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.
Summary: 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