NHL 14 Clone
I bought this game with every intention of giving it a fair shake. However, what I found was a game almost indistinguishable from NHL 14. The game modes, game mode features (contracts in be a GM mode, interviews in Life the Life, etc), and even the menus are almost identical to NHL 14. I don't expect an NHL game to do anything revolutionary (after all, it's a sports simulation) but I do expect each iteration to significantly improve upon the previous year to justify another $60 purchase. However, in this case it appears that only the commentary has changed along with some collision physics have been improved.
I would consider myself a fan of Doc and the NBC team. I listen to them and am able to get excited about games I don't even care about simply because of the way Doc lives and dies with each shot or close call in every game. However, in this game they barely have the same enthusiasm as their live broadcasts. They sound almost depressed from my experience.
All in all, the graphics and game play may have made slight improvements but these changes are barely significantly noticeable from NHL 14. I give this game a 6/10 not because of any problems inherent in the game. It's score is mainly due to this being the next game in the NHL series while essentially being a clone of the previous year. If you are looking for a quality NHL game without the $60 price tag, I would suggest NHL 14. It's basically the same.
DO NOT BUY IF YOU HAVE 14
for those of you who are buying NHL 15 for an xbox 360 (and possibly ps3, but i wouldnt know for sure, im just assuming) and already have 14, DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY. it is EXACTLY like NHL 14, exept for the commentator and new players and team ratings. you probably saw the trailer for xbox one and ps4 if you are very exited. the xbox 360 version is NOTHING like the xbox one version. i was extremely dissapointed when i played it. then i read online that since i opened it i cant return it, which dissapointed me even more. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY. stick with NHL 14 if you already have it for 360 or ps3. there is no difference in game play. EA Sports didnt change a single thing besides the teams and announcer. even the graphics are exactly the same. it is not worth $60. i wouldnt even pay $10 to upgrade from 14 to 15.
Slap In The Face By EA
NHL 15 is a complete joke. The fact that EA believed that they could reproduce nhl 14 with new rosters and commentators and sell it as the a new and novel game is just ridiculous. Every facet of the game is the same as nhl 14 besides minor cosmetics i.e. player pictures, commentators and the physics tweaks that ea claims to have put in (I for one have not noticed). Main point of this review... DON'T BUY THIS GAME
For the Next-Gen OMG THIS GAME LOOKS AMAZING. But you look up ACTUAL gameplay from the 360 and ps3... its NHL 14 With a roster up-date... Not worth 60$
Cosmetic updates great, how about game updates.
While I love some of the updates that EA is saying this years game will have such as the addition of Mike Doc' Emrick and Eddie Olczyk on commentary and the pileups in front of the net but it will take a whole lot more to make this game close to what real hockey actually is. EA has to do more to make it where NHL goalies are not giving up all the weak wrist shot goals from the top of the circle that old men's league goalies like myself stop 99% of the time. The have to do more to make it where one guy cannot skate through the entire opposing team the entire length of the ice and score at will. Those that are making Madden talk about the updates they are doing for the defensive side of that game, those that are making this game need to address the defensive side of this game just as bad or no matter what they do to the graphics and audio it still will be nowhere close to what it should be.
Very similar to 14
The gameplay is very similar to NHL 14, but the physics are slightly better and the game on a whole plays a lot smoother. I got real tired of the previous announcers because they just said the same things year in, year out ("like dogs on raw meat!"). But the announcers in this are HORRIBLE. They sound downright depressed. I'm very annoyed they got rid of the online hockey where you could just jump into a lobby with anonymous players or friends and play. Not sure why they got rid of it. All in all, I enjoy the game but I agree with a lot of other people's negative reviews.
DO NOT BUY UNLESS YOU HAVE NEXT GEN
This was the biggest waste of $60 ever. I bought it for 360 and it's the exact same as NHL 14. It would have been nice if EA gave a little heads up. I'm all for focusing mainly on next gen consoles, but at least give it a little effort towards 360/PS3. Not worth even buying the game unless you have a One/PS4
I wanted a new game, not NHL 14.
All that this game is a roster update and some physics. What a waste of money! ```````````````````````````````````
Same game...different year. Instead of changing the commentators and graphics...maybe work on the game play. Come on people the game is 95% identical to last year's version. Games like this and Madden should just be updates downloaded each year for $20. In no way shape or form is this game worth $60 again.
So EA is not going to include the EA Sports Hockey League in the next-gen versions because they obviously hate their community. It's a deal breaker for many.