If you haven’t seen the new NHL 14 trailer, head over to our previous post and give it a watch. While the trailer didn’t explain what’s actually new in the game, here are some notes that should get you more informed on EA Sports’ vision for this year. NHL 14’s big focuses this year are three things: “big hits, real fights, and unbelievable speed and skill”. That actually sounds like 4 things, but you get the point. Here’s the official features list:

  • 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.
  • 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. (See the GIF below of Lucic)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

And now, for some trailer GIFs:

Comments (66)

  1. oooo, interesting, that Live the Life mode sounds pretty sweet

  2. The hip check looks like that same cheap hit… Somehow able to hip check an opposing player with your head

    And for goodness sakes, you better be able to choose the amount of games you want to play in be a GM mode and GM connected. Nothing more annoying than having to sim 2/3 of a season.

  3. Boy am I glad to see the seasons coming to NHL, thats the only mode I play in FIFA because its online and its pure, immediate competition without waiting like HUT has you waiting to find an opponent for tournaments.

    I just hope they improve the control scheme to make it more responsive and tuned to what you actually want to do, instead of ruining it and not making it as fluid as is.

    And oh boy am i glad to see the fighting improved, it’s too tedious now and effortless, I want some skill in the fights and the winner to be the guy with the most skill in the fighting category.

    And I’m liking the hits, I love laying the body when it’s there and I love seeing the realism when I hit the man because thats exactly how it is in real, this is going to take it a whole other level.

    There is nothing I am disappointed about or feel like they need to add to the features it is already a complete game with endless flavour, and just the mere tweaks and upgrades they are doing to their previous engines (and physics) are exactly what they need, it will make a big difference to the gameplay, and the modes they added are just the right touch to go along with it.

    Well done EA SPORTS NHL team.


    The one thing they need to improve on is the updates, I don’t understand why they can’t do constant roster updates and also change the players tape colors accordingly – I’m not sure if they are being lazy or just simply can’t do it as frequently as they should, but I personally think they can and should; MLB 13 The Show allows you to connect to mlb.com to upload the current rosters and apply them to your game for each and everyday. Maybe they should partner with NHL.com and do the same. Hopefully they do so that seasons or versus is nice, fresh and official each game.

    • Good points there, especially on the roster updates. If one game has the roster update frequency correct, it’s NBA 2K13. They update their rosters at minimum once a week. Would be great to see other games adopt this method.

    • If you look at the middle gif, right in front of Carey Price you can see two players grabbing onto each other. Looks like it’s the end of the showdown in the middle of the rink and the rest of the team disappears.

  4. Live the life looks pretty sweet. I have been waiting for be a pro to be updated. on a side note, why was Lucic fighting Markov in that GIF?

    • From the folks at EA, this is a tease to their “Enforcer Mode”… more info will be released in the coming weeks I assume.

  5. But no next gen systems? I’m not sure how much I’ll want to boot up my 360 when the 720/PS4 is out…..

    • PS4 set to release Q4, this game is coming out Q3. Right now is too early to be focusing on a next-gen game. NHL 15 will be the first true next-gen game.

  6. In Live the life mode, will I be able to have a press conference where I tell people I’m sick and tired of people dating my sloppy seconds? Will I be able to beat up a cab driver in Buffalo? Or get so drunk and wasted that I can’t partake in the Stanley Cup Parade?

  7. They really need to enhance their AI. I should not be able to score 150+ points with a 74 ranking in Be a Pro on All-Star mode.

  8. how about create a player with online GM mode , its the only way i can play gm modes . or edit your character features during the season like nba 2k13 .

  9. Seasons mode alone sold at least one copy. Love it in FIFA.

  10. please fix the right click hip check… in the top gif johansen’s knee is bouncing off the buffalo players head and yet johansen still completely wipes out and the buffalo player is fine… that should be a concussion lol.. its so awkward when the defense just bends over in the hip check position and someone skates into that person from plenty of strides away and its a tremendous hit.. so unrealistic.. the right click hip check should be completely situational, and only work when the player appropriately lines up the hit.. you shouldnt be able to just bend over like that and if someone skates into you its a huge awkward hip check..

    pisses me off, unrealistic, please fix it.

  11. also, since the goalies move so quickly, include more animations that allow the goalies to move more fluidly. because they move so quickly, their transitions look so choppy and unrealistic. either slow it down so they move at human speed or fix the transition from animation to animation is more fluid

  12. I’ve played the NHL games since NHL 09, and they continually are getting worse. Rammer and the developers at EA don’t know how to make a hockey game. Have they even watched hockey before? The AI in this game is dumb (yet they say they’re getting “smarter” every year). The EASHL mode has been ruined, and it’s beyond fixing. Yeah, let’s take a feature from FIFA and put it in NHL. The community in EASHL is dead. No one plays it except the no-lifes. It’s unbalanced, and just plain frustrating to play.

    The NHL 14 trailer was comical, because it’s just stupid. It looks JUST like NHL 13, NHL 12, etc. I bet it was hard updating the sign on the boards that says NHL 14. The rest of it is exactly the same. Woo. Who wants to pay $60 for a roster update and another glitched up game?

    As I said on the EA SPORTS NHL facebook page before I was BANNED (Yes, they banned me. Guess I hurt their poor little feelings).. EA, stop counting your money, fix your servers, and MAKE A GOOD GAME. EA deserves to be the WORST COMPANY IN AMERICA for the 2nd year in a row.

    • I have to say I disagree with the majority of what you wrote. NHL 09 to me was the last game that was true garbage, where the effort truly lacked. NHL 13, while still far from perfect, made marked improvements, not the least of which was a skating engine that really changed the way the game is played. The people who I have seen complain were those who were used to zigzagging up the ice to score unrealistic goals on unrealistic glitches. I truly believe that NHL 13 is the most true to life simulation of hockey I have played (although the early 2000 2k games gave it a good run at the time).

      Also, I don’t know how much you expect the look of the game to change on a console that is approaching the decade mark and has been milked for everything it can graphically. The more important thing is the gameplay and while nothing really grabs my attention in the list of NHL 14 features, if it continues to improve on last year’s game then it will still be stepping in the right direction.

      That all being said, at the end of the day it is a video game. And as such, I can’t imagine getting myself worked into a frenzy over the advances or pitfalls in a game that no one has forced me to buy.

    • I think you are the real no life not liking nhl 13 and 14!

    • You are absolutely right about eashl, its full of hackers and glitch goalers (same goal since nhl09) and they refuse to fix it. Still trash, hey at least live the life sounds good. Fix your shit ea, you do it right on every other sports game you make but wont for hockey.

  13. live the life thing is like MyPlayer from nba2k its good that theyre finally adding it

  14. really love the new fighting enforcer thing.

  15. Hopefully they improved the gm simulation speed . Tired of 2 hour simulations

  16. Game looks sick. Can’t wait to get it !!!!!!!!

  17. Who’s gonna be on the cover?

    • They’re doing a cover vote campaign, a process that most EA Games are now adopting. I believe it starts next week.

  18. They need to fix the cooldown thing for EASHL. ur just making ppl hate it….GET RID OF IT!!!!! Also the live the life sounds pretty sick.. Fix Goalie for EASHL, needs inprovments..

  19. I hope the fighting is as realistic as they say it is going to be. I just lost in a fight in NHL 13, I was Colton Orr, one of the best (probably is the best in my opinion), and I lost a fight to Kemmo Timmonin! Ir was such crap. Colton Orr, and other goons, should never lose to non-fighters, and should have spirited bouts with other good fighters.
    Also, the hip check gif was still pretty faulty. I wish the checker would feel the force as well. A true -to physics hit would have him turn a little bit when the hit was made.
    I like that when a fight occurs, the other players remain on the ice, this is good.
    I also really enjoy MyCarrer mode in NBA 2k games, so I imagine I will enjoy new be a pro mode.
    Other suggestions for future games: I think adding the little details to add realism to the game can be a factor.
    Such as having two referees and two linesmen.
    I wish thecommentators would comment more on individual factors within the game, such as making a goalie switch, players playing against old teams, sos-and-so being healthy scratches… the things that actualcommentators do.
    The have imrpoved slightly over the years, but I hope for more realism there as well. If the fans could be seen right near the glass, baning on it WHILE the play is going, and there is a hit in the corner… I think this would be sweet.

  20. I also think it would be neat to be able to choose which commentator duo you want. I enjoy the guys they have, but if I play 4 or 5 games in a row, I am hearing the exact same lines every single game, it would be nice to have another option or two for commentators to add their s[in on the game.

  21. Only thing I really want is the ability to control two teams in GM mode. Me and buddy play all the time would be nice to build teams against each other like you could in the old 2K series

  22. So donny brooks are capable

  23. New features are cool but they need to seriously fix all the major problems. I bet nothing will be fixed and all the new features are just going to add to those problems. Goalies in eashl have some really serious glitches. Couple examples are… Trying to go post to post, the goalie is constantly glitching into the net. Majority of the attributes don’t do a damn thing. EA definitely deserves worst company of the year.

  24. Also maybe adding more penalties then tripping, interference and roughing would be nice. Seems like those are the only penalties ever given. Theres the odd hook or high stick but the penalties are unrealistic.

  25. I would like to see other players on my team (in be a pro mode) get into fights now and then. I love Hockey fights, and kinda think it’s a bit strange that I am the only one to have gotten into fights on my team. Of course it would be an optional feature, if you didnt want your team fighting you could disable/enable it.

  26. @This game is trash – just dont talk and leave plz…

    A couple things I would like are
    -my player to actually get injured in be a pro (kind of annoying that i can run around injuring people but i get hit in the face with a clapper and i just get up like nothing happened
    -need to way up the boarding/hitting from behind calls and add in kneeing… make it harder to make hits… as much as i love running around the rink pasting everyone in sight its not very realistic to finish a game with 20+ hits every night
    -the AI players need to do more. (fighting is a good example)
    -Multiple GMs in GM mode… i want to build against my buddy
    -hip check fixes
    -i hope this fighting really improves (and the AI needs to be able to fight as well).. would also like to see the option of grouping up and having multiple fights in certain situations or at least grabbing on to each other.. also it needs to be fixed so that it actually takes some skill to fight… make it so you cant just mash the stick forward repeatedly and lean left so that someone goes down within 5 seconds of the fight starting… and add flash knockouts every so often… would be nice to see frazer mcclaren vs durzynski happen in the game

  27. -Please allow me to see players full careers and where they played !!
    -Have the option to upgrade arenas, pretty much make GM mode like Maddens gm mode in 07.
    -fire & hire coaches
    -You have 25 years in GM mode and it’s so repetitive, after my 5th year I don’t care about drafting anymore cause by the 5th year I have my career team. By 10 th year I just stop playing too boring.
    -great that you’re upgrading the be a pro mode.

  28. So much BS they sneak into the game that they REFUSE to fix. Blow me EA

  29. things EA need to fix to make nhl 14 a better game
    1. Make the goalie react better and faster around the net. When they go for the puck behind the net they make stupid decision like shoot on the net or leave it there for the opposite team who is rushing .they should pass it along the board to a defenseman. They should also leave their net to get the loose puck coming their way before the other team instead of just watching .When the puck is loose on the side of the post make the goaler freeze it or pokecheck behind the net.
    2. When the puck is loose in front of the net and theres danger the IA defense should send it away in the corner instead of trying to control it.
    3. When i press L2 i want to make my player look where the puck is not skate backward… Its OK when i control the puck but not when i want to take position somewhere on the ice.
    4. Fix pokecheck….too effective. When i wind up a shoot and someone pokecheck my skate from behind its like evrything is canceled.Make my shot go wild or something…
    5.It would be nice to have a better stat definition when you build a player like:
    – Slapshot power 85 : max shot speed 91 mph
    – Endurance 77 : Skate at full speed for 3.6 seconds
    – Passing 78 : 62 % chance to intercept
    Anyway…. I don’t want to see a spectator spill his beer because i hit the post so please stop focusing on graphics and please start making a better gameplay. Thank you.

  30. Goalies need jersey tuck options

  31. Make the menu less sluggish.
    Get rid of fancy effects, I want the menu to be fast and responsive, not switch backdrops and shoot fireworks.

  32. I hope that with the NHL14 when it comes to Be A Pro on goalie mode that we should be able to customize the goalie helmets. And also why cant the goalies in the rosters have the same helmets as they do in real life? I think if you they want to make the game more real that they should make the goalies and players look the same as they do in real life.

  33. I love all the people talking about how it is unrealistic and all that jazz i think people forget that it is still just a game. However this seems like it will be very enjoyable to play……….And a side note if you want realism get out and play some real puck.

  34. Be a pro mode would be amazing if the make it where it’s online like madden 13. Like I could be a goalie for Boston and my brother in the same room can be in the same season as me be another goalie and we duke it out. And not only just be able to play together but be on the same teams too. Shit would be sick.. Also fix the goalie as well it’s my favorite position to play and eveytime players get cheap goalies through the goalies glove lame make it easyier to play as a goalie

  35. I like a lot of what they have done with the game, but they HAVE to do something about the goalies and their ability to stop the puck. I really feel that the makers of these NHL games focus is completely on everyone BUT the goalie! I am a person that really loves the challenge of playing in the net, but in NHL 12 and 13 it IMPOSSIBLE to play in net and have stats over a GAA of 7 and S% of .700. Either one times or short side goals that consistently sneak through to players just walking and shooting and scoring……

  36. Thanks!
    Aldous Romeo

  37. they should put contract extensions in nhl 14 and trade requests by the players to make be a gm more real life and also players telling theteam they wont resign after the seasons end to know if they shoul be traded at the deadline or kept for a playoff run

  38. Looks like its gonna be amazing

  39. I hope they re-do the GM mode in a big way. Scouting, points for staff, even random players that you dont have rights to showing up on your AHL team. Cooler celebrations that involve the whole team. And fix glitch goals on EASHL

  40. I’m a huge fan of Be a Pro mode and to hear this news is exciting! I also love Be a GM mode an I heard stuff that’s exciting for that too so I can’t wait to play NHL 14!!!

  41. What I’m really hoping for is when playing GM that it’s more… involving, e.i ability to hire and fire staff like the coach and stuff for starters

    Another thing would be better stats tracking, like going back in the calendar view and seeing who scored in what games, allowing you to find out which lines are ineffective against certain teams. And finally player stats back in 2003 showed the years and the team they played for with the stats, I’d like to see that back.

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