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Another NHL 15 gameplay video has been released, courtesy of MadCraft Vlog. It's shaky-cam footage, so don't expect too much, in terms of quality.

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# 1 TerminallyOdd @ 08/17/14 05:17 PM
Even with an extended look, I'm having a hard time seeing any differences/improvements at all, gameplay-wise. I really liked NHL 14 so it's not a huge deal to me, but it does essentially look like the same game with a fresh coat of paint.

The players aren't very good, so that doesn't help showcase a new game. The demo isn't too far off so I guess we'll all see for ourselves pretty soon.
 
# 2 bad_philanthropy @ 08/17/14 05:25 PM
Actually saw a some things I liked. Collisions didn't seem to always result in a massive hit, L.A. player fans on the one timer, some decent sloppiness in play for a likely low difficulty and no slider adjustments, and a good number of blocked shots/poke checks and good gap control preventing a scoring chances/turning over the puck over.
 
# 3 johnnyg713 @ 08/17/14 06:21 PM
Graphics are just phenominal. I would like to see more player physics tho especially around the net. EA has been selling physics for all players on the ice, however i haven't seen many examples.

Still very excited for the game. Once they completely redo goalie animations and add signature styles, this game will be close to perfect in my eyes.
 
# 4 18 eighty 5 @ 08/17/14 06:36 PM
Gameplay is lightning fast but that was pretty cool to watch . Despite my reservations it was great to see everyone having fun. These guys looked like they were fairly new to the game so good on them. Cool little video.
 
# 5 18 eighty 5 @ 08/17/14 07:09 PM
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Doesn't matter if the players are good or not. Is the physicist they hired a complete moron or what? Since when does the puck stay on your stick as your body contorts in a completely unrealistic way to turn around and unleash a slap shot. EA Sports has sold the masses another load of crap here.

I know I keep harping on it everywhere, but it's rather infuriating to me that the same canned animations are in the game four or five years running. It's unnatural and this game is a farce.
Yeah i agree, I think it will be more of what we already have had.
 
# 6 edwing @ 08/17/14 07:12 PM
Only watched the first period of this game but are there are no linesmen in the game? Unless I'm completely missing something, I only noticed the 2 referees during gameplay, and that goes for the other videos I watched as well.
 
# 7 snc237 @ 08/17/14 07:25 PM
Well it obvious they spent almost all there time developing the graphics engine and presentation. Which in turn makes compete sense. They have a small team so instead of upgrading the graphics a bit and constantly working on it year after year (like madden and FIFA will be doing) they already have a great base to start from. Now they can focus more on gameplay every year. With the smaller team they really have to pick one or another while the other big franchises can do both if they want. I'm. It saying the graphics won't get better for the nhl series but we probably won't see another leap for another 3-4 years as in what happens last generation.
 
# 8 TDKing @ 08/17/14 07:35 PM
Nothing in that video makes me say I gotta have this game. Will wait for the demo and mode announcements to make a decision.
 
# 9 Gotmilkman24 @ 08/17/14 07:41 PM
The collisions looked really good, I saw board play. One thing I noticed was a player hit the boards and spin off of them which looked good to.
 
# 10 18 eighty 5 @ 08/17/14 07:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Gotmilkman24
The collisions looked really good, I saw board play. One thing I noticed was a player hit the boards and spin off of them which looked good to.
I'm not sure I fully agree. I don't think the reworked physics look too different from the previous versions. There isn't much evidence of dynamic player contact being something heaps better than what we already have. Perhaps a subtle improvement? I am looking at this and trying to imagine an offline game against the CPU and remember the CPU normally has bubble protection which is very noticeable through the controller. This is what the demo will reveal as opposed to watching game play vids and reading about the new changes from the devs. To me, what good is there in having these physics advancements when they don't apply to the CPU?

Also look how quickly these guys are in on an attack. They regain possession in the defensive zone make one pass and are in. There may as well be only two skaters per side. And these guys look like they are new or at most casual to the series.
 
# 11 meep316 @ 08/17/14 08:02 PM
Good god the two idiots playing are terrible.
 
# 12 Rules @ 08/17/14 08:10 PM
Yep that looked realistic.
 
# 13 Bowinkle08 @ 08/17/14 08:56 PM
the player icon above their head reminds me of the sims but the gameplay looks great. graphics are on point and the animations seem to flow with the game.
 
# 14 Money99 @ 08/17/14 09:25 PM
To be honest, nobody should expect a huge leap in terms of general gameplay.
EA hockey has been similar since it's inception. It's still north-south hockey at it's core.

That's not a bad thing. I've enjoyed a lot of EA's hockey titles for many years now.
But nobody should suddenly expect a different vibe or flavour to this game.

For me, I think where the game can be different or improved is in an extra layer of sloppiness. And I saw that in this video. Despite it being on default sliders and probably a lower difficulty, there were lots of loose pucks, pass interceptions, missed one-timers, etc.

It's amazing how much different/better NHL14 feels using the revamped rosters.
If EA would simply apply a similar ratings scale out of the box, I think most of us would be happy.
 
# 15 angelstrout @ 08/17/14 10:28 PM
These 2 have no idea how to play, no clue at all about the sport. Again maybe sliders and higher settings will fix the arcade feel to this game. Everything is a break away chance.


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# 16 gator3guy @ 08/17/14 10:29 PM
Holy ****. Every guy that gets touched falls down. It's ridiculous.
 
# 17 TjJunior @ 08/18/14 12:49 AM
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Originally Posted by angelstrout
These 2 have no idea how to play, no clue at all about the sport. Again maybe sliders and higher settings will fix the arcade feel to this game. Everything is a break away chance.


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Yeah, it looked like the CPU was doing a better job of taking away passing lanes than the guys with the controllers, which is a good thing.
 
# 18 DJ NEO @ 08/18/14 03:40 AM
I agree that most of the animations I see are almost or exactly the same as in NHL 13/14.
Goalies moves/animates abysmal as always.


My hopes goes for the new puck physics, but will see.
 
# 19 bad_philanthropy @ 08/18/14 08:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Money99
To be honest, nobody should expect a huge leap in terms of general gameplay.
EA hockey has been similar since it's inception. It's still north-south hockey at it's core.

That's not a bad thing. I've enjoyed a lot of EA's hockey titles for many years now.
But nobody should suddenly expect a different vibe or flavour to this game.

For me, I think where the game can be different or improved is in an extra layer of sloppiness. And I saw that in this video. Despite it being on default sliders and probably a lower difficulty, there were lots of loose pucks, pass interceptions, missed one-timers, etc.

It's amazing how much different/better NHL14 feels using the revamped rosters.
If EA would simply apply a similar ratings scale out of the box, I think most of us would be happy.
Sums up my feelings exactly, Hank.

As I get older I remain as critical of the series as ever, but I don't dwell on things the same way, and am satisfied with how I'm able to make the game play with slider adjustments.

Yes, goalies need work, and it needs to be harder to enter the offensive zone, but I was able to get 14 to be quite sloppy. I also really enjoyed the possession game with manual passing/no assist, and knowing when to use the RT pass along the boards or RB chip the puck behind the net/along the boards both to move the puck on defense and cycle on offense waiting for a player to find a tiny window of space for a scoring chance.

One thing I'd like to see that I didn't in the video is for defenders chasing dump ins to have a harder time gaining possession of the puck. I'd like the less skilled d-men for both the the user and cpu to have the option to just use their body against the board to block off the puck instead of gain possession on their stick. Let a battle ensue with the forechecker. Would make for less back and forth counter-attacking hockey, and a sloppier game overall.
 
# 20 18 eighty 5 @ 08/18/14 09:20 AM
I am absolutely confident this game is all a marketing spin. If you are wondering how the demo plays DL the NHL 14 demo and you will have your answer. There is nothing new about this game. All the talk is hype. I for one think it is time to do away with this entire game engine and start from total scratch. New everything!! That means new everything. I have played this game since 07. The ai buffs and boosts can be traced all the way back to then. The animations and physics in 15 can be found in any of the previous games since 07. The only new thing is the commentary team and they unfortunately are not very impressive.

This is a patched NHL 14. Should I have the audacity to expect more? Too bloody right and I don'y think it is being audacious. Imagine if AC DC released one album and all the albums after were just slightly different versions of the same tracks on the first album, after the third album people would be bemused and annoyed.

We got one presentation for the entirety of last gen. One! Because the gameplay was apparently number one but the game play has been the same for years!!!

If there was no EASHL, this series would have been called out far more ferociously years ago. Give us something new or don't ask for so much money for a copy of a patched 7 year old game. Or at least stick the fashionable 'Redux' in the title like so many remakes for new gen are doing.
 

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