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NHL 14 Gets Aggressive



Cordova, TN; September 10, in the year of our Lord 2013--Family Friendly Gaming, the industry leader in covering the family friendly video games noticed NHL 14 Gets Aggressive. It is a decidedly different direction for EA Sports. Will it pay off? Will gamers accept the changes? Will families embrace the new direction? Does NHL 14 accurately reflect the sport? Is the ruthless aggression a bit too extreme? Does NHL 14 getting aggressive impact your purchase making decision? Will you buy it because its more aggressive? Will you pass because it is more aggressive? Does this change to the franchise help the image of the video game industry? Or could it hurt the image?

The phrase: “knock down, drag out,” may mean something to you. It certainly does to me. It also accurately refers to how NHL 14 plays. The hits are bigger, harder, and come much more frequently. Players in NHL are not nice to one another. In fact you can spend more time fighting than you can actually playing hockey. I have not been to a hockey game in some years, but to me all the fighting gets boring. Sure its funny to see someone get shoulder blocked onto the ice. Well at least the first ten times. After that it becomes a bit redundant. It gets in the way of playing hockey. The fighting gets in the way of playing the game.

The computer in NHL 14 loves to start fights too. It winds up killing the flow of the game. I get the puck, go down the ice, and score. I am on cloud nine. The computer is mad, and picks a fight. Next thing I know my best player is in a knock down drag out fight. Guess what? Win or lose my best player goes to the penalty box. Not particularly fair – especially when I turn the other cheek and never throw a punch. I didn't even try to defend myself. Yet the game punishes me. It picked the fight, started the fight, and then in a conflict of interest punishes me. Not cool.

My problem is NHL 14 forces you into its system of ruthless aggression. If you want to play clean hockey, then you need to play a previous edition of this series. Families will shun the lesson of fighting all the time. That flies in the face of peace and harmony. It spits on the grave of good sportsmanship. I hope NHL 15 returns to a more realistic, and family friendly version of hockey.

God bless,
Paul Bury
Family Friendly Gaming


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