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Video: EA reveals some actual gameplay from NHL 15

Aug 17, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

EA Sports is doing a nice job of allowing a slow trickle of information and videos to come out about NHL 15 – people might debate Sidney Crosby standing clearly alone atop the ratings mountain for a day or two, for instance – but more than a few people wonder if there will be significant advancements as the series debuts on Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

The video game company will release a demo to give fans a real taste of the action on Aug. 26, but for those who are dying to see the title in action (as in, not just gussied up videos that don’t show actual in-game events), there are now two clips that give a solid taste:

Note: It’s unclear which version of the game these videos were taken from.

The most obvious differences come in the pre-game video presentations that feature scenic shots and commentary from NBC’s Doc Emrick and Ed Olczyk. (It’ll be interesting to see if there’s a good variety of material before contests or if it repeats quickly, for one. Also, does Doc ratchet up the “Score” a few notches when the goals come at bigger moments? Lots of questions there, but it’s nice to hear new commentary after a long run with Gary Thorne and Bill Clement …)

The gameplay improvements seem like more of an evolutionary step than a giant leap, but that’s also without actually playing anything. Did those videos affect your interest in buying the game when it launches?

(H/T to The Hockey News’ Post to Post. Screen via EA.)

  1. mattypbillsmafia - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Looks like I’ll be turning the volume down on this one too and just listening to music. The game play looks similar, maybe a little slower. We’ll see.

    • bmoreredfury311 - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      Yupper. I’ll do the same. The really question is did they fix the online co-op which is god awful. In this day and age it is inexcusable that a EA refuses to fix it or improve on it. Also it sucks that there is no competition out there to challenge them on it. But I don’t help either, with buying it solely for the updated roster…

  2. billiam55 - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    very disappointed with the commentary. Doc doesn’t sound like himself at all. Robotic, and no enthusiasm. Sounds just as bad as Gary thorne. thank god for the mute settings.

  3. lordfletcher - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    for the amount of work it takes to change announcers in the game (start fresh) … its actually not that bad / also not great. I do like NBC coverage idea, brings a sense more of realism to this years installment but I truly don’t care at the same time because I will also just mash (x) button to skip thru the intro’s.

    What I hope to see is EA continue to add to the commentary after this year and doing so each and every yearly game. Its incredibly annoying to hear the same 47 words used for 4 years of practically the same game.

    • phipfwe76 - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      It would be nice if the NHL was on more than one channel. They could really mix it up then. I believe the final year of EA Sports NCAA basketball (2011 maybe?) they had 2 sets of broadcasts with 2 sets of broadcast teams….. ESPN for most games, CBS for bigger games and tourney games. That was a nice touch.

  4. thomasvanek - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    I only care if there will be EASHL for next-gen. If they don’t announce it before release I will have to take back my pre-order.

  5. schizowallflower - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    I think the commentary is great and super refreshing. I don’t think Doc sounds robotic at all. I’ll love this, and welcome it.

  6. guitarisgood4u - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    At the very least, it’s nice watching the Wild walk all over the Avs in these two videos

  7. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 17, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    So there is actually more than one on-ice official? Moving up in the world.

  8. rushledger - Aug 17, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Yeah well despite better announcing even if it’s not as good as real doc, and finally adding more refs. No EASHL on next gen systems would be sad and I have to speak with my wallet and not buy it. Very shady that with less than a month out they haven’t even told us yet.

  9. krebsy34 - Aug 17, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Is it just me or do the corners look a bit shallow? Kinda looks “oval-ish” to me behind the goal line.

  10. 101starmymedic - Aug 17, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    God-awful commentary. Doc is horrible.

    So slow and behind the actual play…the play has happened and he’s calling it as if it’s happening then and there.

    Wake up EA, Gary Thorne and Bill Clement. The only voices that should ever call a hockey game.

  11. rushledger - Aug 17, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Bro Gary Thorne and Bill clement HAD to go! They’re so played out and I can’t stand them. It’s not all their fault it was EA’s reusing the same lines forever. I was still hearing about the Chris Kunitz trade in nhl 14 when the trade happened in 2009! Talk about rehash.

  12. chizrocker88 - Aug 17, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Can’t speak for both videos, but the second video was Xbox One footage based off the line switches listing (Y).

  13. charastein - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    The big question is: Is the Xbox One version so much better that you should upgrade from your 360?

    Hab fans must love the cover. Go Bergy!

  14. justanotherphillyfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Cancelled my pro-ordered Xbox One and NHL 15 yesterday. Lucky that machine hasn’t been released and already is sold out in my country so returning or canceling is easy because somebody else will be happy to pre-order it again.

    This will be one of the last years EA will make this game. Those numbers will drop on this game. It doesn’t sound like Doc. It’s way too slow you can almost hear the cuts between Docs lines or commentary’s while Doc is in so much energy while doing the game.

    Also was it too much to ask to create 3D computer models out of Doc and Eddy to do that pre-game talk?
    Doesn’t make any sense at all to have real video’s human video’s of people talking about animated video players, while they are so bragging about how they can make Patrick Kane look like Patrick Kane in the game? I mean if that’s possible why can’t they re-create Doc and Eddy as animated figures into the game.

    Sad game.. Lots of talk but every video or screenshot they release my hopes are in the toilet..

    • gregman98 - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:13 PM

      Why o why would anybody pre-order this or any other game???

      • miketoasty - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:22 PM

        I read the article and I can’t say that I agree with it.

        Let me preface this with the fact that I don’t usually preorder games. Most of the time I will wait for a price drop and pick it up then but if I do want a game on day one why not preorder?

        You are getting free DLC, in the case of NHL you are getting free HUT packs which saves time and money possibly by giving you free players instead of having to play for them, this is a bonus in my eyes (Albeit a small one). A preorder is not a loan, you are not charged interest for it. If you forget about it at most places you will get a credit for the preorder, and in turn you are losing out on absolutely nothing other than the fact that you have to shop there again (If you preordered there I don’t know why you wouldn’t).

        The article says you shouldn’t preorder since you will be able to find the game somewhere on launch day, why take the chance of having to go to multiple stores to find a game if I can guarantee my closest GameStop will have it exactly when I want it? Why waste the time, gas, and possibly pay more…

        I love CNet and regularly visit their site but this article is just stupid.

    • miketoasty - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      First off, it’s a demo, or even an earlier version than that.

      Second, if you actually care what the announcers sound like (The first year of having them at least), then you’re doing something wrong. If it’s so bad just turn them off. There is a specific sound option to only turn off the announcers while keeping all other sounds on. Not that it won’t get better when it’s actually released. Plus who’s to say that Doc won’t get more energetic in the playoffs? Makes no sense to have him scream GOOOOAAAALLLL every time a goal is scored anyways (At least 2 to 3 times a game if not more).

      Why create a 3D model when you can use the actual people? They aren’t doing anything other than talking, it’s not like they are playing the game. Personally, I feel like it’s a great touch. The point of this years game is to show off the visuals and physics on the new systems. Doing whatever you can to make it more lifelike is a plus in my eyes. Plus it’s only during a roughly ten second segment. Why get so hurt over it like you will be watching them ninety percent of the game?

      Sad game? It’s not even out yet. Thanks for cancelling your preoreder, I don’t like playing with idiots online anyways, and if you think that people won’t buy the game because of the announcers, then that furthers my opinion of you.

  15. 13whitebread - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Will NHL 15 on PS4 have season mode?

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