About this game
Developer: EA Vancouver
Content Rating: Everyone10+
In NHL 19, play on outdoor rinks and journey from the ponds to the pros in new and returning game modes. Compete with and against 200 of the greatest hockey legends to ever hit the ice, including Wayne Gretzky. Powered by cutting-edge new gameplay technology, experience explosive-edge skating that delivers more acceleration, speed and responsiveness.
Critic Reviews19 Reviews
Chris Bowman — Sep 13, 2018
All this and more is open to you as you play the game for Xbox One or PlayStation 4 on release, September 14, 2018, for the normal price of $59.99 USD. Have fun with friends or by yourself as you play this year’s newest installment of NHL 19 action.
Matt Bertz — Sep 17, 2018
NHL 19 still has its share of legacy issues that need attention, but the vastly improved skating and physics make this the best playing hockey game of the generation. The scouting system gives franchise mode a much-needed makeover, and while World of Chel feels like a half-built theme park right now, I’m excited about its future prospects. If you haven’t played an NHL game in a while, this is the year to jump back over the boards.
Benjamin Maltbie — Sep 14, 2018
If you skipped NHL 18, then this game will be an even bigger leap forward for you. If you’ve never played a hockey game before, you can feel assured that the ponds and stadiums of this game will be accommodating. EA’s NHL 19 is a sports simulation, a fantasy league, a social hub, and a comforting arcade game all at once, and that is quite a thing to accomplish.
Seth G. Macy — Sep 14, 2018
NHL 19 proves you can have your cake and eat it, too. It has a complex, sim-heavy Franchise mode, fun, fast, ridiculous arcade modes, and everything in between. There’s a style of play here for anyone, from the absolute rookie to someone who lives and breathes hockey. The action on the ice feels excellent and there’s just so much to do in NHL 19 that I was able to find a game mode to match any kind of mood I was in at the time.
Cory Wells — Sep 26, 2018
The unified progression system that is here is quick and allows styles to be easily adjusted. Having 200 NHL Legends is fantastic if they were included in other ways outside of Ultimate Team. All the nitpicking gets thrown out the window once you hop on the ice, though, as NHL 19 is fun and exciting in action.
Bill Lavoy — Sep 13, 2018
There have been years where I’ve questioned whether the NHL franchise was worth the price tag. This isn’t one of those years. RPM Tech isn’t just a fancy marketing term, it’s been backed up with tangible changes to the core movement system in NHL 19, and the gameplay feels more honest because of it. With the World of Chel, I expected to yell like an old man who hates change about how the kids were ruining everything.
Kat Bailey — Sep 13, 2018
NHL 19 takes some interesting risks with World of Chel while bringing badly-needed improvements to the gameplay. Its modes are customarily solid, but the faster, tighter action on the ice is what makes it possible to recommend NHL 19 to newcomers and lapsed hockey fans alike.
Graham Banas — Sep 24, 2018
Don’t let NHL 19's slick menus and new skating animations fool you: the same NHL game you’ve been playing for five years is still here. If you already know the series well, this is unquestionably the best iteration of the title, but it comes with the added caveat that it’s hindered by many of the same problems from years past.
Charles Blades — Sep 14, 2018
All in all, NHL 19 isn’t an abhorrent game. All the modes work well enough that it feels like a hockey game that, while not too much improved from last year, is good enough to stand on its own feet. The increasing spotlight being put onto a mode that at any moment could be turned into an exploitative, micro-transaction filled machine worries me, but it’s not enough for me to strip away that passable grade that NHL 19 probably deserves.
Billy Givens — Sep 18, 2018
At the end of the day, the level of polish from games like FIFA and Madden just isn’t here. Even so, there’s a significant amount of fun able to be pulled from specific modes like Threes and Franchise, but some visual elements, a dull career mode, and questionable menu designs really hamper the overall experience.
Blake Grundman — Sep 13, 2018
Virtually everything about NHL 19 is a genuine step forward in quality. While some modes received the lion’s share of the attention, it feels like damn near everything received SOME love. If you have been on the fence, now is the time to lace up and hit the ice. We’ll see you between the pipes.
Tomas Franzese — Sep 27, 2018
Outside of a couple of minor tweaks that most players won’t notice, things are mostly the same, which is odd when you consider that both One and Pro-Am could work well offline and that this game’s servers will shut off one day. Yearly players who stay offline should heavily consider whether the few small changes there make NHL 19 worth picking up, but I have no problem recommending it to the multiplayer die-hards or those who want to jump into the games for the first time.
Daniel Andersen — Sep 14, 2018
To summarise, NHL 19 is back where the series is supposed to be. There are still adjustments that can be made to make it even better, and that's why we're not ready to give it the top grade just yet, but the franchise is heading in the right direction once again and we can't wait to see where it goes from here. This is going to be a very fun NHL year again, finally!
Timothy Nunes — Sep 13, 2018
NHL 19 continues to refine its beloved sports title to a sheen. Game play feels fluid and responsive with next to nothing getting in its own way. NHL 19 sets a standard that most sports titles could learn from: fundamentals before flair.
Benjamin Schmädig — Sep 21, 2018
Schlimmer noch: Das eigentliche Spiel wurde in Richtung Arcade entschlackt, im Onlinespiel wird man mit Verbindungsproblemen konfrontiert und anstatt Be-a-Pro-Karriere, Onlineliga oder die Kommentare vollständig zu überarbeiten, spendiert man uns Beutekisten. Wem der eigentliche Sport nicht ganz so wichtig ist, wird mit dem diesjährigen Fokus auf kurzweiligen Arcade-Spaß vielleicht glücklich. Als aufrichtige Simulation hat mich NHL 19 allerdings enttäuscht.
Izokay — Sep 24, 2018
Si les vétérans du genre risquent de pester contre le manque de nouveautés au niveau du gameplay, personne ne pourra critiquer la constance du titre en termes de qualité et de quantité. Reste plus qu'à espérer le moteur Frosbite pour les prochaines itérations, seul élément qui manque à l'appel dans cet amas de modes de jeu, aussi dense que la glace d'une patinoire.
Olivier Cortinovis — Oct 15, 2018
NHL 19 emprunte au hockey sur glace ce que NBA Live 19 tire du basket-ball : du fun, de l'accessibilité et des sensations grisantes qui satisferont les premiers rookies venus comme les plus acharnés de la crosse. S'il s'inscrit dans la continuité des précédents opus, moteur graphique compris, son contenu largement porté sur le divertissement pur lui offre une légère valeur ajoutée à même de combler les réfractaires à la politique minimaliste d'EA Sports.
Raffaello Rusconi — Sep 27, 2018
Peccato per un'IA non in grandissima forma, mentre il World of Chel è una piccola grande aggiunta. Non c'è ancora una modalità storia sulla falsariga de Il Viaggio della serie FIFA, mentre è apprezzabile in WOC l'assenza delle microtransazioni. Sul fronte online, invece, il matchmaking ha fatto disperare e non poco: speriamo che EA Canada risolva tempestivamente le magagne che sono spuntate all'improvviso.
Артем Ращупкин — Sep 29, 2018
К тому же многим хоккейным фанатам хотелось бы, чтобы в игре появилась сюжетная кампания, рассказывающая историю о молодом хоккеисте, мечтающем о славе и успешной карьере в Национальной Хоккейной Лиге.