Sim and arcade fans alike will love EA Sports' latest.
At one point in time, EA Sports' NHL franchise couldn't figure out what it wanted to be, running a distant second to 2K Sports' brilliant NHL 2K franchise. But then, something strange happened. The developers began devoting themselves to new ideas that clicked with the hockey community, including right stick analog controls and some new features to involve fans both online and off. The end result? NHL 2K is officially out of business, and EA's NHL brand thrives on.
Still, I doubt fans could be as startled as they'll be when they get their hands on NHL 14. This is easily one of the better games in the series, not only loaded with the great online and career recreation features they've come to expect, but also a smoother flowing Infinity Engine that makes everything look and feel just right when it comes to hockey action. Let's not forget the loving tribute to the classic NHL '94 either.
First off, the career modes will definitely keep you busy. Be a Pro/Live the Life enables you to build your hockey player how you feel, starting through the minors and eventually making key decisions that will decide how your playing career ends up. It's really something, even if you're just answering simple questions to the media. It all plays out into a provocative feature that will keep you busy.