It’s a good year for hockey fans. First, a highly-viewed truncated season happens in spite of the fact that its demise was almost certain, then NHL Hitz was resurrected and now fans can go back to where it all began (in video games) with the NHL 94 Anniversary Mode in NHL 14. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series, the mode features a retro presentation (including blue ice), throwback soundtrack (of organ music), classic button controls and the return of the star icon. There’s also new rules, allowing for crazy free for alls.
As there is something to be said for the simplified sports games of old, this could actually be a really fun way to experience the raw gameplay that is often missed so much.
NHL 14 is due out September 10 for Xbox 360 and PS3.