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2:15 PM on 08.26.2014

NHL 15 demo is up on PS4 and Xbox One

You can play as either the New York Rangers or LA Kings, test out that new skill stick they're flaunting, or go into a free skate practice mode if you're new. 

Steven Hansen


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.




1:00 AM on 07.24.2014

NHL 15 flaunts its alliteration with the Superstar Skill Stick

Slapshots from the point, cheeky tip-ins, and wristers through traffic are all perfectly fine, but when you play an NHL game, you want to embarrass your opponent. You want them going to get their jock out of the rafters...

Brett Makedonski

11:00 AM on 07.18.2014

Pucks and players are more chaotic in NHL 15

About a month ago, I explained how EA Sports' big focus for NHL 15 was physics. In the event that you didn't believe me (or hate reading), this video adequately sums up the studio's intentions. Watch it to learn how pucks bounce or to see Matt Duchene crash the net like a total badass.

Brett Makedonski

7:14 PM on 06.24.2014

Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron to grace the cover of NHL 15

[Update: EA Sports has sent along the cover art, which can be seen below.] At tonight's 2014 NHL Awards in Las Vegas, the winner of the NHL 15 cover was revealed. The athletes went through a fan voting process, begi...

Brett Makedonski



EA Sports has one big focus for Madden, FIFA, and NHL this year photo
EA Sports has one big focus for Madden, FIFA, and NHL this year
by Brett Makedonski

EA Sports is in a good position with its athletic franchises. The demand for annual iterations in each series is high enough to warrant frequent releases, but sports don't really change. This allows the developers to focus on nothing but improvements and making the games as realistic as possible -- something that any fan of sports games desperately wants.

And, realism is exactly what EA Sports strives for. With regard to its Madden, FIFA, and NHL brands, each is seeing changes this year that bring it ever closer to pure simulation. After all, if it's in the game, it's in the game.

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2:45 PM on 06.02.2014

First NHL 15 screen isn't of an Avalanche player like it should be

EA Sports has released the first screenshot for NHL 15, and it features San Jose captain Joe Thornton rocking an unimpressive beard, because they're the Sharks and their long list of playoff flameouts disappoint in both the c...

Brett Makedonski

10:30 PM on 07.11.2013

EA brings NHL '94 Anniversary Mode to NHL 14

Hockey and non-hockey fans alike might remember the iconic NHL '94, the first NHL game to feature actual NHL rosters, teams, and logos. It also removed fighting and blood per league concerns. True to its era, NHL '94 offered...

Steven Hansen



NHL 14 fight system revamped, collision physics happening photo
NHL 14 fight system revamped, collision physics happening
by Steven Hansen

One of the weird things about NHL 13 was its newly implemented first-person fighting system. Well, that system is getting removed because it takes the player too much out of the game. In its stead, some of the tech from EA's Fight Night has been adapted in an all new combat system. Because hockey is all about fighting, I think? It's cool, though.

Better than that, the game adapted some of FIFA's collision physics. Coupled with last year's True Performance Skating, which feels great, this is the best feeling hockey game yet. Size and weight matter, as well as momentum. Glancing blows and hard hits abound with the new collision system. I'm pretty sure rocking people with big hits is the second thing hockey is about.

There is puck stuff in there somewhere, too.

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8:00 PM on 02.11.2013

Closure free on PS Plus tomorrow, Critter Crunch $1.40

There's one deal on PlayStation Plus this week that just seems too good to pass up. Starting tomorrow, Critter Crunch will be available for only $1.40. At that price there's almost no excuse not to be regurgitating color...

Kyle MacGregor



Review: NHL 13 photo
Review: NHL 13
by Steven Hansen

It would be facile to say NHL 12 just skated by, sticking to the winning formula established in franchise’s resurgence. Still, as is occasionally the case with sports games that don’t need radical fixing, last year’s iteration was one of tweaks and balancing: welcomed AI fixes, improvements made to the previously implemented physics system, and so on.

NHL 13, on the other hand, feels like a more substantial improvement over its predecessor, due in large part to the physics system extending into the actual skating, further grounding the game in strong hockey simulation that, simultaneously, is accessible enough to pick up and play. And, given the consistently great scores this series has received over the years, I think you know where this review is going: NHL 13 is pretty great.

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Preview: NHL 13 photo
Preview: NHL 13
by Steven Hansen

EA’s NHL series has been pretty damn great for a while now, and the latest entry in the franchise shows no signs of mucking up its track record. The team is sticking to making great hockey games. No plans to just skate on by here; the plucky team is setting lofty goals, as hokey as that might sound to those who claim all sports games are mere roster updates.

In his review of NHL 12, the immortal Samit Sarkar maintained the greatness of the series’ previous entry, but said that 12 had more subtle improvements than flashy ones. With NHL 13, however, EA is promising the most substantial between-iteration changes that the franchise has seen in a while.

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8:00 PM on 05.28.2012

EA highlights NHL 13's True Performance Skating system

The NHL franchise has always done well, but some fans still feel that it's getting a bit stagnant as of late. With this next iteration in the series, EA looks to introduce a few new enhancements that should change ...

Jason Cabral

10:30 AM on 05.18.2012

NHL 13 announced, will deliver new AI and skating physics

[Update: You can now watch the debut trailer, which focuses on True Performance Skating.]EA Sports has officially announced NHL 13, this year's iteration of its critically acclaimed hockey series. After releasing two teaser ...

Samit Sarkar

7:30 PM on 03.29.2012

EA Sports opens up NHL 13 cover to 60-player fan vote

EA Sports' Madden cover fan vote has been a massive marketing success, and this year, the publisher is trying to engage hockey fans in the same way by letting them choose the NHL 13 cover athlete. The voting is open right no...

Samit Sarkar

10:30 PM on 08.09.2011

NHL 12: They're Coming

EA Sports would just like to let you know that NHL 12 is, in fact, coming.

Liam Fisher

7:00 PM on 07.25.2011

EA infuses magic into NHL 12's AI to anticipate your move

To say the last few installments of the NHL series are pretty good is an understatement. Every year EA Canada comes up with great ideas on how to improve their amazing line of hockey games.  This year is no different as...

Brett Zeidler