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  • Summary: Unlock the highest level of hockey aggression, speed and skill. Deliver hits with the NHL® Collision Physics, built from FIFA’s Player Impact Engine. Drop your gloves with the new Enforcer Engine, powered by EA SPORTS™ Fight Night technology. Dangle defenders with new One-Touch Dekes andUnlock the highest level of hockey aggression, speed and skill. Deliver hits with the NHL® Collision Physics, built from FIFA’s Player Impact Engine. Drop your gloves with the new Enforcer Engine, powered by EA SPORTS™ Fight Night technology. Dangle defenders with new One-Touch Dekes and experience enhanced speed and control with the second season of True Performance Skating. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Sep 23, 2013
    95
    At any rate, if you have any interest in hockey games whatsoever, then you probably already own this, but if you don’t, go out and get a copy – you’ll have an absolute blast.
  2. 92
    EA Canada has smashed the puck right into the back of the net once again with NHL 14, providing masses of content, unparalleled gameplay and the usual superb presentation you expect from an EA Sports game. It's perhaps not as big a leap forward over NHL 13 as you'd hope, but regardless, NHL 14 is a winner once again.
  3. Oct 23, 2013
    90
    Even though NHL 14 isn't a huge step forward for the franchise it builds upon the steps that its predecessor has taken and delivers a satisfying ice hockey-experience, that is definitely enhanced by the new collision physics, which make NHL 14 a rather more visceral game.
  4. Sep 10, 2013
    83
    There is plenty in NHL 14 that will satisfy each and every fan out there, and in the end that should be the ultimate goal.
  5. Sep 20, 2013
    80
    It’s been some time since I’ve enjoyed an NHL game as much as this one – regardless of your interest in hockey, you’ll find that NHL 14 is the best hockey simulator available and a blast to play.
  6. Sep 6, 2013
    80
    It's a confident entry in the series that makes tweaks in all the right places, but you feel that they're holding back--that they're saving their 1st rounders for a next-gen debut.
  7. Sep 10, 2013
    60
    The new features brought to the table don't add enough over what was available in NHL 13, making this a dubious buy for anyone who still has last year's game and can live without the crushing new hits and more widespread fisticuffs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 35
  2. Negative: 16 out of 35
  1. Sep 11, 2013
    10
    I have dreams about this game. It is incredible. The way I can glide so gracefully using EA's new engine makes me tingle inside. The new deke,I have dreams about this game. It is incredible. The way I can glide so gracefully using EA's new engine makes me tingle inside. The new deke, deke, shoot feature is incredible. EA if you are reading this. I love you. Expand
  2. Sep 11, 2013
    8
    EA Sports did not risk much this year, creating a virtually similar hockey experience. I love the physics updates and the new fightingEA Sports did not risk much this year, creating a virtually similar hockey experience. I love the physics updates and the new fighting mechanics, and skating on defense feels much more fluid. Overall, the game is a large patch to NHL 13, which is nowhere near a bad thing as that was the best game at the time.

    Pros: Good improvements, fun fighting, new be a pro mode

    Cons: Can feel stale if you were an active NHL 13 player, no new presentation
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  3. Apr 20, 2014
    7
    I have been playing EA NHL games since 08. I mainly only play online team play (with some HUT). My review is based on that.

    This game bugs
    I have been playing EA NHL games since 08. I mainly only play online team play (with some HUT). My review is based on that.

    This game bugs the hell out of me starting with the AI defenders. They make bad passes, don't step up on defense while in our zone, don't make ANY smart decisions while in the offense zone and make you scratch your head (or punch your TV) 90% of the time. Example, 10 feet away from the computer skating into the offense zone with no one around me, I need to call for the puck because the computer won't pass and then they make a horrible pass and turn it over while there is nobody on them. Really? That's the kind of crap that turns off people from a video game.

    People have learned that you can just skate through people like they aren't there and then use the skate right, shoot left glitch goal (or vice versa) on the computer goalie. That is pretty much the only way people score now especially if you play twos.

    If you play with 6 (or 5 and one computer goalie) this game really shines in OTP. Even just having one user defender makes this game MUCH better.

    Alas, this game is like a drug. You will get pissed off but you will come back for more because it shines at times. Even with all it's inconsistencies, it is the best sports team game money can buy. If they can fix some of the main issues in the next game, the next game could potentially be one of the best of the series (especially if they make a next-gen version). Skating, shooting, and passing are phenomenal. Still rough around the edges but there is always next year.
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  4. Feb 6, 2014
    5
    I wouldn't go as far as saying its the worse game in the world but for some reason I expected much more from EA this year than the followingI wouldn't go as far as saying its the worse game in the world but for some reason I expected much more from EA this year than the following years.
    The enforcer engine is pretty cool at the start. But it does get annoying after a while especially when your playing HUT and your best player lays a hit and gets into a fight over it. It gets annoying there should be an option where you can opt out of a fight but instead you get jumped.
    HUT and Be A GM has been by far my favorite, its what keeps me playing the NHL games.
    Live the Life, played 40ish games, and I got bored. Not really much to do. Every now and then you get interviews which get boring to do since there are only like 20 different questions you get asked.
    EASHL is the same as NHL 13. Can't really complain or praise.
    NHL 94, good addition gives that arcadey feel to the game.
    The game speed is also a bit slow for my liking but that can be adjusted with sliders.
    All in All this game gets a solid 5.
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  5. Jun 29, 2014
    3
    In NHL 14 i get so frustrated because of various reasons. First of all, this annoys me the most, is that when playing against another teamIn NHL 14 i get so frustrated because of various reasons. First of all, this annoys me the most, is that when playing against another team whether multi or single player most of the time it doesn't matter how many shots you have taken on goal because sometimes the goalie is just an unreal brick wall. He will not let anything through from one timers to deke. It is simply based on luck based on my gaming experience how many goals you will score in a game. Second, this game is all about hitting. On every play there will plenty of big hits and after some big hits the option to fight shows. This is not realistic at all, you do see hits in real NHL games but not as many as this, not even close. For me, it feels like an arcade game in which your objective is to annihilate other players on the ice. Nhl 13 to 14 went from okay to bad. I mean nhl 14 took away the purpose of the game which is to try to win and changed it to hurting the other players. Anyways another reason why it feels horrible is because when you are the better team and are winning, the game, i guess, try to makes it fair by letting the cpu on your team take penalties constantly and you just start wondering,"what the heck is going on". Expand
  6. Dec 5, 2013
    2
    Honestly it's probably the worst game in the NHL series I have ever played. Feels like an unfinished product, which is beginning to be noHonestly it's probably the worst game in the NHL series I have ever played. Feels like an unfinished product, which is beginning to be no surprise coming from EA(cough Mass Effect 3 cough). The hitting system just seems off, and if somebody doesn't have the puck then they pretty much can't be hit. Additionally, unlike all previous NHL series games I have played, there isn't any hitting after the whistle, which for me takes an element of fun out of the game. Also, the fighting system is... Well there isn't really any better word for it; stupid. It's unrealistic and trying to be something it's not. While I must say the actual mechanics of the fight system are vastly improved, you will find yourself in two to three fights a period and apparently every fight ends in a knockout... I've never seen a knockout in a hockey fight.
    The skating mechanics also seem rather screwy; rather than stop & start or cut turns on sharp angles, the players insist on turning in large loopy manners.
    On a positive note the deking system seems improved and a bit more intuitive, although that's about the only thing I found redeeming about the game.
    And so that's 3 games in a row now, made by EA, that I purchased that have been complete and total letdowns. Too bad NHL 14 wasn't a trilogy game. And so I ask myself, why in the world do I keep purchasing EA games?
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  7. Dec 9, 2013
    0
    The game is good unless you are a hardcore fan and put some real time into it. Then the constant computer errors and goalie problems drive youThe game is good unless you are a hardcore fan and put some real time into it. Then the constant computer errors and goalie problems drive you insane. How many times have we seen things that make no sense. Computer teammates race you to the puck just to skate in front of his own net, turn it over and ur down. Then momentum switches and people can do whatever they want. Ur down 3-0. Im in division one. I have a good club. I hate your game. Most problems ive ever had with any game ever. Expand

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