It's that time of year again. The time that all Canadians (and a few Americans) have been waiting all summer to return. Another NHL season is about to start up again. Along with that, comes a new NHL game from EA. Time to pick up that controller and play as your favorite team or create yourself a rookie and work your way through the ranks. It is time for NHL 15.
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This is a NHL game made by EA. If you have ever played NHL hockey from this company in the last five or so years, you know what to expect. These EA and all other sports games are an annual affair. You can set your calendars to them. In the case of EA’s NHL franchise, they release a new one every year in September which is approximately a month before the actual NHL season starts.
Usually, nothing major changes. It is a $60 roster update so that you can make sure you are playing with the updated roster of your favorite team. It is such a little thing. But I was relieved to find out that the changes my favorite team, the Colorado Avalanche, had made to their roster in the off season, made it into the game.
From what I can tell, nothing major has changed in the way the game plays. This is the part of NHL games the company nails every time. I love it.
There is the case of the missing/streamlined modes. As the game sits right now, the PS4 and XBOX One games are missing the online team and online league modes. Also, modes like “Be A Pro”, have been streamlined and are missing a few things. I don’t know a lot about this as this is the first NHL game I have played in a few years. I was never really into any of the modes accept “Be A Pro”.
Maybe it is just me, but I welcome this change back to a more simple NHL game. But I’m from the NHL 94 days. In that game, all you really had was the main game plus a few skills competition modes. Online multiplayer was something we never heard of before. This is probably why I don’t miss any of the online modes. To me any sports game should only be played in local multiplayer. This way you get to rub shoulders with your opponents/teammates. These are some of the fondest memories I have with my friends.
This also makes be sad that they have removed the NHL 94 mode out of the PS4 and XBOX One games. I know it is nostalgia, but I grew up playing that game. It will always have a place in my heart. Don’t be too disheartened, though, as I have heard that some of the removed stuff will be put back in with future patches.
I am reviewing this game on the PS4. This game looks amazing. They have added dynamic fabric. As the player moves, their jersey will ripple in the wind and flex over their equipment. This gives the game a better sense of realism, but I do think it needs a bit of tweaking.
The jerseys in this game seem to be made out of silk. They flex and ripple way too much. Jersey material is more rigid. It kind of throws the realism off a bit once you notice that the jerseys don’t move quite right. But it is a welcome change from the rigid models of the games before it.
More upgrades include: almost all the NHL arenas are now rendered in the game, live action performances from the broadcasting team at NBC, and over 9000 unique character models for the crowd. This all gives NHL 15 a more realistic experience.
Is NHL 15 worth the $60 price tag? If you have a PS3 or XBOX 360, then I would say no. $60 is just too high of a price for a roster update. On the other hand if you own a PS4 or XBOX One, it is a huge yes.
Sure there are some modes missing at launch, but this is the first NHL game on the new consoles. That alone is worth the price if you are an NHL fan. You don’t want to have to go and dust your PS3 or XBOX 360 off to get your NHL fix. Plus, this is a huge step forward in realism.
A step that can only be taken with a new console generation. The missing modes will be back. Until then, play NHL the way it was meant to be played. You and a few buddies on the couch, battling it out to see who will win.
+ improved realism
+ improved commentating from the broadcasters at NBC
- removed game modes might be a deal breaker for some