I guess NHL 20 is sort of my MMO game. I’ve never played an online game consistently before but considering that I waste at least an hour every day on this game, follow the news, read the forums and even know of some prominent members of the community… well, it’s what people do when they are obsessed with an MMORPG, right? =)
I even started playing HUT, the mode I’d been avoiding for years — turns out that if you don’t touch the online component there it’s quite fun! (And I even got a Brian Leetch card, one of my favorite players).
Anyway, after pouring countless hours down that hole I’m still having fun with it but there’s still a few things in the game I’d like to see improved (with the inevitable release of the NHL 21).
Gameplay: kill the hustle button. Nerf L2 twirls and puck protection when you’re gliding with it on your forehand. Allow more aggressive poke checks. Hits could use some tweaking as well. The puck should bounce more. Blind passes are way too successful, as well as blind interceptions (the way you can stop the puck should be more consistent in general). There’s also a couple of 90%-success-rate ways to score a goal, not sure if it’s possible to nerf them but would be great as well. Tune up how much players attributes affect their behavior on the ice. And a very vague thing — better AI.
Goalie controls should be more intuitive and fluid. I began playing Be a Pro as a goalie and… it’s a pain. Major pain. The way you’re moving in the crease is inconvenient and kind of unpredictable. I can’t envy guys who play this position in EASHL.
Faster menus! Yeah, surprisingly this is a problem. In HUT and World of CHEL you need to go through tons of menus all the time and it gets annoying pretty quickly.
Non-arcade 3v3 against the CPU or other players. A mode to play on the same arenas as in Drop-Ins wearing casual cloths but controlling the entire team =) A blacklist in the World of CHEL mode.
More reasons to play online versus — division system or tournaments maybe.
An option to choose a different lenght of the season in “Season mode”. Playing 82 games honestly is pretty brutal =)
I know that also people want “GM Connected” and roster sharing, if I’m not sure what to think about the former — the latter would definitely be helpful. But first and foremost — gameplay tweaks!
We’ll see soon I guess how much the new game will be different comparing to the current one. I keep my expectations low but you never know, maybe the EA NHL community will be pleasantly surprised soon =)