NHL stat sim bucks tradition

Sega's Eastside Hockey Manager series skips '06; 2007 edition available exclusively through digital distribution September 22.

As the owner of the Charlestown Chiefs from the 1977 Paul Newman classic Slap Shot would say, "P*** on old time hockey!" In some ways, Sega is doing just that for its PC and Mac stat-based strategy sim NHL: Eastside Hockey Manager 2007. First, the publisher is abandoning numeric logic by following up last year's NHL: Eastside Hockey Manager 2005 with a 2007 installment. Second, the company is bypassing retail entirely with the game. Sega has announced that Eastside Hockey Manager 2007 will be available for download for $34.99 on September 22 directly from the Eastside Hockey Manager Web site.

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DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

If only the idiots who play EA NHL 2007 and other action games would realize that sometimes they can have fun using their brains well by playing this game they would be in for a real treat and challenged in a different manner than usual ..... actually having to think about gaming Anyway I am looking forward to getting a copy of this game and hopefully alot of other people will too so we can keep games like these in the market being produced. Anyone notice if this has online play at all ???

IrenicApollyon
IrenicApollyon

lordreithgar, vegetameilstrom isn't talking about half-life, he's talking about half-life: episode 1, the first episode in what will be several that are continuations of the story in half-life 2. they're essentially add-ons. as for the matter with sega and this game, i've never heard of the game and i'm really not that interested in playing it. selling it online was probably a better choice when seen from a financial standpoint, as it would eliminate packaging and shipping costs. this is obviously just the first sign of what may eventually be the demise of the series. clearly it's 2005 iteration didn't sell too well and they're testing to see how large the game's fanbase still is.

IrenicApollyon
IrenicApollyon

lordreithgar, vegetameilstrom isn't talking about half-life, he's talking about half-life: episode 1, the first episode in what will be several that are continuations of the story in half-life 2. they're essentially add-ons. as for the matter with sega and this game, i've never heard of the game and i'm really not that interested in playing it. selling it online was probably a better choice when seen from a financial standpoint, as it would eliminate packaging and shipping costs. this is obviously just the first sign of what may eventually be the demise of the series. clearly it's 2005 iteration didn't sell too well and they're testing to see how large the game's fanbase still is.

LordReithgar
LordReithgar

EHM isn't what it used to be, it has lost it's spirit... it's only a mock up of FM which is a sad thing, plus the game doesn't play as good as the football version. To reply to VegetaMaelstrom, you have to understate that Half-Life is an old game, even selling it for 20$ is asking alot, I bet you can find a friend which will copy you the game for the price of a cd... While on the other hand EHM '07 is a brand new game and asking 35$ is just about the price of new releases....

danvitale
danvitale

If Eastside Hockey Manager is a NHL version of Championship Manager/Football Manager then all you hockey fans are in for a treat. Good luck in trying to break the addiction.....

Deckard2323
Deckard2323

Definitely look forward to this game. I still remember playing the free version from back when it was called Eastside Hockey Manager. All I can say is that Risto Remes made my dreams come true -- I can be a GM of a hockey team!

LAking
LAking

This game caters to a very select gamer. The text based sports management has a small but loyal following. Sega and SI games have no interest in trying to compete with Madden and the like because it's an entirely different kind of game with a different kind of customer. The 2007 is simply to acknowledge that this product is mroe for the 2006/2007 season. Anyone who knows sports management sims knows that EHM is a superb game that can suck you in for months and months of gameplay time. $35 is not expensive at all for a game that should provide hundreds of hours of gameplay without ever feeling repetative. You could literally play thousands of seasons in a career. Comparing HL 2 expansions is just plain wrong. LIke it has been pointed out, episode 1 was abotu 5 hours of gameplay. If anything you should compare it to the HL2, for $50 and that provided what, 15 huors, 20? I forget, but definately no where near as much as EHM will provide to a true hockey fan.

nwiltse
nwiltse

As Ninjafoot pointed out you're spending about $80 for 20 hours worth of gameplay. EHM provides hundreds of hours of gameplay for 1 price. Those of you bashing it should actually try it instead of blindly attacking a game.

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

VegetaMaelstrom, Valve released Half Life 2 as a digital download, and it was $50. Half Life 2 Episode 1 is only a 5 hour game is why its $20. If you want to get right down to it, if there end up being 4 parts of HL2 expansion for $20 apiece, when you are finished you will have paid $80 to download the whole expansion, which tops out at 20 hours or so. Nice try on the voodoo math though. What matters is not how many jewel cases or worthless scraps of cardboard and paper you get. What matters is the game you get to play for your money.

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

$35 big ones for a download? Sega, I think Valve has set the price bar with Half-Life: Episode 1 and it was priced at $20. For what you are asking I would expect a cd/dvd, box and a manual. Maybe next years edition (2008 or 2009 who knows?) will be priced more competitively if this years sales prove to be sluggish. Next.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

There is nothing wrong with them calling this game 2007 as nobody remembers the previous games really anyhow and yeah most new games that are popular are called 2007 games ... it is all marketing ...

importguy
importguy

"They're dumb" ConManWithGun

osxgp
osxgp

NHL game called what??? Never heard of it.

mrsparkle8549
mrsparkle8549

It's obvious that it's to become like any other sports franchise that play in two calendar years (2006-07). Baseball games used to be a year ahead because they used the same year as the other sports coming out later in the year, which was stupid. This is just logical.

timad26
timad26

Maybe they are trying to catch up with the other sports games out there (i.e. Madden 07 coming out soon) and hockey did skip a season of their own.

rambeano
rambeano

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