NHL 22, the ice hockey league simulation, released on October 15. Though GameSpot didn’t do a review of our own for NHL 22, we’ve rounded up other critics’ reviews below. You can check them out to see if NHL 22 is worth your time and money.
NHL 22 is the first in the series to run on EA’s Frostbite–now used for almost all EA games–making the gameplay smoother than previous NHL games. Next-gen visuals and new X-Factor abilities headlined NHL 22’s release.
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Generally, reviewers had a favorable impression of NHL 22’s gameplay and stated that fans of the franchise’s previous iterations would like NHL 22. But some critics wondered if the $60 price tag attached was reasonable for a game that is quite similar to NHL 21.
You can check out GameSpot sister site Metacritic for a more detailed breakdown of reviews around the web.
Game: NHL 22
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
Developer: EA Vancouver
Release Date: October 15, 2021
Screenrant — 4/5
“At this point, consumers are likely well aware of whether EA Sports’ NHL franchise is something that appeals to them, and NHL 22 won’t change that. With that said, for the series faithful or someone that skipped out on NHL 21, there’s a lot to enjoy in the current-gen polish that the Frostbite Engine and the more powerful hardware bring with them. At the end of the day, NHL 22 is the de facto hockey gaming experience and the energy that went into refining the current product was not spent in vain.” — Riley Little [Full Review]
Push Square — 6/10
“NHL 22 surprises by making its debut on a new console without removing any of its modes, but those who played NHL 21 may find this version a little too familiar. X-Factors, while they are a game-changer on paper, are often underwhelming. Frostbite has a huge improvement in the rink’s fidelity, even though the character models are still quite demonic. But is that the most significant change to the game? Is the PS5’s price hike justified? Given how little has actually changed between last year and this year, the answer is a ‘no. — Graham Banas [Full Review]
Dexerto — 6/10
“The end result is a sandbox that I’m happy to return to, but dear lord, not for $60. If this was a $20 upgrade for those who bought NHL 21, then sure. This would be amazing. If you are a huge hockey fan, I can’t recommend the game to anyone who purchased last year’s edition. If you’re completely new to EA’s NHL series, then by all means, this is a must-play and would be a 9/10 otherwise. However, this is something I know from personal experience. Some cases were many years ago. It’s time to do something new. — Michael Gwilliam [Full Review]
Bleacher Report — Unscored
“If last year was a holding pattern of sorts for this series, NHL 22 is a big step forward. Every mode does not have a new shiny feature. The game is reliant on next-generation hardware for what really matters: better gameplay on the ice, and greater immersion. This is the greatest leap in series ice-skills has seen in a while. It is now more like the real-life product, but requires more skill from players. There are arcade modes, as well as a collector’s hasn, but nothing compares to how much the gameplay feels. — Chris Roling [Full Review]
Sports Illustrated — Unscored
“In the end, there’s only so much you can change about a video game based on hockey. It is impossible to create a compelling story. It’s impossible to change the rules. It’s hockey. Enthralling game modes are essential to draw people in, beyond team updates and rosters. Although there’s not a single ‘WOW’ factor, this game is better than previous iterations. This is a transition to the future. With the Frostbite engine being introduced and the first attempt at next-gen gaming, you really need to see it that way. It’s a great move up if you like the series. This is a great starting point for anyone new to hockey. This is not the right video for you if you are on Xbox One or PS4 and want a completely different experience. You won’t get it if you want to take a big step up. — Steven Ellis [Full Review]
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