Parents' Guide to

NHL 24

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Very few new features, but on top of its game in the series.

The cover art for NHL 24, featuring Colorado Avalanche's Cale Makar. The photo shows the skater stopping in his tracks, with ice spraying around him.

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

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NHL 24 is fun, fast, and full of features. Problem is, it's just not that much different from NHL 23, or NHL 22 for that matter. So if it's been a few years since you've purchased an NHL game from EA Sports, you'll love this highly polished game -- but there's little reason to shell out $70 if you already own a recent version. Those familiar with the franchise will immediately notice the Exhaust Engine additions, especially in the boost that offensive players get when applying pressure on defensive, plus bodychecks are noticeably bigger -- including the ability to even smash the back glass on a well-timed hit. Many of the cutscenes and animations are the same as in previous years, but there are a few new moves and celebratory reactions that reward you for pulling off a great goal. Previously called the HUT Challenge mode, the new HUT Moments mode is fun to tackle, where you're tasked with performing specific moves, such as a "Top Shelf Goal" (score with the puck hitting one of the top corners of the net) or "Wraparound Shot" (skate behind the opposing team's net and shoot while coming back around to the front). Unfortunately, NHL 24 pushes players to spend real money on coins in the Hockey Ultimate Team mode, for card packs of better squads, which is a shame. Production quality is up in NHL 24, especially on Xbox Series S/X and PlayStation 5. Again, while there's certainly an element of déjà vu with NHL 24, you won't find a better hockey game, period. It's more than just a fresh coat of paint on an aging game, and the cross-platform play is welcomed across the board, but just don't expect anything wildly new or unique in NHL 24.

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