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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


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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



Preview: NHL 12 photo
Preview: NHL 12
by Steven Hansen

Admittedly, it has been a while -- like, a couple of years -- since I last sat down with EA’s NHL series, so I was a bit nervous that I might make a fool of myself when I got my hands on NHL 12 at EA’s Summer Showcase. After getting into a game, however, I was rather surprised to find a lot of the core tenets from EA’s critically well-received series were still in place, and the game felt rather familiar.

While that may read as an indictment on the game, the series hasn’t been almost universally praised for several years now without reason, and the reason is that the core gameplay is strong, allowing the team to work on more minor tweaks between iterations, with the aim of delivering a more realistic NHL experience.

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