What I liked:
- The game looks and sounds better than ever and both the visuals and sound design really do enhance the gameplay quite considerably.
- I found the skating to be much improved this time around and on the whole most of the different mechanics feel better this time around.
- Whilst the controls take a bit of getting used to at the start I must admit that I was very impressed with how much depth they have whilst also remaining tight and responsive throughout.
- The new pond hockey mode is an incredible amount of fun and it adds to the overall content which is massive to say the least.
- There are a few new inclusions dotted around the game and some of them do improve the game quite a bit and they also make the game more accessible.
What I didn’t like:
- The Be a Pro mode still feels a little basic and doesn’t have enough depth to it which is a shame because I feel they could do so much more with this mode.
- Game’s tend to go on for too long and that’s mainly because it’s too easy to gift a penalty.
Does NHL 19 do enough to get a recommendation from me?
All in all I quite enjoyed last year’s instalment of NHL but I did feel that it lacked in a few areas which in the end did hold it back. Thankfully this time around them areas have been improved significantly in some cases and this does make NHL 19 a must own for fans of the series. One of the biggest improvents for me this time around were the controls. There’s much more depth to them this year and they also feel more fluid and responsive as well. I also feel that the presentation side of the game has been improved this year as well, and in my opinion it’s the best looking and sounding game the series has offered us so far. In terms of gripes I don’t have too many thankfully and the gripes I do have aren’t major problems so I did find that the pros did outweigh the cons quite considerably and that means then that NHL 19 gets a big thumbs up from me because the content will keep you satisfied for months to come.
I rate NHL 19 8.5/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: EA Vancouver
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: Sports/Ice Hockey
Release Date (Xbox One): September 14, 2018