Gamers in their ’30s remember it well.
The days of four or five new hockey games a year, from developers the likes of not only 2K and EA Sports, but Midway and Acclaim and even Konami as well.
From “NHL Powerplay” to “Wayne Gretzky’s 3D Hockey,” the market was flooded with hockey games. In this exclusive list, Examiner gives you five reasons why those days need to make a return, for the sake of hockey games in general.
A Legacy of Games From Various Developers: Konami has found success with their PES Soccer series and has carved a nice niche for itself, away from the FIFA series, so why can’t other publishers do the same with NHL games? Although Acclaim and Midway are long out of business, 2K’s announcement that the “NHL 2K” series is at least coming back to mobile also prove that there are far too many hockey series out there covered in dust that need to be revived. Anyone remember “NHL Faceoff”? What about “NHL Breakaway”?
Healthier for the NHL: With talk of expansion, new revenue sources need to be found. And no we’re not talking about becoming euro trash and putting ads on jerseys. More games= more money.
Gamers Deserve Options: The NHL series is a beast, but it’s not healthy for the ecosystem. Even if it’s a nifty arcade-styled title with an NHL license, there needs to be another home console hockey title.
More Innovation: The biggest innovation in hockey games is undeniably EA’s skill stick, something born out of a huge war with 2K. Long the better series thanks to better physics, modes and use of the license, 2K eventually got destroyed because EA was willing to adapt and grow, understanding that they couldn’t just have a beautiful game; they needed one that played better. Competition creates creativity. For the last five years, EA has dominated thanks to creativity. They’d be even more imaginative if they had serious competition.
“NHL 15” Would Have Never Happened: “NHL 15” is a beautiful game of next-gen hockey that plays great, but it’s missing modes- modes that have no reason for being passed on other than that EA knew they could still release a thinner title and still turn a profit. This patch after release nonsense is a sad excuse that wasn’t possible a few years ago and if EA had competition, would never have happened this year. But with no other hockey games out there, EA is the Tony Danza of the genre. And no one should have that much say.