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NHL 20 review: More modes than you can shake a stick at


Who knew there were so many ways to play hockey?

The life cycle of sports games on any generation of gaming consoles is a funny thing. At the beginning, the developers haven’t yet grasped all they can do with new hardware, but toward the end, it feels like they run out of ways to drastically push things forward. NHL 20, reviewed here on PlayStation 4, is no exception, because with new Sony and Microsoft systems expected next year, it relies more on tinkering with what works than trying to revolutionize video game hockey.

So you won’t find any huge new gameplay features or flashy new graphics engines in NHL 20. But that’s just fine, because this is the one EA Sports series that can get by with an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach. By doubling down on its strengths and freshening up a few areas that needed it, NHL 20 offers something to entice every hockey fan.

Power play goal

NHL 20


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One last rush before time expires

Though NHL 20 doesn’t show massive improvements in any one area over its predecessor, there are enough additions and refinements to make it worth exploring.

The Good

  • Even more modes in an already packed selection.
  • Presentation has been refreshed.
  • Franchise Mode even got a little love.

The Bad

  • Be A Pro is definitely dusty by now.
  • New commentary team not a huge upgrade.
  • Player models showing their age.

What you’ll love about NHL 20

You’re not going to ever be asking “Is that all there is?” Seriously, just look at this menu and appreciate all there is to do:


Everything that isn’t actually playing NHL hockey and all it entails is part of the World of CHEL, where you create your own hockey-playing avatar and use them across a variety of online modes — as well as Pro-Am, in case you want to experience the World of CHEL without being nervous about getting spanked by experienced players.

EA figured out a way to incorporate Battle Royale into NHL 20 because of course they did.

The developers found a clever way of incorporating the battle royale craze in a sports game without stretching logic too far with Eliminator, a new way to play the frantic NHL ONES and over-the-top-silly NHL THREES modes. Both of them feature multi-round tournaments that leave only one player or team the survivor by the end, with better rewards the longer you last.

Speaking of those rewards, World of CHEL is even more of a customizer’s dream than before, with EA Sports claiming it added more than 900 new pieces of gear and clothing to wear onto the (sometimes literally) frozen ponds. If you’re in the “microtransactions are evil” crowd, you’ll be happy to know that everything can be won while playing, particularly if you focus on knocking out some of the new CHEL challenges.

There are, of course, microtransactions in Hockey Ultimate Team, which is a love it or hate it across all EA Sports titles at this point. What’s really nice in NHL 20 is the addition of Squad Battles, conspicuous in their absence in previous iterations after proving popular in FIFA and Madden. Solo players now have a lot more to dig into by taking on a rotating selection of user-created squads, and as Martha Stewart might say, that’s a good thing.

If you’d prefer to actually, you know, play in the NHL in an NHL game (crazy, I know), Franchise Mode has beefed up the role of coaches. Not just the head coach either, as the entire coaching staff can have an impact on team chemistry and the way everyone on your roster performs. No longer a matter of simply racking up players with the best overall ratings, roster construction now promises to be as much an art as a science. While truly digging into all of the intricacies will take more time than I had pre-launch, it’s not an exaggeration to say that NHL 20 could be the best blend between a standard sports game and a management sim as we’ve seen on consoles to date.

EA is touting a revamped shooting system and improved goalie AI as the biggest gameplay improvements, but they don’t feel like they have dramatic impacts on the ice. You can tell different players shoot slightly differently, but goaltenders still leave a ton of questionable rebounds on softer shots and stick like glue to the harder ones, so that’s not much of a change. Still, the skating is as smooth as it’s been in years, and that’s what matters most to me in a hockey game.


In terms of presentation, the game has received an overall coat of paint that applies to all of the NHL-related modes, with a new play-by-play announcer, bold new graphics and cool slow-mo highlights every period. If all you really wanted was for the NHL on NBC branding gone and different voices in the booth, you got it.

What you’ll dislike about NHL 20

Different doesn’t always mean better, and that concept is reinforced by the new presentation. Yes, the previous packaging for NHL games had grown stale, and compared to Madden 20, which has a lot of the same commentary it did last year, new play-by-play audio is a breath of fresh air.

That said, the combo of James Cybulski and the returning Ray Ferraro is, in a word, weird. For long stretches of action, Cybulski sounds like he’s calling the game by himself (though they also play on that humorously with Ferraro quipping that he “just woke up”), as Ferraro is supposed to be down on ice level, virtually speaking. Some people will undoubtedly just be glad there’s new commentary at all, but it’s going to take time for the new team to grow on me. The announcing during ONES and THREES is fun for about 30 seconds and then you’ll end up turning it down or listening to something else.

It’s also a little disappointing to see Be A Pro get so little attention for NHL 20, though it’s understandable given the resources that went into other modes. Like HUT, story-driven single-player modes tend to be divisive among sports gamers, but when you consider all the detail that goes into what other EA Sports series have done and compare it to what’s as by-the-numbers an experience as there could possibly be here, it’s only natural to feel a little jealous.


A similar sentiment applies to the player models in NHL 20, which definitely pale in comparison to their football and soccer coutnerparts. Lest you think this only applies to the pro athletes, there’s some unusual quirks to the World of CHEL avatars too. It’s fair to point out that this is at least partly because the NHL series has not been upgraded to the Frostbite Engine over time (and you can insert your own joke about whether that’s really an upgrade here), and so the devs are doing the best they can with the tech they have.

Nonetheless, this isn’t the prettiest work that EA Sports produces. The good news for both Be A Player and the player visuals is that both figure to be top of the list for improvements when next-gen consoles arrive.

Should you buy NHL 20? Yes!

EA Sports’ hockey franchise has been the most consistently enjoyable member of its roster, a bit of a hidden gem in the shadow of the larger FIFA and Madden audiences. The only question is whether to pick it up each season if the last one was perfectly fine.

out of 5

In the case of NHL 20, there are enough new features to recommend it for longtime fans and a ton to do for anyone who has lapsed for multiple seasons. Whatever NHL 21 has in store for the next PlayStation and Xbox machines will be flashier, but it probably won’t be better than this right away.

Power play goal

NHL 20


$51 at Amazon

One last rush before time expires

Though NHL 20 doesn’t show massive improvements in any one area over its predecessor, there are enough additions and refinements to make it worth exploring.


How much data does video streaming use?

When it comes to internet usage, video watching is one of the main interests of users. Most users are mainly inclined towards streaming videos so it matters a lot to know how much data is required for it. Of course, we do require a smooth internet connection to be able to stream our favorite content online.If video streaming is your preference then you must consider high-speed internet like Spectrum internet for instance, that do not offer data caps. This means you do not have to worry about any extra fee surprises in your bill that are bound to happen if you run out of your data limit. Most of the providers in the United States do impose data caps so it is very important to find out an internet plan that assures a no data cap policy. For that, let us first have a look at the data that is needed for various video streaming platforms.YouTubeJust like using any other app on your smartphone, YouTube being one of the popular platforms needs data too. It nearly takes 562.5 MB of data per hour. This holds valid when you stream at around 480p resolution. In case you want better resolution, then you might require 1.86 GB per hour for 720p. For 1080p you might require 3.04 GB. For watching videos in 4K, you will require a massive 15.98 GB of data per hour.NetflixWe all agree with the fact that how much we love Netflix as it has successfully evolved as one of the most popular video streaming services. For subscribers exceeding 130 million, the internet speed is not much of a problem. An hour of video streaming in standard definition would need around 1 GB of data. If you want to enjoy high-quality video streaming, you might need up to 3GB. For ultra-high-definition, you can require up to 7 GB of data per hour.The selection of accounts can help you decide a suitable resolution for your connection. If you want to save your data, you can check the settings option and click the save button when you want.Amazon Prime VideoAmazon Prime Video was launched by Amazon as a streaming service in 2011 and has ever gained popularity among the users. Nowadays it is seen as one of the biggest competitors for Netflix. This service provides up to three resolutions for the users. Among them include good, better, and best. The Good enables streaming videos at around 480p in standard definition and utilizes a data of 800 MB per hour. The Better option allows an HD stream with a data requirement of around 2 GB per hour. The Best option consumes nearly 6 GB of data per hour. You should also know that accessing Amazon Prime Video on your mobile app results in low data consumption as compared to the desktop app.HuluHulu is another important video streaming option that uses somewhat less data as compared to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video This makes Hulu as one of the most economical options available. You require around 680 MB per hour of data for the standard definition. If you switch to a 720p high definition setting, the data requirement may jump to 1.3 GB per hour. 1080p resolution can need data up to 2.7 GB per hour. You can also stream live TV if you are using Hulu’s $39.99 monthly plan.SpotifySpotify is one of the best-known music streaming platforms but not everyone knows that it also provides a video service in certain areas. The company does not disclose much about the data requirements of the video streaming service. However it only notifies that video streaming requires more data as compared to music streaming and is much like the ones needed for other video channels. Mostly the videos are in high definition and can consume up to 3 GB of data for an hour streaming.VimeoVimeo does not have any details regarding data usage. The standard definition content can need up to 353 MB of data per hour. As far as the HD videos are concerned, they need up to 2.75 GB per hour.StanMany of us might not have heard of Stan as it is accessible in Australia only. The app usually provides four-tier quality. The lowest standard definition setting can require up to 1.13 GB per hour while HD and 4K can require around 3 GB per hour and 7 GB per hour respectively.DirecTVThe DirecTV website also does not display clear information about the required bandwidth. In case if your provider puts a data limit, you can always reduce your video quality. The data consumption parallels to the aforementioned video streaming platforms.Sling TVSling TV is another one of the highest quality video streaming service that uses around 2 GB per hour of data for its highest quality option. The data required for medium quality is 540 MB per hour that further lowers to 360 MB per hour for low-quality streaming options.Summing UpYou need to be aware of the data consumption involved in the video streaming service you are using. This can save you from exceeding your data limit and paying any additional cost.EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

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How to set up a Messenger Room in Facebook Messenger

With the launch of Messenger Rooms, you can now participate in video calls from the comfort of your smartphone and without any extra apps.If you’re using WhatsApp, Instagram, or Messenger, you can now make a virtual room and invite your friends in a matter of seconds. This saves you the trouble of installing extra apps like Zoom.Today we’re going to look at how to set up a Messenger Room in Messenger.How to set up a Messenger Room in Messenger – The easy wayThe only real pre-requisite here is having the latest version of Facebook Messenger installed on your phone from the Google Play Store. Download it here.Step 1Tap on the People tab at the bottom on the Messenger app and choose to Create a RoomAt the bottom center of the screen, you will have the option of Share Link. Tap on it.With the Who Can Join, you can also control who joins the Messenger Room if you wish to keep the room exclusive to friends, family, etc.Step 2Copy the link in the box and paste it to the group or people you wish to share it with. They will also need to have the Messenger app installed and on the latest version of the app for it to work best.You can share the link via any app or medium you wish, but whoever has access to the link can join your room, unless you modify the Who Can Join settings in Step 1.From here, you just wait for your friends to join and carry out your business. When you feel the room has met its purpose, you can close the room by tapping on the X button at the top right of the room.Leave will mean that the room will still be there to return to for anyone who has the link. End Room will close the room and make the link invalid. This means you’ll have to make a new room if you do End Room here.We also wrote a guide on how to start a Messenger Room from WhatsApp. The feature will soon go live on Instagram globally, so be sure to look out for that as well!If you’ve used Messenger rooms, let us know what you think of it in the comments section below!

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