Went to the city yesterday with my brother and got to play NHL 14 at the NHL store. We got there early and the first 50 people got a signed retro NHL 14 cover by Marty. They let us play a full game of the new 94 mode. I picked the Devs my brother played at the Stars (cause of the new jerseys.) Even though we were playing the 94 mode which is very true to the arcade feel of the original NHL 94 I could still see some major changes to gameplay. If I could use one word to describe the changes it would be "Smooth." The game just feels so much less clunky from last years game. Deking is so much more intuitive, and the animations are much more realistic. Players will pivot now instead of receiving a pass and then spending 2-3 seconds to turn around. And the biggest and best improvement in my opinion is with the hitting. The hitting in last years game was complete garbage. It's much better this year. Players won't fall from the slightest taps now. Getting a well timed hit seems much more important and if you get the hit off and really destroy the person it's extremely satisfying. On a few instances when a big hit happened the animations and sound fx really made you feel like you destroyed the player. There will be "money shots" in every game and in this one I think it will be the one timers. However, I am happy that it looks like the cheap backhand forehand goal from NHL 13 is gone. Can't make a judgement on the AI since we were playing the 94 mode where players were all over the place (no rules), but I think the AI on defense in particular has improved some.
Overall I think it's going to be a real solid and fun game. I can definitely see my brothers, friends, and I having a bunch of tournaments with the 94 mode.
If anyone has any questions about the game maybe I can answer them.
EDIT: two final things about the game that I noticed were:
When you select your "favorite team" the first time you start the game your team logo pops up on the menu tv screen and also there is some cool artwork/photo of one of the players from that team. As of now ours is Kovy but the producer said there will be changes.
Also anyone that likes to know what the soundtrack is like I heard two songs from it. The first being "Joker and the Theif" by Wolfmother and "Harlem" by New Politics.
Edited by njd3b1ink, 18 July 2013 - 06:54 PM.