I am a fan of OOTP baseball, i'm an even bigger fan of hockey simulation. Got every possible hockey sim out there. When i saw that OOTP made a hockey sim i was extatic. Never been so disappointed in a game. Even compare to the most obscure hockey sim i have made by a guy in his basement, this game is bad. When you add to the equation that its from OOTP its just plainly awfull.
Historical game is a joke, no farm team, no scouting a sub par game of a bad game.
AI is so freaking weak, transaction wise you can get Crosby for a pick and a few average guys, trading left and right without any sense at all. I.E. june 30 trading a great young goaler for a 42 y.o def. and to add to that losing their num 1 goalie the next day on free agency.
The game aint following the NHL contract rules at all, i just lost Galcheniuk and Gallagher 2 RESTRICTED free agent, both refusing long term deal of 7.5 mil and 4.5 mil to watch them sign a 1 year 125k contract with an AHL team.. First theres no logic in that behavior, second an RFA cant sign with another team just like that. The only way is from an hostile offer sheet from another NHL team and then were suppose to have the option to match the hostile offer and if we dont want to match the offer theres a lot of different draft picks compensation depending of the amount of the offer. If youre claiming to do a hockey sim, the minimum would be to follow the rules of the real life game you are *simulating*...
Small ridiculous stuff like the stars choice after a game, a guy with no points with 6 min game time getting the first star while a guy with a hat trick getting no star. Sweeping the other team in 4 games in the Stanley cup final to see a guy from the other team getting the final mvp awards with 10 points less than my 5th scorer. Watching a goalie getting the vezina while playing 40 games not appearing in any leader stats while theres a goalie with 54 victory and leading in goals against avg and shout outs. Same thing applies for almost every category.
Scouting is completely useless, playing blind mode or not doesnt change a thing.
Very unintuitive UI, the pages always coming back to the base choice, so you always need to clic your way back to were you want the page to be. I.E. the rooster page always put you back to the basic page while i want to see the off 1 stats. Same thing while tryting to make a trade. You choose the other team, see the scouting report of a player and then your back to your own team so you have to clic back your way to the other team.
You cant schedules your goaler in advance so either you have to stop the game simulation to change the goalie or just let your num 1 goaler play the 82 games.
The game feeling is meh at best, no real feeling of interacting with your players, coach, team owner other gm's etc...
I could go on and on and thats only after 2 seasons, i cant imagine how bad it turns out with contracts, salary caps, player pools in the long run..
I have a more complete hockey sim made by a solo guy than this game made by OOTP.
As for any comparison with EHM, i really cant see how anyone who played it can see anything in this game coming close of it.
I was so freaking happy to see OOTP doing a hockey sim.. Its a real shame to give us this product.