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
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!!
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.
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.
Not the best from EA
I have played every NHL titles since 2003. I put countless hours into these games averaging 10-12 days of playing time per game. My cousins and I would play the games for several hours at a time. For every NHL title, I knew the game inside and out and also knew the games down to technical levels.
SHORT VERSION - Pros- fluid, more realistic mechanics
Cons- THERE IS NO CLUB, the “game eveners” are ridiculous
GAMEPLAY/MECHANICS-5/10-The game has a very fluid skating mechanics, however, the rest of the game mechanics are just terribly build. I often feel like the game picks sides on who they want to win. I will play games where the person I'm playing against just will not lose the puck and score from the simplest of shots. At the same time I will lose the puck without their stick even near me, and when I do make a nice play their goalie stops even the most extreme shots.
GRAPHICS-7/10-The graphics are phenomenal the only small detail that keeps it from a full 10/10 is the occasional glitch in the game that it loops the face off and the game disconnects due to it. When I try to load Online Team Play (OTP), almost every game will glitch out and the play will just stop and go back to the face off (about 1 out of 10 times the game will repeatedly do this till it crashes).
SOUND-7/10- The sound quality is very good, however, EA Sports changed the announcers to the NBC announcers who are even more annoying. Also, every couple fights or so the game will cut out the sound of the crowd making the game feel like it just stopped completely.
SIMILARITIES TO PREVIOUS TITLES-4/10- The game is very different from ’14. The goalies are more independent that ever before making it incredibly easy to score unrealistic goals so the people who are not good at the game can beat pros. I have played people who will take simply snap shots from the blue line and score top shelf, meanwhile, I get stuffed on a cross crease on a 2 on 0
DIFFERENCES TO PREVIOUS TITLES-1/10- NHL 15’s biggest difference to the previous titles is the lack of EASHL, or “club”. EA sports most prized game mode for NHL titles is not in this game.
The lack of club makes playing with your friends so much harder. The only way to play with your friends, instead of against, is to try and find the same game of OTP and if you have more than 3 people you usually cannot find a game.
MY OVERALL OPINION-3/10-The only reason I purchased this game is because I have 3 roommates that I play with in my dorm room. The game is just poorly built only having some of the game modes. NHL 15 is just an even more frustration version of NHL 14.
RECCOMENDATION- If you want this game just to have an updated NHL title to play then this game is for you. If you buy NHL games to play club with your friends or for the enjoyment of beating people continuously online then do not buy this game.
No Couch Co-op
This game was an epic disappointment when we found out there was no online guest play. Online Versus is locked down to 1v1. I know a majority of gamers solely play with their friends against other people online (typically 2v2). This game is dead to me and will not recommend it to any other friends until this issue is fixed.
A flashy NHL14 with half the game modes
I bought the game to play hut. In that aspect it is fine. But other than hut i do not play the game. My buddies and i still go back to 14 for EASHL. Graphics are great and I am a devils fan so hearing Doc's voice brings back some good times. When you look at the game the things they added don't outweigh the things they took away. No EASHL is a shot to the heart, and now my buddy and i cant sit around creating teams and jerseys for hours on end. NHL15 is bare bones of NHL14 with a few more bells and whistles that no one cares about. No one cares that none of the fans are the same, just let me play EASHL. When it comes down to it I will always buy the new NHL because i love the game, but I will say i was very disappointed with the game.
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!