Summary: NHL 15 loses much of the franchise's complexity in its first entry to the current generation of consoles. This may be alright for some, but critics say fans of the series will be dissapointed
Top Critic Average
NHL 15 is fun to play and pretty to look at, but it's disappointingly light on modes to keep you hooked on hockey.
Devoid of many important modes and features, NHL 15 feels incomplete, and will not appeal to long-time fans.
Hockey fans are better served playing the old-gen versions of the game
New generation graphics and marginal gameplay improvements clash with a lot of missing features in NHL 15.
NHL 15 missteps badly in its introduction to the current console generation
Whatever steps forward NHL 15 has taken in visual presentation hardly make up for the alarming gutting of many of the series' best features.
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.
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.
There are undoubtedly great things in the pipeline for the NHL franchise, but NHL 15 isn't a part of those plans.
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.