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  • Summary: The Skill Stick purports to give more control to the player. Protect the puck, receive passes without breaking stride, and discover an arsenal of sweet new dekes, all with an intuitive right stick control scheme. The game features Doc Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and analyst Ray Ferraro providingThe Skill Stick purports to give more control to the player. Protect the puck, receive passes without breaking stride, and discover an arsenal of sweet new dekes, all with an intuitive right stick control scheme. The game features Doc Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and analyst Ray Ferraro providing play-by-play and commentary throughout the proceedings. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Sep 9, 2014
    80
    Unfortunately, it really is just more of the same but with an impressive visual bump.
  2. Sep 15, 2014
    70
    Where NHL 15 falls down is with its replayability and game modes. Not only are fan favorite modes missing, but the ones we do get are not feature complete. If you can deal with only having a few modes, then NHL 15 is well worth buying, but the lack of variation is sure to become an issue over time.
  3. CD-Action
    Dec 13, 2014
    70
    New engine’s impact on game’s quality is noticeable, but still rather small. [Dec 2014, p.73]
  4. Sep 9, 2014
    60
    If you're expecting a completely stacked, feature-laden game as you've gotten in the past, you're bound to be disappointed and on the phone with EA's customer service department, wondering where the majority of your game content has gone. However, if you're an avid hockey fan, you probably won't mind hitting the ice and taking part in a well-rounded contest of hockey, and seeing what the new visuals and audio have to deliver.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Nov 28, 2014
    55
    Gameplay-wise, marginally better and prettier than the last. Content-wise, the worst example in recent memory of the tight-fisted annual sports game model. [Christmas 2014, p79]
  6. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Nov 16, 2014
    50
    A game that screams 'contractual agreement' rather than 'passionate creative endeavor.' [Dec 2014, p.83]
  7. 40
    As someone who plays every NHL yearly release all year long, it is unfortunate to see just how badly this has gone. I can somewhat understand taking out 6v6 online play if it wasn’t ready, but taking out features in Be a GM or making Be a Pro completely unplayable is just ridiculous.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 115
  2. Negative: 75 out of 115
  1. Sep 11, 2014
    10
    As a sports fan and a gamer who likes sports games, I could care less about the superfluous crap that's been jammed into these games the pastAs a sports fan and a gamer who likes sports games, I could care less about the superfluous crap that's been jammed into these games the past few years. Focus on the game play. That's what matters, that's why people loved these games throughout the 90s. Sports games have been slowly turning into RPGs. I miss the simplicity of being able to play a 16 game season in Madden without having to price hot dogs and deal with whiny millionaires. Is that what we really want from our sports games? Holy crap. Pick up a copy of The Sims and outfit your digital nerd in a jersey if that's the experience you're after. I wish they'd strip these modes down even further and deliver the best on ice, field, diamond, etc... experience imaginable. People complain that not much changes year to year with these games, that's because they're too busy stuffing useless crap into what use to be a pure experience. Expand
  2. mbx
    Sep 23, 2014
    8
    I understand the hate surrounding this game due to the lack of featured game modes that are included in the previous iterations of the game.I understand the hate surrounding this game due to the lack of featured game modes that are included in the previous iterations of the game. It's shameless. But having said that, and knowing the frustration that is going around, I am still enjoying this game. The "Free content updates" are surely not enough but for what we have offered with this game, I try to make the most of. The visuals are nice, the commentary is alright, but the gameplay is fantastic.

    I seldom played EASHL but it does suck that it's missing. HUT is in tact and it's a good time, but it's difficult to start. If you can persist, you'll be fine. Be a Pro lacks "skip to next shift" but you have the option of changing the lines (as a defenseman at least, I can press square on the PS4 version and change myself with the LD). It's fun. I'm having a blast.

    There is a lot missing but if you can find a way to enjoy what is offered, then you have a decent game to play. And if you want to play EASHL or GM Connected mode, then go for the PS3/360 version of the game. The groundwork is laid for next year, gents, and we'll have a hell of a game then.

    Good luck to your teams this coming year. GO ISLANDERS.
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  3. Nov 24, 2017
    6
    Thumbs in the middle. Game was better onThumbs in the middle. Game was better on ps3.666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666 Expand
  4. Feb 18, 2015
    3
    This game makes me want to RIPP MY HAIR OUT!!! I have played the franchise since NHL1994 on my Super Nintendo... and this is the worst copy IThis game makes me want to RIPP MY HAIR OUT!!! I have played the franchise since NHL1994 on my Super Nintendo... and this is the worst copy I have played.
    -Poke checks do nothing.
    -Body checks are lame.
    -Ice is too slippery. Players and puck go **** everywhere.
    -Ultimate Team is the only thing to play. And it **** sucks so bad. I have never seen such a horrible excuse for an offered game mode. Pretty much they give you WHL/AHL players, and make you play against people with full all-star rosters. Then these douche bags are laughing their asses off when they beat you 1-0 just because their ultimate team is **** over powered.

    I have never been so **** angry at a game in my life. No game has ever pissed me off this much from something so **** small.
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  5. Sep 9, 2014
    1
    The omission of the EASHL and OTP and a plethora of other features that have been a solid foundation of recent NHL series games is simplyThe omission of the EASHL and OTP and a plethora of other features that have been a solid foundation of recent NHL series games is simply inexcusable. A barebones game gets a barebones score from me. Expand
  6. Dec 3, 2014
    0
    Game is literally unplayable. Huge lag issues render the game useless! The only work around is to manipulate your router settings, but it onlyGame is literally unplayable. Huge lag issues render the game useless! The only work around is to manipulate your router settings, but it only works temporarily then it lags again. EA is known for putting out badly broken games but this is the worst by far. How is this legal? Expand
  7. Sep 9, 2014
    0
    They simply didn't finish the game. I'm not normally the type to give a 0 because I like to look at the positives of the game, which this gameThey simply didn't finish the game. I'm not normally the type to give a 0 because I like to look at the positives of the game, which this game does indeed have. Gameplay I will admit is great, but the fact that every single game mode is unplayable or nonexistent means you will not enjoy yourself unless you play the play now mode or versus online. They had 2 years to make a decent next-gen game and they did not succeed.

    If they patch in the features missing like they say they will, the game will become tolerable, but for now, it simply is not.
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