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Full NHL ’14 E3 Trailer Review


After the initial trailer featuring Dropkick Murphys music, and the Enforcer Engine trailer, we finally got the goods from EA Sports: a bona fide, full-length trailer.  Shown initally at E3, the trailer attempts to show us some of the finer points of the game.  There are really 4 main sections:

1) One Touch Dekes – Dekes in the video game world were revolutionized by the dual analog stick controller.  They seem to get better and better with each iteration of the game, and this time around we’re not going to have to push R1 or L1 whenever we want to do something fancy.  Won’t know much about this feature until the game actually drops but looks interesting
2) True Performance Skating – Not sure what’s new here.  Maybe some new, revised animations but they already had this in last year’s game…
3) NHL Collision Physics – Now we’re talking.  They’ve made some big strides in the past.  Like, you know how in a video game like NHL ’94 you could hit your opponent from any angle and they would likely be impeded?  In NHL ’13 momentum, space, etc. started to play a role.  Now they’re claiming that size matters.  Can’t wait.
4) All-New Enforcer Engine – I did a full-length review of this feature already here, but wow.  Another feature that we might have to get our hands on the controller for, but can’t wait for the full version.
Looks awesome, but I’m left with a few questions; will there be one for the much-maligned PS Vita?  Are they going to come out with another clunky mobile phone version?  Time will tell, but I couldn’t be more excited for September to get my hands on this thing.
In the meantime, check out the new site GameSided where we have all the gaming info you need.
Mike