Wednesday, April 17, 2013

NHL 14's First Look

NHL 14's first look was recently released by EA Sports and at first glance it looks pretty solid. As you can see above, they released a pretty cool trailer mixing in real life highlights with video game reenactments. The trailer really emphasizes the games new hitting engine with some massive hits being tossed around that almost guarantees this feature will be a fan favourite. Also, given that Eric Staal clip, is there now a "wink button" you can press to taunt opponents?

EA Sports also revealed a features list that should make Chel gamers pretty giddy. Here they are with some of our comments:

NHL® Collision Physics

Developed from the same core technology that powers EA SPORTS FIFA’s critically-acclaimed Player Impact Engine, NHL® Collision Physics introduces bigger, more thrilling hits, and truer-to-life collisions. A new left-stick control scheme makes delivering a game-changing hit simpler and more rewarding than ever.
Bigger hits? We're in. We usually crank up our gameplay settings to resemble an arcade game anyways so this will be a great addition. Truer-to-life collisions will be great to see, but we'll miss putting Sidney Crosby into the 6th row.

Enforcer Engine

There is a code in hockey, when it’s broken you have to respond. A first for the NHL franchise, Fight Night technology delivers a new 3rd person experience, physics-based punch targeting and player size differentiation to every fight, creating the most authentic and electrifying experience yet. 
We're not sure if this means fights will be more than mere button mashing, but if it's a change from the past few years we're on board. It's worth noting they say this will be the most authentic experience yet, but the trailer showed Milan Lucic celebrating after beating Andrei Markov in a fight as if that fight would ever be a real thing.

One-Touch Dekes 

Experience what it feels like to be a superstar through a new, more responsive deking system controlled only with the left stick and one-button. From beginner to advanced gamers, the system allows for quicker reactive dekes and intuitive combination dekes, creating more moves than ever before.

True Performance Skating

Built on the breakthrough innovation that introduced physics-based skating and over 1,000 new skating animations to the EA SPORTS NHL franchise. The second year of the True Performance Skating features improved acceleration, explosive first-strides, quicker pivots and enhanced lateral skating, resulting in greater player responsiveness and unprecedented control.
We really love the True Performance Skating feature and building on it only makes the game stronger in our mind. For years we were sick of slow players somehow being able to catch elite players on breaks, but not anymore. Making players stronger and faster than others only adds to the realism and makes the game that much more fun.

Live the Life

The new incarnation of the Be a Pro Career Mode, now you can truly Live the Life of an NHL player. On or off the ice, every decision you make shapes your legacy as an athlete. Interact with teammates outside of the rink. Take part in media interviews. Each choice you make will affect your relationship with fans, teammates and management, influencing your skills and progression.
This is what a lot of fans requested for Be A Pro Mode and NHL 14 appears to have delivered. More control over their careers on and off the ice definitely makes the game mode more intriguing to try out, but we're curious as to how true the mode will be to the life of an NHLer. Will you be able to go drinking with teammates at a stripclub for team bonding? Can you tell the media to go fuck themselves? What about the ability to creep girls on Twitter?

EA SPORTS NHL Online Seasons

NHL 14 adds the best-in-class promotion and relegation system in the sports category to the Hockey Ultimate Team & EA SPORTS Hockey League modes. Win games and advance to the next division to face tougher competition, fall short and see your team bumped down. Teams will be able to track their progress across multiple seasons.
We don't really dabble in this shit, but it sounds pretty good for those hardcore onliners. Seriously though guys, don't just stay inside all day playing people across the world, fresh air and sunlight are good for you!

NHL 14 comes out September 10th, 2013 and we look forward to more reveals and teasers throughout the summer months.

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