EA Sports has honed the formula for the annual releases of their sports franchises. It basically involves packing in tons of modes and delivering tight gameplay controls, but leaving just enough of a crevice to promote improvements and added content the next time around. NHL 18 does exactly that, adding a few more offensive dekes and the much needed Defensive Skill Stick, as well as opportunities to create an entire new team from scratch or ditch conventional rules for a more arcade-inspired campaign mode.
NHL 18 delivers the gameplay improvements, renewed rosters, and added content that are the expected additions in an annually updated EA Sports game. Not every mode fits comfortably in the menu screen, but there’s enough variety to satisfy gamers who like to control every inch of their season and those who prefer a quick thrill. You can find it on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.