NHL 14 Demo: When and Where to Get First Taste of EA Sports' New Hockey Game

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 20, 2013

Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur speaks to the media about being named the EA Sports NHL 14 cover athlete before the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
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The release of EA Sports' NHL 14 in September has fans ready for the hockey action right now, but the company has helped video game enthusiasts by releasing a demo that includes several enticing features.

This is all the information you need to find the new edition of NHL 14’s demo with the game modes and features that will be available to fans of the franchise via download.


Where: PlayStation Network and Xbox Live

When: Aug. 20

Console: PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

Full Game Release: Sept. 10

Official Website: EA Sports


Features Gamers Can Use in Demo

Play-Now Mode

Gamers will be able to play as the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins in the demo and be able to relive the glory that was the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals.

The matchup starts in the third period, where fans will be able to utilize the gameplay improvements from EA Sports like collision physics, enforcer engine and one-touch dekes.

The upgrades make a serious difference.

There is also an increased emphasis on the physical nature of hockey. Hitting is more realistic, fighting has been improved greatly and the speed of the game has been upgraded. As a result, this demo reveals a very appealing game that is a must-own for all NHL fans.


NHL 94 Anniversary Mode

The greatest hockey game in history was NHL 94 for Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo. The folks at EA Sports have infiltrated my dreams and rehashed that legendary game.

Not only will an entire new generation of fans get to enjoy the hype around one of the most entertaining releases in video game history, but the fact that this mode is also available on the demo is a smart business move for the latest edition’s success.

Casual and hardcore gamers alike know the mainstream impact that NHL 94 had on the industry, and with EA Sports paying homage to the classic staple, this year’s game promises to be unforgettable.


Hockey Ultimate Team (HUT) Tournament

One of the most intriguing aspects of NHL 14 is the Hockey Ultimate Team (HUT) mode. With the ability to play as four teams in a tournament during the demo and earn points for the actual game when it is released, this is the perfect appetizer for hockey fans.

Teams that fans can play include:

  • Halifax Mooseheads
  • Team Canada
  • Boston Bruins
  • Chicago Blackhawks

HUT was already a big part of the game’s success in the past, but the addition of online seasons should have even the most hardcore gamers excited about the latest NHL release.

Whether you’re a diehard hockey fan or if you just love playing the games, this demo will be a perfect example of why you can’t afford to pass on NHL 14.



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