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
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.
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!
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.
No EASHL, no purchase.
This game is worthless without EASHL. The graphics do look better, but without EASHL, there's not enough here to keep me playing for more than a week. How last gen gets EASHL and next gen doesn't, I will never understand. Skip this one until EA figures out what the people want.
No EASHL this year for next gen
So...it's official, there is no EASHL or Online Teamplay for Next-Gen consoles this year. EA Sports had an official press release on it stating that they didn't have time to implement it. They will still have the cash cow game mode of HUT where you can spend plenty of additional money buying card packs to unlock players...funny how that makes the cut. The reason why they left it out? It was on purpose.... or due to sheer laziness. EA Sports released Madden and FIFA for the Xbox One last year. NHL14 was held off of Xbox One last year so they could work on NHL 15 more dedicated and make it "higher quality than a rushed product". So how is it that Madden and FIFA kept all the game modes last year...when they rushed it and just modded the original game so it would work on Next Gen, yet NHL has an extra basically.... 8-10 months development on those other titles and can't even keep the game modes in? That was on purpose. More concrete evidence as to why EA was voted Worst Company in the US for 2 years in a row. I WILL NOT BE BUYING THIS GAME NOR ANY OTHER EA GAMES UNTIL THEY IMPLEMENT EASHL. It baffles me that they remove most likely the most popular game mode and definitely the one that all hardcore NHL players are drawn to. Then again...like i said, EA was voted worst company in the US for 2 years running.
Garbage incomplete game
Huge let down for next gen! No EASHL? No modes? Huh?! Don't waste your money! I was hyped for this game just to be let down 2 weeks before release, this game is barebones...one bone really.
I have always enjoyed the NHL game franchise, but NHL 15 has been a complete letdown. Graphically, it is a huge step forward, the arenas look very detailed, the crowds are fairly diverse, and the players are easily recognizable. The problem is that graphics seem to be the only thing the developers worked on. The physics feel the same as NHL 14, if not worse, the AI isn't any better, and the controls feel really clunky. HUT is basically the same besides a few UI changes. The other game modes are pretty much ruined now. In the Be A Pro mode, one of my favorites, I have not been able to figure out how to bring up the menu with coach feedback and the button to skip to my next shift (pressing a button will call the line currently out back in and your line will go, even if you are tired), so I just sit on the bench watching the AI play. In Be A GM, most of it is all the same as the others, except I haven't been able to find a fantasy draft button. Overall, this game has just been made prettier, but worse and more complicated in every other way. I hope EA will turn the franchise around since I hate to see it at such a low point.