Its a foul, its a foul. I repeat its a foul. Oh my god where is the puck, awesome shot,what a defence and Its a GOAL yes..yes.. (crowd cheering). Confused?? what is this all about?. Well these are the things which you hear in an hockey game. To all those hockey enthusiast we have something special for you. If you’re still thinking then let me reveal it to you. We are with the review of Electronic Arts-National Hockey League 15 (NHL ‘15). Hockey is my favorite sport. I played in my college days and I watch it religiously. One of the reasons I love hockey so much is because it’s fast, strategic, and dynamic on so many different levels. With this EA has released its 24th installment NHL series NHL 15 on 9th of September’14. We have been lucky enough as one of our friend got this copy for us while coming down to Bengaluru. Moving forward with NHL 15, it has all that adrenaline rush in it which will make you fall for it.It’s fun to play on a moment-to-moment level, and it’s accessible to anyone that can hold a controller,there are complex techniques like poke checking, throwing your body around, and winning battles in the corners. As the game progressed we noticed many thing which eventually is a bad news for those who have been playing NHL series.
NHL 15 at least manages to satisfy on the ice. It looks incredible — close-up shots of players reveal fine details in jerseys and equipment, lights and video boards in arenas are reflected on the ice surface, and the venues themselves are faithful virtual recreations of their real-life counterparts.
The crowd brings a new dimension to the rink atmosphere, too. There’s much greater variety than ever before in their character models, and the people really pay attention to what’s going on in the game. Your home fans roar when you stifle an oncoming rush,voice their disappointment when you screw your own attack by going offside and boo whenever you get called for a penalty. I also loved seeing hockey-specific crowd behaviors: A rowdy fan sitting by the visiting team’s penalty box taunted a player who’d been thrown inside it. The Player face expressions were also so real.
Better yet, it’s highly customizable. Camera angles can be altered, pre-determined difficulty settings can be tinkered with, and you can even set how arcade or simulation-like you want the overall experience to be. Hate icing? Shut it off. Going offside the bane of your existence? Eliminate it completely. You can even determine how often a fight happens, the likelihood of a player breaking his stick, or whether you want to deal with injuries. And of course, you can pick your control style.
It has gameplay implications in that it results in boarding penalties actually being called when they should be. That’s something that didn’t happen enough in previous NHL games, and it’s nice to see NHL 15 reflecting the league’s recent efforts in the area of player safety.
NHL 15 has revised its analog stick controls for skating and stick handling which offer many more ways for you to fake out defenders. Timing a deke(is an ice hockey technique which a player uses to get past an opponent) just right so you can slip past a guy and then blast a slap shot home from the slot — that’s when this game is at its best.
Now coming to the section which I previously mentioned ‘bad news’ for those who have been playing NHL series is that NHL 15 have ignored many features when developing such an awesome game. Entire modes have been removed. EA Sports Hockey League, a multi-player online league mode that was first introduced in NHL 2009, is gone. GM Connected, an online version of the team management mode, has disappeared. There is no Season Mode, forcing players to either play a season via the game’s offline GM mode with team management, or as an individual player in Be a Pro.
There’s no Winter Classic game, which has become a famous spectacle for the NHL by bringing regular season hockey games to outdoor stadiums. There’s no Live the Life mode, which added some off-the-ice content to a regular career mode, giving players the opportunity to manage the personal and public life of their player. Some of the missing pieces aren’t even modes. When you score a hat-trick, for example, no hats are thrown – this despite the fact that the color commentary team mentions that hats are flooding the ice. Online team play, which allowed for more than 1-vs-1 online matches, is nowhere to be found, although EA promises that mode will be added via patch. Even EA’s Hockey Ultimate Team is limited, only allowing for randomized match-ups and won’t permit players to compete against friends. NHL 15 has even lost elements from its create-a-player mode, which drastically reduces the customization you have over your created hockey hero or heroine. You can no longer unlock and adjust player equipment to give your created hockey star attribute buffs. But on the other hand EA has worked a lot towards in game music and the commentary by Mike Emrick and Eddie Olczyk commenting in the best way. Infact in other way it has nailed the sounds of hockey; the slash of a skate on fresh ice, the bounce of a puck into the boards, the collision of rubber on the crossbar. When I think about playing hockey, I think about the smell of the locker room, the sound of the Zamboni laying a fresh sheet down, and all of those aforementioned noises of the game. I’m so pleased that the telltale audio cues of hockey were captured so realistically, even if the crowd noise itself leaves something to be desired. It was cool to hear that music, see the same scoreboard graphics, and witness the intros to each city, with helicopter shots of the arenas, skylines, and other geography.
Here is the Official Game Trailer, have a look.