Percentile Rank

NHL 15 is ranked in the 18th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 42 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

61

Top Critic Average

12%

Critics Recommend

Based on 42 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

TechnoBuffalo
Wait
Wait
Sep 12, 2014

As far as the new generation of NHL 15 is concerned, this package isn't nearly strong or complete enough to justify an immediate purchase.

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Scored Reviews

Game Revolution
Sep 8, 2014

Whether or not the horn sounds on home ice, every goal will give the fan in you the same satisfaction as if the game were live right in front of you.

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GamingTrend
80 / 100
80 / 100
Sep 9, 2014

The next generation jump for NHL 15 is far from a mind blowing one. It brings about fantastic visuals and more of the same excellent gameplay we have come to expect. Unfortunately, it really is just more of the same but with an impressive visual bump. Of course, the improved presentation is nice as well but it lacks that oomph needed to wow consumers. That being said, EA Canada has done enough to create a very recommendable hockey game, but they may have some trouble on their hands if they continue to provide more of the same next year.

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Examiner
Sep 9, 2014

Its a graphical showcase, fueled by plenty of solid gameplay tweaks to an already amazing game and makes us wonder where the series can go once everything extra makes its way to the current generation via the announced updates. Even with that, it's still a bit of a letdown in terms of extra content, it's far from a disappointment and is best judged by those who play for the love of the series and sport and not those obsessed with extra bells and whistles.

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Digital Chumps
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2014

NHL 15 may not be as feature rich as its last generation predecessor. But what it does offer is the most visually striking hockey experience available. The strong core gameplay for which the series has been lauded returns with slight tweaks to the physics. Everything looks great, plays well and feels like the NHL hockey I love. Even the tricky teammate AI can be addressed via settings tweaks. Where NHL 15 disappoints, however, is in the trimmed features and modes. NHL 14's fully featured practice mode is now just a single skater on ice who gets to practice his shootout skills only. And that kind of change just seems silly. I mean, we're talking about practice, man. Practice. Not a game. Practice. Ultimately, I prefer a solid core gameplay experience to a wealth of modes built around dodgy game mechanics. And with EA's announced content update schedule, fans can expect to find more reasons to return to the title in the coming months.

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COGconnected
80 / 100
80 / 100
Sep 9, 2014

NHL 2015 truly has glimpses of being a fantastic sports title on its own merit, given the improvements in the gameplay mechanics, visuals, physics and even sound. That being said, we have been spoiled to a degree by some outstanding previous versions with all the features and now I find that the series has lost a bit of its lustre given what they cut out to get this one out the door. The omission of key modes really hurts the end product, and in a way it feels like we're stepping back somewhat.

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GameTrailers
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2014

The choice to rebuild from square one on a new engine has resulted in a game that doesn't necessarily stand up to last year's on paper, but shows promise when taking into account the track record of EA Sports NHL. In the game of hockey, sometimes you have to make the counter-intuitive decision to take a big penalty to prevent a season-ending goal.

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Cheat Code Central
3.8 / 5.0
3.8 / 5.0
Sep 10, 2014

It boils down to this: if you like hockey, you will probably like NHL 15. It definitely has enough gameplay options to keep a hardcore hockey fan busy for months. If you aren't a hockey fan, it's a toss-up whether or not you would like NHL 15, just like any other sports game. But I will say that NHL 15 shows a lot of movement in the right direction on the new platforms and is a strong basis to make even better games for years to come.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2014

For the last couple of weeks, the majority of the talk surrounding Electronic Arts' NHL 15 has been what is not in the game

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God is a Geek
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2014

On the ice, NHL 15 is great. Gameplay is smooth and fun to play, and the plethora of customization options means everyone should be able to find an enjoyable setting. The visuals and commentary round out the package that is only let down by the occasionally questionable AI. Where NHL 15 falls down is with its replayability and game modes. Not only are fan favorite modes missing, but the ones we do get are not feature complete. If you can deal with only having a few modes, then NHL 15 is well worth buying, but the lack of variation is sure to become an issue over time.

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Gaming Nexus
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2014

The gameplay and presentation of NHL 15 are arguably the best we've seen in the franchise.  The new commentary team of Emrick, Olczyk, and Ferraro really add to the in-game experience.  Some AI bugs do exist and may frustrate players, but the true problem with this game is the lack of modes to justify the $60 price tag.  It's unfair to call this game a beta, but with so many modes missing, even though some will be patched in, it doesn't feel like a completed product.  The hardcore NHL fans will pick this up, but casual players may want to wait it out and see if EA can patch in some of the features that this game desperately needs.

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IGN
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2014

NHL 15 is fun to play and pretty to look at, but it's disappointingly light on modes to keep you hooked on hockey.

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GameCrate
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2014

Since EA has no competition as far as NHL games go, if you want a next-gen hockey title and you don't want to wait for next year, then you're going to end up buying this one. It's not a bad game as it is, and the promised additional features will be nice. There's plenty of replay value and deep modes to explore, if you're so inclined. The basic difficulty is challenging enough to keep you challenged for a long time, and the harder setting can be positively brutal.

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EGM
7 / 10.0
Ray Carsillo

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2014

The new physics system, presentation elements, and graphics are definitely a step forward for the franchise, but the wholesale removal or scaling back of so many modes leaves you wondering how such a great series could struggle so mightily with the console transition.

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ZTGD
6.5 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2014

Even with everything missing NHL 15 is still a great playing game. The on-ice action is still hard to top, and if EA does patch in all the missing features, this could end up being the best in the series in years. Sadly, as it stands right now there is too much missing to make it feel like a complete package.

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Arcade Sushi
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Sep 16, 2014

The hardened NHL fan looks past visual achievements, and finds a hollow experience devoid of some of the depth that made NHL 14 so good.

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New Game Network
63 / 100
63 / 100
Sep 9, 2014

NHL 15 stumbles as it hits the ice on the new generation of consoles. Fans should wait for a price drop and a few patches, or just skip this year altogether.

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Destructoid
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2014

There are undoubtedly great things in the pipeline for the NHL franchise, but NHL 15 isn't a part of those plans.

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Shacknews
6 / 10
Shacknews

Top Critic

6 / 10
Sep 9, 2014

If you're expecting a completely stacked, feature-laden game as you've gotten in the past, you're bound to be disappointed and on the phone with EA's customer service department, wondering where the majority of your game content has gone. However, if you're an avid hockey fan, you probably won't mind hitting the ice and taking part in a well-rounded contest of hockey, and seeing what the new visuals and audio have to deliver.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Sep 11, 2014

NHL 15 looks impressive on the surface with graphics and gameplay, but way too many features have been cut or neutered this time around.

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Game Rant
Sep 17, 2014

As the first next-gen entry in the series, 'NHL 15' breaks new ground - and the hopes of the hardcore fans along with it.

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We Got This Covered
Sep 12, 2014

NHL 15 is a missed opportunity and a bit of a mess overall. It feels unfinished, and is lacking fan favourite modes, making it hard to recommend to anyone but the diehards.

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CGMagazine
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2014

I would not say that the game-play is drastically different when compared to NHL 14 from last year, but the game-play somehow feels much more lifelike.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Sep 24, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed my time playing with the Red Wings or getting drafted in my Be A Player mode, but I could not help but be be disappointed with the lack of depth that I have come to expect from an EA Sports title. I love that more updates are planned, but a full-priced game should not be incomplete in the first place. Taken from within a vacuum, NHL 15 is a perfectly solid hockey title, however longtime fans of the series are bound to be disappointed by the things that they have grown used to over the years that are missing.

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Worth Playing
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2014

In the end, NHL 15 feels like the skeleton of a better hockey game. Even with the missteps, the core game mechanics are solid and provide players with some fun hockey experiences. Those who don't care much for anything beyond this will be pleased with what's on tap. For those looking for the more involved modes the series has traditionally offered, they are either missing or watered down to the point that they feel like inaugural attempts rather than classic modes that have been tweaked for the better. The game will be patched to address some of these issues, but as far as what's on the disc or initial digital download, it seems like a step backward. With the groundwork already laid out, the hope is that NHL 16 will be a more complete hockey package. For the time being, NHL 15 just isn't what fans are looking for.

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Xbox Achievements
57%
57%
Sep 15, 2014

Compared to previous efforts, NHL 15 falls incredibly short on new-gen platforms. Missing a swathe of modes, you can't help but feel that the franchise's debut on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is something of a puck up. Disappointing.

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Polygon
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Sep 16, 2014

NHL 15 missteps badly in its introduction to the current console generation

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Operation Sports
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2014

NHL 15 is missing too much to recommend to anyone but the most ardent diehards.

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NZGamer
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2014

I have always enjoyed EA's NHL games, and what there is of NHL '15 works. But, it's not what's there that's the issue, it's what's missing. And, for what's missing EA Sports needs to spend a lot of time in the penalty box.

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Game Informer
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2014

Hockey fans are better served playing the old-gen versions of the game

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GamesRadar+
Sep 9, 2014

Devoid of many important modes and features, NHL 15 feels incomplete, and will not appeal to long-time fans.

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GameSpot
5 / 10
5 / 10
Sep 8, 2014

New generation graphics and marginal gameplay improvements clash with a lot of missing features in NHL 15.

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USgamer
Sep 8, 2014

NHL 15 is right to focus on improvements to the gameplay and the presentation, but they aren't nearly good enough to justify the cuts made elsewhere. It dazzles out of the box, but it doesn't take long for the upgrades to feel shallow in comparison to what's missing. Ultimately, NHL 15 feels like a major misstep for a franchise that doesn't necessarily have a lot of room for error.

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SelectButton
5 / 10
5 / 10
Sep 14, 2014

NHL 15 proves how little EA Sports respects the intelligence of gamers, charging full retail price for a game that can't compare to last years offering. Even if this is the only hockey game for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, it is not worth your time or money.

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Hardcore Gamer
2.5 / 5.0
2.5 / 5.0
Sep 9, 2014

NHL 15 is one of the most frustrating sports releases to date. The core experience has been markedly improved.

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GamingBolt
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2014

NHL 15 may be a step forward in terms of gameplay and presentation, but it's a step back in nearly every other way. New players and those dedicated to the franchise will probably find something to like here, but everyone else will be left with a huge sense of missed opportunity.

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Kill Screen
50 / 100
50 / 100
Oct 7, 2014

NHL 15 is not very good. It's not whole. But I keep playing, because it's enough.

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Pure Xbox
5 / 10
5 / 10
Sep 9, 2014

NHL 15 plays a great – if somewhat atmosphere-free – game of hockey, but the sheer amount of modes missing from the package as a whole mean that unless you become obsessed with Ultimate Team or enjoy playing severely limited career modes, there's very little to actually do.

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Giant Bomb
Sep 10, 2014

Whatever steps forward NHL 15 has taken in visual presentation hardly make up for the alarming gutting of many of the series' best features.

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Push Square
4 / 10
4 / 10
Sep 16, 2014

Considering that EA Sports took an extra year to craft NHL 15, the wealth of missing features here is inexcusable. The solid, exhilarating gameplay is still present, and feels better than it has in a couple of years, but the astounding absence of features and game modes overshadows everything that the game does right. . . . Put simply, this is not a complete game.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Sep 14, 2014

As someone who plays every NHL yearly release all year long, it is unfortunate to see just how badly this has gone. I can somewhat understand taking out 6v6 online play if it wasn't ready, but taking out features in Be a GM or making Be a Pro completely unplayable is just ridiculous. If you are not a hockey fan at all but you want to slap around a few pucks, this might be the game for you. However, with all the lost features and left out modes, NHL fans might want to wait until everything is patched in to jump on this ship. EA Sports:  it's in the game… eventually.

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Digital Trends
Sep 16, 2014

NHL 15 offers stepped up physics and superb visuals, but it's a regression for the series due to a significant number of missing features.

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