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NHL 21 has arrived, and after a week of time with the game, DZ & Corwin have come up with their thoughts on the latest entry in EA Sports series. Here are 7 things they think you should know about this year's game!

  • Would a "Free-to-Play" NHL game be good or bad for the series? 🤔

    TSNTSNUukausi sitten
    • Ps5 version for all EA Sport titles will the make or break moment. There really is no excuse if they can't truly deliver in next gen era.

      Live LifeLive Life5 päivää sitten
    • Maybe not a free game but I think maybe like 10 or 15 dollars would be good

      The Rotten ChickenThe Rotten Chicken10 päivää sitten
    • Bad

      Bam 1234Bam 123414 päivää sitten
    • Maybe ea should skip a couple of years to develop the game and especially the game modes

      Jere JärvinenJere Järvinen21 päivä sitten
    • EA is making a profit off this crappy game. The game should be 20 bucks not 60.

      Mike SMike S22 päivää sitten
  • Seriously, videogame press conferences? Who thought this was a good idea? It’s like a Sinpsons joke.

    Daniel Thomas MacInnesDaniel Thomas MacInnesTunti sitten
  • Just get rid of EA

    Bryce MeertensBryce Meertens2 tuntia sitten
  • You should absolutely not buy this game its a carbon fucking copy of 20 with 2 new things lol

    Linus DookieLinus Dookie3 tuntia sitten
  • The last one I've played is 19, and based on a couple reviews that I've watched, 21 really doesn't seem very different, especially considering my playing, which is only franchise and instant games. However, I got access to 21 without it costing anything for myself, so obviously I'll try it out and see what it's like.

    SamuliK96SamuliK9612 tuntia sitten
  • This game is worse than NHL 20.

    GLJGLJPäivä sitten
  • While it was great to have included NHL 94 Rewind free with pre-order, EA dropped the ball on that game by not including online play and not giving players a choice between the Sega and SNES versions. I like the Sega version but honestly prefer the SNES for 94. If it was NHL 95 I would definitely choose the Sega version. 95 was the first year of season mode. In 94 after you win the Cup in best of 7 playoff series, there really is not a whole lot else do to. The rosters won't be updated throughout the season. Thanks for the memories EA, but there was so much more potential for that game to shine.

    Matthew EvangelistaMatthew EvangelistaPäivä sitten
  • 2:53 *that's where you're wrong kiddo*

    Alex BigShidAlex BigShid2 päivää sitten
  • Bro why does it take EA sports almost a Month just to add the reverse retro jerseys

    Ryan LaffeyRyan Laffey2 päivää sitten
  • If they added EASHL but added the component of having to open packs to get players to use would be fun. Like you and your friends start off with shitty players, but the better you do you can open packs to get good players to play with.

    YobyYoby3 päivää sitten
  • Great review...Been playing this game for quite a few years and even though Im a big hockey fan, Im getting bored with the same stuff. I would actually love to see them sell this game A la carte. Sell each mode (EASHL, HUT,FRANCISE, Be A PRO, etc.) separately @ around $15 each and let people choose a specific part of the game they like at a cheaper cost...Wont happen, but that would get me to pay some money for this game again.

    Brewce47Brewce473 päivää sitten
  • Screw lacrosse goal I'll just do slapshot

    mike Greymike Grey5 päivää sitten
  • Honest review by you guys helped

    Live LifeLive Life5 päivää sitten
  • Just going to wait for Next version Franchise and BAP is my thing. I do love EASHL also yet, EA knows they can really do more.

    Live LifeLive Life5 päivää sitten
  • Glad I waited till the Black Friday deal to get this. Have to say tho I’m in love with Threes Eliminator

    Connor AugensteinConnor Augenstein5 päivää sitten
  • I think that it’s a solid game. I stated liking hockey because of 20 and I wanted to keep the same interest. I feel like it’s a solid game cause I’m a be a pro fanatic and eashl fanatic.

    Syphon 9Syphon 96 päivää sitten
  • I don’t think you’re gonna get a better NHL game unless someone else picks up the license. You’re gonna need probably a more small niche dev team that loves hockey that won’t get choked because it’s not the biggest sport. It’s the smallest market of the major sports. I would absolutely not want it to be free to play. If you despise the micro transaction nature of EA games now, that’ll be the entire game. And then it’ll will probably poison all their other sports games worse than it already has. They need more competition. I know people said MLB The Show started getting same-y too. But I remember before it was considered the holy grail of baseball games, like a love letter to baseball, and baseball is dying from what I understand. So anything is possible.

    Anton GirdeuxAnton Girdeux8 päivää sitten
  • They should put in an all star week for nhl 22

    Bobby 3678Bobby 36788 päivää sitten
  • Exactly! That's why I never bought last years and why I wont buy 21. 19 is the same game, just different names on the jerseys.

    MeanChewyMeanChewy8 päivää sitten
  • all i want fantasy draft for franchise

    grayson wincklergrayson winckler9 päivää sitten
  • NHL should be available on PC as well. I used to play NHL games but then EA stopped making them for PC and I have never played it since.

    Siim TõkkeSiim Tõkke9 päivää sitten
  • C’mon EA! Koskinen wasn’t In net for the forsberg lacrosse goal, it was mike smith!

    OilDragon93OilDragon9310 päivää sitten
  • NBA 2k21 is the best sports game out there

    Coach Zach GrayCoach Zach Gray10 päivää sitten
  • nhl19 came out free with gold at the end of 2019 and I've been playing it since, never played hockey but debating buying this one

    Sam PeacockSam Peacock11 päivää sitten
  • There’s a lot of people here in the comment section saying it’s the same game for years. I think we can all agree. Maybe “a few” tweaks there and there. And we all know that EA does a shitty job making their games. But what I don’t fully understand is how you can’t make a simple game like this much more detailed. To be honest it’s the simple shit that make a game stand out more. Especially for the ones that play it everyday like myself. I’ll name afew things that alway pop in mind when I’m either playing with a friend or just BAP. Or season mode. Fighting. It’s been the same for years. Same motion, same thing and it’s boring! Players faces. For god sake I’m tired of looking at players with fake non authentic faces. Reconstruct their image more. See it’s stuff like this that make the game look the same! Be a pro. Same dialogues over and over. They can’t be that lazy. Make up a lot of bullshit I don’t care. As long as it’s different until the next year or some what then I could gives two shits. Animations. As in leaning more toward after goals, playoff wins, penalties, (tripping, slashing, hooking, etc). It may not impact as much as people think but change sure fkn makes a game WAY different. Look at GTA V on the ps3! Yes ps3 I’m sure there’s people that know the amount of details in that game. I guess they’re just too lazy. They don’t care as long as we buy the game and we bait to that every year. Just the little things like that can be different than previous years. Oh and I almost forgot. It be nice to see some change to the referees appearance. My god it’s the same ref every time I’m sure a simple moustache can help. Lol. Sorry for the long reply just my thought. As far as GM mode I don’t know about all that I just focus on gameplay and the feel of the game. I’m sure simple changes like this will grab people’s attention more.

    RaainNinety3RaainNinety312 päivää sitten
  • They need to get rid of the cringy lines from the casters. Like every time snoop dog came on in nhl 20 I contemplated suicide

    Landon15Landon1512 päivää sitten
    • Like when Snoop would mention that hockey needs to play some hip hop music at halftime LOL. Just terrible.

      Brewce47Brewce473 päivää sitten
  • Bardown you are so of base

    Sports RulesSports Rules12 päivää sitten
  • Better customization options/pallets for create a team/player

    A.C. Speed DemonA.C. Speed Demon13 päivää sitten
  • So that was business with DZ and Corwin

    Sports KidsSports Kids13 päivää sitten
  • Make old games like 17 and 18 free and lower the new price

    Teegan HorbachTeegan Horbach14 päivää sitten
  • This series on the current platform has reached an unbreakable ceiling years ago. They need to look to the future and make the jump to VR.

    Dave HallDave Hall14 päivää sitten
  • I think virtually all of EA's sports games are just roster updates each year.

    Brooks NealBrooks Neal16 päivää sitten
  • I agree with z put all that in the neighborhood and add like tattoo shops and gear shops all the stuff 2k nba has thy would be awesome

    Jacob KingJacob King16 päivää sitten
    • And add more cut scenes to be a pro instead of like they said jus the coach keep tellin u to up the pressure like have him stop u and say be a more team player or ur takin to many shots shit like that

      Jacob KingJacob King16 päivää sitten
  • Franchise mode and Be a Pro seem like they are close to being good and just need like 2 years of work. But they aren't big money makers so it's taken EA some time. Give those two game modes one more year of heavy attention for 22. And then try to keep as much of that existing stuff as possible while then diving back into online modes and making the game cheaper or somehow free. Free seems tough though. One massive, quality upgrade to the offline modes will last us at least 3-4 years.

    CooganCoogan17 päivää sitten
  • MLB did a really good job with be a pro so wish it was like that more

    Bryce StewartBryce Stewart17 päivää sitten
  • I'm still playing NHL 19 ON PS4. Game is great. I dont care about online play. The game is awsome

    Angelic Alien333Angelic Alien33317 päivää sitten
  • I know what they could do to broaden the sales, do what the other EA sports franchises have done and switch to the Frostbite engine and release it on PC. NHL is the only one that hasn't made the switch yet (hence the no PC option). Oh, and nix the "gambling" aspect of HUT/MUT/FUT....Those modes are still "pay to win"....

    gixxer6blackgixxer6black18 päivää sitten
  • Tired of EA monopolized sports games. Either play this or don't play anything at all. EA your shit is trash.

    Brandon McfellinBrandon Mcfellin19 päivää sitten
  • They're putting lipstick on a pig in regards to BAP.... sure they added in playing in Europe and brought back playing in the Canadian junior leagues... FOR FOUR GAMES, if you're gonna let players play in Europe or the CHL, let them have a multi year career in those areas, cuz some players don't live in NHL cities, but they live in cities that have chl or European teams in them and they want the feeling of playing for their home town team

    Alex KilbaAlex Kilba20 päivää sitten
  • The most important thing to know about this game is that it’s typical lazy EA garbage

    cheddarandsourcreamcheddarandsourcream21 päivä sitten
  • half-price on Boxing day... Wait for it.

    Kurtis BlowKurtis Blow22 päivää sitten
  • The game is the same as the last 6-7 years, recycled commentary and the damn rosters aren't even updated in NHL 21.

    Mike SMike S22 päivää sitten
  • Okay I know my comment will get lost somewhere given this was posted around 2-3 weeks ago but my suggestion would be for EA to take something out of GTA's handbook and stop going out of their way to release a completely new game every year. They could just make the roster updates + add new game modes and maybe even add new gameplay tweaks. Part of the problem is if they make a radical change to the gameplay it could completely dismantle the EA NHL Franchise. My point being when they update the game substantially they could THEN release the newer game rather then recycling a carbon copy, slightly updated version for $79.99. There's no way they would ever do that because they need money but I think it's a pretty smart idea.

    JoeAttack847JoeAttack84723 päivää sitten
  • Bring it to PC every other ea game is on pc

    Brandon CrispinoBrandon Crispino24 päivää sitten
  • Would love to see BarDown play some more EASHL.

    Eric SprattEric Spratt25 päivää sitten
  • Ea is content with having little non hockey fans play their game because you they know most hockey fans are gonna but the game for 80$

    Jordan CollinsJordan Collins25 päivää sitten
    • They know it’s hard to innovate and come up with new modes at least successful ones so they basically just recycle old ones for next gen it might look something like nhl 16 or 17 basically going back to square one which gives ea the opportunity to have at least one new thing added each year

      Jordan CollinsJordan Collins25 päivää sitten
  • agreed! ive heard that the guy who runs the nhl hasnt even played hockey before?!?!?!? its pathertic what theve done to this game

    Connor WilcoxConnor Wilcox26 päivää sitten
  • as soon as he said EA needs to make it free I automatically pictured the people from EA just shriveling into nothing

    Michael DesveauxMichael Desveaux27 päivää sitten
  • Out of all the NHL reviews out there, the only one worth listening to is Bardown's. Z's and Corwin's insight is the most comprehensive. And by far the most honest. Radical suggestions in the end but I would be all for it if EA considers it for the NHL series. Good job guys!

    Daniel LacroixDaniel Lacroix28 päivää sitten
  • Only pumped for NHL 22 for the Seattle team

    CkypwndCkypwnd28 päivää sitten
  • 1:6 it's the same as NHL 2015-20 7 all of those games were bland, broken and uninspired as well

    TheBendablespoonsTheBendablespoons29 päivää sitten
  • Can we get a review of NHL Slapshot on the Nintendo Wii?

    Carson HooverCarson HooverUukausi sitten
  • Add a winter classic mode

    Kool-aid -JamerKool-aid -JamerUukausi sitten
  • Ugghh... Tthe demo made me certain that I wont be buying this game. EASHL and HUT have literally less than ZERO draw for me, they're just microtransactions with occasional gameplay mechanics/elements. Be a Pro has been a 'meh' for a long time, it not interesting enough to make me want to play for very long. My favorite mode, Franchise mode, is done better by the FHM series and its insulting how little effort has been put into this mode in the past 5 or 10 years. 7/10 is very kind This is a 2 or a 3 at best PS: No one wants to see a Free to Play version of this game. EA is already waaaay too predatory with microtransactions and alike, I don't want to see what would happen if they went full "Mobile" style game with this series. What they need is competition from another developer to make their games better. This is needed in all sports games, because without competition, no one need to make a better game.

    Charles McLearnCharles McLearnUukausi sitten
  • I was never a fan of basket ball but the highlights they showed of 2k looks sick compared to the 7 nhl games I have.... Chel needs to take some tips and not be so lazy

    Blake BeattyBlake BeattyUukausi sitten
  • I think one thing to look at is the growth of esports. San Jose sharks and the Washington capitals are having esports tournaments early on in the game combining for a total of $45k if the esports community continues to grow and nhl teams keep sponsoring events, I feel like eventually nhl will be forced to improve the game more and more.

    Jared MillerJared MillerUukausi sitten
  • NHL Fremium model would be very interesting

    Mike O'RourkeMike O'RourkeUukausi sitten
  • Not bad to mention fifa at all. I’m more of a hockey fan irl but as far as ea games go, Fifa 21 shits on Nhl 21. Not even a comparison

    TheAshtonBTheAshtonBUukausi sitten
  • Getting NHL 14 for my 360

    Ettnoll BajenEttnoll BajenUukausi sitten
  • NHL has been trash for forever. I don't buy them anymore. As other people have said, the fact that they don't have any competition doesn't help at all.

    Jeremy TunksJeremy TunksUukausi sitten
  • You can’t request a trade either. You also won’t miss a single game due to injury

    Cody BurachenskiCody BurachenskiUukausi sitten
  • These games are always the same, they need to add more game mode options.

    YTSynn YTYTSynn YTUukausi sitten
  • They need to have a co op " Be a Pro " option.

    YTSynn YTYTSynn YTUukausi sitten
  • Trash one timers goals

    Robyn FentyRobyn FentyUukausi sitten
  • This is genuinely one of the worst NHL games there is. One timers are absolutely broken to the point where is ruin the game cause that is the only way people know how to score. AI defense is atrocious. Goalies as just as bad as they are every year. EA makes this game a joke

    Aldair TorresAldair TorresUukausi sitten
  • 2k needs to come back so ea actually has to try

    Yuhh ayyy DoeYuhh ayyy DoeUukausi sitten
  • Ea sucks

    Yuhh ayyy DoeYuhh ayyy DoeUukausi sitten
  • Yes I would love to see longer video on this

    Liam MishLiam MishUukausi sitten
  • I’ve stopped purchasing this game, I started with 94 and ended 2017. I don’t know if I’ll ever buy it again.

    John MonksJohn MonksUukausi sitten
  • Bardown: cross crease goals seem to be more common and easier for pucks to get through Me: god fucking dammit!

    Skull 7838Skull 7838Uukausi sitten
  • They need to model world of chel and be a pro into a what 2K has done with mycareer

    Nikko MeloNikko MeloUukausi sitten
  • The idea of nhl as free game would blowdonkey sploodge bud. Lets not forget the nhl 15 fiasco when it was a built for online game. That game was horrible

    Ren HoekRen HoekUukausi sitten
  • I only play during the playoffs lol and it’s usually on sale by playoff time

    Preet SaranaPreet SaranaUukausi sitten
  • 80 bones uuuuh no 40 dollar's tops

    #1 Steelers Fan#1 Steelers FanUukausi sitten
  • We can't even have real coaches come on really

    #1 Steelers Fan#1 Steelers FanUukausi sitten
  • I've heard most people get drafted by the rangers

    #1 Steelers Fan#1 Steelers FanUukausi sitten
  • EA please please please add a create a goalie helmet option I'm a huge avalanche fan and the avs helmet is one of the worst on the game

    #1 Steelers Fan#1 Steelers FanUukausi sitten
  • After the NHL 20 update it isn't much different than NHL 21

    #1 Steelers Fan#1 Steelers FanUukausi sitten
  • When the lacrosse move is easier in real life than in a video game

    DJ SasukzzDJ SasukzzUukausi sitten
  • Oh god ea will never make this game free but I could see them making $5.99 roster updates and jersey packs

    CP Zack ProductionsCP Zack ProductionsUukausi sitten
  • Okay, so I will keep playing 20 for the next couple years. I am curious about the be a pro mode as it's my favourite part. If I see a sale maybe I'll grab it

    Steven CollinsSteven CollinsUukausi sitten
  • Just wishing I could play on PC 😔

    BdunnZBdunnZUukausi sitten
  • Straight up, haven't bought the game in 4 years and the difference is marginal at best. But waiting a few months to buy it used sounds good enough for me to get it. Lol

    christopher cozadchristopher cozadUukausi sitten
  • I played a lot of NHL 20 before selling my console and moving over to PC. Every other major sports franchise releases on PC, not sure why they can’t port the NHL series over either. Really blows as a hockey fan. Watching gameplay it’s pretty clear that this is the same game as NHL 20, the be a pro is nowhere as deep as I’d expect given the competition and the various dekes, animations and roster updates added are never worth it. I feel to gain more traction they have to grow a base of players and I’d start with breaking into the PC market, especially considering the possibility of cross play with the Xbox. Maybe release the base game for 20-40 dollars and sell the option for a starting HUT roster at the difference that would push the price of the game to full price? That way you encourage new players to check the game out and increase the number of people playing at launch. Honestly if I could even play this game I’d wait for a discount.

    FineFollyFineFollyUukausi sitten
  • the fact that u guys will criticize a game that just made huge steps disgusts me this is the best be a pro we have ever had

    Connor NilesConnor NilesUukausi sitten
  • Thats why you need to buy nhl every 3 years and not each year

    loucas auclairloucas auclairUukausi sitten
  • NHL is boring now nothing new and 70$ price tag makes me sick🤢

    dandanUukausi sitten
  • I stopped playing EA sports games because they release the same game every year, for the same price as a fully developed game, with only minor changes to it. It's like a subscription for an old, shitty game which improves only ONE small aspect of the game each year. I began feel their marketing strategy is almost a total rip off (criminal) so, I stopped being a victim. I don't miss over paying for a twenty year old game with fancy painting.

    snarzetaxsnarzetaxUukausi sitten
  • 2k should take over the nhl games.

    RetroBlueRetroBlueUukausi sitten
  • still no GM Connected.....shame

    Letsgopens 17Letsgopens 17Uukausi sitten
  • Will this be playable when the EA thing goes to xbox game pass?

    Mike RevelleMike RevelleUukausi sitten
  • Ea Doesn't Like technical players.

    STVRK XSTVRK XUukausi sitten
  • "hey did u stab my tires in the parking lot"!?

    CxmmonFNCxmmonFNUukausi sitten
  • I bought NBA2K just for the custom teams creation. To be able to put in my own custom logos was such a game changer. I would LOVE for the NHL games to do the same. I was so disappointed in no change in create a team from NHL21

    Lauren PattersonLauren PattersonUukausi sitten
  • Cross crease goals are more? Just when you thought an automatic goal couldn’t get more automatic

    Anthony TurnerAnthony TurnerUukausi sitten
  • steven crowder

    Matthew BjorkstedtMatthew BjorkstedtUukausi sitten
  • Bring back GM connected

    Branden StaplesBranden StaplesUukausi sitten
  • Makes sense because rocket league went free and got a lot more people to play with in return for rocked league people will eventually want to buy skins if NHL went free more people would play in return people would most likely want to buy something like I just got into it and I spent 20 dollars

    Ian PostmaIan PostmaUukausi sitten
  • I’ve went bowling with Alexis Laffreniere

    IdReCKIdReCKUukausi sitten
    • Except you really didnt do anything. Didnt even see it on your screen. Just selected text that said go bowling and then nothing. Lmao

      Freedom The FreemanFreedom The FreemanUukausi sitten
    • Hey nico want to go bowling?

      Yuhh ayyy DoeYuhh ayyy DoeUukausi sitten
  • I stop playing be a pro, it’s to easy. I got an 100 points in 20 games.

    IdReCKIdReCKUukausi sitten