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Let's be positive... Versus Strategies & Tips

I played already a lot of games in Online Versus. I'm standing between rank 150 and 400. Took a break for the past 2 days to let everything I saw and experienced sink in. I also read almost every thread of this forum and on Reddit. Going back in the game tonight. SO i'd love a thread where good-no-excuses-type-players share with me good tips, their strategies (offense and defense), their feelings etc. So, how do YOU play NHL 17 ? How do we keep winning despite everything wrong that have already been written multiple times ? :-) No excuses. Time to play.

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  • Toe drag the puck while turning to roll off all hits, toe drag the puck and shoot short side while in the slot. Do both of those and you'll win.
  • PadrinoIV
    900 posts Member
    edited October 2016
    Lol that's precise. Thanks for taking the time ! Awesome. On my part, i'd say I'm more focused on my defense. Still trying to close every shooting lane to conjure the weak lasered wrist shot from the blue loll. Still get scored on by one of those at least once a game tough.
  • First I make sure that forecheck is set to pressure in case I play against a mouth-breather that holds a one goal lead behind his own net. (see #1 ranked player on xb1) It's very possible this year but you can stop it if you stay cool and keep pressing, he'll give up his lead and be forced to play. If you find a guy looking for those weak easy goals all the time it just means you got him beat, just shut him down and you'll get the DNF win in no time.

    Take the space they give ya when you have the puck and don't give him too much room when ya don't. Move it around to get the D moving and force an opening. Good things happen when ya get to the puck down low. These are real hockey tactics that apply to this god forsaken video game, its what keeps me comin back every year.

    Last but not least, don't give up if you're down a goal or two!! You can put em back up there in no time. I don't support any ice tilt theory, but the game aint over until the third period horn! I've blown 3 goal leads and I've also come back late in the third. It's not tilted it's just hockey, where you just never know what's gunna happen.

    I'm old school and still believe win or lose its how ya play the game... Even if I take a loss if dude played fair it's a good game to me.
  • First I make sure that forecheck is set to pressure in case I play against a mouth-breather that holds a one goal lead behind his own net. (see #1 ranked player on xb1) It's very possible this year but you can stop it if you stay cool and keep pressing, he'll give up his lead and be forced to play. If you find a guy looking for those weak easy goals all the time it just means you got him beat, just shut him down and you'll get the DNF win in no time.

    Take the space they give ya when you have the puck and don't give him too much room when ya don't. Move it around to get the D moving and force an opening. Good things happen when ya get to the puck down low. These are real hockey tactics that apply to this god forsaken video game, its what keeps me comin back every year.

    Last but not least, don't give up if you're down a goal or two!! You can put em back up there in no time. I don't support any ice tilt theory, but the game aint over until the third period horn! I've blown 3 goal leads and I've also come back late in the third. It's not tilted it's just hockey, where you just never know what's gunna happen.

    I'm old school and still believe win or lose its how ya play the game... Even if I take a loss if dude played fair it's a good game to me.

    First, thanks for the laughs : mouth-breather Lol second, im old school too so I want to go farther than just blame the weird things happening here... Thanks for your time, i will read this again before getting back on the ice tonight ! :-)
  • I have been floating between 100-400 since release. I managed to stay in the top 100 for the first month of release, but now I move from 100-400 frequently.

    I constantly see 2 types of playing. One style is the "slow" gameplay. This player does not pass the puck to his teammates. He will slowly glide, tap the left stick north, or northwest/northeast for the quick & short power strides while playing keep away with their right stick. These players are insanely frustrating to defend against, as they quickly exploit AI D if you try defending that way, & vision control playing D does not give enough 'friction' to your skater, to stop, start & any sort of twisting/turning happens too fast and makes for a lame game of I go this way, you go that way, I go that way, you go this way, side to side quick strides & pulling the puck far left or right. With the stick-lift being "fixed" it's easier to defend these guys and has helped. It's tough to switch to a winger and try to catch them with the puck on their side instead of in front of them, but these players are typically unable to defend and it's easy to work them on a cycle in their own zone.

    The other player I see are those who have mastered holding the puck out far and can roll off any hits/pressure & poke checks. There is definitely an invincibility position that a large group of players have found out, that is highly effective to pass from, when in all honesty it should be nearly impossible to accurately pass from.

    One of my best tactics is to take the first minute or two of the 1st period & play hookey. I'll dump the puck, play like I'm new & not very good. Take weak, low shots from the outside and just generally present poor gameplay. If they don't immediately counter this with strong possession in my zone, I'll take the same outside shots a few more times, same spot, same shot, let them believe I have bad habits & no game. Then immediately switch to a full fledge cycle game, get them running around by taking a few wrap-arounds & then start working shots from the point. By now they are confused and then you can start working with hanging onto the puck around the top of the circles, get him chasing, getting a Dman to move to the halfway point on the boards and get the goalie moving.

    I don't mess with the in-game strategies much. Maybe only when I'm getting absolutely floored by a honestly good opponent, in hopes of getting some different break-outs. The only thing I change on a consistent basis is alternating from crash the net to behind the net.

    It's a bit risky, but you'll get your opponent thinking you have bad habits & that you're going to do the same, low percentage play & shot. Occasionally toss it back into your game and you'll end up being able to expose them expecting you to do the same play & step up and out of position.
  • The best way to play against your tacit once I find out some one is doing that is to press the heck out of them and block every single shot from the point! It works wonders!!! And of course skate around and rag the time if your winning or even if your loosing pretty badly! At least your in control of the weirdness of this game!!!! Makes me take loosing much better in the end! Ha lol..
  • UE3371 wrote: »
    I usually try to play good hockey. Get the puck low, cycle, take wide-open back door one-timers. When those all end up failing, I switch to 'ol reliable and just start throwing turds and random slapshots uscreened from the blueline. Works every time. I truly feel like I'm playing real hockey. 11/10.

    "Turds" lol thanks for your time... and optimism !
  • I have been floating between 100-400 since release. I managed to stay in the top 100 for the first month of release, but now I move from 100-400 frequently.

    I constantly see 2 types of playing. One style is the "slow" gameplay. This player does not pass the puck to his teammates. He will slowly glide, tap the left stick north, or northwest/northeast for the quick & short power strides while playing keep away with their right stick. These players are insanely frustrating to defend against, as they quickly exploit AI D if you try defending that way, & vision control playing D does not give enough 'friction' to your skater, to stop, start & any sort of twisting/turning happens too fast and makes for a lame game of I go this way, you go that way, I go that way, you go this way, side to side quick strides & pulling the puck far left or right. With the stick-lift being "fixed" it's easier to defend these guys and has helped. It's tough to switch to a winger and try to catch them with the puck on their side instead of in front of them, but these players are typically unable to defend and it's easy to work them on a cycle in their own zone.

    The other player I see are those who have mastered holding the puck out far and can roll off any hits/pressure & poke checks. There is definitely an invincibility position that a large group of players have found out, that is highly effective to pass from, when in all honesty it should be nearly impossible to accurately pass from.

    One of my best tactics is to take the first minute or two of the 1st period & play hookey. I'll dump the puck, play like I'm new & not very good. Take weak, low shots from the outside and just generally present poor gameplay. If they don't immediately counter this with strong possession in my zone, I'll take the same outside shots a few more times, same spot, same shot, let them believe I have bad habits & no game. Then immediately switch to a full fledge cycle game, get them running around by taking a few wrap-arounds & then start working shots from the point. By now they are confused and then you can start working with hanging onto the puck around the top of the circles, get him chasing, getting a Dman to move to the halfway point on the boards and get the goalie moving.

    I don't mess with the in-game strategies much. Maybe only when I'm getting absolutely floored by a honestly good opponent, in hopes of getting some different break-outs. The only thing I change on a consistent basis is alternating from crash the net to behind the net.

    It's a bit risky, but you'll get your opponent thinking you have bad habits & that you're going to do the same, low percentage play & shot. Occasionally toss it back into your game and you'll end up being able to expose them expecting you to do the same play & step up and out of position.

    Great answer, thanks for your time.
  • UE3371 wrote: »
    Gotta get those rebound goals just like in real life man. This is REAL hockey. Gotta get the greasy goals.

    I agree. Except there is stll some major flaws exploited by weaker players.
  • Good ol' versus, if only i could play it....Haven't been able to find a game since opening week....Game is just about dead, consider yourself lucky you can find games in versus
  • HabzSauce wrote: »
    Good ol' versus, if only i could play it....Haven't been able to find a game since opening week....Game is just about dead, consider yourself lucky you can find games in versus

    Seriously ? I play versus and i just never wait on a game. Guess I'm lucky.
  • PadrinoIV wrote: »
    HabzSauce wrote: »
    Good ol' versus, if only i could play it....Haven't been able to find a game since opening week....Game is just about dead, consider yourself lucky you can find games in versus

    Seriously ? I play versus and i just never wait on a game. Guess I'm lucky.

    extremely lucky....last time i went on versus there was only 177 people playing it world wide :/
  • HabzSauce wrote: »
    PadrinoIV wrote: »
    HabzSauce wrote: »
    Good ol' versus, if only i could play it....Haven't been able to find a game since opening week....Game is just about dead, consider yourself lucky you can find games in versus

    Seriously ? I play versus and i just never wait on a game. Guess I'm lucky.

    extremely lucky....last time i went on versus there was only 177 people playing it world wide :/

    XBOX OR PS4 ?
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