EA Sports will release NHL ’14 to the world on September 10th. The 23rd game in the series, this year’s edition features NHL ’94 Anniversary mode– a callback to the seminal, twenty-year-old game featuring current rosters and downgraded graphics. We’re talking blue ice, 8-bit organ music, and those stick-over-head goal celebrations. It’s all back.
EA Sports released a teaser video, of which 17 of 74 seconds feature Caps players doing stuff. It’s got Alex Ovechkin putting a wrister in the right-hand corner of the net (22-second mark). Totally believable.
It’s got John Erskine showing off his hip-checking skillz (30 seconds). That could happen maybe.
And it’s got Mike Green beating the snot out of Jamie Benn in the face with a flurry of crunchy-sounding right-handed punches (47-second mark). Whaaaaaaaaa.
I guess this is a fight over who has the better head of digital hair. (GIFs by welshhockeyfan)
Okay, first of all, NHL 94 didn’t even have fighting. Which is why we all played ’93 whenever we had a choice.
And maybe next time EA Sports should go with a a real fighter. Here are Greener’s three career bouts.
Then again, portraying Mike Green as a brawler matches the tone of the video and the game. It’s precisely as ridiculous as NHL 94, which is sort of why we love that game in the first place.