Percentile Rank

NHL 20 is ranked in the 76th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 31 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

72%

Critics Recommend

Based on 31 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 13, 2019

Having said that, I've once again spent the bulk of my time playing World of Chel. That's because my favorite mode, offline Be a Pro, hasn't changed since NHL 19 (and it's not like EA Vancouver gave the mode much love last year, mind you). I understand the realities of making these multifaceted games on an annual schedule — resources are limited, and it's simply not possible for the developers to overhaul everything every year. However, Be a Pro has been sidelined for ages, and it looks even more stale in light of the experimentation we've seen recently in single-player career modes from Madden, FIFA, and NBA 2K.

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Operation Sports
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 17, 2019

Although still not perfect, NHL 20 is a more enjoyable experience on the ice than any of its predecessors. In addition, the new features for the most part enhance the game's overall playability. However, if you are looking for or expecting true, realistic NHL-style gameplay, then NHL 20 is not the game for you. The same lingering issues still exist here, preventing the series from truly mimicking the real product, and the AI really does single-handedly damper the gaming experience in my opinion. But here's to hoping EA is on the right track as the studio is finally starting to make strides again.

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Scored Reviews

GameSkinny
GameSkinny
RobertPIngram

Top Critic

Sep 12, 2019

NHL 20 delivers an enjoyable simulation of the NHL experience, with new modes and features adding additional fun to the strong framework provided by prior years' releases.

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Star News
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Sep 13, 2019

NHL 20 has some minor issues but plays a fun game of hockey. RPM Tech 2.0 is a revolution for the game’s controls, eliminating most of gamer’s complaints, at least on that front.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 15, 2019

NHL 20's controls are fantastic, and its various modes are abundant and robust.

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GamesRadar+
Sep 14, 2019

NHL 20 again leads the way for pro sports on PS4 and Xbox One, strengthened this year by shooting improvements and presentation upgrades.

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We Got This Covered
Sep 15, 2019

NHL 20 doesn't try to fix what wasn't broken and instead added new modes, features, and gameplay tweaks to make one of the best sports games on the market even better.

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Digital Chumps
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2018

If you’re a newcomer or someone who has been engulfed into the franchise for a while you’re going to enjoy it.

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Gamerheadquarters
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2019

EA Sports NHL 20 delivers a well rounded package with a pile of modes, ways to play and a greatly improved broadcast package that is miles better than anything else they had this generation.

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COGconnected
85 / 100
85 / 100
Sep 13, 2019

I’m excited about the future of the NHL series. Over the past five or six years, the series became incredibly stagnant, and desperately needed a shot of life to continue to hold players’ attention. NHL 20 is just what the doctor ordered. It’s more fun than I’ve had with the series in a very long time, and it’s plethora of modes, and unlockable gear will surely keep me busy until NHL 21.

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Stevivor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2019

NHL 20 is a decided improvement over NHL 18 and a step up from NHL 19, though you’d also be forgiven if you skipped out for a year.

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DualShockers
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2019

Improving upon the changes made in last year's iteration, NHL 20 is the best the series has been this console generation.

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2019

NHL 20 balances out the fun with the competitive better than any previous entry. It has some excellent modes in Ones and Threes, a staggering amount of content, and a solid set of mechanics. It does feel like multiplayer has received the lion's share of the attention, but there's still something enjoyable for all sorts of hockey fans.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Sep 13, 2019

While game mode improvements are definitely minimal this year, the new gameplay mechanics definitely tip the scale towards making NHL 20 one that you probably will not want to skip.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 16, 2019

As I've attempted to pound home several times at this point, none of these enhancements should really be classified as true game-changers. If you made the plunge last year and you're looking for NHL 20's one marquee feature that makes this a must-buy, there really isn't an overarching reason to upgrade. Pure and simple. That said, this year's outing has plenty of incremental improvements that deliver a superior experience to what you would've played twelve months ago. Allow your level of fandom to dictate if this purchase is right for you. Ultimately, regardless of where you land, you won't be disappointed.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 13, 2019

NHL 20 is close to the best video game hockey experience ever made, and that should be celebrated.

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Windows Central
Windows Central
Nick Tylwalk

Top Critic

Sep 17, 2019

In the case of NHL 20, there are enough new features to recommend it for longtime fans and a ton to do for anyone who has lapsed for multiple seasons. Whatever NHL 21 has in store for the next PlayStation and Xbox machines will be flashier, but it probably won't be better than this right away.

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GamingTrend
80 / 100
80 / 100
Sep 17, 2019

NHL 20 is a nice addition to the NHL franchise, with engaging gameplay and great visuals. The multitude of game modes will keep you occupied, even if several are very similar to one another. It gets as repetitive as the typical sports game, but that can be good or bad depending on your interests.

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GameSpace
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2019

When I sit down to play a sports game it normally isn't for very long, but NHL 20 has had me playing for hours and hours. I didn't think I would want to spend a lot of time playing in the World of Chel but with the inclusion of the Eliminator mode for Ones and Threes, it has me hooked. NHL 20 is available now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for $59.99 USD. I love the new modes and hope you will too, but you don't have to take my word for it.

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SECTOR.sk
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2019

Another good NHL annual set, but still with old game engine and just little changes.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 16, 2019

As usual, EA Sports tries mostly to upgrade the previous edition instead of trying to revolutionize. NHL 20 has some strong new animations, a new visual identity, game modes that feel better than ever and the whole feels smoother. It's solid but lacks some unforgettable feature to be a true star.

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IGN
7.9 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

7.9 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2019

NHL 20 makes strides on the ice with its improved shot, but makes some curious decisions off it.

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Game Informer
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2019

NHL 20 gives hockey fans plenty of ways to have fun and invest their time, but there are a few disappointments along the way

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Sports Gamers Online
7.1 / 10.0
7.1 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2019

With the end of the current console generation fast approaching, one has to wonder where the NHL series goes from here because there’s no doubt there are still plenty of questions left to be answered.

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USgamer
USgamer
iew by Kat Bailey, Editor in Chief

Top Critic

Sep 13, 2019

NHL 20 isn't a huge update over last year's version, and its graphics continue to lag behind the competition. Still, it brings with it plenty of solid refinements, and its franchise mode continues to stand out as a strength. Returning players may be disappointed by this year's features, but if you're a hockey fan who hasn't picked up the series in a while, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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Game Revolution
Sep 13, 2019

NHL 20 is an enjoyable hockey game with great core fundamentals and new player movement to fall back on, but it’s definitely not a must-buy entry if you are currently happy with the version you own.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Sep 13, 2019

NHL 20 made some noteworthy changes that were much needed, but the game feels mostly dated.

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Twinfinite
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Sep 13, 2019

NHL 20 is a great package if you skipped out on last year’s entry. However, if you already own NHL 19 there isn’t enough new to recommend picking this one up.

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GamingBolt
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2019

NHL 20 brings enough new to the table that it feels like a worthwhile upgrade over last year's entry, bringing the incredibly fun new Eliminator mode and revamped commentary that breathes some new life into the experience. Sadly, the AI remains occasionally nightmarish, and the game's consistently-growing collection of modes means EA is leaving some older modes out to die, resulting in a lot of fluff to sort through to get to the good stuff.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Sep 18, 2019

NHL 20 is a sharp, polished game that has become more fluid and fun to play in recent years, but most of what is new this season will depend heavily on the modes you prefer to play. Fans of the multiplayer experience will have more to chew on, while those who tend to grind away at the single player modes might come away feeling somewhat neglected.

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Worth Playing
6.9 / 10.0
6.9 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2019

As a whole, NHL 20 is still NHL like it always was. There are incremental changes, but there's still a lot more to be done.

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