We end our string of EA Sports title reviews for 2013 with NHL 14. I thought this would never end. I’m on EA overload.
The NHL series has been around for 22 years now. We all remember the critical acclaimed title that launched this series into the stratosphere with NHL 94 for the Sega Mega Drive and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
You guys remember right? It stinks getting old.
In 1996 the series grew even bigger with the release of NHL 97 on the PlayStation One. The game had solid controls and gave you the ability to make huge hits that would send your opponent flying through the air in an almost comical fashion. Not to mention the awesome one-timers (Google it). Over the years, the NHL series has evolved from an arcade-style game to more of a simulator, bringing you the most complete and realistic hockey game ever made.
NHL 14 has come full circle. EA Sports is celebrating the anniversary of NHL 94 in grand fashion and bringing back some simplicity to the NHL series with a modern twist. NHL 14 has new and improved fighting mechanics that are based off of the boxing game Fight Night. This gives a more total-control feel while fighting.
Updated player physics allows for bigger and better hits. The new One-Touch Dekes (equivalent of a crossover in basketball) control will allow for simpler player and puck control while performing a deke. New to the series is Live the Life. Basically it’s a career mode with deeper customization that allows you to have a virtual experience of what a professional athlete goes through, kind of like the NBA 2K series.
My favorite part of the game is the NHL 94 Anniversary mode. It’s NHL 94 remastered with current rosters and the same simple controls from when you played it on your Sega or SNES. NHL 14 also allows you to use the NHL 94 button layout for any of the game modes. Good decision EA.
Now that we are all caught up on what’s new, we can begin the review. That rhymed. I’m thinking about joining the rap game.
Moving on, keep in mind that I’m not much of a hockey fan. I know the game and how to play, I just don’t follow it that much. I like the Mighty Ducks. Gordon Bombay is a legend. I will score the game over five categories: Presentation, Graphics, Controls, Gameplay, and Overall Fun Level. After we tally up the scores I will let you know if NHL 14 is a game you should Buy, Rent or Pass on. So click on the next page button and let’s begin.