More Reviews
REVIEWS Boss! Review
PlayStation Vita owners looking to exercise a little frustration can look to this rather low-fi title about creating a monster and destroying everything in your path.

KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX Review
Part 2 of Square-Enix and Disney's cooperative compilation cash-cow is ready to milk the series for another go, but does the milk taste sweet or is it spoiled?
More Previews
PREVIEWS Evolve Preview
With multiplayer action set as its focus, Evolve surprised us earlier this month by introducing a single-player campaign mode where you can switch between mercenaries.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Kalimba
Release date: Out Now

Persona 5
Release date: 12/31/14

Motorcycle Club
Release date: 01/01/15

Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk
Release date: 01/14/15


LATEST FEATURES Downloadable Content Walks the Line Between Fun and Frenzied in Middle-earth
I don’t even care all that much for the Lords of the Rings brand, which makes the content falling under Shadow of Mordor’s Season Pass a pleasant surprise.

Ugly Christmas Sweaters for Gamers
If this awful trend is going to persist, you may as well do it your way.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES Black Friday 2014 Video Game Deals Buyer's Guide
Looking to score the most bang for your buck the day after Thanksgiving? Well look no further! Our Black Friday guide is just the tool you need.

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP KevinS
RIP Ralph Baer (1922-2014)
By KevinS
Posted on 12/07/14
RIP Ralph Baer (1922-2014) I really, really hate writing obits. I really do. But I take it as a personal honor to be able to say good things about the men and women I respect, whether in this industry or just in my life, and Ralph Baer is the reason all of this exists in the first...

NHL 14 Preview

Devin_Charles By:
Devin_Charles
04/19/13
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Sports 
PLAYERS
PUBLISHER EA Sports 
DEVELOPER EA Canada 
RELEASE DATE Out Now
E10+ Contains Mild Violence

What do these ratings mean?

Is it time to throw down? I think so!

This year’s professional hockey season began with a lockout. For many people this meant pay cuts, less work, and even loss of jobs. For EA, they worried their beloved NHL franchise would see drops in interest. And in some areas there was a bit of a falloff. But finally terms and agreements were made and hockey was finally back. This couldn’t have come at a better time because the numbers for this NHL video game franchise went through the roof. Sales, downloads, and gameplay skyrocketed like never before.

That was for NHL 13. NHL 14 looks to be even better, possibly the best ever. Many of the flaws from past editions seem to have been corrected and this newest installment will have the coolest features combined into one game. My biggest gripe has been that the hits in NHL 13 weren’t as consistent as I wanted them to be. Fear no longer, because hits and player contact for NHL 14 has taken a huge leap forward. Before, when it came to hits, we would see animations like guys being checked at the shoulder but taking the force as if being bulldozed through the chest.



The worst was when you lined up an opponent perfectly for a major collision, only to hitstick him for no effect what so ever. Not this yearas this time around, your brutish mentality will be rewarded. Using the right analog will still be the main punishment tool. But now, depending on your player’s size and attributes, you can simply skate at opponents using left analog and bring them down with authority.

Contact between players doesn’t stop at big body checks but rolls over to fighting as well. In the past, when a fight was initiated, we would see no one around them and the guys stand at the same height, even if they weren’t in their ratings, and see them duke it out in what seems like an always fair fight. Not anymore; if a 6’4" wingman gets into it with a 5’8" defenseman, the animation will show the difference, not only in height but in toughness too. Adding more touches of realness, teammates will now be standing around, in audience, as you lay fisticuffs to some bruiser.



A few other little features have been added or tweaked for the betterment of the game, such as one-touch dekes and defensive strafing. One-touch dekes are the same from last year except now it’s possible to perform them with just a two-button combination instead of the old three-button confusing setup. With strafing, you will notice defenders having a much smoother and efficient way of blocking clear lanes.

It’s all about the hockey trifecta “aggression, speed, and skill” in perfect harmony. So strafe, deke, hit, and fight your way to victory later on in the year, when NHL 14 skates into town on Xbox 360 and PS3.
More GR previews for this game:
NHL 14 preview posted on 04/19/13.
Tags:   EA Sports, EA Canada

More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about NHL 14