This year the NHL franchise makes the leap onto next-gen consoles, and from what we've see so far it’s been worth the wait. The extra processing power means that not only are player likenesses the most accurate yet, but every person on the ice moves and interacts more realistically than ever before. For the first time, all 12 players are affected by NHL’s collision physics rather than just those on the puck, so clashes and scrambles can now occur anywhere around the rink.
The improved realism extends to the stadiums, which are now mapped out in intricate detail. These arenas are filled with thousands of individual models forming the crowd, who have many more animations than in previous iterations and really bring the spectators to life. They react dynamically to events on the ice, so you can immediately see the consequences of your actions by peering through the plexiglass.
Hopefully we’ll get to see some proper matches in action soon, to determine how these much improved production values translate into the most important element--gameplay.
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