Summary: Whether you like the sport or not, NHL 14 offers plenty to veterans and entry-level players alike. Ice hockey is not as complex and intimidating as the playbook-driven world of the NFL, or the stats-obsessed MLB.
Excerpt: It was 20 years ago that NHL '94 revolutionized hockey gaming. I was just 4 years old at the time, and enjoyed hours of scoring cheap goals by spinning in circles down the ice. To celebrate the franchise's 20th birthday, EA has packed NHL '14 to the brim with gameplay modes and features galore but,...
Excerpt: It’s hard to be a hockey fan in this day and age. Casual fans have been alienated by confusing and contradictory rhetoric coming from both sides of the lockout debacle that has diminished the popularity of the sport in this country.
NHL 14 Review: an icing that doesn't penalize retro or new players from playing
13 September 2013
Summary: EA Sports takes its NHL series in a more realistic direction with a new skating system. While it's accompanied by some other authentic hockey features, it may turn off casual fans as they struggle to adapt to a slower game.
Pros: Terrific presentation, Improved A.I., especially goalkeeping, A more authentic experience
Cons: Slow skating may turnoff casual players, Slow load screens and laggy menus, Some animation and engine glitches
Conclusion: Concept: Tune up the hitting and scoring to make the most accessible NHL game of the generation
Graphics: Much better checking animations thanks to the Player Impact Engine, but the rest looks the same
Sound: The commentary is in serious need of improvement.
Conclusion: This non-hockey fan and series newcomer can't recommend "NHL 14" highly enough. Accessible controls, beautiful in-game physics and few, but strong game modes make for an overall addictive experience.
Conclusion: "The new Collision Physics feature makes it easier to serve up huge, crunching, open ice body checks" "The single-player modes continue to stagnate, both in terms of structure and presentation" "NHL 14 is a confident entry in the series... but you feel that they're holding back"
Pros: Harder, faster and more aggressive hits, Better balancing between defence and offensive, Live The Life is wacky but strangely absorbing
Cons: NHL '94 mode reeks of compromise, Still some odd AI glitches and behaviour, THAT commentary
Conclusion: With much better collisions and a vastly improved fighting minigame, NHL 14 is becoming more gamey and less of a simulation, but that gives it a distinct and interesting flavor compared to its predecessors.