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
Good Game But Lacking
NHL 15 is a step up from NHL 14 the Commentary is ok but change was needed in commentary. game is good but also bad presentation and graphics are great NHL 15 is missing game modes (EASHL GM Connected season mode etc I Would Recommend this game to a person who likes hockey be a pro online versus and be a Gm mode
Not much of an upgrade from 14
The only new and improved thing is the presentation. The goalie interference is really bad in this game and while playing online it gets really annoying when your players reach and attempt to handle a pass but instead it bounces until another player can grab it usually the other team or after about the third attempt you will eventually be able to handle it. Also the ice tilt is terrible in this game I can dominate a team in every way and lose by defending really well and giving a shot from the blue line and it'll go in and all of a sudden my defense is so far out of position and don't block cross crease passes anymore. It goes both ways though I have games where it's scoreless and I get one goal and two more easily right after.
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!!
Amazed How Bad this Game is!
Well, this game is just bad. Cant get around that. The random interference calls, knocking the goalies out of the way and scoring goals, Its like they are playing on Beer League hockey speed besides the shots. Controls are really sluggish.
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.
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.
don't listen to the other pessimists, this game is awesome. it is missing a few game modes, but people should get over it cause the overall gameplay is awesome. the physics are much better than any other nhl game out in the past. I am a hockey player, and i am a huge fan, this game is just getting more realistic. EA did an awesome job to develop amazing graphics, and gameplay. The arenas look awesome, especially MSG. Everyonelse i know enjoys the game just as much as i do, compared to these others who give 1 and 2 reviews because one game mode is missing.
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!
Does not compare to Past NHL's. Removed too much!
Compared to past NHLs this is very disappointing. There are so many game modes removed. My favorite game mode has always been Be a GM, but after a while i like to try other game modes. My only other options in 15 are ultimate team, and be a pro. After buying this game, i went back to playing NHL 14 on my PS3 instead of NHL 15 on my Xbox one. Game should not be $60. Also since we had to wait an extra year for the next gen game compared to most other sports games i expected this to be a great game. Instead its a disappointment. Would not recommend to a friend.