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NHL 16 videos show subtle gameplay tweaks that make the game look more like hockey

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NHL 15 was a disappointment overall, but it was a lot of fun to play, and new gameplay footage of NHL 16 illustrates the ways in which developer EA Canada is attempting to improve the on-ice experience this year.

Skating and passing are two of EA Canada's areas of focus this year. The studio is aiming to give you more control, allowing you to make quicker cuts on the ice and maintain speed while receiving passes. EA Canada is also tweaking body checking and stick checking in an effort to produce more subtle collisions, and improving AI so teammates will play smarter.

You can see all those changes on display in the gameplay trailer above, as well as the minute of direct-feed gameplay footage below.

NHL 16 launches Sept. 15 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. For more, check out our E3 preview.

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