NHL 14 to Offer Dynamic Ratings and Improvements to True Performance Skating

Posted July 29th, 2013 at 10:45 am


Late last week EA Sports released blogs on two features relating to NHL 14. The first deals with “Dynamic Ratings Updates” which aims to deliver more consistency and relevancy to an area that has been a weakness of the series. The other has to do with the work done to better the “True Performance Skating” that was originally introduced in NHL 13. 

The dynamic updates will not only alter player ratings but also reflect those who are on real-life hot or cold streaks for Play Now and Online head-to-head games.

If an NHL player has performed exceptionally well over a stretch of games, they may receive a temporary boost to their ratings. But if a player’s performance has been lackluster, you may see their ratings change negatively. Hot and Cold streaks will be initiated based on Points and Goals Scored for Forwards and Defensemen, while Goalies will be measured on Save Percentage.

As far as skating goes enhancements have been made to allow for quicker pivots, cuts (and linking those at 45 degrees), and turns.

In its second year, True Performance Skating features greater player responsiveness and unprecedented control through improved balance between speed and momentum, quicker pivots and enhanced lateral skating.

  • PPerfect_CJ

    The dynamic ratings won’t mean much to me, because I don’t mess with online. The true skating seems like it’ll be pretty awesome, tho.

  • JerseyPatriot

    The improvements sound nice, but NHL 13 had two really big flaws, one was how easy it was to have another player pokecheck the puck away, the second were the uber-acrobatic goalie saves. It looks like they worked on the latter, not sure about the former.
    Unfortunately, I’ve heard nothing on an announcer change. Thorne and Clement were really good, but every fan is just sick of them after seven years. That being said, I still love hockey and will likely be buying NHL 14, the true broadcast cam was a really great addition last year.

    • Dalibor

      They’re not going to change the commentary this late in the generation. When they move to XBOne and PS4, then we could see some fresh broadcasters.

    • Mike

      I just turn the commentary off, the sounds of the game are better. I don’t need Gary telling me 10 times a game that a guy blocked a shot, but didn’t mean to.

      • Alex Silverman

        It’s a way better game without the commentary. Agreed.