If you’re brave enough to venture with “NHL 16” or a recent EA Sports game online, you’ve probably been there.
It’s bad enough that your opponent scored a goal against you, but you have to grit your teeth as they spam the same goal celebration over and over.
The bad news is that your opponents will probably score just as many goals against you in “NHL 17.” The good news is that there will be more variety in those goal celebrations.
As you can see from the trailer above, the upcoming edition includes 30 new goal celebrations.
The video emphasizes battles in front of the net, yet the most interesting stuff comes later. Most importantly, goalies might be a little more distinct, as EA Sports touts 40 new “unique stances” for netminders.
A common complaint about polygonal puck-stoppers is that ratings are the only things that seem to change how goalies behave, so perhaps this will amend some of those concerns? Maybe it will even reduce the number of “glitch” or “cheese” goals you’ll face?
(Hey, one can dream.)
The title is holding a public beta to test the game from July 28 to Aug. 4. The game is scheduled to release on Xbox One and Playstation 4 on Sept. 13.