Been a while but im back
I just played the demo on xbox one and i must say- i am finally excited about a game for next gen. This game had me smiling and remembering all the fun i had playing a game about 15 years ago called NHL RIVALS on the original xbox. This game looks great and i think it plays incredible. I havent bought a hockey game since ea sports NHL '08 on xbox 360 and was not impressed. i was not expecting too much from it this year but with limited games out there for next gen i figured i would give it a shot. Now i cant wait for september 9th to play the game and take the bruins to the cup. I plan on upgrading to the ultimate team version now having enjoyed the demo so much! I am pumped about NHL '15
This game sucks if you are wanting to be a pro. Why you ask? Well for one in any positions you play you can't start in the chl (Canadian hockey league) to build up your character/characters you just get automatically drafted into the NHL. Second you can't stop sim so you can play in any periods you want when you know your going to win. Third is your average will almost always be between 71 and 73 the highest that you can start off with is a two-way forward and one of the worst is a goalie. Fourth is you can't practice during your time off or see who is injured as Well as when you don't play sometimes you don't get points in the standings. Fifth is there are way to many fight opportunities. Overall EASPORTS really botched this game in a lot of ways.
a let down
NHL 15 follows the disturbing trend of sports games limiting game modes. like madden and NBA 2k many game modes are stripped down or removed. for instance just like the other 2 games there is no season mode! you can play GM mode in which you can control one team only throughout a season but that is it. just last year in NHL you could play a season and control every team and play every game if you wanted to. that is what i like. I'm a wings fan so i usually play most of their games but i like to play other headline games like kings-ducks, rangers-devils etc. can't do that anymore except in exhibition. weak. luckily they just put playoff mode back in after the last patch. and of course as others have said many online modes are removed. why? just don't get why any game maker would want to take away options for their customers. otherwise the game is solid in terms of graphics and physics etc. although the sound is not great as the crowd sounds never really change even when the announcers are saying how loud it is it seems the same to me.
Looks great, sounds great... same old story?
I've put in many hours playing the NHL series the last 5/6 years. I mainly play EASHL, and online versus. EASHL is a lot of fun, but it has it's core problems that can be addressed which can make the game mode absolutely dynamic. Glitch goals occur way to often in NHL 14. The same shot that goes in on every break away kind of takes away the fun of the game. I believe this would be fixed, but im sure that more glitches will be discovered. With the power of the new consoles I can't wait to see the graphics upgrade. Hopefully they can get all the licensing to get authentic arenas and goal horns. Fixing the attribute system for "My Pro" and fixing the my pro offline mode (similar to how nba 2k does it) would really improve this game. I haven't done much with HUT and GM mode, but form what I hear the computer isn't the smartest GM. I'm very optimistic for the game, and I have already begun the countdown till the game gets released! LETS GO RANGERS!!
HALF THE GAME MODES LEFT OUT ON XB1/PS4
EA has some nerve charging a full $59 for this game when they left out all the best game modes. No EASHL or OTP really?? This game should be $39 at launch. ITS ONLY HALF A GAME!! NHL was my main reason for buying the Xbox One and PS4, now I have to play it on the 360 for another year. Thank a lot Rammer! Do yourself a favor and skip the next gen version of NHL this year. If you must buy it just wait for the game to hit the bargain bin.. Trust me this game is a dud and the price will drop quick.
I play mostly be a gm. The hit physics are off a player who was skating backwards shouldn't be able to obliterate another player when there was never much space between the two players. The penalty calling is horrible the computer team takes zero penalties. The game constantly crashes during gameplay and there isn't an autosave after playing a game so all data is lost making you usually start over several weeks back if you dont save constantly
Don't waste your money
First off, i am a diehard hockey fan. I love everything hockey. But, this game is an absolute disgrace. EASHL, GM connected, live the life, online shootout, and OTP are ALL GONE. If you know much about NHL online vs, you probably know about this thing called "ice tilt". Its EA's way of making less skilled players have a better chance of winning games. In 15, ice tilt is EXTREMELY obvious. I have had several games in which i outshot the opponent by over 20 shots, but they got the win because it makes it easy for them to score, and near impossible for the better player to score. It would be easier to tell you what EA did right with this game. Commentary and graphics. that it. don't waste your money!
It is as if the people who created the game know nothing about hockey. This game values hits and fights more than shots and goals. Fast, agile human controlled players are unable to escape the never ending barrage of checks from slow footed defensemen. Meanwhile, the computer controlled players are difficult to defend in the middle of the ice. Your only chance is if the cpu attempts to make a play along the boards. Even more frustrating is that the computer always runs the exact same set play, sending a player to the slot for a one-timer. This player will never be covered, the pass will always be perfect, and if the player dekes or performs a spin move, he will always score. I have been playing the EA NHL series for over 20 years. I guess it's time for me to retire this game.
I Love It.
It one of my favorite games for Xbox One. All I do is play Be a Pro and it is really fun. This is probably the game I play the most.
Feature-less but fun
The reason I am giving this game higher reviews that everyone else is because of the context in which I bought it. ATTENTION: IF YOU ARE A HARDCORE NHL GAMER AND LIVE IN EASHL YOU WILL HATE THIS AND SEE IT AS A WASTE OF EFFORT AND MONEY. I purchased it because I have several friends whom I play with--which to me is the most fun aspect of the game. I am not a hardcore gamer, and bought this for the party aspect--i also like to host little tournament style parties where basically 4-8 guys get together, drink too much and play hockey. This game is PERFECT for that and only that. The main problem I have is that the only way to effectively play defense against the computer is to patrol the middle of the ice instead of go after the puck carrier. Playing with friends you can attack the puck carrier and be more effective. Also, $60 is wayyy too much for the incomplete game, but alas, I paid for it during a drunken stupor when I was sick of losing so much in FIFA. If you have friends to play with (yeah right, losers) then this game is maybe worth $40. If not (like most of you) then skip this altogether, but my friends and I are having a lot of fun with it.