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NHL 21 – Review Thread

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Game Title: NHL 21


  • Xbox One (Oct 16, 2020)
  • PlayStation 4 (Oct 16, 2020)


Developer: EA Vancouver

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Review Aggregator:

OpenCritic – 80 average – 83% recommended – 6 reviews

Critic Reviews

COGconnectedRhett Waselenchuk65 / 100

I stand by that it plays as well as it ever has. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a proper representation of the sport. If EA Vancouver ever hopes to stand alongside the giants of the genre – NBA 2K and MLB The Show – they’ll need to rethink what simulation hockey really means.

GameSpotEddie Makuch9 / 10

EA's NHL 21 is a success thanks to its improved story mode, exciting new skill moves, and excellent controls.

Hardcore GamerCory Wells4 / 5

NHL 21 has taken the best of what has been offered this generation in the series and sprinkled goodness on top.

ShacknewsBill Lavoy8 / 10

I’m not old school like the coaches and GMs that still make up a large part of the NHL, but I’m old school in that I grew up in the 80s and 90s and value hard hockey played the right way over flashy dekes you might see once a season. I love dekes as much as the next person, but not at the expense of solid core gameplay. EA Vancouver tried to sell dekes, cosmetics, and the idea of being a superstar, but what resonated with me, an old-school hockey guy, were the core gameplay improvements.

StevivorSteve Wright8.5 / 10

There’s no denying NHL 21 is a tight little package — in fact, it’s been years in the making (click that and thank me later) — but that’s because EA Vancouver is doing everything it can to refine a polished hockey game year-on-year. NHL 20 introduced or improved most of the items that feature inside this, so unless you’re super into single-player modes like Be a Pro, you could get away with buying it instead of this. If you’re into multiplayer, well, you have to upgrade; I don’t need to convince you. I’m ultimately rather pleased with NHL 21, but still have to throw some shade at EA for choosing not to support this on next-gen consoles in any way. Boo.

We Got This CoveredJon Hueber4 / 5 stars

The added physicality on both ends of the ice and the demand for skill-based gameplay makes NHL 21 the closest thing to real hockey in series history.


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