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  • Summary: NHL 17 introduces three new modes that connect you to the sport to live out your hockey fantasy. The new Draft Champions mode introduces the fantasy draft with fast rounds of superstar picks. For the first time in EA SPORTS NHL history, the World Cup of Hockey game mode lets you take to theNHL 17 introduces three new modes that connect you to the sport to live out your hockey fantasy. The new Draft Champions mode introduces the fantasy draft with fast rounds of superstar picks. For the first time in EA SPORTS NHL history, the World Cup of Hockey game mode lets you take to the ice on a global stage and compete with your national hockey heroes. The next generation of Be a GM introduces Franchise Mode where you answer directly to the owner and take total control of the team and the business, from fan concessions to promotional nights to the arena and city you compete in. NHL 17 also brings gameplay control over every inch of the ice. The new Net Battle system lets you fight for that critical space in front of the crease on offense and defense. Authentic goaltenders both look and play the part with true-to-life stances and smarter Reactionary Save Intelligence that lets goalies read and react with an athletic save or get big with the body to block the puck. Improved hitting, passing, puck pick-ups and skating let you own every zone and dozens of new goal celebrations bring the crowd to their feet making your biggest moments memorable. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 94
    Plain and simple, the game delivers. It’s not going to blow your mind in the way you think it should, but that’s exactly how EA Sports wants it. Like the forgotten rookie flying under the radar with an 80-point season, it’s impressive, but only if you know what you’re looking at.
  2. Sep 14, 2016
    85
    If you’re looking for an authentic NHL game with excellent gameplay and plenty of modes, this is definitely the game for you.
  3. Sep 15, 2016
    83
    NHL 17 continues the trend EA has been building lately, and it’s another quality title in the franchise. The problem I have with it is, I don’t see the game as an every year investment, unless you're a true diehard hockey fan.
  4. 80
    While last year’s game was coming off its very disappointingly bare bones predecessor, NHL 17 already had a very solid foundation to build upon at the start and is one that will be enjoyed by most any fan of the sport.
  5. Oct 7, 2016
    80
    NHL keeps doing the same thing every year and that is a good thing. They have a strong formula that works which they keep interesting by adding new game modes and perfecting the game even more.
  6. At its core, the game delivers. The gameplay — always the most important factor — is as good as it has ever been and the level of depth, customization and replayability makes this one a winner.
  7. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Nov 7, 2016
    60
    One is tempted to cut & paste last year's verdict, but while the last year was fixing the mess, this one just polishes the well-frozen ice. [Issue#267]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 47
  2. Negative: 23 out of 47
  1. Sep 16, 2016
    10
    Franchise mode is awesome. The AI gameplay tweaks have done the trick. Career mode and create a team are huge, detailed features. This game isFranchise mode is awesome. The AI gameplay tweaks have done the trick. Career mode and create a team are huge, detailed features. This game is as close to perfect as you can come, in my opinion. Expand
  2. Nov 15, 2016
    8
    As usual, the gameplay feels very smooth. The customisation options are great this year. Its still missing some features, such as theAs usual, the gameplay feels very smooth. The customisation options are great this year. Its still missing some features, such as the "international tournament". Expand
  3. Jun 7, 2017
    8
    This is first nhl I played since nhl07, so I will not be comparing and rather say, that this is great hockey game with all features there isThis is first nhl I played since nhl07, so I will not be comparing and rather say, that this is great hockey game with all features there is to offer, great and innovative control (skill sticks), good and quite stable multiplayer, decent singleplayer even though there is a bit unfairness when you are losing to opposing AI team. And at last and least a really bad soundtrack, I get that creators tried to pick music for everybody, but hockey is a quick game with lots of hits, so there should be pumped up music that makes your blood boil.

    Overall I think it is a must buy for all nhl fans and great sport game.
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  4. Feb 16, 2017
    5
    I play Be a Pro, and am really frustrated by the developers lack of hockey knowledge. I think there should be a rule that they must haveI play Be a Pro, and am really frustrated by the developers lack of hockey knowledge. I think there should be a rule that they must have played the game, to be a developer for hockey video games. My first season, I was leading my team (Edmonton Oilers....I was drafted 32nd overall after leading the league in scoring in the Memorial Cup) in scoring, by 12 points. 6 games left in the regular season and I was dropped to the farm team in the AHL. I was heading for the Calder trophy, as I was also leading all other rookies in scoring by a long shot. How can the team's leading scorer be cut from the team just as they were heading into the playoffs? Also, EA sports is not getting the nuances of hockey. There is no punishment for getting off the ice while the play is in your own end. Actually, you are rewarded with a positive coaches comment about wise use of quick-changes! Every hockey player knows, you never get off the ice, changing on the fly, while the other team has the puck, let alone, the puck is in your own end! Also, I get chastised by the coach for every penalty. In hockey, there is such a thing as a good penalty. Real hockey players know what I mean. For example, stopping the other teams best player from scoring....or sending a message. I guess these things are too much to ask. I could go on and on about how they could improve the gameplay on NHL 17. Not recommended. Expand
  5. Apr 18, 2017
    4
    EA is making really good work on making a game you can't enjoy. Online games and against AI there's no way to win if it's not your turn. BotsEA is making really good work on making a game you can't enjoy. Online games and against AI there's no way to win if it's not your turn. Bots start getting penalties. No way to control your players. Passes go straight to opponent or it's icing. Trying to kill penalty? Well %###%% you. Attackers can stop slap shots that are chest high with their sticks and continue attacking.
    Online games are just awful.

    On the other hand. Games with friends in the same console it can be fun.
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  6. Sep 24, 2016
    3
    Отвратительно!!! что Вы сделали с вратарями!....пасами!...Мне просто непонятно чем команда разработчиков занималась целый год, намногоОтвратительно!!! что Вы сделали с вратарями!....пасами!...Мне просто непонятно чем команда разработчиков занималась целый год, намного интереснее играть в NHL 2009 в сравнении с этим.
    P.S. Вот что делает полное отсутствие конкуренции...жесть.
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  7. Mar 16, 2017
    0
    I had bought xp pionts for my be a pro player and I cant for the life of me find out how to use them. Im to the piont I think I wasted myI had bought xp pionts for my be a pro player and I cant for the life of me find out how to use them. Im to the piont I think I wasted my money. I was all exited about the mode intil your pro player cant ever climb the rankings as a goalie . It takes years. Ive tried simming seaso s and all it does is move ur ratings up but now your potential. So evan if your at 90 overall your potential is stil AHL low cringe. How can I become a starter ? I want to be able to boost my players overal by using my xp pionts but it doesnt allow you to. What can I buy w them in this mode? Expand

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