It's time to acknowledge how rigged this CPU is
It's time to acknowledge how rigged the CPU is in this game. It's game-breaking. I am so tired of trying to outsmart the CPU in this game, when it doesn't even feel as if it's possible to. How many times do I need to hit a player for him to lose the puck? I can poke it twice, lift thier stick, smash them against the boards but they barely stumble and just keep on truckin'. Meanwhile I get merely touched and my player takes 5 seconds to recover. They read/intercept probably 95% of passes, defensemen with their backs turned to the puck stealing it with one hand on their stick, or poking the moment you release the puck, as if your RT is synchronized with their RB. It really doesn't feel like hockey when you put legitimately robotic reflexes into the game. Their is no person on this planet that can bat down a slap shot dump in attempt from one foot away from it's release. Their stick lifts are impeccable, sometimes it feels as if the player thats supposed to receive the puck is being stick lifted before I even engage in the pass. Good luck with the CPU's 99ovr discipline. They land seemingly every poke, hit, stick lift imaginable. They poke between your legs, from behind, it doesn't matter. But you try poking them, and the puck will just end up in another CPU's hands or you'll get called for a penalty 95% of the time. It feels impossible to score goals unless you have 10 feet of net to look at, CPU goalies are gods amongst men in this game. Hell, i just finished getting shut out by Jacob Markstrom on Pro difficulty in HUT. I out shot them 38-17 with MANY scoring chances, but it doesn't matter. They stop everything(this is against the likes of Tavares, Gaudreau, Pastrnak, Burns, Boeser etc.). Mean while their 3rd line 76ovr center will take a weak wrist shot from the top of the circle and snipe it against 2x Vezina winner Bobrovsky. It's laughable, and extremely evident that this game is not determined by your skill, but insanely scripted CPU. It's hard to win when the game doesn't want you to. I don't claim to be the best player in this game, but somewhat knowledgable. But it is asinine to have my puck stolen by players not even looking in it's general direction, and then watching my players stand like pylons while passes just pass by their stick and next thing you know, I'm turning it over or getting called for icing. Same thing goes for the offensive zone, I skate in, and if I think I can pass it back to my blue liners, nope. They're ALWAYS LINE CHANGING. So now I have to reset and make another push at getting into their zone, or skate forward and get swarmed by 2-3 defenders. Or I could just dump the puck in, have the CPU recover, pin him against the boards with a teammate and watch them somehow escape with the puck. I don't get it. I stopped questioning long ago. It's time EA just comes out with it, because the scripted play is so evident at this point.