Sports games, as mentioned in previous articles, are a strange creature. They bombard us annually and, eventually, become sort of a blur, with us not really knowing what the difference is from year to year other than roster changes.
One game that bucked this trend is EA's classic NHL 94
. Even if someone isn't a big sporting game player, chances are they fired up a Genesis and tried this one out. If you haven't, however, and are curious what the big deal is, then the upcoming NHL 14
will help you understand some of what the big deal is all about. How will it do that, you ask? With the introduction of an NHL 94
mode, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the title.
In addition to the slapshot, which was introduced in NHL 94, the classic game mode will also include other NHL 94
staples, such as "blue ice, classic star-shaped player indicators, 16-bit arena powerbars, no adboards, and throwback organ music." The classic button controls also return, meaning you'll only need three buttons (Pass, Shoot, and Turbo) to do most of the work. The game mode will also have no penalties, no icing, and no offsides.
If you care to see how the NHL 94
mode looks, then you're in luck, as EA has released a new gameplay trailer featuring just that info:
, and its boxart featuring its newly-revealed cover athlete
, releases September 10th in North America and September 13th worldwide.