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Video: EA teases what’s new in NHL 15

Jul 23, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

As EA Sports NHL 15’s Sept. 9 (North American) release date approaches, the video game company is sharing some interesting details about the series’ jump to the Xbox One and Playstation 4 consoles.

There have been a few intriguing gameplay trailers filtering out lately, which can be found in one spot via this link.

With all due respect to those who get excited about advanced hockey uniform graphics, the two most interesting videos detailed the latest tweaks the series made to its physics engine and “superstar skill stick.”

Check out video of the revamped physics, with all 12 players interacting in ways that weren’t possible before:

A few days ago, Puck Daddy caught up with NHL 15 producer Sean Ramjagsingh to discuss the fine line between realism and frustration when it comes to things like choppy ice affecting the polygonal puck:

The puck physics already have a huge impact on gameplay. To be honest with you, we’re still evaluating how much we want the ice to impact the puck. It’s awesome puck behavior with the physics and the puck bouncing and being loose and creating the emergent gameplay, but it’s a fine line of having too much of that and having the ice impact that as well. It could lead to, and we’re doing testing around that, a frustrating gameplay experience with the puck bouncing all the time when the ice is bad. As part of the final stages of tuning and balancing, we’re still trying to assess where the sweet spot is in terms of fun factor and how much the ice may or may not impact the puck.

The series is also touting improvements to the “superstar skill stick”:

Here’s hoping those innovations don’t open the door for too many cheap goals that prompt people to throw expensive video game controllers at walls, though.

(NHL 15 screenshot via EA.)

  1. sjrulz17 - Jul 23, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    It would be nice if EA could keep track of time played to their games and contact those people who know what works and what doesn’t. The gm mode needs major help and that’s the only reason I play that game. I wish some of those guys over at EA would listen to the little guys.

    • miketoasty - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      But they don’t make money off of that…

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Jul 23, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Whenever I play NHL against either my cousin or friends, it usually a gets pretty vulgar cause neither one of us like to lose.

  3. thesportsjudge - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    14 was a huge disappointment. I’d list what I would like to see as improvements, but that list would be too long.

  4. withseidelinn - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    The jerseys look horrible. Other than that, sweet.

  5. jeff2000m - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    What’s up with the net getting knocked off for any little contact? Also the automatic fighting issue has to be resolved, if u throw a big hit and you’re on a break away, you lose the scoring chance. Minor tweaks, over all, a great game! Great job EA!

  6. Aj b33m3R - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    On the Genesis I would buy NHL every year. That’s back when EA gave a crap. When they had heart, talent and innovation. Every year they would make major improvements to the NHL game. It wasn’t just a roster update. Then NHL 97 came out on PC and I spent over $300 just to be able to play it. We started a local league using game forums to coordinate and dial up to connect. We’d play 60 minute simulation games, get disconnected half way through, crack open another beer, give the other guy a quick call to make sure he was still up for it and play the 60 minutes again… Because it was just plain fun.

    They’ve ruined multi-player in this series. It’s all about who’s willing to throw another $60 at them for the unlocks to be able to compete. And then you’ve got to deal with EA’s crappy servers. Seriously, Google “can’t connect to EA servers” and see what comes up. Dial-up would be an improvement over EA servers.

    That said, I occasionally buy this series, but only for single player. Be A Pro has had the same consistent glitches and bugs for the past several years. Any yearly improvement they make to the single player modes are at best minimal, at worst just pathetic and untested broken game mechanics.

    I just loved playing the Columbus Blue Jackets home games at Rexall Place in NHL 13… These games are always released with a slew of bugs that never get fixed. It’s so bad I won’t buy an EA NHL game unless it’s used and only for under $10. This is coming from a guy who would be EA game’s unquestioningly back on the SEGA Genesis, I even had James Pond!

    We’ll never get another great hockey game. Not until a company sprouts up to actually compete with them. Until then EA is resting on their laurels and pandering to their stockholders because what they say is true… A fool and his money are soon parted and no bigger fool there is than a gamer/sports fanatic (myself included–sometimes).

    • thesportsjudge - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:13 PM

      They also stopped caring once they monopolized hockey.

      • schizowallflower - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:04 AM

        No. I’m pretty sure they stopped caring about hockey once they monopolized football. It seems that’s when all their games went to shat-ner.

  7. justanotherphillyfan - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    It’s sad…

    Those guys at EA are done in this (console) business. The numbers of this game are dropping each year after year. The only thing they really care about right now is how much money they can milk out of this product until it reaches some point where they have to sell the entire console gaming division of EA.

    Every week whenever they release a new “Hollywood edited Gameplay video” I get more and more disappointed. Before they had released any videos I was really excited by the list of new features but in those video’s you can clearly see they haven’t touched anything for real, the goalies are 300% untouched for 3 years now. New helmet designs would be nice for a change, or some new goalie animations, when a hockey gets scored on he still does that ‘swing his stick to the net’ kinda animation. It becomes really old if you score 300 goals a month. Beside that have they just overdone the lighting and shadows in this new game because the next gen. consoles has new functions and they wanna make sure you see them while gaming.

    Believe me if they make it possible that a puck can roll on it’s side in this game I bet you , you gonna see that puck roll 7min. a period. Every icing that puck will roll on it’s side and some camera will spot it. It’s EA’s trademark. Invent board-play and everybody who skates near or close to a boarding becomes a hugging partner. EA can’t make small features of the game stay small. A bouncing puck is possible in real life but if EA makes it in the game the puck becomes a skippy-ball.

    Sometimes I think the people working on this games aren’t truly hockey fans but just soccer fans who aren’t good enough coders to work on the FIFA game. Instead they have to work at EA NHL as a punishment.

    • tarotsujimoto74 - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      hahaha I remember when they introduced players falling down and the skaters were down on the ice for a third of the game.

  8. blackheart78 - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    To make the game as real as possible Gary Bettman must get booed everytime he appears.

  9. letsgopens8771 - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    What was total crap that needs to be fixed:

    Computer taking penalties behind the play putting you on the PK
    Defenders constantly following their shots/pinching
    Passing awareness (especially in ultimate team)

  10. shaundre93 - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:20 AM

    They gotta ditch the momentum engine. Idk how many times I’ve played online and had my a.i. seemingly quit on me, while the other teams goes into beast mode. Suddenly I can’t touch the other team and they score a couple quick goals and boom game over. Goes both ways, sometimes my team goes beast mode and I feel like I’m playing on amateur mode. Happened all the time in a Gm connected league I was in where I was playing the same guys regularly, so we would both be aware of when it was happening. I get fights and stuff create momentum in real life but its pretty impossible to recreate that human element in a game. For my my money, the graphics were just fine, I just want better, more consistent game play. It seems we’re probably getting the same game again but dressed up all pretty for the new console

  11. winnipegwonder - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    You guys are complaining too much. It’s such a fun game. Don’t like it, don’t buy it. It’s on heavy rotation at my house!

  12. girouxsalem89 - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Just get rid of the all the damn glitches…

    All you need to do is shoot a wrister glove side upper corner and it goes in like 75% of the time.

  13. flyerspsu - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Get rid of the absurd spider man goalie saves that defy the laws of physics, it’s annoyimg when you or your club will put together a great passing play to create an open net and the game just decides were going to robotically take over the goalie and shoot him full extension across the crease in a split second to make the greatest save of all time … And the other team goes down and scores on a glitch shot or the goalie let’s in a real easy goal

    • pepper2011 - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      [Insert Flyers goalie joke here]

  14. hallforpresident - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    The biggest problem I see with the NHL games is that they seem to care so much about the little things (like the puck rolling around? Who the hell gives a crap about that?) and they refuse to work on the big things like the terrible in game commentary, the inconsistency of goalie play, and the glitch goals. And don’t even get me started on how bad the Be a GM mode is with the lopsided trade offers and the way how prospects never get good enough to play in the NHL.

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