Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic 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. Sep 6, 2013
    95
    One of the best hockey sims to date. A couple of minor adjustments are always needed, but this is as close as its going to get for you short of lacing up skates and donning pads yourself.
  3. But overall, NHL 14 captures the spirit of that revolutionary 94 game. The gameplay is fast, the moves are sweet and the hits are thundering. It feels fun, like the very best wide-open hockey games, but it doesn’t sacrifice realism either.
  4. 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.
  5. 92
    I appreciate how the development team really understands the particulars of the real life game as it helps to deliver another great effort. With the advancements made to many aspects of the gameplay and aesthetics this year, both big and small, virtual hockey fans should rejoice as NHL 14 is yet another winner.
  6. Sep 18, 2013
    91
    Delivers the most impressive hockey experience to date. [Nov 2013, p.75]
  7. 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.
  8. Simplified controls. [Nov 2013, p.97]
  9. Sep 26, 2013
    90
    I can’t say NHL ’14 is a perfect game, but its beauty is well-polished and fans of the sport can lean on EA’s version with a gleam of puppy love.
  10. Sep 10, 2013
    90
    NHL 14 is, by far, the best hockey game on the market. At least on the actual ice.
  11. The latest outing from Electronic Arts is as good as hockey games get. The action keeps getting better and deeper, but the game also manages to avoid becoming impenetrable and inaccessible. Developers have eschewed new feature overload this year and have instead concentrated on a few fun extras.
  12. 90
    With four massive game modes to choose from that could all serve as standalone titles plus a strong core gameplay engine, NHL 14 is about as good as it gets.
  13. Nov 1, 2013
    85
    EA continues to dominate the fields, whether they are made of grass or ice. The 2014 edition of NHL is one of the best that has come out and the addition of the NHL 94 arcade edition makes it even more valuable.
  14. Oct 1, 2013
    85
    NHL 14 continues to improve since the series birth 20 years ago, allowing us to dress the part of real ice gladiators.
  15. Sep 6, 2013
    85
    With a new physics engine, revamped career mode, and an excellent presentation, NHL 14 proves to be a must buy for hockey fans around the world.
  16. 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.
  17. Sep 6, 2013
    83
    Many long-standing complaints with the series have been addressed, though AI still needs work before it’ll stop embarrassing us on the ice. Between games, the new Live the Life additions give hardcore pro hockey players something to invest in, both online and off. Plus the NHL 94 Mode is a way better anniversary celebration than the weak loading-screen nostalgia of Madden NFL 25.
  18. Oct 7, 2013
    80
    Ice hockey is a sport for Americans, and Canadians, but EA still delivers a great game with NHL, even for Europeans. The AI isn’t that good, as your teammates sometimes don’t understand what they should be doing. Still, NHL 14 is sensational and good as snack between all the other great games.
  19. 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.
  20. Sep 13, 2013
    80
    It's all there, it's just not all that different than NHL 13.
  21. Sep 11, 2013
    80
    If you missed out on NHL 13, NHL 14 comes recommended largely without caveat. If you did pick up 13, consider how badly you want to see improved hitting and an abundance of fighting before deciding if you need to drop another $60.
  22. 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.
  23. Sep 6, 2013
    78
    With its leaky goaltenders, heavy hitters, and eager fighters, NHL 14 may become the most popular hockey game of the generation for casual fans. However, the hardcore contingency looking for a deeper simulation experience may hang up their skates thanks to the arcade-leaning gameplay and dull game modes in desperate need of ­sharpening.
  24. Dec 12, 2013
    70
    A lot of people complain that the big sports game series don't evolve enough over the years. But NHL 14 shows that they don't even have to do that. This entry in the series is riddled with bugs and the Hockey Ultimate Team mode has still not yet been figured out. Instead of a step forward it seems it chose to take two steps back.
  25. Oct 14, 2013
    70
    It feels like the current gen is holding it back from greatness. [Issue#103, p.87]
  26. Sep 24, 2013
    70
    Again, it's the best ice hockey simulation game under the sun. Comparing it to the last year's volume it brings just a few cosmetic changes that won't probably bring you home to it. However, if you missed it last year, then NHL 14 is the only option.
  27. Sep 6, 2013
    70
    NHL 14 is a great game of hockey, and technically speaking its one of the best playing sports games on the market today. Sadly its foray into the new career mode, Live the Life, was extremely disappointing, and left me wanting more out of this year’s game. So if you’re looking for some great hockey this is a good choice, but there is still work to be done to improve the modes within it.
  28. Sep 6, 2013
    70
    On the ice, NHL 14 is the best the series has ever been, and that alone will be enough for many returning fans. I love playing it and I'll keep playing it. Between the face-offs and outside of the rink, however, NHL 14 shows a laziness that is not befitting of a franchise that proudly touts its accolades on its sleeve.
  29. 60
    If you've played any of the recent "seasons", no. 14 is just another small step towards making the game better. But if you're new to the game, you'll be head over heels for it. [Issue#234]
  30. 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.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 70 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 28
  2. Negative: 12 out of 28
  1. Sep 26, 2013
    4
    Quite possibly the worst NHL game yet. I mostly play Ultimate Team and the teammate AI is really, really horrible this year. Every time you get a rush up ice you're going to be alone on the break since the computer feels the need to make line changes whenever someone steps foot into the neutral zone on the rush. Ultimate Team online basically amounts to who can score the most top-corner goals. Every goal is scored in pretty much exactly the same fashion. Person with the puck skates low then suddenly changes direction into the slot between the circles and wrists it past your netminder into a top-corner while your defense stands there and just lets them walk through. Don't even bother trying to get chances from the point. Just walk in on the other team, skate into the high slot and aim for a top-corner, you'll pretty much score every single time.

    I really, really, really wish that 2k would start putting out hockey games again. EA clearly hires people that know nothing about the sport and they don't give them the budget to pull things off correctly anyways. If the NHL franchise were a bit more like FIFA there wouldn't be half of the problems. I seriously doubt I'm going to buy another NHL game from EA after this one.
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  2. Sep 14, 2013
    0
    I have played every single EA NHL game religiously (except for the lockout year) since 1998, and have dabbled in it since 1994.

    This is the
    absolute worst EA Sports game I have ever played. Period. If this is the first NHL game you have ever played or you are just a new or casual fan of hockey you will probably love it. If you actually enjoy hockey this game will haunt your dreams. No longer is the game built on realism, playmaking, or skills.

    It is simply based on NFL Blitz style hits, horrible goaltending, the ability to score ONLY if you deke, Superman like immunity if you deke, and dozens of pointless fights, blown offsides calls, and the net getting knocked off.

    As a serious fan of hockey, this is the most infuriating thing ever! I will never purchase another EA title every again!

    They already added in Retro NHL 94. There is no need to have to arcade games with one release. The haydays of NHL 11 are far gone.
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  3. Sep 13, 2013
    0
    My worst online experiance I ever had! I played the the demo before the release and its always running good. The demo is more fine tuned because its smaller amount of GB. But directly when I started playing online with full game the problems started as usual. Dont let the US, CANADA players meet EUROPEAN players it wont work because the lag online is horrible and the countires are to far away. This generation is totally out of date but I think EA has done a bad job with everything. You pay for a small patch which dont do it. I will rate it as the worst game in the NHL series. Full Review »