Parents' Guide to

NHL 17

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fun hockey sim packs stellar ice play, body-crunching hits.

Game PlayStation 4, Xbox One 2016
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This sport simulation is great in its realism and dedication to accuracy of the sport, but don't expect it to be radically different from what came before it. While some years are better than others (this is usually the case with annual sports games), NHL 17 is a stellar hockey simulation that gets it mostly right. For one, not only does it look great, it feels good, too. The controls have been improved to be simpler and more responsive, while gameplay is faster. This makes breakaways, dekes, bodychecks, and slap shots even more fun to execute (players can even use a slider to make the game faster and more arcade-like or slower and closer to a simulation experience). Goaltending has also been revamped with a feature called the Net Battle system, giving new offense and defense moves in front of the net that are closer to the action on the ice.

Like all hockey games, it's more fun with someone beside you on the sofa (or online) and NHL 17 is no different. New modes like World Cup and Draft Champions (similar to the feature in Madden NFL 17) adds even more variety, not to mention the ability to unlock editable items such as the uniform customization. Players can also create their dream arena with the all-new Arena Creator, right down to the seats and scoreboard. You can also customize your goal celebrations in some modes. The bottom line: NHL 17 is a solid hockey game. There are a few minor beefs, like some annoying, repetitive commentary, and there's some slight user-interface issues, but at least these are better than last years problems. That said, this game is worth picking up for hockey fans.

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