NHL 21 Review – something different.


Death, taxes, and another copy of a popular EA Sports game year after year are the only guarantees in this life. On October 16, NHL 21 will be released for the hockey fans that are fiending for some NHL action after the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup Finals over a week ago. Now they can get all the action back with the newest installment on the franchise. 

This is an excellent copy of this game as one of the greatest of all-time, Alexander Ovechkin, graces the cover. The Washington Capitals captain, who first appeared on the video game’s cover for NHL 07, joins Jonathan Toews as the only two-time worldwide cover athlete. 


The Game

One of the most significant changes in the game that stays the same year-after-year frot he most part is the Retro 94 version. NHL 94 was one of the most popular video games ever and starting on October 30, you can go back and play that same game within NHL 21. 

The other significant change in the game comes in the career mode, called “Be a Pro.” The game has more of a cinematic experience that is similar to the Madden series and NBA 2K games. You can now speak in other dialects, become a prospect in a Canadian or European League or go undrafted and play with the NHL franchise of your choosing. 

The game can be played on Playstation 4, Xbox One and will be available to play on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S through forward compatibility once those consoles are released in November 2020. 


The Developer

EA Sports Vancouver developed NHL 21. They have developed all the NHL games before this one and they also develop games like Madden and FIFA. Electronic Arts have held down the market for a very long time when it comes to sports games. 


Final Review of NHL 21

The game has yet to be released but the game that preceded NHL 21, NHL 20, was given very popular reviews, getting an 85 from MetaCritic and a 9 out of 10 from Gamespot.

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