Big Head Hockey Announced for February

Posted by Jeff (3400 posts) -
Large-headed hockey gentlemen, relaxing at home.
I don't take many sports games seriously these days. But it wasn't always like that. Back on the Genesis, I was constantly playing Joe Montana Football, Tommy Lasorda Baseball, and yes, even Madden. But the sports game I got hooked on the hardest was the Sega CD version of NHL '94. While I was competitive against other players, sometimes I just liked to select the LA Kings and rack up dozens of goals per game against an AI opponent who had no chance of keeping up. I eventually played so much of it that I started watching actual hockey. At one point, I even understood what the blue lines were for.

Then the PlayStation came out and sports games got way too complicated for a casual fan such as myself. I also realized that actual hockey games were boring as hell compared to my 16-bit icecapades and gave up on that, too.

But I'm still a sucker for a good, easy to understand hockey game. So I'm cautiously optimistic about the press release EA put out today, which announces the company's intention to bring a game called 3 on 3 NHL Arcade out for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network in February.

SD Hockey Get!
As you can see in the shots, it's a big-headed game of hockey, which is sort of a weird homage/throwback/jackmove of Midway's arcade sports classics like NBA Jam, NHL Open Ice, and Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey. It's weird that "big heads" have become the synonym for "sports games for people who don't play sports games," but it's certainly effective.

The game is being developed by the same team up at EA Canada that produced NHL 09, but it'll be full of trick moves and will attempt to offer more accessible controls. This certainly isn't the first time that EA has produced a more-friendly hockey game. The last attempt was NHL Rock the Rink on the original PlayStation, and prior to that, Mutant League Hockey. I have extremely fond memories of both games, so I've got high hopes for what EA Canada's cooking up.
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#1 Posted by Jeff (3400 posts) -
Large-headed hockey gentlemen, relaxing at home.
I don't take many sports games seriously these days. But it wasn't always like that. Back on the Genesis, I was constantly playing Joe Montana Football, Tommy Lasorda Baseball, and yes, even Madden. But the sports game I got hooked on the hardest was the Sega CD version of NHL '94. While I was competitive against other players, sometimes I just liked to select the LA Kings and rack up dozens of goals per game against an AI opponent who had no chance of keeping up. I eventually played so much of it that I started watching actual hockey. At one point, I even understood what the blue lines were for.

Then the PlayStation came out and sports games got way too complicated for a casual fan such as myself. I also realized that actual hockey games were boring as hell compared to my 16-bit icecapades and gave up on that, too.

But I'm still a sucker for a good, easy to understand hockey game. So I'm cautiously optimistic about the press release EA put out today, which announces the company's intention to bring a game called 3 on 3 NHL Arcade out for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network in February.

SD Hockey Get!
As you can see in the shots, it's a big-headed game of hockey, which is sort of a weird homage/throwback/jackmove of Midway's arcade sports classics like NBA Jam, NHL Open Ice, and Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey. It's weird that "big heads" have become the synonym for "sports games for people who don't play sports games," but it's certainly effective.

The game is being developed by the same team up at EA Canada that produced NHL 09, but it'll be full of trick moves and will attempt to offer more accessible controls. This certainly isn't the first time that EA has produced a more-friendly hockey game. The last attempt was NHL Rock the Rink on the original PlayStation, and prior to that, Mutant League Hockey. I have extremely fond memories of both games, so I've got high hopes for what EA Canada's cooking up.
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#2 Posted by EvilTwin (3324 posts) -

Sounds like it could actually be fun.  Though I don't think I've ever played a hockey game.

#3 Posted by Kodo_Beast (131 posts) -

I was way into NHL '94 for the SNES. Great game. Not sure about this big-headed nonsense but it did bring back memories of Goldeneye, so that's something.

#4 Posted by Coltonio7 (3156 posts) -

Big Headed Hockey was inspired by Don Cherry.

#5 Posted by Media_Master (3283 posts) -

hmmm

#6 Edited by alConn (153 posts) -

$40 bucks and it will sell well.  Too bad I have no interest in sports games.

#7 Posted by ColumnBreaker (1159 posts) -

Could be fun.. I think NHL 09 will be enough for me though.

#8 Posted by NateDogg (465 posts) -

Might give it a try.. 

I am really wishing for a new NHL Hitz game.As much as I love NHL 09 and its simulation style, I also love the arcade style of pwning your opponent with big hits.

If this game is anything close... i'll be really satisfied.  

Hitz was also over the top with its unique arenas.. like the shark tank.. literally was a shark tank.. good memories.
#9 Posted by Doogie2K (216 posts) -

You picked the wrong decade to start watching hockey.  You clearly wanted the 1980s.

The game now is much better than ten years ago, though; might be worth another go.

#10 Posted by Hamst3r (4436 posts) -

Mutant League, FTW! :D

The cartoon was cool too.

#11 Posted by dQuarters (178 posts) -

Never figure you for a hockey game fan, Jeff.

I miss the days of top down, 2D hockey, leaving all-stars in a pool of blood, twitching. Let's hope they get the violence right, should lame-ass Betman permit such a thing.
#12 Posted by RenegadeSaint (1520 posts) -

If it comes in at $10, I'll bite.

#13 Posted by JoelTGM (5596 posts) -

Sounds stupid.  Just another crap game to bring in some $$$.

#14 Posted by John1912 (1813 posts) -

Yea, this sounds like crap.  im not a sports gamer at all.  At best, fight night is what I will play.  Love a good boxing game.  Anyway, before I finished reading the article, first thing I thought of was Mutant league football.  Barely played it, but as a casual sports fan that what I want.  Something goofy, something fun. and with some depth in management that is FUN!  I think a cartoon based M rated football/hockey game could do well if they spent some time on it.

#15 Posted by NateDogg (465 posts) -

How about.. Blitz the League hockey version

#16 Posted by Bombmaster (15 posts) -

I think the game is going to only be $10 and probebly would think they would only have like a 100-150 players it a cool idea I personaly wouldn't by it but I live in Canada and there for a snob to this sort of hockey game, people didn't even want to admit it when 2K series was better for a couple of years because it was to "american"

#17 Posted by CitizenKane (10501 posts) -
#18 Posted by TekZero (2659 posts) -

OMG I smell a pure win.  It makes me wonder which 3 players are going to be on the Avalanche.

If this game is any good at all, I am definitely getting it.

#19 Posted by yellownumber5 (353 posts) -

If the most complicated this game gets is having to choose between a fat guy, an average guy, and a skinny guy, then I am sold.

#20 Posted by Coldfront (256 posts) -

bring back NHL hitz that game was awesome and easy to play

#21 Posted by threeup (1 posts) -

Hmm, Iginla isn't white.
It could be fun.

#22 Posted by Systech (4078 posts) -

Sports games need more big heads. If there is a cheat in the game that let's me do that, I always turn it on.

#23 Posted by tanline (163 posts) -

sounds fun, but i think ill stick to nhl 09. but seriously someone should get to work on an NBA Jam for PSN/XBLA.......

#24 Posted by addictedtopinescent (3645 posts) -
NateDogg said:
"How about.. Blitz the League hockey version"
How about we listen to this guy, that's a fucking great idea.
#25 Posted by klinkcow (251 posts) -

Im actually excited

#26 Posted by Homes (326 posts) -

Can't Wait.

#27 Edited by Brashnir (47 posts) -

If Ovechkin has a giant hole in his teeth to go with his giant head and giant hits, and I can play as him, I'm in. 

#28 Posted by MrKlorox (11198 posts) -

Please tell me there will be DLC that reskins the game as another Mutant League game.

#29 Posted by camwilson (31 posts) -

i want.

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