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  • 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
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Oct 26, 2021
    96
    This years entry has brought the EA NHL series to a whole new level and it makes me excited to see what comes in future iterations. I have been playing EA's NHL series for many years, and over the years I have seen the minor and major upgrades and improvements that have come yearly. I am extremely impressed with this year's entry, making NHL 22 easier to navigate with more options for gameplay modes, all without taking away from the experience that has continued through the years. Same game with massive improvements and I love it!
  2. Jan 14, 2022
    75
    Overall, NHL 22 is a solid next-gen effort for the series, and points to bigger things to come. While longtime fans may be tired of the samey gameplay, there’s enough reason here to believe that EA has plans for the near future. Let’s hope they’re less about novelty modes and more about deeper presentation overhauls and a richer singleplayer experience.
  3. Oct 25, 2021
    70
    The richness of the game modes, the depth of the Franchise mode and the introduction of the X-Factor system are the indisputable strengths of NHL 22, but graphical uncertainties, an often de-structured commentary and the intrusiveness of microtransactions inevitably affect the final evaluation.
  4. Oct 22, 2021
    70
    It's a transitional year for NHL, then. It's arguably better than ever on the ice, playing a mostly authentic and enjoyable brand of hockey that implements some subtle, but worthy new features to satisfy hardcore fans. It also looks meaningfully improved thanks to the Frostbite engine (and clearly a lot of hard work). But in terms of content and game modes, it's largely the same offering as last year, and that gets pretty old after a while. Hopefully, now that the engine transition is out of the way, we can look forward to some ambitious new modes and features in NHL 23 and beyond.
  5. Oct 29, 2021
    70
    NHL 22 finally brings the series to the next-gen: the beginning is encouraging but we are still far from the magnificence that had characterized the EA series for long periods in its first thirty years of life.
  6. Oct 30, 2021
    70
    NHL 22 has started to lay down the groundwork for a great ice hockey game. It’s incorporated new mechanics in X-Factor players, graphically it’s improving and the gameplay is a mixture of fluid simulation and fast paced arcade which is a great balance. However, Be A Pro mode is still stagnant, there is a heavy reliance on spending real money on card packs in Ultimate Team and there just doesn’t feel like enough new additions to get excited by.
  7. Oct 15, 2021
    65
    In the grand scheme of things, I’d say that NHL 22 is a skip overall, though long-time hockey fans will certainly find enjoyment. And hey — just like NHL 15 before it, this is one of those years that means double Achievements/Trophies because of its cross-generation release. Quite honestly, though, I’d prefer cross-gen play and one Achievement set instead, and that’s a lot coming from Mr 600,000 Gamescore over here. It’s very likely that the matchmaking problems I’ve encountered have been exacerbated by the lack of current-gen console availability; while the Xbox One version is near identical to Xbox Series X in terms of gameplay, I’ll stick to playing the prettier-looking one.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 18
  2. Negative: 9 out of 18
  1. Oct 15, 2021
    10
    Had to make sure to play with my friends so glad all of them were able to upgrade to next-gen. Graphics are spectacular in this year's versionHad to make sure to play with my friends so glad all of them were able to upgrade to next-gen. Graphics are spectacular in this year's version and the X-Factors make it easier to understand specific abilities that NHL's all stars are good at. Expand
  2. Oct 18, 2021
    8
    I know it's very easy to hate on EA for their money-grubbing and anti-consumer practices, but I need to give credit where credit is due. NHLI know it's very easy to hate on EA for their money-grubbing and anti-consumer practices, but I need to give credit where credit is due. NHL 22 is a notable improvement from years past and definitely shows major promise as the series heads to the next generation of consoles. While I wish they added a bit more to the game this year (namely with regards to World of Chel and customization options), the features they did add this year are very welcome additions. The Frostbite engine, while an absolute disaster for Madden, works surprisingly well for Chel. Animations look notably improved from last year, the visuals and player likeness definitely get an upgrade, and the game finally slows down a bit more in simulation and competitive modes, which makes the game feel much more realistic to the game compared to past years. Additionally, things like cross-crease one-timer are more difficult to pull off this year without user skill and the penalties have been tuned to reduce the amount of tripping calls on poke checks (which is a welcome addition, although there have been more interference penalties from my experience). The second big addition was X-Factors, which also suit the NHL series far better than Madden. Stars like Matthews, MacKinnon, and McDavid actually feel far different from your average 3rd or 4th liner, which I can't say was the case in years past. We also will FINALLY be getting roster sharing in a little bit, which is a long-needed feature that surely increases the longevity of the title post-NHL season. Although I wish more was added to existing modes, I can't complain about this year's major steps forward visually and gameplay-wise. NHL 22 is definitely the best playing NHL game ever and hopefully in the future EA can continue to build goodwill by upgrading the rest of the modes as well. Expand
  3. Oct 20, 2021
    7
    Some overall basic improvements and definitely noticeable graphical improvements. HUT is much of the same, but the addition to change stats inSome overall basic improvements and definitely noticeable graphical improvements. HUT is much of the same, but the addition to change stats in CHEL is nice. Overall the game is slightly better than previous installments, but online players still play very cheese and top players still prefer to puck carry and find spots behind the net to bait AI on behind the net strat for very easy wraps and one timers. Overall game is an improvement, but still needs work for sure. Expand
  4. Aug 13, 2022
    4
    The game crashes often. Nothing exciting and I got bored too soon considering my love for hockey.
  5. Oct 28, 2021
    4
    the new frostbite engine helps with the graphics but it doesn't help the game the past 3 games have been NHL 19 but with roster and scoreboard changes
  6. Jul 8, 2022
    2
    Disaster. So many bugs. Get prepared to lose your progress countless times.
  7. Nov 5, 2021
    0
    Same game. Same problems. Another typical EA moneygrab. It’s insulting to fans that they keep churning out the same garbage and people keepSame game. Same problems. Another typical EA moneygrab. It’s insulting to fans that they keep churning out the same garbage and people keep paying for it. Be a pro is awful again. No matter what difficulty you use your computer teammates just stand there and don’t check, they can only finish PERFECT chances. Awful game. Online, the AI is way overpowered. Save your money and buy any other game. Expand

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