Excerpt: Pass the biscuit, it’s feeding time. When it comes to hockey games, the abundance of titles are… well… lacking. At the moment, EA reigns as the best simulation producer of the contact sport played on ice. Much like their football counterpart, Madden , NHL can conjure up virtually any game idea and say take it or leave. They hold the keys to the car and no one else can drive it.
Excerpt: There’s nothing glaringly wrong with EA’s suite of sports games this year. In fact, for the most part, they’re as solid as ever. It’s just that it seems as if the developers are sort of limping into the new generation, and they’re having difficulty keeping the annual releases fresh.
Excerpt: When people ask me what my favorite time of the year is, I happily offer up the entire Fall season. A magical time when good TV shows are back on the air, pumpkin spiced lattes are in full force, and the NHL gets things underway. Subsequently we also get to enjoy EA's shiny new companion to the season that hockey fans everywhere are looking forward to.
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, sadly, most of these extra features aren't worth getting excited about.
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. However, don’t be fooled, you’d be hard pressed to find more loyal fans in any sport anywhere.
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
Excerpt: It's too bad that EA Sports doesn't have any competition for the hockey gaming market anymore. While the previous two editions of its long-standing hockey franchise were impressively playable--if not exactly groundbreaking refinements of the superb game that was NHL 11--too little of note has been added this time around.
Pros: Still plays a great game of hockey, Great overall skating and shooting physics make for on-ice realism, Powerhouse hitting with the new collision detection
Cons: Live the Life is unnecessarily bland, Lame NHL 94 mode, AI remains noticeably inconsistent