Go back in time in NHL 14 with the greatest old school hockey game of all time, NHL 94.
Let me start out by saying that I was leaning toward buying NHL 14 from the start and it didn’t hurt that New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur is going to be on the cover of the game this year. This marks the first time in years that a goaltender is on the cover. Then there was the info revealed recently about the game having a special Anniversary mode of the greatest hockey game of all time, NHL 94. I grew up on NHL 94 and with NHL 14 having a version of the classic game, it becomes a must buy for me.
The news of NHL 94 being in NHL 14 is still fresh in the minds of the fans so it was no surprise that was the main concept that EA was showing off at this software showcase in New York City. The classic NHL 94 will be available for everyone to play right from the start. EA wanted to recreate the good times fans have had with the game, being able to invite friends over and play a “no rules” game of hockey.
My brother and I have had some iconic battles playing against each other in NHL 94. The nostalgia factor I felt playing the game this afternoon is what EA is banking on. Fans of the SEGA/SNES version will notice that fighting wasn’t in NHL 94 but the way the fighting is in Anniversary mode, it feels like it has been in the game forever. The fighting is powered by Fight Night Technology and fights start like they do in an actual game of hockey. If you hit a star player be prepared to drop the gloves and fight. You don’t need to use the hit button to perform a body check. If you’re skating along and you’ll check someone, the check can be performed by the control stick.