NHL 15 is an ice hockey video game developed by EA Sports and is the 24th installment in the franchise. It was the first game for the 8th generation consoles, and was on the 7th generation consoles too.
Why It Sucks
Most of the problems are only for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions are just a re-skinned version of NHL 14 with updated rosters, portraits and soundtracks.
PS4/Xbox One Versions
- Many game modes were ripped out like EASHL and NHL Entry Draft.
- The new commentator cast of Mike Doc Emrick and Eddie Olczyk sounds emotionless.
- Noticeable input lag that was not present in old gen.
- The PS4 and Xbox One versions have annoying originally composed orchestral-rock menu music that plays over and over without the EA Trax option, which also returns in subsequent installments on the PS4/Xbox One versions, albeit being an alternate option from NHL 17 onwards as NHL theme.
- You cannot create or edit players/teams.
- However, the soundtrack plays in the menus of the seventh-generation versions.
- GM mode, Be a Pro, and any other modes except Hockey Ultimate Team are paper thin.
- It is similar in a lot of its flaws to the watered down port of Madden NFL 06 to the Xbox 360, also similarly, the first Madden on a 7th gen console. This shows that EA has not learned from the past at all.
- Can't sim past shifts in Be a Pro.
- AI are once again braindead.
- Terrible first impressions on the next-gen consoles.
- It was rushed to be released before the 2014-15 NHL season.
PS3/Xbox 360 Versions
- The seventh-generation versions are simply reskins of NHL 14 with updated rosters, commentary and a new soundtrack, and, to add insult to injury, cost the same price as the eighth generation versions.
- The BlackBerry Smartphone used in the Be A GM mode was replaced by a generic smartphone due to licensing related reasons.
- Better potential system. In old gen, the potential was by stars, 5 star means franchise player 4.5 means 1st line player, 4 star means top 6, etc., but on next-gen it is done like this; Franchise, Top 6, Top 9, etc., giving more accurate ratings.
- Obvious graphical improvement over the previous generation, but it is nothing that notable.
- The NBC presentation looks authentic, like the real NHL on NBC.
- The portraits for many players were updated to be accurate to their 2013-14 headshots.
- Decent soundtrack for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 with 20+ songs in the soundtrack, which cannot be heard in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions.