- Publisher: Electronic Arts
- Release Date: Oct 15, 2021
- Also On: PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
- Summary: Powered by Frostbite, EA SPORTS™NHL®22 gets the superstar treatment. For the first time ever, experience EA SPORTS NHL on one of the industry’s most powerful game engines bringing visual detail to every hit, deke and shot. Superstar X-Factors lets you feel the personality and power of NHLPowered by Frostbite, EA SPORTS™NHL®22 gets the superstar treatment. For the first time ever, experience EA SPORTS NHL on one of the industry’s most powerful game engines bringing visual detail to every hit, deke and shot. Superstar X-Factors lets you feel the personality and power of NHL superstars with an all-new ability system that unlocks the unique skills of the league’s most elite players. Authentic to real player skill and style, the stars of the NHL truly come to life in EA SPORTS NHL 22 making their time on ice more influential than ever . From HUT to World of Chel, Superstar X-Factors brings new class based strategy to every game mode. EA SPORTS NHL 22is an all new game for a new generation, giving you more ways to play and compete than ever before.… Expand
- Developer: Electronic Arts
- Genre(s): Sports, Team, Ice Hockey, Sim
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NHL 23 Official Reveal Trailer
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Positive: 4 out of 18
Mixed: 2 out of 18
Negative: 12 out of 18
Oct 18, 2021Updated review:
I’ve now upgraded to a PS5 and have been playing ‘22. The game seems to have been built for PS5 and not PS4. I love it on PS5!Updated review:
I’ve now upgraded to a PS5 and have been playing ‘22. The game seems to have been built for PS5 and not PS4. I love it on PS5! It took some getting used to but now I think it’s the best NHL game to date and I’m looking forward to 23 on PS5 as well. I am skewing my new score from a 1 to a 10 because of the system difference and all the bad reviews.
Early review for PS4:
The graphics are far, far worse than the really good graphics in 21. Frostbite must mean slow and dying. The menus are slower, the cards are uglier, the gameplay is worse by a mile than 21 and the cut shots and camera angles are bizarre.… Expand
Oct 19, 2021NHL 22 is disappointing by the lack of new modes or improved modes. Aside from the addition of Superstar X-factors (which are absolutelyNHL 22 is disappointing by the lack of new modes or improved modes. Aside from the addition of Superstar X-factors (which are absolutely pointless in my opinion), notable modes such as Franchise Mode, Be A Pro, and Creation Zone are too identical to NHL 21. That said, while the game doesn't offer anything new in terms of what to do outside of the ice, the one thing that saves this game from being a carbon copy of NHL 21 is the upgraded gameplay and graphics overhaul powered by the Frostbite Engine. And roster sharing, which will be added in a post-launch patch in December.
NHL has never felt much better to play than NHL 22 on the ice. Though passing is harder this year, it is much more realistic. It adds a bit of challenge when to pass, and adds a new learning curve. And the new stick physics also really makes a difference. Getting the puck from the opposite team's players is much easier this year, either by grabbing the puck while the opposite team's players are passing the puck, or by sweeping the puck off the other player's stick. No longer does the R1 button cause a tripping penalty ever other minute when you're trying to poke check. Though you will still trip other players if you intentionally put your stick in front of the other player's legs. This is a welcome change, since this was the biggest reason that made NHL 19, 20 and 21 so frustrating to play for me personally. I never got used to the new learning curve to the new poke check system introduced in NHL 19, which seems to have been abandoned in NHL 22 thanks to the new stick physics.
The upgraded gameplay feels even better, when the game also comes with upgraded visuals, powered by the Frostbite engine. Though player faces still looks uncanny, and the audience still looks like they're from a PS2 game, the lighting is so good that the game looks almost photorealistic when viewing from afar. Though the graphics are still in the uncanny valley, even looking at footage from the next gen version. But the graphics is still a huge upgrade over from NHL 21, even on PS4 and Xbox One. And there's a lot of new animations that makes the gameplay of NHL 22 stand out from NHL 21.
Let's use a metaphor to explain how NHL 22 feels to play. Having better graphics and new animations on top of upgraded gameplay is like getting fries with your burger, rather than just the burger that the last 6 years of NHL have been. Too bad NHL 22 still doesn't deliver the soda with the burger and fries, due to a lack of new or improved game modes. But NHL 22 doesn't really take anything away from NHL 21, even on next gen versions.
Skating is the same as NHL 19-21, shooting is the same as NHL 20-21, and goal tending is much or less the same as the last couple of years. A lot of superstar dekes introduced in NHL 18 and 21, like the Forsberg, Datsyuk, Kucherov no-move deke, and the Lacrosse deke is still in the game. With the Lacrosse deke being just as difficult to pull off as last year, but is satisfying when you do finally pull it off. There's really nothing removed in this game. Aside from jersey numbers being present on the back of the jerseys on custom teams. There's a lot of visual bugs like this that needs to be fixed sooner rather than later. And the menus on the PS4 and Xbox One versions are very slow and unresponsive, more than ever.
- Best gameplay in the series ever
- Better graphics and new animations
- Nothing is removed from NHL 21
- Best soundtrack since NHL 14
- Nothing new to do, everything is the same
- Superstar X-Factors feels pointless
- Slow menus
- A lot of "visual" bugs and glitches… Expand
Jan 23, 2022Sure the game is buggy but besides that the game has an excellent soundtrack for the culture of hockey with a rpg like career mode which couldSure the game is buggy but besides that the game has an excellent soundtrack for the culture of hockey with a rpg like career mode which could use more dialogue options.
The Coach's and Captain's in the game always want me to promise them something to do within game which 90% of the time I don't do and they get annoyed about a promise which being in a sport that can be 50/50 and unlikely for anyone to ask irl is ridiculous.
The game's reccomended modern controls I don't reccomend as the button control changes and feels odd, so best to use the hybrid controls as that feels natural and modern.
Since I'm from Australia I don't have much to comment on the multiplayer as well, hockey is very foreign and uncommon in my country so have little people to play with, if was to play with people across the globe lag is always around.
All and all I think they really tried to hit the feels of NHL 14 which apparently was the last great NHL video game and in ways I thik it does but falls when it comes to bugs, like frozen screen in the career mode or the players being frozen at bench, kinda creepy.… Expand
Nov 30, 2021Had breaks on a regular basis. Be a Pro with glitch in a way that cutscenes are never ending. Being unable to edit a player's position andHad breaks on a regular basis. Be a Pro with glitch in a way that cutscenes are never ending. Being unable to edit a player's position and player type means that like chemistry is always low passing is broken. I spent 4 hours editing players stats sure to players who are defensive defense men only having a 3 star rating in the game. Gameplay can be fun, but why take away features that were present in older games that make dedicated players like myself happy. Upgrades in some parts can not make up for lack of customization.… Expand
Jan 29, 2022Nothing new, its same sh*t like NHL 21. I regret my money spent. Dont reccomand.
Feb 24, 2022The gameplay is so stiff.. I only bought this game for the updated rosters. But gameplay wise I would much rather play NHL 15. NHL 15 on PS3The gameplay is so stiff.. I only bought this game for the updated rosters. But gameplay wise I would much rather play NHL 15. NHL 15 on PS3 is actually really good. It's better on PS3 than PS4 for some reason. All the NHL games on PS4 have bad gameplay. EA needs to stop making sports games and actually need to just stop making games in general. NHL 22 is so garbage. They owe so many f****** gamers money. They literally owe people money because they stole from them. That's how bad EA games are.… Expand
Dec 2, 2021Trash game, from a trash series, from a trash company, just put your half a**ed attempt at a hockey game onto PC so the modding company canTrash game, from a trash series, from a trash company, just put your half a**ed attempt at a hockey game onto PC so the modding company can make something worth a damn… Expand
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