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  • Summary: EA SPORTS NHL 20 introduces cutting-edge gameplay innovation to showcase your skills, more customization to unlock your style, and new modes to compete with friends. RPM Tech-powered gameplay introduces Signature Shots that replicate your favourite NHL players' real-world shot styles. OverEA SPORTS NHL 20 introduces cutting-edge gameplay innovation to showcase your skills, more customization to unlock your style, and new modes to compete with friends. RPM Tech-powered gameplay introduces Signature Shots that replicate your favourite NHL players' real-world shot styles. Over 45 new shot animations make every attack a threat, and new passing and puck pick-ups create faster, fluid gameplay executed at full speed.

    A revamped broadcast package delivers all-new visuals and commentary. Combined with over 1,100 new customization items for your club and character, your biggest goals look incredible during the action and in the highlight reel.

    Finally, NHL 20 adds three new game modes. HUT Squad Battles features weekly teams, built by athletes and artists, to challenge for unique rewards. The fan-favourite ONES can now be played with friends on the couch, and the all-new Eliminator mode in World of CHEL introduces a winner-take-all competition where you and your friends compete to be the best in the barn.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 90
    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.
  2. CD-Action
    Oct 25, 2019
    85
    In terms of technical achievements, the game is almost flawless. Animations are fluid and natural, without the small stutters from the NHL 19 edition. Nevertheless all the new modes and details are not a revolution or even major changes. [12/2019, p.69]
  3. Sep 24, 2019
    80
    If it doesn’t differ much from its predecessors, NHL 20 refines its tuning and sets its « World of Chel » as the main mode of the game, the one any ice-hockey fan will play forever.
  4. Sep 13, 2019
    79
    Depending on the mode you like to play, NHL 20 is a winner or a loser. The on-ice action improves thanks to the reworked shooting system, and the World of Chel arcade modes gain a little more depth. However, the frustrating lack of changes for EASHL and Be A Pro undermine the popular modes.
  5. Oct 8, 2019
    70
    At its core this is still a good hockey game. But it is streamlined too much towards arcade-action while offering basically the same content as last year.
  6. Sep 13, 2019
    70
    NHL 20 made some noteworthy changes that were much needed, but the game feels mostly dated. The gameplay is faster, but the AI still can suck the life out of the fun. The focus is on the arcade multiplayer aspects as it seems that EA Vancouver is leaving the NHL experience behind. There are plenty of modes here, but it’s the same story. The presentation creates a new feel to each game and it was much needed. The NHL series is still a great hockey series, but it set expectations high early in this generation. NHL 20 packs a lot for players that don’t pick it up yearly, but others may want to wait on the bench.
  7. Oct 3, 2019
    50
    NHL 20 sees Franchise mode take a welcome step forward, while other areas have either remained the same or actually gone backwards. The new commentary makes it clear that different does not mean better, and all the slick new animations in the world can’t hide poor AI. We feel like a broken record saying this, but the NHL series is in sore need of a comprehensive revamp.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 65
  2. Negative: 45 out of 65
  1. Sep 12, 2019
    10
    Gameplay is much improved compared to last year’s game. New announcers are far from perfect, but a nice change. If you play EA NHL yearly,Gameplay is much improved compared to last year’s game. New announcers are far from perfect, but a nice change. If you play EA NHL yearly, you should enjoy this latest edition. Expand
  2. Sep 13, 2019
    8
    The additions to '20 are good. It's not a brand new game that's has been in development for 5 years but the additions they have added areThe additions to '20 are good. It's not a brand new game that's has been in development for 5 years but the additions they have added are noticeable.
    PROS
    - Franchise + Legends; A little love to for the offline community with the additions to Franchise and Alumni teams. They dug deep in to the coaches, brought back a line chemistry system and seeing former players behind the bench as a coach is much more immersive.
    - Goalies are smarter with their rebounds, haven't seen much wrist shots from a straight angle go in much.
    - I also noticed AI has slightly been improved, especially defense. Defense no longer takes their time when retrieving the puck behind the net, moves the puck a bit faster to get it out of the zone.
    - Puck pickups are definitely smoother, and definitely have noticed winning loose puck battles with the AI.
    CONS
    - As i said the D AI is better at moving the puck, well the Offensive AI when in the neutral zone likes to hold on to the puck while there is a clear path in front.
    - Goalies still have trouble with keeping a good save%. In offline I've almost maxed the goalie sliders to combat the issue.
    - Penalties have also been very common, not much different from '19, 4min/period game saw 12 penalties.
    - End result 8/10
    All in all I'm pretty satisfied with NHL 20. Not perfect, more can always be added, but with the work on puck pickups, Defense AI working a little harder (big pet-peeve in '19), goalie rebound control, loose puck battles being more even (big pet-peeve for the past 5 years), new additions to Franchise and finally bringing in Alumni Teams even though on the majority of them they are missing key franchise players it's a decent game, and fun. A little less frustration towards AI. I can support EA Vancouver for the work they've done this year, but more to be done!
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  3. Jul 3, 2020
    5
    The same game as previous. I love this game but please do smth. I think you need upgrade franchise mode
  4. Jun 21, 2020
    2
    Another year, another roster update, still no major improvement from previous games. Main focus is again just on Pay to win ultimate team.
  5. Oct 14, 2019
    1
    I really really think this is a good game. Best NHL game since NHL 14. Actually even better than that. I love the new shooting and puck pickupI really really think this is a good game. Best NHL game since NHL 14. Actually even better than that. I love the new shooting and puck pickup system, maybe it could be tweaked a bit but it’s best it has ever been. I also love the improvements done on franchise mode. Finally even the past stats view has been renewed! The mode could do a bit better explaining the new features, but anyways great improvement. Main disappointment I have is that be a pro didn’t get an overhaul, maybe next year...


    Update...
    And surprise, surprise, they broke it. Don’t know what the hell was tweaked in the updates, but single player is now basically unplayable. Great job EA 1/10

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  6. Dec 21, 2019
    0
    Control is awful. Players can do not what you pressed. For example player can make high-sticking instead of one-timer slap-shot.
    AI looks
    Control is awful. Players can do not what you pressed. For example player can make high-sticking instead of one-timer slap-shot.
    AI looks like cheater. If he decide that you shouldn't make goal than you can to forget it. If he decide to hit your goal he'll did it anyway.
    And as usual we have loot-boxes in HUT. Cost a lot, drop is small.

    Graphics and game-play like NHL 19.
    Looks like EA just set new number in name of game and sells it.
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  7. Dec 21, 2019
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I would like to say that this year nhl20 is beyond no good due to give and always and lack of the player being in the spot I set up and passes and 90%of the time gives it up to the opposite teams player and with saying that I am u happy and will not be buying my more of these games from ea sports
    Hope u find the tuen up you guys need to fix these **** game **** you ea sports
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