NHL 15 Exits E3 In Strengthened Position; PGA Tour Sunk By Its Appearance

Posted June 20th, 2014 at 11:00 am


While E3 last week predictably offered no bombshells EA Sports rolled out the first looks at four upcoming titles and offered some additional information on each. Nearly 4,000 voters chimed in on each poll that was posted following the event regarding the games that most and least impressed them with their showings. 

Most Excited About From E3
33% Madden NFL 15
32% NHL 15
18% None
15% FIFA 15
2% PGA Tour

Least Excited About From E3
47% PGA Tour
28% Madden NFL 15
10% NHL 15
8% None
7% FIFA 15

Madden rated high in both polls – once again displaying the divisive nature that surrounds it. A focus on fundamental areas of gameplay in need of improvement was recognized but rolling out visual gimmicks in the presentation and a depressing video showcasing the “halftime show” didn’t make for the best first impression.

FIFA 15 and NHL 15 didn’t show a whole lot – in fact only one brief gameplay video for NHL leaked out due to restrictions the company placed on recording at their booth. However FIFA did list off gameplay and presentation features while the excitement for NHL carried over due to highly anticipated feature announcements made prior to the event.

Looking at the full picture NHL 15 has to be considered the winner as it relates to the poll results. This is a series dwarfed in sales by the likes of Madden and FIFA, yet it was able to draw a significant chunk of voters who may prefer those other sports.

On the other end EA Sports PGA Tour is clearly already in trouble. The company debuted it in a manner that immediately created the perception that it will be an arcade game rather than the simulation the series had attempted to be in the past. It became the joke of the show – new competitor to the market The Golf Club even poked fun at it in a trailer.

EA either intended to create something that would generate widespread discussion, with the hope of attracting a casual crowd that may be more difficult to reach sans Tiger Woods, or they completely miscalculated the effect of presenting it as such. More than likely it is the latter and we’ll see them focus on the simulation and authenticity in upcoming promotion for the game.

  • Thrash13

    I’m still pretty excited about EA Sports PGA Tour. That teaser video didn’t mean much to me because a lot of facts still aren’t known. They may end up only having 4 or 5 fantasy courses for all we know. If that’s the case, I’ll still be pretty happy with it. But if they do focus mostly on fantasy courses, I’ll definitely pass. The verdict is still out on it for sure, but I’m excited for them to release more information in the future. It looks amazing is about all I gained from that video. They are probably trying to appeal to PGA Tour fans and fantasy course fans alike, and their plan probably backfired more than they expected. I don’t take much from it though, and nobody else should either to be honest.

    NHL 15 definitely impressed me the most at E3 though. Kudos to those guys!

  • bze

    lol 33% of people are suckers. madden looks like trash again.

  • slgrant39

    The best way to send a message to EA is for the customers to stop purchasing their games. They will surely get the message that we’re sick of their garbage. You can’t hand them your $60 while complaining at the same time. No message is being sent.

  • Skihawks

    I thought Madden looked great. However I am leaning a little more on NHL 15. As far as PGA, the series took a turn for the better by adding Augusta in 2012. This will be a great transition year but I want to know how many PGA pros will be available to play as. Also, hope they add to the list of classic holders like Stadler, Stewart, The Shark, etcetera.

  • Mike Query

    I play NHL every year. its the only game out of the bunch that I buy year in and year out, but Im baffled at the fact that what they did at E3 impressed people. They didnt do anything, Ramjagsinh regurgitated the same information that had already been released prior to E3 in every single interview he did. He couldnt comment on anything except the physics, yet they also couldnt show us any gameplay of the physics.

  • doingyourjob

    Hey Pasta,

    since you don’t seem to do any real reporting, looks like EA is sending out Surveys to people regarding the PGA game. Why not dig that up and report on that?

  • Rebel

    I’m not a soccer fan and I live in the South so I forget the NHL even exists half the time, so that automatically means I’m not interested in 2 of the games. Madden didn’t do anything to get my attention one way or another, and PGA actually managed to make me less interested in the game, and I’m a longtime buyer of the game from pre-Tiger Woods days.