Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. Oct 26, 2022
    At the end of the day, whether NHL 23 is worth purchasing is a subjective decision. It’s a better game than those which came before it, but it doesn’t feature any massive or earth shattering updates or changes. Thus, it’s not a huge upgrade despite being one. If you’re happy with NHL 22, you’ll be fine. However, I enjoyed my time with NHL 23 and look forward to playing it a lot more.
  2. Oct 23, 2022
    NHL 23 finally looks and feels like a next-game game, with welcome improvements in graphics, animation and gameplay. Unluckily, though, some modes - like the Be a Pro campaign - were left untouched compared to last year's edition, while the Ultimate Team mode feels way too microtransactions-based.
  3. Oct 14, 2022
    The accessibility provided and the customisable experience found in NHL 23 make it perfect for fans of the sport, and even those who have never tried an EA hockey game before.
  4. Oct 14, 2022
    NHL 23 looks great, is fun as hell, features a ton of modes, and will set you back $70 at the time of launch. If you’re a big fan of the sport, and especially if you’re into the Hockey Ultimate Team mode then this latest entry is worth getting. For others, especially on Xbox if you have Game Pass Ultimate, use your 10-hour trial and try before you buy.
  5. 75
    NHL 23 seems like an iterative instalment, as EA Vancouver settles in with NHL 22's Frostbite Engine. Nevertheless, if it's an excellent game of ice hockey you seek, then this is - quite literally, as it happens - the only game in town.
User Score

Overwhelming dislike- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 24
  2. Negative: 19 out of 24
  1. Oct 16, 2022
    Same **** , but with the number 23. I dream about a good game of NHL since NHL 14.
  2. Oct 14, 2022
    Disappointing implementation of cross-play, suppose to be the big new feature this year, i mean come on, you can't even play WITH a friendDisappointing implementation of cross-play, suppose to be the big new feature this year, i mean come on, you can't even play WITH a friend that have the opposite console and the market in HUT is not crossplatform.

    Almost no graphical and gameplay update, really feel like i paid a full priced game for something that could have been a patch.

    The game itself is not bad, but im still looking for that usual leap between console generation.

    If you are not a serious HUT player and you just love hockey and play casually, i strongly advise to wait at least a price drop.

    If you skipped last year, i guess it's ok...
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  3. Oct 16, 2022
    They put 2 weeks of work in and slap a new number on it every year. Should be illegal

    EA sports is a joke