As part of Paakaa10’s continuing analysis of the full retail version of EA SPORTS NHL 14, today he’s taking a look at the overall Presentation of this year’s hockey simulation video game.
Historically, the NHL franchise had largely unremarkable Presentation elements until the series reached the current-generation of consoles. With the franchise’s debut on the Xbox 360, player models saw a significant boost in fidelity while commentary got a shot in the arm as well (for the time) through the addition of ESPN’s former voices of NHL coverage, Gary Thorne and Bill Clement. More recently, the game has introduced the great “Action Tracker” accessible from the pause menu to seamlessly access instant replays of the game’s best goals, hits, and saves, while also making improvements to the overall graphical quality. In the past few iterations of the game, the NHL Presentation has expanded to include more clearly-defined broadcast elements including a game lead-in screen, highlights at the close of each period, and a broadcast sign-off over highlights at the game’s conclusion.
On the last game exclusively developed for current-generation consoles, where does NHL 14 leave its Presentation heading into a new console generation? Read on to find out!Read More →