My excitement quelled a bit when starting the first game. Before each game, you’re given mandatory objectives to complete throughout the contest, which is fine from a tutorial aspect, but immediate concern that it might wear on my patience washed over me. I appreciate that the developers wanted to sweeten the pot a bit while also teaching me how to play their game, but personally, I enjoy just playing and winning games to advance. I let that go, though, if they want me to complete objectives I would do it, and I wanted to see how the story turned out. The thing is, overlooking the objectives are one thing, overlooking the gameplay is another.
The goalie tries his best, as the A.I (on harder difficulties) seems competent, but I found the majority of the game came down to the offense for me. Eventually, I managed to get a little better at scoring goals and setting plays up, but the problems I mentioned earlier capped my progress. I felt like I could only get so good at the game before the mechanics themselves stopped me from progressing. One of the brighter spots of Old Time Hockey is the fighting, however. While the control scheme is rather simple, it is fun brawling on the ice. That being said, there’s not enough to it to really keep you engaged, and I could see the fighting becoming tedious for other folks over time.
If you don’t feel like dealing with the story, wanting to avoid objectives and get right on the ice, there is an exhibition mode you can jump right into. I didn’t play too much of it, enough to check out the teams and control schemes that aren’t available in the story mode. One thing I did notice is that there doesn’t seem to be a multiplayer mode, which is a touch disappointing.
From an art design aspect, I appreciated Old Time Hockey. They really crush it here. While it’s not exactly pushing the limits of graphics capability, the art design and color scheme is very cool and captures that 70’s look perfectly. The sound design is well done also, from the games score to the in-game effects, the developers do a great job of creating an “old time” atmosphere.
Here’s the thing. I may have had this game at a certain standard in my head, and it might be clouding my opinion, so if you need a second opinion I wouldn’t blame you for checking out some other reviews. I do feel strongly about the objections I have, though, and I feel like if Old Time Hockey’s pace quickened, along with the controls being tightened up, it would benefit the title immensely. I enjoyed the campaign, but I don’t know if I could recommend picking the title up based on it. If you guys do decide to check it out, feel free to leave some comments below and let me know how you feel about it.
*Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the reveiw
Final Score: 6/10
sound design, and
as strong as they
-Pace is just