As his player steps out onto the ice for his first Be A Pro game in NHL 16, GameSided's Fraser G. is engulfed by a sense of anticipation. NBC’s presentation package pulls him into the atmosphere as his player does his pre-game warmup while the team mascot gets the crowd energized. If last year’s game provided the base for next-gen hockey, NHL 16 has taken it to the next level.
It was a shock to the system when last year’s iteration failed to meet expectations. It wasn’t that the core game was bad – far from it, actually – but the removal of many key features that had become synonymous with the series was considered to be unacceptable by a large portion of the fanbase. Although last year may have been a disappointment on the surface, NHL 15’s new features served as a crucial base for the future, and they’re a key reason as to why NHL 16 has excelled across the board.