While the Madden and FIFA series have leaned into their own story modes in recent years with Longshot and The Journey, EA’s other flagship sports franchise, NHL, has left this on the bench. That is still the case in NHL 21, but the game’s developer is finally updating its career-minded mode, Be A Pro, with what appears to be the biggest and most welcome changes to it in years.
I recently had the chance to play around four hours of NHL 21’s Be A Pro, and it’s clear right from the start that EA isn’t repeating the mistakes of last year.
The first thing you’ll notice in NHL 21’s Be A Pro mode is that the UI is completely overhauled, and for the better. The hub has been revamped to display more information on the screen at once. This sounds very basic, but in returning to NHL 20, its Be A Pro screen feels very barebones and lacking by comparison. NHL 21’s Be A Pro hub shows you most everything you need on one screen, with sub menus available for your game schedule, skill tree, important news, salary details, and more.