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Video Game Review: Old Time Hockey

March 28, 2017 | by Mike Chen | Comments Comments Off
Old Time HockeyOld Time Hockey tries to turn Slap Shot into a video game.

There’s a strange nostalgia around 1970’s hockey, glamorized in the cult-classic (and awesome) film Slap Shot. Going to minor league barns, fights breaking out left and right, a place where grit mattered more than skill — those are the elements Old Time Hockey tries to capture, with mixed results.

CONTROLS (3/5)

Old Time Hockey may be thinking old-school, but the game’s primary control scheme mimics EA’s NHL series. There is an option to use classic arcade controls with two buttons (pass/shoot on offense, switch/check on defense) and a “beer” mode, which is a one-handed gimmick involving the right stick and trigger buttons.

However, the game’s campaign teaches and rewards users with similar controls to NHL, with the right analog used for shooting and trigger buttons for passing. While the control scheme is lifted from EA, the problem is that the mechanics are not, so you’re stuck with an unresponsive setup, which is frustrating even when the actual button map is intuitive.

GRAPHICS/SOUND (3/5)

Old Time Hockey wasn’t created with EA’s budget, and the graphics reflect this. Both player and arena models are comparable to games from two generations ago, and — assuming this is a kitschy touch — the ice has a blue sheen to it not seen since the old Sega Genesis sports days.

Animations are smooth, and the commentary for fictional players runs pretty smoothly, though there doesn’t seem to be a lot of it actually recorded as you’ll start hearing the same things over and over, even within the same game.

GAMEPLAY (2.5/5)

There’s a LOT of fighting. In one game, I had six fights in a single period. This might be fun on some level except the fighting is generic rock ‘em, sock ‘em punch/dodge, so there’s no technique to it.

If you’re comparing the actual on-ice play to EA’s version, the controls may be the same, but the response time is strangely sloppy and slow. Shooting feels off and collision detection is inconsistent at best. Passing is what you’d expect, except your players are hardly ever in the right spot for a breakout or a one-timer.

AI is also straight out of a local rec league (we can personally attest to this), which may be the point, except it’d be nice if it didn’t feel like your own players were sabotaging you. The game is advertised as an arcade-style experience, but it doesn’t have the pace of the old Midway NHL Open Ice game or the tight feel of NHL ‘94.

Old Time Hockey has a campaign mode, which essentially tries to recreate a Slap Shot-style vibe with a story of a down-on-its-luck small-town franchise. There is some charm to this narrative, except getting through games is such a frustrating process that we wound up not caring.

OVERALL (2.5/5)

In the end, we’re not sure who Old Time Hockey is meant for. Arcade fans will be frustrated at the controls. Sim-style fans will be frustrated by the bad AI and frequent fights.

An overall lack of polish prevents Old Time Hockey from being unique to a specific target. Instead, you’re better off buying an old copy of the NHL series for cheap (since player accuracy isn’t important here) and turning all the arcade sliders to maximum.

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The Wire Troll: Brayden Point Piling Up Points

March 27, 2017 | by David Weightman | Comments Comments Off
In the last seven games, Point is living up to his name and then some by averaging over a point. Some recent highlights include a two-goal game, one of which came on the power play (that was also the game winner), in a road win over the Rangers. In the next game, Point scored a goal against Ottawa, then, after a two-assist performance, he had a goal and assist and was +2 in a big win in Boston. He kept the party going by setting up the overtime winner in Detroit. Point has moved to the top line, so with the Lightning making a run for the playoffs, he is someone to consider scooping up.
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The Wire Troll: Michael Frolik Sparking Flame in Calgary

March 20, 2017 | by David Weightman | Comments Comments Off
Bozak is another player that has has stepped up his game this month. He’s a streaky player in terms of +/-, going +2 in some games and then -4 in others, but he’s put up eight points in March, highlighted by a two-assist night against Detroit, and a goal and an assist in a victory over Philadelphia. Bozak does not shoot the puck much, but does average about 16 minutes of ice time.
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The Wire Troll: Alex Burrows Providing Punch in Ottawa

March 14, 2017 | by David Weightman | Comments Comments Off
In the last five games, Ceci has a goal and three assists. His recent highlight came against Dallas, as he scored a goal, recorded an assist, and was a +2. Ceci is not a +/- asset, but depending on the game he will average between 21 and 27 minutes.
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The Wire Troll: Travis Zajac Heating up for Devils

March 5, 2017 | by David Weightman | Comments Comments Off
The former first round pick has been a force over the last month, putting up points in six of his last eight games. Some of the highlights include a short-handed goal and two assists combined in a back-to-back against the Islanders. Zajac also enjoyed a power play goal in the following game against Ottawa, a two-assist effort versus the Rangers, and finally a power play goal and an assist against Montreal. It doesn’t matter what the situation on the ice has been, Zajac can be counted on for the power play, even strength and shorthanded, and it shows with ice time as he averages between 21-22 minutes.
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