Complete List of Features for NHL 16

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Posted May 19th, 2015 at 8:30 am

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Last year was rough for the NHL series as EA Sports not only lost significant sales due to an abnormally thin feature set (despite extra development time) but they severely damaged trust with the community by handling things deceptively.

It was a given that most of the features that went missing in NHL 15 would return for NHL 16…with the exception of GM Connected. The question was how much would they be able to do above that to make the upcoming game enticing to those now skeptical of any claims made by the company? Here’s what’s in store for NHL 16.

The new NHL 16 will release only on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The 360 and PS3 will receive the “Legacy Edition” which is essentially just a roster update from NHL 15.

Built with more input from our fans than ever before, NHL 16 steps onto the ice to deliver ways to compete as a team, new features across the most played single-player modes, gameplay innovation at every position on the ice and an unrivalled game day atmosphere.

NEW WAYS TO COMPETE AS A TEAM
Hockey is a sport that comes to life in a competitive team-based gameplay experience. Whether it’s through speed, skill, or physicality, every player makes an impact on the ice no matter what position they play or their role on the team. So grab some friends and jump into either 6 v. 6 Online Team Play, Online Couch Co-op, or the re-imagined EA SPORTS Hockey League and prove that great individuals can’t beat a great team.

The New EASHL
Sharpen those skates and grab your buddies because the EA SPORTS Hockey League is back! This fan-favorite online team mode has been reimagined and lets you choose specialized player classes to deliver a balanced competitive experience on the ice. Player skill and your ability to play as a team will now be the determining factor in who wins and loses hockey games.

6 v. 6 Online Team Play
Play online with up to twelve skaters including user controlled goalies. Using real-world NHL rosters you can compete in ranked drop-in games against players from around the world or invite your friends to a private OTP session before you step into EA SPORTS Hockey League.

Online Couch Co-op
The perfect way to play when you and your friends want to jump on the couch, join forces and play some drop-in hockey online. It’s the best place to practice your team play skills before playing OTP or EASHL.

A WAY TO PLAY FOR EVERY HOCKEY FAN
Whether you’re an armchair GM, want to live out your NHL pro fantasy, or build your ultimate dream team, NHL 16 will deliver a single-player game mode for every type of hockey fan – each with new features that you’ve never seen in EA SPORTS NHL.

Be a GM: Player Morale
Being a GM is about more than just getting the best players, it’s about getting the right players to play well together. Each player on your NHL and AHL team has a different personality that you will have to manage. Deal with trade demands, teammate relationships, and much more by calling team meetings or adjusting your roster to directly affect your team’s on-ice performance.

Be a Pro: Shape Your Legacy
The way you play dictates the type of player you will become in an all-new Be a Pro progression system. On-ice actions directly influence attributes earned, ensuring that your Pro will reflect the way you play. Sim to your next shift and the ability to work your way up from CHL rookie to an NHL Superstar also make a return in NHL 16.

Hockey Ultimate Team: Single Player Seasons
The most played mode in the NHL series gets even better. Improved player management and the introduction of HUT Single Player Seasons gives you another way to hone your skills before jumping online with Online Seasons or challenging friends with the Play a Friend feature.

Visual On-Ice Training
Whether you’re new to the NHL series and looking for pointers or are a grizzled veteran trying to perfect your game, this new training tool will help sharpen your offensive and defensive skills no matter your talent level. Visual aids project shooting targets, passing lanes, open teammates, and more.

COMPLETE CONTROL FROM EVERY POSITION
Whether you play as a forward, defenseman or goalie, NHL 16 delivers a balanced gameplay experience that makes every position on the ice meaningful to team success. With gameplay innovation on offense and defense, players have new tools to not only score goals, but to prevent them as well.

Precision Skating
Utilize a new skating tool that allows you to make refined movements with your skater in any situation. On defense quickly jump into passing lanes and intercept the puck, or walk the blueline on the power play and open yourself up for that one-timer in the offensive zone.

Seamless Puck Pickups
The ability to quickly control a pass or corral a loose puck can be the difference between generating a scoring chance and getting leveled. New puck pickups result in smoother transitions when receiving the puck no matter what your position, giving you more time and control to make your next move.

UNRIVALED GAME DAY AUTHENTICITY
NHL 16 brings the game to life with distinct arena atmospheres, the most realistic players yet, and story-driven commentary to pull you into the energy of the game like never before.

Distinct Team Arena Atmosphere
Best in class arena authenticity gets even better with the inclusion of authentic arena effects and props including team specific celebrations, mascots, chants, and even signature props like the Lighthouse at the Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota.

Story Driven Commentary
Doc Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, and Ray Ferraro are back and now call the game with even more emotion. Hear Doc’s voice rise and fall with the action on the ice and get analysis from Eddie & Ray on the peaks and valleys of a NHL season. An expanded NBC SPORTS broadcast package and new pre-game intros brings the drama to life in more ways than ever before.

Superstar Authenticity
Enhanced facial features and new equipment details synonymous with the league’s top players adds another layer of player authenticity. Use these new equipment elements to customize your own created character giving them a unique look, from custom stick tape, colored skate laces, tinted visors, and more.

Playoff Beards
One of the oldest and most iconic traditions in hockey has arrived. With accurate representations of beard patterns, length, thickness, and growth rates for individual players, the road to the Stanley Cup just got hairier.

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  • Zac Davis

    Playoff beards!

  • Alfonz

    Id comment but dual pop up ads on mobile has be done with this site forever. Sorry Pasta

  • Zach

    The top half of this list is useless. The bottom half is what I look forward to.

    • stevvvvvve

      So pretty much you want nhl 16 with no game modes ?

  • Frank Drapalski

    I really just want fantasy draft back in GM mode

    • OffensiveIndifferenc

      As do I, and I can’t decipher whether or not this confirm its back or not

  • hungryandrew

    The public is naive. Just another gimmick by EA. Strip features from game one year, put the features back in the following year or later and tout them as new features, or revamp, smh, terrible.

  • Brian Bilotti

    As a huge fan of the NHL series, this is very underwhelming

  • Keith.

    Feel bad for the sucker who walks into Wal Mart and spends $60 for the “Legacy” edition on PS3/360, only to get home and realize it really is nothing more than a roster update. Charging $60 for an honest-to-God roster update should be illegal.