NHL 14

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NHL 14
NHL 14 cover art.jpg
Cover featuring Martin Brodeur
Developer(s) EA Canada
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Series NHL series
Platform(s)
Release
  • NA: September 10, 2013[1]
  • AU: September 12, 2013
  • EU: September 13, 2013[1]
Genre(s) Sports (ice hockey)
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

NHL 14 is an ice hockey video game developed by EA Canada and published by EA Sports. It is the 23rd installment of the NHL series and was released in September 2013.[1] However, the game was released on September 7, 2013 for subscribers of the EA Sports Season Ticket service.[citation needed]

Like the NHL 13 cover, anybody could vote on the player(s) they wished to see on the cover of NHL 14. The vote started on April 22, 2013 with 60 NHL players (2 players per team) in a single-elimination voting with two players in each match-up, and was closed on June 2, 2013.[2][3] Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur and Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky qualified for the final,[4] and Martin Brodeur was announced as the winner on June 28, 2013.[5] NHL 14 marked the first time since NHL 97 that a goaltender was featured on the official cover (John Vanbiesbrouck was on the cover that year), as well as the first goaltender on any official ice hockey video game cover since Marty Turco on 2K Sports' NHL 2K6. Jonas Hiller was featured on the cover of NHL 12, but only in PAL regions.

Features[edit]

NHL 14 has overhauls to two game engines, based on other sports titles developed by EA Canada. The collision physics are now powered by the same core technology behind the FIFA Player Impact Engine. For more realistic fights, the game employs the new Enforcer Engine based on the Fight Night series. In addition, the True Performance Skating engine got some more improvements, and the game has a new deking system. The game's Be a Pro career mode now has off-the-ice interactions to dictate the player's overall legacy.[6] NHL 14 also features a modernized version of NHL '94, called NHL '94 Anniversary mode, featuring current rosters and updated graphics to commemorate the game's 20th anniversary.[7] This game also includes five Swiss NLA-league arenas.[citation needed]

Modes[edit]

Live the Life Mode – This is an expanded version of the Be A Pro mode in previous versions of the NHL franchise. Not only play on the ice, but off-ice decisions affect player development. This can be compared to the NBA 2K's MyPlayer/My Career modes.

  • HUT & EASHL Online SeasonsNHL 14 adds a promotion and relegation system to Hockey Ultimate Team & EA SPORTS Hockey League modes.
  • NHL 94 Anniversary Mode – In this mode, the game can be played using the controller layout and presentation style of NHL '94.
  • Winter Classic – The Winter Classic mode is back for NHL 14. This time, players have the option of playing the 2011 Winter Classic or the 2012 Winter Classic.
  • NBC Matchup – In mid-March 2014, EA teamed up with NBC Sports to add their NHL Game of the Week between Thursdays and Sundays, and their Wednesday Night Rivalry game between Mondays and Wednesdays, for the remainder of the 2013–14 NHL season.[8]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
PS3 Xbox 360
EGM N/A 9.5/10[9]
Game Informer 7.75/10[10] 7.75/10[10]
Game Revolution N/A 4.5/5 stars[11]
GameSpot 6/10[12] 6/10[12]
Giant Bomb N/A 4/5 stars[13]
IGN 8.3/10[14] 8.3/10[14]
Joystiq N/A 3.5/5 stars[15]
OPM (UK) 8/10[16] N/A
OPM (AU) 8/10[17] N/A
OXM (US) N/A 9/10[18]
The Globe and Mail N/A 9/10[19]
National Post N/A 9.5/10[20]
Aggregate score
Metacritic 80/100[21] 81/100[22]

NHL 14 received "favorable" reviews on both platforms according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[21][22] Overall it was regarded as an improvement in the NHL game franchise. The game was awarded "Best Sports Game" in the Game Critics Awards Best of E3 2013.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Goldfarb, Andrew (April 15, 2013). "NHL 14 Release Date Announced". IGN. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ "NHL 14 cover vote starts April 22". EA Sports. April 20, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  3. ^ "NHL ‘14 EA Cover Vote Sweepstakes" (PDF). National Hockey League. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 2, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  4. ^ Halford, Mike (May 27, 2013). "It’s Brodeur vs. Bobrovsky in NHL ’14 cover vote final". ProHockeyTalk. NBC Sports. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  5. ^ "NHL 14 Cover Reveal". EA Sports. June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  6. ^ Makuch, Eddie (April 15, 2013). "NHL 14 launches September 10". GameSpot. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  7. ^ Leahy, Sean (July 11, 2013). "Modernized version of ‘NHL 94′ to appear in upcoming ‘NHL 14′ video game". Yahoo! Sports. 
  8. ^ Steve OS (March 14, 2014). "EA Sports and NBC Sports Partner Up to Add NBC Game of the Week in NHL 14". Operation Sports. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  9. ^ Carsillo, Ray (September 6, 2013). "EGM Review: NHL 14 (X360)". EGMNow. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b Bertz, Matt (September 6, 2013). "NHL 14: The Return Of Arcade Hockey". Game Informer. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  11. ^ Charles, Devin (September 26, 2013). "NHL 14 Review (X360)". Game Revolution. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b Todd, Brett (September 10, 2013). "NHL 14 Review". GameSpot. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  13. ^ Navarro, Alex (September 11, 2013). "NHL 14 Review (X360)". Giant Bomb. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  14. ^ a b DeVries, Jack (September 6, 2013). "NHL 14 Review". IGN. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  15. ^ de Matos, Xav (September 6, 2013). "NHL 14 review: Shorthanded (X360)". Engadget (Joystiq). Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  16. ^ "NHL 14". PlayStation Official Magazine - UK: 94. November 2013. 
  17. ^ "NHL 14". PlayStation Official Magazine - Australia: 83. November 2013. 
  18. ^ Grisham, Richard (September 6, 2013). "NHL 14 review". Official Xbox Magazine. Archived from the original on September 10, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  19. ^ Nowak, Peter (September 6, 2013). "Fun and deep, 'NHL 14' puts the puck in the net". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  20. ^ Visser, Josh (September 6, 2013). "NHL 14 review: The best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be (until next year)". National Post. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  21. ^ a b "NHL 14 for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  22. ^ a b "NHL 14 for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  23. ^ "NHL 2014 - E3 2013 Best Sports Game". EA Sports. July 2, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 

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