This game gets worse the more I play
I really enjoy playing franchises or GM's when i play sports games. However as i realize on this game, the CPU is either so easy anyone can score 10 goals in 15 mins. Or it is so difficult that I can go 5 games getting outscored 20-0 throughout the series. The CPU makes un-real shots every single game and is always in perfect position to make a play, ever play. Overall the more I play, the more I see the same kind of crazy goals, or error by my team that allows the CPU to score. On a tangent, poke checking online is horrible. I play games where all I do is get chased by players using poke check and they might get one or two penalties a game, but they poke it away so many times that its worth taking the penalties. There are so major adjustments that need to be made to the next year's game. But my love for hockey is what keeps me playing these games. But for the first time in a while, I am regretting purchasing this game.
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.
Nhl 15 is one great game for the xbox 360
So lately I have been reading reviews on this game from so many people that it isn't even funny. Let me break it down for you. Everyone in general is saying that Nhl 15 is just like Nhl 14 for the xbox 360 and Ps3. I will agree and disagree with people in general and here's why. The presentation in the game is very identical to Nhl 14 and everyone has to remember that the current gen games are going to be more about the gameplay than the graphics. The reason is because the graphics are maxed out on the current gens consoles. Anyways in my opinion I like the presentation in Nhl 15 because it reminds me of how great the Nhl games are. Personally even though I like the graphics in alot of the games that I play, I care more about the game play. And yes the game play has changed, The puck now does not bounce like a tennis ball and its harder to score a goal in that game which is awesome. I like a challenge in sports game. the gm mode has been tweaked to where it runs alot smoother. Yes the same modes are in this version of Nhl 15 to where they are not in the New Gen Consoles just yet but will be coming in the upcoming patches from EA for the new gen. Personally i don't like sports games that change presentation style every single year because you get used to it in one game. Then in the next years game you have to get used to a new style of presentation and its like what the flip. Anywho what I really did like about this game is the Commentators especially Mike Doc Emerick. I think he did a great job, ya you don't hear much from the other two commentators which I'm okay with. All in all if you care about graphics then go get a new gen and stop complaining. Otherwise if you are like me and care about the game play more then go out there and get this game.
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$
Don't do it.
This game is absolutely awful. I really wish I could get my $60 back. The game is based around an "ice tilt" system where if you're good, your players are going to play bad. It's insanely irritating and I find myself close to screaming whenever I play it. It is absolutely horrendous. Don't do it to yourself, EA is a despicable company and they don't deserve a dime. They had 2 years to make this game and (not so) surprisingly it's the worst EA NHL game I've ever played.
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.
Not worth Getting
I've been playing the NHL series since NHL 10, and I have watched this game series progress in gameplay and interest, a lot. But, it doesn't seem that way on NHL15.
I put the game in, and the loading looked the same. Same start screen, it loaded... and it looked EXACTLY the same. But I wanted to see if the gameplay was promised, with Doc, Eddy, and realistic arenas and many different fan types. Started playing, and I loved the commentary. Everything else was the same though. I thought it might be different on the special edition or Xbox One. But reading the reviews, Nope.
So, in the end, I hope there is a big update or something. Because if it will stay like this, I don't know if I will get the next game. :L
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.
Question, Why are Mike and Eddie still sounding like computer controlled tones? During a regular game, we here mike get excited as he anticipates a goal and when a goal is scored he gets very excited about it. Also when a guy misses a great opportunity to score or a goalie makes a great save on a would be goal, Mike often goes "Ah", and "What a save" in a very loud and very excited tone. Why is the excitement of these kinds of plays being toned down? PLEASE ADD much more excitement and drama into the calls.