Since EA Sports PR and Marketing failed us, I am thankful Family Friendly Gaming rented NHL 16 on the Playstation 4. This hockey game needs some competition because it is floundering and slipping backwards. NHL 16 looks nice, and it sounds nice. The biggest problem is there is so little to do. Then there are control issues that come close to ruining the experience.
NHL 16 has some nice presentation in the intro, inside the goal, and ending of games. The graphics on the ice while players are going at it is not so nice. In fact they look too small to me. Shouldn’t we have a first person perspective by now? It seems EA Canada is more concerned with making a boxing game instead of a hockey game. It takes time to be able to fight in NHL 16 thankfully.
Families can turn off fighting in the options. The same go for lame penalties like icing. Face offs can be one of the most frustrating things in NHL 16. It is hard to see when the referee drops the puck. Nothing like being so far back visually that it is a guess as to when he drops the puck. Don’t get me started on passes not working right in NHL 16 either. The worst part is how finicky NHL 16 is in terms of taking a shot at the goal.
NHL 16 is a difficult game even on the easy setting. I struggled to make goals on this setting. The computer is extremely intelligent, and their goalies might as well be brick walls. NHL 16 can and will create real world frustration and real world anger. Playing with another family member locally can be more fun. Unless one of you guys gets a few lucky shots. Normally both family members suffer with the same glitches.
If I had to put a value on NHL 16 it would be five to ten dollars. No more for this Xbox One and Playstation 4 home console hockey video game. Another company needs to get into this sport, and give EA Sports some competition. Their monopoly is hurting the sports industry. NHL 16 is great proof of the damage being caused. Save your money until NHL 16 comes down in price.
Family Friendly Factor: 65%
System: Xbox One/PS4(tested)
Publisher: EA Sports
Developer: EA Canada
Rating: ‘E10+’ -Everyone TEN and OLDER ONLY
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