NHL 18 (PS4)
Sports 15 September 2017
NHL 18 is another installment in the sports game series developed by EA Sports – a division of Electronic Arts. The gameplay revolves around the same mechanics as the previous installments, trying to faithfully represent ice hockey games; however, the developers implemented some major changes. One of them is the Defensive Skill Stick system, ensuring better control over a player and the hockey stick during defensive maneuvers. Opponents have a wider range of available moves making the game smoother. Also, the AI poses a bigger challenge – from now on, our teammates are better at taking positions and defensive actions, while the AI players are more difficult to defeat. Moreover, NHL 18 introduces the 3 vs 3 mode with slightly different rules – with fewer players on the field, one has more space to execute maneuvers on the ice. The game also allows us to play more conventional modes, such as PvP and both local and online co-op.
NHL 17 (PS4)
Sports 13 September 2016
Another installment in a series of popular sports games devoted to ice hockey and developed by EA Sports since the middle 90s. In terms of the mechanics, NHL 17 does not bring any significant changes to what the players have experienced before. However, the game brings several novelties and upgrades as usual. The creators mainly enhanced the AI of the goalkeepers, improved the physics affecting the hockey players during close encounters, modified the systems of passes and spins, as well as added several new celebrations. For the first time in the series, the player can take part in world competitions with national teams competing for the victory (International Tournament Mode). The list of gameplay variants available is complemented by modes the fans are already familiar with, such as Draft Champions or Franchise Mode - the latter features an extensive "Be a GM" component. Interestingly, NHL 17 features Arena Creator as well, which allows us to create the ice hockey rink of our dreams.
NHL 16 (PS4)
Sports 15 September 2015
The next full-fledged installment in one of the most popular sports franchises devoted to ice-hockey. Released for the eight-gen consoles, the game as usual offers the full license of the American-Canadian, National Hockey League, as well as a wide set of different game modes. Above all, one will find here the "Be a GM" mode, in which, the player is required to gather hockey players for the team in such a way that the relations between the players do not affect their performance negatively. Apart from that, the game brings the traditional "Be a Pro" career mode, which now has a different system of progression, the multiplayer EA SPORTS Hockey League mode, as well as Hockey Ultimate Team - a mode modeled after an equivalent from the FIFA series. In terms of mechanics, NHL 16 does not bring any significant differences to the gameplay formula developed by the previous titles. However, one has more control over their hockey players now. Additionally, new kinds of training sessions were added and the visuals were improved.
Bush Hockey League (PS4)
Sports 28 March 2017
An arcade sports game developed by V7 Entertainment, an independent developer responsible for a number of smaller titles. Old Time Hockey offers a retro setting and simple controls – each player is controlled through a convenient control scheme that bases on 2-3 buttons. Moreover, the game’s Beer Mode utilizes a control scheme which requires only one hand, freeing the other one completely. The game offers two basic gameplay modes – Story Mode, which allows the player to lead a chosen team throughout the whole season, and Exhibition Game, a single match that sees us play against either a human player or an AI-controlled opponent. The game is characterized by average visuals and a slightly cartoonish visuals that should appeal to most players.