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Electronic Arts NHL 23 for PlayStation 5

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Last-chance puck movements and the much needed inclusion of women players in HUT are great but they don't change the core gameplay in a way that makes this significantly different from NHL 22 – especially since the new IIHF stars are completely missable for anyone that isn't interested in playing HUT. However that failed to last, as the men’s team started losing, so now I could only rely on the women’s team to win every year.

In a case of unlucky timing, NBA 2K23 allowed for a similar idea when it was released last month, yet also offered the actual players from those legacy teams. Even without one-timers, knowing that I could score more times than not from the same place on the ice with the same angled shot just doesn’t feel like improved goalie AI to me. Ultimately, while NHL 23 isn’t a step backward per se, the move forward is so small, so minuscule, that it may as well not have moved at all.The NHL 23 X-Factor Edition comes with 2 base games for the last-gen consoles and present-gen consoles.

EA SPORTS™ NHL® 23 is greater together with the introduction of mixed women’s and men’s teams in HUT, and planned for November 2022, the arrival of cross-play in WOC for players on the same platform generation.The core, fun mix of the more arcade-focused gameplay that was re-introduced into the series last year with NHL 22 is still there, but it doesn’t feel like 23 iterates on it enough to make it stand apart. We're now two years into the next generation of consoles and rather than taking a needed step forward, NHL has its skates planted firmly in the past.

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