I Might Buy a PS4 Solely Because of the NHL 15 Trailer

SOLD! TO THE BLOGGER WITHOUT PANTS.

EA Sports released the NHL 15 trailer today, for some reason reminding folks who might buy NHL 14 with the playoffs going on that it’s probably best to wait. But that’s their problem.

Each year, each new trailer looks like the next great thing. This goes back to the Sega days when they released trailers that looked almost exactly like this, with absurd, technologically unachievable cut scenes. The thing is that now they can actually do this stuff, and they can actually pull off what they claim in this list of new features, via the always great PastaPadre:

♦12 Player NHL Collision Physics – For the first time, real-world physics affect every player through every on-ice collision with the new 12 Player NHL Collision Physics. Utilizing the power of the new consoles, and building off the critically-acclaimed NHL Collision Physics system, every player on the ice is governed by physics at all times. Feel the hard-hitting chaos of NHL hockey through true-to-life secondary collisions, net scrambles and player pileups, capturing the desperation of every shift.

♦Real Puck Physics – The puck is one of the most complex items in the game to authentically replicate and it finally gets its due in NHL 15. Completely rebuilt puck physics result in a more realistic feel to every puck interaction. Everything on the ice, including the ice surface, is live leading to unpredictable and authentic puck spins, rolls and bounces seen in a real NHL game.

♦Authentic Player & Equipment Models – The Next Generation Hockey Player has been rebuilt from the ice up. Now player models have three distinct layers – the body, equipment, and jersey. Each layer interacts independently, making every contact with the puck or other players even more realistic. Dynamic Cloth technology adds an extra layer of realism as it reacts to the player’s movement as they explode up the ice, helping bring the speed of the game to life.

♦Unprecedented Player Likeness – Powered by the same technology that brought the most realistic representation of the athlete to EA SPORTS UFC, NHL 15 delivers groundbreaking player likeness, emotion and animation. From the strides a player takes to get across the ice to the emotion on their face after scoring a game-winning goal, the players are as real as they’ve ever been.

♦Superstar Skill Stick – Now all the tools of an NHL superstar are in your hands. The revolutionary Skill Stick has evolved to give even more control to the player. Protect the puck, receive passes without breaking stride, and discover an arsenal of new dekes, all with an intuitive right stick control scheme that is easy to use but packed with depth.

♦Vision AI – An elevated level of player intelligence, Vision AI features evolved awareness with players reading and reacting to potential plays. Scoring area recognition, pass anticipation, and enhanced team breakouts all improve the flow of the game.

Is it just me, or does every. single. sports. game. release. tout new puck (ball) and player physics, enhanced animation, and new AI? Like, this sounds great, but give me more, please.

♦A New Commentary Team – New voices for a new generation. NHL 15 welcomes the NBC Sports commentary team of Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick and Eddie Olczyk to the broadcast booth. TSN analyst Ray Ferraro will provide game insights at ice level. Leveraging the same Vision AI foundation that the players have, and just like a live broadcast, Doc, Eddie and Ray will anticipate plays and ramp up their intensity to match the action on the ice with more than 35,000 lines of brand-new commentary.

YES. YES, GIVE ME DOC, PLEASE.

Notice no Pierre McGuire? The game wanted to keep its Everyone rating and McGuire was just too creepy for children under the age of 28.

♦NBC Sports Game Day Presentation – The most realistic broadcast package in a video game to-date is possible because of a new partnership with NBC Sports. Set the scene with the NHL on NBC crew welcoming you to the city during the game intros and immerse yourself in an experience that matches what you see on television with NHL on NBC graphics and branding.

♦Real Life Broadcast Integration – When we say Doc and Eddie are in the game, we mean really in the game. Taking commentary integration to the next level, NHL 15 will feature real world pre-game video commentary with Doc and Eddie. Set against NHL 15 in-game visuals, the result is a revolutionary step forward in sports videogames, where the lines between the real world of sport broadcast and the game are blurred.

Again I think back to the time I peed in front of Doc Emrick in the Wells Fargo Center press box.

♦Over 9,000 Crowd Models – NHL 15 sets a new standard in videogames with more than 9,000 individual crowd models with 4x the animations of previous generations. Take a look through the glass and you’ll see fans hold up signs with your name on them, costume wearing superfans, or even sections full of team rivals rooting against you.

Dancin’ Shawny?!

♦Living Crowds – The crowd is alive. Feel the crowd behavior change after dropping the gloves, landing a big hit, or scoring a clutch goal. Individual behaviors are mapped to each person in the crowd, as they anticipate the play, taunt players, clap to music from the dynamic Jumbotron or even take a quick break from the action to snap a selfie and immortalize their experience.

Or if you play the Devils: sleeping crowds.

♦Authentic Arenas – There is no feeling like being there, and we are giving you the best seats in the house. The power of the next-gen consoles finally allows the NHL franchise to capture every detail of an NHL arena. Unique arena elements from more than 19,000 seat capacities to lighting and player entrance tunnels are captured with a level of detail not possible on the previous generation. Now those home games will truly feel like home.

Or if you play the Devils: Joshua Harris and PartyPoker.net executives unfurling giant banners every intermission.

Anyway, the game sounds great.

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25 Comments

  • The Truth May 5, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Pick up FIFA 14 while you’re at it. Maybe you can figure out what Hackworth can’t down in Chester. Incoming “No one cares about soccer!” in 3, 2, …

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    • Abe Lincoln May 5, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      I think its called futbol…and no one cares about it still

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      • ^Can't Argue That^ May 5, 2014 at 3:57 pm

        He never told a lie. Plus that shitty ass game blows just like that shitty ass sport.

        Can’t wait for this latest insallment of NHL that’llot only cut off my social life for months again, but a 2015 edition that will feature me being broke bc it’ll be enough incentive to fork out the cash for an XboxOne

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  • snuffaluffagus May 5, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Kyle, how do you not have an xbox one/ps4 already? Don’t you make, “mad dough”, yo. Anyway, xbox one is better but ps4 is kewl too. Get FIFA 14 as well. Game is dope. Battlefied 4 is good as well. Watch Dogs comes out end of May, game will be da bomb for sure.

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  • Jimmy Russell May 5, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    wtf clement got das boot?

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    • T-Bone May 6, 2014 at 12:34 am

      I was disappointed to see that Kieth Jones won’t be doing an intermission report, breaking down the game and bringing scores from around the league.

      Reply
  • Budweiser May 5, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Anyone over 30 who plays video games is a homo

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    • Don Keefer May 5, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      +1

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    • Ryan May 5, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      Suck a dick faggot. You grow up on em. What are you supposed to just stop when they get Better every year.

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      • I hate bob ford May 5, 2014 at 5:33 pm

        +1

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      • Don Keefer May 5, 2014 at 6:28 pm

        The key words there are “grow up”

        Give it a shot.

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      • Budweiser May 5, 2014 at 10:02 pm

        Ryan, to answer your question….yes, faggot

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      • CS May 6, 2014 at 9:36 am

        ^this

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  • akshun May 5, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    only reason to need to get a PS4 is because The Show comes out tomorrow

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    • gamer virgin May 5, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      i gave up on the show. used to be awesome but now they put out the same damn game with a new roster practically the last couple years. i give up.

      Reply
  • Allrightythen May 5, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Cant wait to dump and chase in a video game!! I’m pumped up for game 8 against the Rangers. Any word on who is starting in goal?

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  • BringBackESPN May 5, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    If peNBC is too realistic, we are going to be stuck listening to crosby and the pens getting shoe-horned into every discussion

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  • Dr. Sheldon Cooper May 5, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Kyle, I hope you do not have as much difficulty as I had when choosing which console to get.

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  • gamer virgin May 5, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Kyle – first off, get an xbox one, the ps4 has been a disaster and will always be. these “upgrades” you list are the same fucking upgrades they have listed every year for the last 5. that being said, they will still get my $60 because what the hell else am I gonna do.

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  • Big Tasty May 6, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Xbox one is the shit!!!. No good games on ps4… can’t wait for NHL 15.

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  • Mr Right May 6, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Awwww no Piere McGuire? You mean I don’t get to hear endless lines and facts about Sidney Crosby when I’m not even playing as or playing against the Penguins??

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  • mathew May 9, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Hey budweiser i feel sorry for you go f yourself you piece of trash

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  • Jkolby May 31, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    YES!!!!! I’m not a Homo.

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  • Ryan June 3, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    How will this game be on the older systems?

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  • Jay MacK August 2, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    “If you’re over 30 and play video games you’re a homo.”

    Let me write that down real quick,,,,,,OK, got it. Thanks a million for the solid info. It’s about time somebody shared some mature factual knowledge. I was wondering why every time I turned on my PS4 I instantly started thinking about D.

    Signed,
    A 40 year old married homo tattoo artist with a 9 year old son

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