There were multiple features missing from NHL 15, that still looked to be missing from NHL 16, but a lot of them are now back in the game.
NHL 15 was possibly the worst NHL video game to date, and EA Sports knew it. They knew it to the point that a major bounce back would be needed this year with a game that resembled the game we all know and love.
Regardless of the pressure, it still seemed that NHL 16 would be released with multiple features still missing from the game. So when EA Sports announced on Twitter that a lot of features would be returning to the game it surprised a lot of people.
— EA SPORTS NHL (@EASPORTSNHL) September 9, 2015
In the update note EA Sports had this to say:
With NHL 16, we spent more time listening and working with our fans than ever before. We brought back your most popular features & modes and added new experiences that make NHL bigger and better. We are incredibly proud of what our team has been able to deliver with NHL 16 and we can’t wait for you to get your hands on the finished product with launch just days away.
The new features for NHL 16, that were missing from NHL 15, include:
- EASHL Drop-In
- EASHL Player Badges
- Shootout Mode – both online and offline
- Team Practices
- United Center – the home arena of the Chicago Blackhawks
- NHL 3-on-3 OT rule change
They have also added the “Team Practice” mode, where players can have up to five players on both offense and defense in three different scenarios from “rush” to “in-zone” plays.
It can be argued that all of these features should have been in NHL 15, and it shouldn’t be a surprise to fans that these features are in the game, when they should have been all along – and it’s true. The most critical point to focus on is that they are all now back which hopefully means NHL 16 can be a game to enjoy.
You can find the full update notes here.
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