The problem with EA's yearly sports releases is that they are expected to reinvent the wheel year after year while still keeping all of the game elements that people loved from the year before. If they don’t make a game that is significantly different from the previous year’s release, then fans look at the new game as a ripoff. If they change the game too much, then fans may look at the previous year’s game as superior. NHL 14 tries to achieve this equilibrium by changing just about everything in the game that doesn’t have to do with hockey. While the core gameplay is still the same, there are plenty of new modes and strange improvements to things that make it feel like the design team really wanted to make a new and different product without stepping on anyone’s toes.
EA Sports is bringing back its award-winning NHL series once more this year, and the developer has just released the very first trailer for NHL 14 to get us hyped up.