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NHL 17 review

Whenever I play an NHL game, the first things I attempt are:

Smashing an opponent into the glass with a body check
Starting a fight.

Essentially I think of the film ‘Goon’ whenever I play. It wasn’t long before I managed to initiate my first fight in NHL 17. It was even quicker before my Be a Pro player hit the deck and left the rink humiliated for his five-minute penalty.

NHL 17 builds on the excellent title from 2016, refining its gameplay, making lots of improvements to its game modes and ensuring the game is accessible for rookies and pros.

As you begin NHL 17 for the first time it will help you decide on a control scheme and difficulty – you are able to choose between playing the game with the rather cool stick based system, a mixture of stick and buttons or with just two buttons for an ‘NHL ‘94’ experience. For the benefit of this review (and my broken wrist) I went with the mixture of stick and buttons. For me this was the perfect combination, using the stick allows you the flexibility of movement whereas using buttons kept things simple.

Lots of new animations have been added to make players look even more realistic, goal tenders especially, they react much better than ever before making goalmouth battles much more interesting. As you would expect from any EA Sports title, the presentation is superb, from the clean UI to the TV presentation for matches. The commentary is clever and the on-ice action is brilliant.


Be a Pro returns, allowing you to create your own player and work your way up through the ranks to the NHL. You can of course just start in the NHL. What’s great about Be a Pro is the coach feedback. Every game you are graded on your performance, to help you improve you’ll be given tasks to complete on the ice, such as winning face offs, defending, attacking or even body checking an opponent. The on-ice trainer is a big help, adding an overlay on the rink telling you which buttons to press. It isn’t perfect, it doesn’t always explain itself very well, which is more of a hindrance to novice players.

There is much more to do in NHL 17, Franchise mode gets an overhaul from last years Be a GM mode, this year, you’ll build a team from the ground up. Managing the team’s budget by setting ticket prices, upgrading facilities and setting up events to help generate funds for the team. It’s certainly a maide you can lose yourself.

Draft Champions is great to play, giving you the chance to play with best of the best in the world if hockey. Draft your team then play to win rewards to use in Hockey Ultimate Team, another very addictive mode that has had some great improvements. This year’s HUT focuses on the synergy between your team, it essentially improves upon previous year’s chemistry score. A nice feature this year is the ability to trade in unwanted cards as sets, doing so rewards you with premium card packs.


There are plenty of online modes to play with and as ever things run pretty smoothly, games are easy to find and for the most part it’s a lag free experience. There is season mode, playoff mode, as well as on and offline shootouts.

Customisation has had improvements to, being able to build your own arena being the most fun to use. You can change all sorts including scoreboards to pyrotechnics and even inflatable tunnels that teams skate out through.

NHL 17 is an excellent update that does a great job of catering for all skill levels. Graphical improvements and new animations add a new layer of authenticity to the on-ice action and there are plenty of game modes with depth to make sure this is a solid purchase.

Thanks to EA and Xbox for their support

Coming soon to an EA Access Vault near you

The last 12 months have been exciting for EA Access members with 20+ additions to the vault in their unlimited play section, several Play First Trials and the 10% on top savings on EA Digital titles on Xbox One. Well the next few months won’t dissappoint you either as EA have just announced the latest set of titles that will join this incredible deal.

Joining the EA Access Vault –

  • Need for Speed (July 12) – Tear up the streets of Ventura Bay as you go back to the underground in the latest game in the franchise.
  • Unravel (July 12) – Join Yarny on an adventure in this physics-based puzzle platformer. Using ingenuity and yarn strategy, you’ll traverse through 12 unique levels, aiding Yarny in a quest to mend a broken bond. If you want to know what we thought about this great game check out our review here.
  • Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 (August 30) – Take the fight once again against the Zombies in the sequel to the fantastic Plants vs Zombies. Battle on 12 new maps from the Great White North to Moon Base Z in a game packed with fun, laughs and humor. Check out our review here to find out what we thought of the game.

Play First Trials –

  • EA SPORTS Madden 17 (August 18) – Are you ready to take your team all the way with the most balanced gameplay, deeper Franchise and an all new commentary team.
  • EA SPORTS NHL 17  (September 8) – Hit in the ice with all-new game modes, new and deeper experiences in fan-favorite modes, and the best on-ice gameplay ever to date. Live out your hockey fantasy in all-new Draft Champions and World Cup of Hockey game modes, own every zone with authentic goaltenders, new Net Battles on offense and defense, and bone-crushing Collision Physics.
  • EA SPORTS FIFA 17  (September 22) – Powered by Frostbite, FIFA 17 delivers authentic, true-to-life action, that takes players to new football worlds, and introduces fans to characters full of depth and emotion.

If that wasn’t enough to wet your appetite, EA Access members on Xbox One and Origin members on PC will also get a chance to play the epic Battlefield 1 via Play First Trials on October 13, ahead of its worldwide release on October 21.

For further information on how to join and a complete list of Vault games and Play First Trials, check out the official EA Access website.