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: 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
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. The duo of Gary Thorne and Bill Clement are still talking about things that happened years ago
Playability: Much better hitting, scoring, and fighting, but the hardcore simulation mode plays too much like NHL 13...
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...
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. Many long-standing complaints with the series have been addressed, though AI still needs work before it’ll stop embarrassing us on the ice. Between games, the new Live the Life additions give hardcore pro hockey players something to invest in, both online and off.
Excerpt: 20 years on and NHL 94 is still considered one of the best sporting games of all time, and many consider it to be the definitive representation of ice hockey in video games. Despite numerous graphical improvements, more complex control schemes, colour commentary and a host of detailed play modes, NHL 94 still stands the test of time as a game that is just pure fun to pick up and play.