We’re slapbang in the middle of the annual sports game release window and EA are going into overdrive. Having delivered a new Madden to the world and reworked the football scene with EA Sports FC 24, it’s now time for us to take to the ice with NHL 24 on Xbox and PlayStation.
Available right now for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 is NHL 24. As you may expect from a game running the NHL moniker, this is ice hockey; the most intense version yet. It sees EA take what they’ve honed over previous years to deliver their most rounded virtual replication yet.
ALL THE KEY WORDZ!
Key words run throughout NHL 24, even more than we had in NHL 23. You’ve got the Exhaust Engine , there’s Sustained Pressure, Goalie Fatigue, Physics-base Contact and more. Whatever the buzz words that EA are using though, just let it be known that NHL 24 is sure to excite.
And of course, visual upgrades will be found in plentiful supply. Animations have been overhauled, so much so that even glass can be broken. Throw in cross-play and this should be a winning shot.
“This is a game made by hockey fans, for hockey fans, and bringing the full intensity of hockey to our gameplay was a major focus for us this year in NHL 24,” said Mike Inglehart, Creative Director at EA Vancouver. “With the new Exhaust Engine system and gameplay features that really capture the physical nature of hockey, NHL 24 delivers realistic body checks and a deeper defensive toolbox full of more choice and tactics that bring a whole new level of immersion to the franchise.”
All-New Gameplay Features:
A suite of new gameplay features brings an unprecedented level of control to NHL 24. With the new Exhaust Engine, players can experience a complete revamp of the EA SPORTS NHL gameplay experience that rewards extended offensive events and attack zone time, adding a dynamic new layer of authenticity and excitement to the game. Once the in-game Sustained Pressure System is triggered, a visual meter will indicate that Full Pressure is active resulting in the beneficial Adrenaline effect for the offensive team and the challenging Pinned effect for the defending team. The new Goalie Fatigue System affects the netminder’s ability to react to shots as they get worn down over time, which encourages players to constantly keep up the pressure and get more pucks on the net. Total Control Skill Moves completely refresh the control setup and make highlight-reel moves more intuitive and accessible, while the Vision Passing System remaps face buttons to teammates, allowing for more direct passing and the ability to pass anywhere at any time on the ice.
Updated Human Goalie Controls make playing in goal more accessible and intuitive, with features such as the new Tethered Control System allowing players to slide back and forth to make saves and then auto-returning back to a centered position. Additionally, the new Instinct System gives players the opportunity to guess the location of the shot for a bonus on their save attempt.
Hockey Ultimate Team:
EA SPORTS NHL 24 has introduced the all-new HUT Moments, which lets players recreate and share classic moments in hockey history and today’s biggest plays. NHL 24 also introduces a new real-time objective-tracking system based on item types, teams, players, and on-ice actions, all while updating player progress in-game. The new system will enable players to keep active track of their tasks and objectives, allowing them to stay focused on the exciting on-ice action.
World of Chel:
This latest iteration of the EA SPORTS NHL franchise also delivers the most dynamic Word of Chel yet, with enhanced cross-play giving players more ways for players to connect, better matchmaking and improvements to Creation Zone to give players more customization. An update to EASHL Playoffs introduces an authentic, streamlined do-or-die 16-game path to the title, allowing players to earn Ranking Points as they make their way through the bracket. NHL 24 introduces the WOC Battle Pass, which lets players play their way through action-packed seasons at free and premium levels, and WOC Storefront updates give players even more items to outfit their character with as well as access to exclusive new premium bundles of custom characters, player banners and more.
With all-new presentation updates, players will feel more immersed than ever in the game of hockey. This year’s presentation introduces Flex Moments, a broadcast that feels more alive than ever with over 75 new goal celebration animations, camera angles, lighting effects and the ability for players to map their celebration to their controller so they can flex how they want when they want. New waves of event reactions support significant stoppages, rushes down the ice, Exhaust Engine peaks and dramatic comeback moments, making this by far the most energetic Chel crowd to date. Plus, Dynamic Rink Boards expand the augmented reality broadcast and communicate key on-ice moments, from delayed penalties, goal summaries, stat milestones and vanity backdrops to accentuate those big Flex Moments.
Play NHL 24 early
So, how do you play NHL 24 on Xbox and PlayStation now, seeing as the official street release date is that of October 6th? Well, that’s where the NHL 24 X-Factor Edition comes into play. Priced at a cool £99.99, this is the range topping version of NHL 24. It gives access to the base game, 3 days early access and 4600 NHL points to do what you will with. Further is inclusion of the Cale Maker Player Item, a HUT Power Up and WOC Battle Pass XP Modifiers.
Can’t afford the £100 asking price? Get access to the Standard Edition of NHL 24 on October 6th for £69.99.
Stay tuned for our review.
NHL 24 on Xbox Game Description
EA SPORTS™ NHL 24’s all-new gameplay features bring authentic on-ice action to life. Experience the rush and fatigue of a high-pressure game with the Exhaust Engine, where sustained pressure in the attack zone leads to new game-changing effects like goalie fatigue that slows the netminder’s reaction time the more they get worn down with offensive action; change the momentum with Physics-Based Contact as you break the glass and send players into the bench with big body checks; and get unparalleled player command with the new Vision Passing System and Total Control Skill Moves. Chel is more connected than ever with cross-play in all online team play modes, along with HUT Moments, which lets you recreate classic moments in hockey history and today’s biggest plays. Adding an extra layer of authenticity, Flex Moments introduces 75+ new goal celebrations, and a wholly refreshed presentation complements an enriched crowd atmosphere that makes playing the game feel like you’re at the game.