Rated 3 out of
Just another version of 2015!! Example...Overtime does not have the option for 3 on 3!! That's a must.
Date published: 2015-11-30
Rated 5 out of
The gameplay is smooth, and controls are easy to use and all the dekes and attributes and included. Commentary is improved. Great game to play with friends.
Date published: 2015-09-20
Rated 4 out of
Best gameplay for an NHL game hands down
It's time now for PS3 hockey gamers to band together and decide which NHL game to stick with. It should be this one. Best gameplay for an NHL game hands down. In my opinion this clearly has the edge over NHL for new consoles. It's a great balance between simulation and arcade-style action that has been nailed on the head. Remember GamePro reviews? I would mostly decide on games by looking at fun factor. This gets the max fun factor score of 5 from me.
Skating and collisions are more nuanced. There are noticeably fewer tripping penalties from poke checks which is welcome. Slight changes in many areas seem to be throughout which make for a better game.
The commentary is significantly improved over NHL 15, which was quite awkward and in my opinion actually so bad that after purchase I quickly sold my copy of NHL 15 and returned to playing NHL 14. Legacy Edition still has a more relaxed announcing approach than NHL 14 and earlier NHL games did in that it doesn't focus so heavily on dropping every puck carrier's name in an authoritative tone. It's already easy to tell that the EA Trax are much more friendly to longterm use than in the past. Like FIFA, the genre of music is more chill which is nice when exploring HUT and other modes while not playing a game. Since I'm not planning to buy a next-gen console, it's also nice to have the option to import my own audio into the menus. In terms of sound overall, this game is put together very nicely.
The menus still haven't changed much from NHL 14, aside from the Stanley Cup appearing top left in the main menu rather than a player from your favorite team. This minutiae seems to cheapen the work that EA actually did put into the game because it looks like a copy and paste. The menu may not be ideal for getting to some of your favorite modes like EASHL, NHL Moments Live, or heads up online play but in EA's defense, if it's not broken, why fix it?
Clearly a lot of work has been put into NHL Moments Live. There's a lot of good content there. I just played the first moment as Duncan Keith, preserving the Hawks' shutout, and the Conn Smythe & Stanley Cup presentation that follow winning that moment are sweet.
I look forward to seeing new special items in HUT as the season moves along. Will a Winter Classic Stadium become an available item? Will there be a milestone card for Brian Leetch? Time will tell. NHL Moments Live -- stacked full for last season -- looks primed for pampering this season.
If we're all onboard, it's going to be much easier to find online matches in Legacy Edition than in any other previous NHL game. It might as well be. This is the disc to own for PS3 hockey.
Date published: 2015-09-16