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New NHL 16 previews show off skating, gameplay balance

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Phil Kessel as a Pittsburgh Penguin in NHL 16. (via EA Sports/YouTube) Author: The Hockey News

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New NHL 16 previews show off skating, gameplay balance

Jared Clinton
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The EA NHL series has long been a staple of the sports gaming community and the two previews for the series’ latest installment show what hockey fans can expect when the game hits shelves in September.

The release of EA Sports’ NHL 16 is officially two months away, and with Sept. 15 circled for gamers everywhere, the gameplay trailers are starting to roll out.

In the first official gameplay video since the trailer released at the Electronic Entertainment Expo video game conference, better known as E3, associate producer Ben Ross takes EA NHL fans through what they can expect when it comes to gameplay balance in the series’ latest installment.

Ross highlights the changes that have again been made to skating, something EA has focused on in several of the most recent NHL titles. This time the fine-tuning on skating promises to allow players to, “feel the true weight and momentum that comes with each stride.” There will also be new strafes included in the game, allowing players to better set up and execute plays. Take a look:

Anyone catch the highlight 41 seconds into the video? Yes, that’s Pittsburgh Penguin Phil Kessel scoring against the Toronto Maple Leafs. How cruel, EA. How very, very cruel.

No matter how polished the gameplay may look, though, one of the things diehard NHL gamers like seeing most is what the game looks like when the bells and whistles of a trailer are removed. Thankfully, EA gave those interested exactly that, offering a 56-second video of pure gameplay from the game’s overhead camera:

Many of the highlights from the overhead gameplay aren’t things those unfamiliar with the series will pick up on and, frankly, they’re only minor changes such as better defensive positioning from the AI and a few stick checks that result in changes of possession. At this point in the series, EA is more into fine tuning than a massive overhaul.

With the release of the video, EA posted a detailed list of the minute details fans of the series should pay attention to, including a bad outlet pass that results in a misplayed puck with 42 seconds remaining in the period.

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New NHL 16 previews show off skating, gameplay balance