 18's gameplay is just as appealing as its predecessors, even more complete. But it also has as many issues as those before. The old and outdated graphics engine has lowered the graphic level of the game but still to be considered one of the most fun and enjoyable among the sports games. Doesn't matter if you're new to NHL or not, NHL 18 will entertain you for the most with it's fast paced gameplay and thrlling gameplay

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ThisGenGaming
8 / 10.0
ThisGenGaming
ThisGenGaming Reviews

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2017

If you're new to the NHL series like myself then I would certainly recommend trying it out, and I'm also sure you will get your money's worth due to the unbelievable amount of content that will keep you busy with this game for a while.

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Gamerheadquarters
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2017

Overall this is a solid package for those getting their yearly fixed, players that want to return after awhile and general fans of the sport.

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GameSpace
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2017

As fun as NHL Threes might be, it definitely is not reason enough on its own. If you missed a couple of incarnations and your last game is NHL 15 or even an earlier one, then I can recommend NHL 18 without hesitation, as it delivers the whole package in a modern style. Lastly, if you want to play online and are the competitive type, there is probably anyway no way around it.

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Victory Point
Sep 14, 2017

NHL 18 is a great overall hockey game that improves on everything that NHL 17 brought to the rink. Certain features in franchise mode don't come together into a complete unified experience, but it's night and day improvement from last year.

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TheXboxHub
Sep 29, 2017

Well it has NHL Threes, new additions to the career modes and some nice cosmetic touches. Maybe next year there will be a story mode to help really connect with a new audience, but for now I am having a blast like it was 1993 all over again.

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SomHráč.sk
80%
80%
Oct 10, 2017

NHL 18 has many new features, although many of them aren't significant. However, the overall game experience is considerably better than last year. Too bad that the developers didn't replace Ignite engine with Frostbite.

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NZGamer
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2017

Dene received a physical copy of NHL 18 from EA for review.

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God is a Geek
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2017

It's still a great hockey game, and NHL Threes is a great addition, but beyond that it's very much the same game as last year's.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2017

NHL 18 builds on the foundation of the last few games while adding a fun and fast-paced 3-on-3 mode as well as a much welcome training mode for new or rusty players. Admittedly, the changes might not be enough to shake off that “been-there, done-that” feeling for some veteran players of the series who are looking for more. If you’re a new player or someone returning to the series after a long absence, however, NHL 18 serves as the perfect entry point.

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Player.One
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2017

NHL 18 doesn't do much to stand out from last year's entry, but it's still a great game.

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Worth Playing
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2017

NHL 18 finds itself in a strange spot. On the one hand, there are significant changes to the gameplay modes and basic stick handling. This is especially true of Threes mode, which could've become a stand-alone, downloadable game due to the amount of content it possesses. On the other hand, the AI is flaky and undermines quite a few modes, especially Hockey Ultimate Team. NHL 18 remains a fun title and a good choice for those who are interested in the series but don't want a semi-arcade hockey mode.

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Sports Gamers Online
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2017

NHL 18 isn't a bad game by any means. EASHL, Ultimate Team, Franchise, and Threes all provide players with modes worth replaying. The problem is that there's nothing that really makes it considerably better than last year's installment. If you're hoping that the game provides a major step forward for the series, you're going to be disappointed. It's still fun to play, but with an old engine, a dry presentation and no major improvements, NHL 18 is teetering on the line of becoming a stale experience.

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New Game Network
75 / 100
75 / 100
Sep 15, 2017

Not all of NHL 18's additions are equally successful, with the expanded depth of Franchise Mode overshadowing the flashy but unrewarding NHL Threes. The series continues to offer a good hockey simulation, and while the hardcore and those who play online will be satisfied, there's probably not enough here to make it worth the upgrade for casual fans of last year's edition.

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Areajugones
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2017

EA Sports delivers a great hockey game that evolves to be more and more realistic every year. NHL 18 is entertaining, fun and a must-buy for all the hockey fans.

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IGN
7.4 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

7.4 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2017

I'm glad that, in NHL 18, EA continues to seek out new players for the NHL series with smart upgrades to the training system and the exciting and accessible NHL Threes mode. Those are positive strides, but the rest of the modes and features are starting to feel too familiar.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 20, 2017

EA Sports NHL 18 is quite possibly the most accessible sports game on the market, as well as being a load of fun.

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Shacknews
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 18, 2017

Big wins outscore annoying misses, and overall NHL 18 is a step in the right direction.

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Twinfinite
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Sep 15, 2017

I have a feeling that NHL 18 suffers from its lack of competition. While, as always, its gameplay is strong, its presentation is pretty much perfect from in-game to the menus, and there is plenty of enjoyable modes for all standards of players to sink their teeth into, the lack of substantial new features and innovation mean that it is a step behind even some of EA's other marquee sports titles.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Sep 19, 2017

NHL 18 introduces two major modes to its solid array of dated options.

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Sporting News
Sep 14, 2017

It may be surprising that it would take an "arcade" mode to round out a simulation-based product, but NHL Threes does just that for "NHL 18." While the series is still lacking in some aspects of gameplay and presentation this year, "NHL" achieved something important, by becoming the most appealing edition of the series for an audience that extends beyond just the fanatics of the sport in a very long time.

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Thumb Culture
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2017

There is certainly a lot of ways to play both alone and with friends on NHL 18 with jam packed online and offline modes.  Although there is not a single player story campaign as seen in the recent Fifa and NBA games, EA is trying to appeal to new players by offering a new training system to enable them to learn the skills to enjoy the game. If you have followed the NHL series of games for a while you maybe a little disappointed in the latest offering as it will feel a little samey however the NHL Threes mode is exciting and different enough to possibly tempt you into a purchase.  One thing is for sure, EA need to refresh their NHL franchise for next year if they want to keep their players interested as this years "what's new" is certainly light on the ground.

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Polygon
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2017

Although EA Vancouver planned a three-year rejuvenation of their hockey series, NHL 18 seems like it's on the downside of generational sports games. While Threes adds some zest and significant features, that's the only notable addition to the game. When the introduction menu pops up and “What's New” offers only three choices (one being a tutorial), 2017 is not a good year. NHL 18 is (as always for this series) more than competent, but for the first time in a while, it's a “wait for next year” revision.

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M3
6 / 10
M3

Top Critic

6 / 10
Sep 13, 2017

NHL 18 has some well needed upgrades, but overall this is far from a perfect hockey game. The main problem is the physics, that is in need of a big improvement.

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We Got This Covered
Sep 21, 2017

NHL 18 does enough to keep the lights on at the rink, but its lack of a full-blown story mode leaves the series on thin ice.

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Digital Trends
Sep 14, 2017

NHL 18 takes an awkward step forward, exposing the series' longstanding issues.

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