Have you ever tried changing the camera view in your NHL visual settings? If not, then it’s very likely you are currently playing at a huge disadvantage.
Now you’re probably thinking… “okay great, there’s 10 different camera view options and I have to test out each one?!?! Who’s got that kind of time?“. It’s a valid point, pucks aren’t going to go bardown themselves, we can’t have everyone wasting time trying out different camera angles so I’ve gone ahead and done all the heavy lifting for ya – just consider me your equipment manager.
Below you will find the advantages and disadvantages of each camera view in NHL 17 along with some screenshots to better help you make your decision. We’ll end off with my own recommendation.
How To Change The Camera Angle
First things first, for those who have never changed the camera angle before – you can do it globally across all game modes from the NHL 17 home “Customize” options via:
Customize > Settings > Audio and Visual Settings
You can also do it in-game via:
Pause game > Settings > Audio and Visual Settings
Either way, you will see the same menu options:
Okay, let’s get into the different camera angles. To save some length on this post I’ve added image sliders to include both offensive and defensive zone screenshots for each view. If on mobile, simply swipe left or right to view each image.
It does provide a great shooting angle for spotting openings in the net; however, the fact you can’t see the full width of the ice and all your players is a real problem here that takes away any benefit that the shooting angle provides. I don’t recommend this camera angle.
- Great shooting angle
- Clearly spot open areas of the net
- Can’t see full width of the ice
- Hinders playmaking ability with not all players in view
- Can’t see very far up the ice from defensive end
Similar to Dynamic low but to a lesser extent on all accounts. You can see more of the ice but still not the full width. Shooting angle is still good but not quite as great as in dynamic low.
The best option out of the “Dynamic” views, in my opinion. You can see almost the full width of the ice. The huge advantage of being able to see all your players on the ice will be an on-going trend of this post.
This was the first time I had ever used “Zone” and I was pleasantly surprised. It provides a great view of the ice, if not the best out of all the angles. Some players may dislike how far zoomed out it feels so I placed that in the cons, but really that is a preference case.
An issue I did have with this view was that sometimes on the rush it was difficult to tell how close a defender was to you. So you couldn’t tell if they were close enough to poke check or not.
- Easily see the full width of the ice
- Above average view distance from behind your own net
- View feels zoomed out
- Takes away your depth perception at times
While the view distance and shooting angles are good the width when near the boards is terrible. You will rarely, if ever, be able to see all your players while in the offensive zone.
- Best view distance from behind your own net
- Great shooting angle
- Poor playmaking angle
- Can’t see all players while along the boards or deep in the offensive zone
Similar to Dynamic High but slightly worse viewing angles in some cases. If you like this one then you might want to use Dynamic High instead.
View from the defensive end is good; but not so good in the offensive zone as you can’t always see your defenseman.
-Almost full width in both defensive and offensive zones
-Above average shooting view on net
-Can’t see defenseman in offensive end
-Average view distance up ice from behind your net
Great view of the ice and the best view of the actual play. A more top down look versus Zone’s more vertically angled view allows you to see exactly how much space is between you and players around you. View distance from behind your net is only average and the view of the opponents net for spotting openings is below average. Overall, as I’ve said before, I find the view of the play itself to be the most important aspect of the camera angle and Overhead nails it.
A good view of each zone but more of just a fun view to mess around in rather than a competitive view – for obvious reasons. In the controller settings you can change the “Camera Relative” controls to always up if you prefer.
I wish there was some sort of NHL caster mode so you could watch EA Sports NHL games live from the True Broadcast view. I’d love to spectate some top EASHL teams or top Versus players from the True Broadcast angle.
As for actual gameplay, I recommend not using True Broadcast unless you are just having fun messing around with it.
Auto Zoom automatically adjusts the camera angle to show the best possible angles. This sounds great but personally I find it more annoying than helpful. I think if you’re doing a close up view of your player like Dynamic Low or Action then it could be helpful; however, something like Overhead or Zone you probably won’t want the camera adjusting itself since you can already see the full ice.
If you’ve read the post so far than you can probably guess that my recommendation will be Overhead. It’s the camera angle I’ve used for the last few years and I find it gives you the best of your players and the current play.
With that said, I was impressed with Zone. I’m not sure when that view was introduced but it gives a great view of the ice from both the offensive and defensive end. It’s slightly tilted down vertical angle gives a better view of the offensive zone net but the fact it’s difficult to tell the depth of players/goalies in the offensive zone takes away from that benefit. It’s difficult to tell how far the goalie is out of their net.
All in all, I highly recommend using Overhead. It might take a bit of getting use too as it’s quite a bit further out than most of the other views but being able to see all your players and the space between them and your opponents is a huge advantage.
What about you? What is your preferred view? Perhaps this post might have convinced you to try out another? Let me know in the comments below 🙂