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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.
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
EA Sports NHL 18 is quite possibly the most accessible sports game on the market, as well as being a load of fun.
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.
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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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.
Big wins outscore annoying misses, and overall NHL 18 is a step in the right direction.
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.
Threes is definitely the star of the show in NHL 18 with only marginal improvements made to the rest of the franchise's modes.
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.