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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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NHL 15 Gameplay Series - Next-Gen Hockey Player
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 111
  2. Negative: 71 out of 111
  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. Feb 24, 2015
    8
    Coming into this game after missing a few years of the latest games (Last game was NHL 12 for me), and being a big hockey fan, I was reallyComing into this game after missing a few years of the latest games (Last game was NHL 12 for me), and being a big hockey fan, I was really hoping for this game to pan out. And in the end it did...for the most part.
    I know, I know, everyone **** about this game, and it has a terrible Metacritic score, so let's go ahead and get the negatives over with now.

    The Multiplayer is **** I really can't say much more about it, it is set in a way where you can not fix options in the game even if you're playing a friendly with a friend. The diffuciity EA has it set to, if you're not used to it, is very difficult. I play on Pro, and I was having so many issues with passing due to the fact that it was set to All Star and on the Hardcore Simulation sliders.

    Other than that, this game is pretty good, with a few more minor hiccups that I won't get into. The graphics are very good, the gameplay is pretty top notch, and the game is fun to play. The checking is fun, the passing is good (not in multiplayer), and the scoring is satisfying. If you didn't really care about the EASHL, or a few other small modes, and just prefer to play GM, or Ultimate Team, you'll find alot of fun in this year's game.
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  3. Sep 10, 2014
    6
    Gameplay 8/10:
    From a pure gameplay perspective, it is not much different than previous NHLs. Basically, if you played NHL 14 and enjoyed it,
    Gameplay 8/10:
    From a pure gameplay perspective, it is not much different than previous NHLs. Basically, if you played NHL 14 and enjoyed it, then you will enjoy this as well.

    Visual Presentation 8/10:
    From a pure graphics standpoint, the game looks great. The arenas look really detailed for the most part and the players look great. With a leap in technology from the PS3 to the PS4, this was to be expected. What wasn't expected however was the lack of cleanliness in the menu screens you use to select your game mode. It's a far cry from the previous simple-to-use menu options found in previous NHLs.

    Sound 7/10:
    Overall, the sound from the game is good, but not great. The goal horns from the games i've played have sounded authetic, however there is work going around that some horns are non- existant or completely different than the official goal horns. If that is the case, it's an inexcusable omission as the sound capture for these horns involves little work. The sound quality of the announcers though are very good. The sound track of the game is very weak which hits the score hard. Last year's NHL didn't have a high number of sound tracks, but worked better with the game. Whereas this version's soundtrack puts you to sleep. Very disappointing.

    Depth 5/10:
    And that's being generous. Everyone knows by now the amount of game modes missing, so I won't list them. I personally really enjoyed Be a Pro in previous NHLs, and the inability to sim to your next shift is puzzling considering how much time is added to each game. Additionally, you can't start out in the minors and build your player up which then makes the Be a Pro mode even less appealing. HUT is still there (becuz EA and $$$) and standard online play is still there, but the volume of modes missing is head- scratching to say the least.

    Overall 6/10:

    I bought this game as more of a social thing. I play against friends who have moved far away which allows time to catchup with them. Because of that, I knew what I was getting and it satisfied my needs for the most part. However, demanding full- price for a game with half the game options is concerning. Let's hope NHL16 has all the modes back, or else EA will lose even more hockey fans than they have this time around.
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  4. May 31, 2015
    3
    I bought this game before reading other reviews, should have know better. I have played this Franchise since NHL 09, and saw, for the mostI bought this game before reading other reviews, should have know better. I have played this Franchise since NHL 09, and saw, for the most part, improvements made each year that made it worth the purchase.

    My review is about Be A Pro, not on-line play.

    This game is a couple of steps back. Many of the features we enjoyed in previous versions were not implemented. The announcers might as well just be on a loop, as most of the time they repeat the exact same thing and usually at times when it makes no sense.

    There are a number of bugs, such as:
    1. If you get a minor penalty, but the AI opponent scores within a few seconds after, you may end up sitting in the penalty box for the remainder of the game. When looking at the box score, it will say you are a minor for xxxx (2 minute penalty), but the game will not show the power play clock and you will be stuck. (this is purely an error, as I am not referring to a game misconduct).

    2. Sometimes an AI player will be making the skating motion, but will not move. This usually goes away once the whistle is blown.

    3. If you are in the penalty box, and the opponent AI has the puck in their end, they may just stop moving, as your team's AI has offset their movement. Will start back up once your penalty is over and you move in.

    There are many other issues, some of which were also in the previous versions, so will not go into them here..

    This is a max a $10 title going for $60 still....
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  5. Sep 9, 2014
    1
    Point in case about this game, I'm upset at myself for being so ignorant as to not read about the game in its entirety before purchasing. ButPoint in case about this game, I'm upset at myself for being so ignorant as to not read about the game in its entirety before purchasing. But on the flip side, I just assumed that the core gameplay and modes would remain intact, silly me.

    This is going to be short, sweet and blunt. Don't waste your money on this title, it's unfinished!

    1) The game is beautiful, and feels and plays better than any other hockey release, but that was to be expected.

    2) http://forum.ea.com/eaforum/posts/list/10163004.page

    That sums it up perfectly. I'm blown away that people are giving this game anything above a 5, which is why I'm balancing it by giving it a 1.

    I've been playing, and purchasing NHL games since 1994! Never have been this disappointed in an NHL release. It's shameful, it's robbery, it's unethical, it's a total scam. Full price for a game that's maybe 20% content complete.

    Also, why in the HELL should I have to be a Playstatin Plus member to customize my online matchmaking? That's beyond my grasp of reason.

    http://help.ea.com/ca/refund/ ... Everyone should be using this. Horrible, EA, absolutely horrible. Shame on you.
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  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
    I was so pumped when I heard NHL was coming to the "next" gen consoles. I promptly pre-ordered mine first thing. The more and more news thatI was so pumped when I heard NHL was coming to the "next" gen consoles. I promptly pre-ordered mine first thing. The more and more news that was coming out for the game (or lack of) made me start questioning my decision. After finding out everything that was removed from the game I could no longer justify purchasing this game. They should have delayed it instead of releasing a half baked game. That and the fact that some glitch goals from 14 are still in there. They clearly worked on presentation instead of game play which to me is a big no no when you have to cut 70% of the game in order to make your release date. I am ashamed for you guys, incomplete game gets a 0 from me. Expand

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