Parents' Guide to

NHL 19

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

NHL 19 shoots and scores with great pond and arena play.

Game PlayStation 4 , Xbox One 2018
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

age 10+

Worst NHL yet

I’ve played every NHL since 06 and I have to say this one is by far the worst. I’ve had the game 1 day and I already wanna tip my hair out. I can’t poke check anyways without tripping them and you get a penalty every time u touch another player. I tried avoiding touching the other team to avoid penalties but then you get your butt kicked. This game needs a major redo and I’m highly disappointed in this game. Do not bother buying unless you wanna get extremely frustrated every time you play it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (7 ):

While there are a few slips here and there on the ice, this is easily worth the price of admission for hockey fanatics. The first thing fans of NHL 19 will notice are the sheer number of game modes you can choose from. This isn't a game you can bore of easily, because of the numerous ways to play -- whether you want a quick pickup game by yourself, with a friend beside you, or online. Playing outside on frozen ponds and other rinks looks and feels great, and kicks it up a notch when you start spending virtual currency on unlocking new street apparel for your players. Along with the deep Be a Pro career mode, the engaging Franchise mode is a blast for those looking for more content. It adds in GM considerations, including new scouting options, trades, salary cap considerations, and many more decisions you need to make on and off the ice. If you want more of an arcade experience, Threes is super fun as a fast-paced 3-versus-3 game.

A special treat for serious hockey fans, inclusion of the hockey legends in the game will be enough to justify the new disc or download, since there are so many you can play as or against in the new Pro-Am mode, which features a series of challenges. Of course, all the existing teams are here too (even the Las Vegas Golden Knights), along with the option to play as other leagues, such as the AHL (American Hockey League), national teams, and several international leagues from Europe and elsewhere. The presentation quality is top-notch, with broadcast-like graphics and bone-crushing sound effects. More importantly, the controls are fast and responsive. One minor disappointment is with the new CHEL hub tied to the fun, over-the-top Ones mode, played on ponds. What's the issue? This 1v1v1 game is online-only -- so you can't play with someone beside you. Apart from this, and the lack of a Switch version, NHL 19 is great, delivering many different modes, players, and locations and improved controls and production values. Hockey lovers will no doubt want to lace up and play this one for many months to come.

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