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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 providing play-by-play and commentary throughout the proceedings. Expand
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  1. Sep 14, 2014
    8
    Don't judge this book by its menus...Yes the menus are literally identical to NHL 14. The presentation is also exactly the same. But that is where the casual eye has been fooled. If you are a casual NHL gamer, NHL 14 will do fine for you. However, if you are a hardcome HUT/GM fan of the NHL series, there is far more under the hood than the photo-copied exterior shows. There have been two main changes to the NHL 15 this year: rosters and gameplay. New rosters could be enough for a hardcore NHL gamer to warrant the annual purchase. While EA clearly had its hands full with the next-gen version, they obviously wanted to make improvements to the 360 and PS3 version of the game, but had to choose how to spend their limited time. So the menus and presentation were sacrifised for a number of great changes to gameplay.
    Gameplay improvements:
    - New heavier puck physics. While this doesnt sound like much, it actually is a massive improvement from the badminton birdie puck of years past.
    - More realistic shooting accuracy. Players with low accuracy shoot the puck like they should...missing the barn door by 12 feet. And the backhand is awesome!
    - Better skating. Yes, the players feel more weighty and realistic.
    - Improved player physics. Each and every player interacts with each other in all situations. Momentum makes a difference now. You can take out your own players. You can send goalies flying! Also the hitting is much more realistic and does not feel like you are starting an animation.
    - Goalies are more realistic. In this I mean they are actually weaker than before. But this is good! No more superhuman goalies!
    - Smarter AI. Finally, the AI angles players into the boards and cuts off the front of the net. No more skate in, cut to the middle and snipe top corner.
    - New commentators. Not sure what to say here. Ray Ferraro sounds great. Doc and Ed are okay at best.
    - Overall gameplay: improved, fine tuned, realistic, much better than NHL 14.

    That is enough for any hardcore NHL gamer.
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  2. Sep 9, 2014
    6
    You you own NHL 14 no point in buying this, as it is the same game with a shiny 15 in the Title.
    Solid Game, tight controls, lots of good
    online play.

    If your looking to jump into NHL and have never brought a game before its sill hard to justify spending 60.00 when 14 is much cheaper.
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  3. Sep 9, 2014
    1
    Exact same menus and gameplay from NHL 14 on 360. Literally a copy and paste but with added commentary, which is new but rather dull. The excitement of Doc Emrick and Ed Olcyzk is nowhere to be found, complete opposites from their real-life counterparts. Ray Ferraro shines, but the lack of NBC presentation (scoreboard, arenas, footage from cities) like the next-gen versions make this little more than a roster patch. Expand
  4. Sep 12, 2014
    0
    DO NOT BUY!! Complete copy of NHL 14 aside from Doc Emricks creepy commentary and new soundtrack. EA should be ashamed of themselves for releasing this product. This will be the last time I buy an NHL game. Expand
  5. Sep 11, 2014
    0
    This is EXACTLY like NHL 14 except the new commentators. At least I had a $20 gift card, so I didn't waste that much money. This is the biggest joke of releasing this game on Xbox 360 and probably PS3. So fed up with EA Sports and their games. Expand
  6. Sep 9, 2014
    0
    This is utter trash, and luckily I only paid $30 with a gift card -- it isn't even worth $15 or $20. It's literally NHL 14, but they reintroduced 'puck physics' from every game before '14 where the puck doesn't bounce like a tennis ball. Good job EA. Where it ISN'T in the game. I'll wait on the next gen version as well for NHL 16, if they manage to fix it that is. EA needs to invest more money and personnel into NHL based on this shoddy effort, and fire "Rammer" for incompetency. Expand
  7. Sep 9, 2014
    0
    EA has really outdid themselves this time. I can't even begin to imagine what giant balls it takes to take the same product you released a year before, change nothing about it except for the most superficial things, and then re-release it at full price.

    EA: I've put up with a ton of crap from you in the past but this is really going too far. You're nothing more than a bunch of crooks!
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