‘NHL 18’ Score Details “NHL 18 takes an awkward step forward, exposing the series’ longstanding issues.” NHL Threes mode offers a fun arcade alternative Robust create-your-own-team mode New skill stick dekes are imprecise “Be a Pro” lacks a story Performance grades still aren’t accurate MSRP $59.99 NHL legend Wayne Gretzky once said, “Hockey is a unique sport in the sense that you need each and every guy helping each other and pulling in the same direction to be successful.” Admirably, replicating the unique nature of hockey remains the working goal of EA Sports over the years. Glimpses of that authenticity can be found in NHL 18, EA Sports newest hockey game, but the game falters in reaching for that ambitious accomplishment on many levels. It lacks the narrative elements of other sports games that make these sims feel alive and, at times, feels mechanically frustrating. Despite delivering a feature-rich hockey sim, the game often devolves into inconsistent and bland gameplay, despite its best efforts. As you’ll read in our NHL 18 review, the game takes awkward steps forward, exposing the series’ longstanding issues. Not pulling in the same direction EA has pared down the controls of the NHL series over… Read full this story
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