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NHL 18 - PlayStation 4

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • NHL 18

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (267 out of 277)

    Product Details


    • Developer: EA Canada
    • Publisher: EA
    • Platform: PlayStation 4
    • Genre: Sports and Outdoors
    • Release Date: 09/15/2017

    Synopsis


    Bring excitement back to your television in NHL 18. Intelligent, creative AI and all-new moves and offensive dekes ensure your NHL team is ready to handle the action on the ice and get creative on defense. Compete against friends and allies online for the ultimate game in NHL 18.

    Features


    New creative attack moves give you full control to execute the highlight-reel, jaw-dropping plays seen by young superstars in today's new NHL

    On offense, all-new creative dekes include between-the-legs moves, one-handed dekes, back-handed toe-drags and much more

    On defense, the all-new defensive skill stick gives you the tools to counter attacks with poke check targeting, extended pokes, and controlled stick sweeps to cover zones of the ice and take away lanes

    New creative AI also means your teammates leverage all the same creative tools as you do for intelligent decision-making

    Play the fast-paced, arcade-inspired three-on-three NHL THREES® mode, or create your own custom 32nd NHL team with the new Expansion Draft

    The all-new, arcade-inspired hockey experience features faster gameplay, bigger hits and high-scoring action that's easy to pick up and play

    Enter unique NHL THREES® arenas with all-new commentary and pick your style of play, from fast-fun couch co-op to fully competitive online team play where you choose the game rules and modifiers

    Whether you're playing cooperatively or competitively, offline on the couch or online with up to 12 players, NHL 18 delivers more than 64 combinations to team up with - or against - friends locally and online



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 277 reviews

    96%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      NHL 17.1 ???

      Posted
      djh11001
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Let's call this years version of NHL what it is. Which is basically a $60 patch for NHL '17. I have long been a supporter of the NHL series, never taking 1 season off, but that is what I feel the developers have done in NHL '18. Sure you added a 3 v 3 arcade mode, but that is not the reason any true hockey sim fan would buy this game. We are at a point in time where I really feel like these developers would benefit from moving to an every other year release. They could still sell update patches for $20 during their off years, but in the long run we would all benefit. There is no excuse that any sports titles being released now are not using 100% real-time physics engines. Moving to that alone would make a night and day difference in the game play experience. Stop worrying about how good the stitching looks on a jersey (SINCE NO WAY PLAYS WITH THE CAMERA SET TO 1000% ZOOM!) during game play. Sure replays look nice, but who cares! Start focusing on actual real life game elements. Such as: players getting booted from the face-off circle, actual legit board play and battling in the corner for a loose puck, 5-man goal celebrations, pucks frequently getting deflected into the stands, should I go on?? C'mon EA, what's the deal here? I look forward to the release of NHL every year and I have to say that for the first time ever in the series I am taking a pass. Maybe next year my feelings will change, or maybe next year EA has competition from another developer with the desire to make a true hockey sim. We can only dream. If you own NHL '17, I would definitely rent this one first, before you drop your hard earned coin on the glorified update that NHL '18 really is. "If it's in the game"....well, it's defintely not in this one. Sorry.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Too Many Issues and Poor Game Play

      Posted
      Swanny8887

      So I am a Huge fan of this franchise but I must say this is the first one that has really ticked me off enough to write a review. I feel like EA could care less about the actual gameplay. This version of the game has so many issues which I will list off below. I get that some games have glitches but this one has simple fixes that EA refuses to address. I was a day one download and have seen several updates but still the gameplay sucks. Really sad to see this franchise going down the tube and really considering not purchasing next year. Cons: 1. ) The skating and player controlled skater reaction time is atrocious. For example. There are constant issues where you will try and skate to the left or right and instead of just simply going in they direction the skater will do an entire 360 and then go in that direction. 2. Computer AI plays completely different and much better than the AI of the players team. 3. Puck control is absolutely terrible. You can literally have 3 players around the worst player in the NHL and the comp player will still get the puck. 4. Comp player poke check will NEVER fail and when you are successful in yours it goes directly to comp players. This happens almost every time 5. This one really drives me crazy because it has been a complaint for probably 5 years. The goaltending is absolutely awful for the players team. You can get 40 shots on goal and score 2 on the comp but they will get 10 and either win the game or it will be a close win. Pros: 1. Great graphics and the overall presentation is much enhanced. 2. Its hockey. I really wish EA would take player feedback more seriously.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      EA needs to step it up.

      Posted
      Jpens13

      I love the NHL series but this one is almost unplayable. I have tons of footage of my guys skating directly over an almost stationary loose puck (if it doesn't hit the stick and go to the other team) which is extremely frustrating. Computer AI making amazing plays to pick off your passes but the puck will literally GO THROUGH THE STICK of AI players on your team. You can make 3 or 4 successful stick checks on an enemy player but he'll maintain possession of the puck, yet one stick check is enough to steal it from you. Only play online if getting poke checked over and over and over is your favorite part of the NHL series. Someone else needs to make an NHL game to give EA some competition because it's obvious they aren't trying anymore.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good additions, one glaring subtraction

      Posted
      Scotastic
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      The game plays great. It's smooth and crisp and honestly just a ton of fun. NHL 3s is an awesome addition as it makes the game more accessible to the casual fan and gamer. It's silly at times, but just straight up fun. The glaring omission is "online team play." The best part of the online experience is now limited to just friends. What a bad decision. I spent massive hours in NHL 16 and 17 in that mode. Now I do more playing offline. Still a great game, just a poor decision to remove that feature.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      If you liked last year...

      Posted
      Randall
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      EA Sports NHL series really is the only game in town for hockey. NHL 18 is another solid release albeit just a small upgrade from 2017. Gameplay is solid and 'pretty'. I happen to like Be a Pro so I remain disappointed that I have to start from scratch every year. Be nice to at least carry over the basic player profile, (appearance and equipment). Do like the revised menus/navigation. Bottom line, if you want current rosters, etc. then pay your annual fee to EA and buy NHL 18 - smile

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      More of the same, slightly better

      Posted
      Arilab
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I have been buying this game for as long as I can remember. Since it's first PS4 introduction, there have been minor tweaks. This game feels more realistic (coming from someone who plays hockey), but if you have 16, won't feel a big difference. I like the inclusion of Vegas and the ability to create a 32nd team. The 3 on 3 game gets boring and repetitive after 4 or 5 games. If you have 16 and are short on money, or not desperate for Vegas, wait till 18, or until they drop the price.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      EA Missed on this one

      Posted
      Rick
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      PS4 version, As usual NHL 18 is mostly a roster update from 17. Yes there were some minor changes. My biggest complaint is the multiplayer mode has glitches. I can't hear any chat from my teammates and I can't find any setting to correct this. Also, There are many problems like faceoffs restarting after have just been completed and fight stopping in the middle only to return to a faceoff and then the fight starts again. I never saw problems like this in any other years version.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Worthy Upgrade

      Posted
      ediddy
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      The game didn't change much compared to NHL 17, the stick handling feels a little stiff, the developers brought back some of the old stick moves featured in NHL 13. EA added new leagues this season, the Champions HL tournament is a nice feature too. My main grudge with the game is the Ai's inability to pick up the puck in some situations. The selected player will often have trouble scooping up a free puck, in some cases they will skate right past it

      I would recommend this to a friend


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