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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 64
  2. Negative: 45 out of 64
  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
    9
    The gameplay is MUCH smoother and much better than last year. It's difficult to see it when others are playing and the graphics in generalThe gameplay is MUCH smoother and much better than last year. It's difficult to see it when others are playing and the graphics in general are not improved. But when you play the game you can feel it.. Shooting and receiving passes are the most improved. It feels much more solid on the puck and there are a huge number of new animations that make the gameplay feel better than last year. The modes havent changed much. The CHEL mode is just as much fun and the HUT mode seems to give you more packs without spending actual money. Be a Pro mode is boring, and franchise mode is pretty dry too but its better than last year as trading is easier and you can see what other teams will do. The gameplay is the thing here and it plays a great game of hockey. Expand
  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. Nov 5, 2019
    2
    I’m not complaining about the game being the same and if your not expecting that from Ea by now then you should be but this year they out didI’m not complaining about the game being the same and if your not expecting that from Ea by now then you should be but this year they out did themselves and I’m about list a lot of problems with the game. The menu haven’t changed in 2 years, franchise mode is the same with some morale changes, be a pro has skills you can unlock but nothing else changed, ultimate team as two packs that you can buy that are not special packs, in world of chel mode Is pretty much the same, the sets are pretty bad in ultimate team. Why do sets though when you can buy packs right? Overall nhl wise it’s pretty much the same as a game though it’s a piece of garbage and you definitely should not buy it. Expand
  5. 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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  6. Dec 13, 2019
    0
    Legend says that there are 50 people in Canada that are very poor at gamedev and knows nothing about the hockey. All of them works for EA.Legend says that there are 50 people in Canada that are very poor at gamedev and knows nothing about the hockey. All of them works for EA.
    Yes, the've managed somehow to add new animations, introduced defensive skill stick but it's not helping. And they did it because you have to do SOMETHING to resell same game every year.
    If you are an hockey fan then you'll play it - because there's no way to go.
    And thats whats this game is about - rip some money from desperate hockey fans. Once by buying almost the same game every year, and second from ingame store.
    Yest, that game is pretty much Pay-To-Win nowdays - if you want to be competetive in HUT you have to pay extra. And pay for almost every new event or youl'l have to do a lot of heavy grinding.
    Pretty example: one objective is to earn 1000000 squad battle points, for each win on highest difficulty you can earn around 2000 points - if you win and if you win by 5 or more goals an small little extra. Each match is taking at minimum of 20 minutes. So, you need to spend 1666 hours of battling hardest CPU to get 4 collectible.
    And you need to spend 9 of collectibles to get card with good stats like 89+ OVR.
    Yes - almost 70 days of constant grinding and you still can't buy single best card.
    Don't forget that you will spend a lot of time in auction house. So HAVE FUN.
    Thats for HUT. Outside HUT there's still plenty of bad thins.
    Still, for years, 30% of time in game you'll be watching cutscenes - and most of them can't be skipped. Watching the same crowd every single faceoff makes mi sick.
    Pass Assistant should be be named "random pass disruption", learning how its works was an disaster when i was learning. I play mostly without them because sometimes closest player is one on the bench and you'll be passing nowhere.
    A lot of gamepley is directly connected to the animation system - even passing and changing players - and it's very unnatural.
    Yupe, the game is extremly unfriendly to all new players. Controls are instane if you play for fist time, ingame tutorial teach you almost nothing. Matchmaking sux as hell. I'm getting bored after scoring 5 in first period but most thinks "lets see if i can make 20:0", because 80% of players are playing this game for decades.
    I've started with NHL 15 and NHL 20 is last for me, unless game will be totally redesigned.
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  7. Sep 11, 2019
    0
    Not much has changed from 19 few new menus new scoreboard. Goalies are a little better. Would like to see EA put more effort into improvingNot much has changed from 19 few new menus new scoreboard. Goalies are a little better. Would like to see EA put more effort into improving the gameplay Expand

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