The 2013 season isn't even finished yet, but EA Sports is already working ahead on NHL 14.
The company released the first trailer for the next installment in the game series that is a mix of live action and game action. While it isn't heavy on scenes from the video game -- understandable at this point -- it ramps up the excitement, anyway, by taking outstanding plays from this season and putting them in video-game form. Pavel Datsyuk's coast-to-coast score vs. Nashville? Patrick Kane's spin-o-rama to backhand top shelf? Both there.
Every year, we see some small improvements whether it be in the physics engine, the skating ability or just pure graphics.
Or, in other cases, it's tweaking the game features. In this case, one of the big selling points for the next version of the series is the Live the Life mode, which enhances the Be a Pro career mode. From Scott Johnson at The Score:
The new incarnation of the Be a Pro Career Mode, now you can truly Live the Life of an NHL player. On or off the ice, every decision you make shapes your legacy as an athlete. Interact with teammates outside of the rink. Take part in media interviews. Each choice you make will affect your relationship with fans, teammates and management, influencing your skills and progression.
That sounds like it could be fun, especially for somebody like me, who just can't score goals with any kind of consistency. It could provide some other facets to keep things interesting.
The game is usually released during the first two weeks of September, so you'll have a while yet of wearing out NHL 13 first.
It isn't NHL 94, but what can ever compete with that?
S/t to The Score