Franchise Hockey Manager 2, from the makers of the award-winning Out of the Park Baseball, is a sports management game that puts you in charge of your favourite hockey team. If you've ever looked at the decisions your team has made and thought "I could do better," this is the game for you!
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Release Date: Sep 28, 2015

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May 13

Version 2.8.63 Hotfix Now Available!

We've just released a hotfix update for FHM2, version 2.8.63, to correct some small issues with the previous update. The correct seeding and home advantages should now be applied in later rounds of the current NHL playoffs and in some historical seasons where it wasn't using the correct format; additionally, historical budgets have been adjust in the late Original 6 - early expansion eras so teams should now have enough money to sign a full roster and a reasonable number of reserves, which should prevent issues with too many good young players not getting signed.

Your existing savegames will be compatible with the updated game, but any fixes involving the database updates in the update will require a new start to be fully effective, and some of the update's fixes may not retroactively correct certain problems in existing saves.

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April 15

FHM2 Bonus Update, Version 2.8.61, Now Available!

Our bonus update for FHM2, version 2.8.61, has just been released.

Your existing savegames will be compatible with the updated game, but any fixes involving the database updates in the update will require a new start to be fully effective, and some of the update's fixes may not retroactively correct certain problems in existing saves.

General notes: We hadn't planned on doing another update, but as we began work on FHM3 it turned out that one of our early interface changes, the addition of the often-requested depth chart, was very easy to add to the older code. So, rather than make you wait until next year, we decided we'd give it to you now as a thank-you for your ongoing support of FHM. That also gave us the opportunity to throw in a few more small tweaks and fixes in other areas, where it was quick and safe to do so, and make some small database adjustments.

Changes:

1. Elite player generation for the non-major hockey countries (outside the top 8-10) has been tuned down, the B-Pool type nations can still occasionally produce a player that's a potential NHL star, but not a superstar and only very rarely (i.e., no more than one every couple of decades.)

2. Potential among generated players has been rebalanced at the highest level, so the talent distribution of the Superstar/Hall of Fame caliber players will be less uniform. Basically, more 5/5.5-star players and fewer 6+ ones. Additionally, the allowable range for potentials in generated players has been increased slightly.

3. Junior preferences (college vs. major junior vs. Europe) in generated players adjusted to increase the number of players, particularly higher-potential Europeans, willing to play major junior.

4. Players' junior preference is also now visible on the player screen (Profile page, Contract section, at the bottom.)

5. German league and playoff rules updated.

New Additions:

6. A depth chart view has been added to the Team menu (at the end of the list, after Scouting.) It lists all the players you currently have signed or own the rights to, in approximate order of their current ability. In addition, there's a prospect roundup that identifies your top younger players (in order of overall potential), and a list of all the draft picks you own in the next three drafts (assuming your league has a draft.)

Bug Fixes:

7. Higher-potential European players should now use a different table for selecting their junior preferences, as intended, instead of all players selecting from the table intended for lower-quality players.

8. News stories about award winners should no longer appear twice at the end of the season when playing a major junior league.

9. Miscounting of CHL protected lists during the CHL Import Draft fixed.

10. KHL two-way contracts should now function properly.

11. WHL third-round playoffs should now seed correctly.

12. The database typo that put Milan Michalek on the Senators' roster in the Current start is fixed, he'll be a Leaf now.

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About This Game

Franchise Hockey Manager 2 is the second hockey management game from the makers of the award-winning Out of the Park Baseball series. A truly global game, FHM is the deepest, most immersive, and most customizable hockey management game in the world. Choose one of 21 leagues around the globe and select a team to guide to glory - or create your own hockey universe, or choose a historical start date as far back as 1931. Sign free agents, trade players, draft the next crop of superstars, and much more!

This is as close as you'll get to sitting in a General Manager's office without drawing a paycheck from a team. Oversee team finances, keep an eye on the salary cap, hire your staff, put together trade packages, make contract offers to free agents, and draft the newest generation of stars.

New For 2015

New Game Engine: The heart and soul of FHM 2 - the game engine - has been completed redesigned from the ground up. This creates the most realistic results ever seen in a hockey simulation. With the new engine, every second of a game is simulated and the engine keeps track of exactly which zones the puck and all players are, at all times. This allows us to simulate the flow of a hockey game much better than before, with each event playing out through the engine.

Revamped Tactics System: You can trade for, sign, draft and develop the best and most talented players, but that’s only part of the challenge in Franchise Hockey Manager 2. In order to truly reach full potential, you will need to put in place the optimal strategies to get the most out of your players. The tactics system and the entire game engine in Franchise Hockey Manager 2 has been rewritten. It is now far more robust, detailed and it provides far more depth, better immersion and a bigger tactical challenge. Or, if you'd prefer, you can have the computer take tactical control, or borrow a successful tactic created by another user.

Expansion: Want to bring pro hockey to your hometown or favorite city? Franchise Hockey Manager 2 now supports expansion for the NHL and fictional leagues.
If you’re the general manager of an existing team, you’ll have to make tough choices about which players to protect from the expansion draft - should you stick with your veteran goaltender or turn the reins over to your young unproven talent? As an expansion franchise you will have the unique challenge of trying to build a contender from the spare parts of other teams. But with shrewd moves and some patience, your new expansion franchise could quickly become a contender!


Facegen: Franchise Hockey Manager 2 will bring Facegen technology to the series, to greatly enhance immersion. Players and coaches will receive individual portraits, wearing their team uniform or colours, and the pictures will age, gain or lose weight throughout a career. Facegen also allows for custom user-created jerseys to be used for each team, as well as individual user-created portraits.

And that's only a sampling of some of the new additions to FHM 2. There’s also a host of smaller changes that will have a big impact on the game:

  • A completely overhauled graphic user interface makes Franchise Hockey Manager much more visually appealing and easier to navigate
  • Game Rating: FHM 2 features a new way for you to evaluate the performance of your players - the Game Rating (GR). During a game, each event (good or bad) will change the GR, so you always know how well a player performs on the ice. Since the calculation includes the role of the player and the situation on the ice, you can get a pretty good picture of the performance. Not all players are goal scorers and will have their names show in the score sheet - now you can accurately track how everyone is contributing to your team's success or failure, from your stay-at-home defensemen to your grinding 4th line forwards.
  • Redesigned Fictional Mode: We have removed the fictional mode from FHM 2014 and replaced it with a new version that is much more streamlined and stable. Now you can play with just one league (or add major junior and/or a farm team level if you like) and form it to your liking by changing selected rules and option.
  • Pre-season games: Need to make some tough roster decisions to get your team ready for the start of the season? Before the regular season starts, use these games to prepare your team for the regular season and find out who will make the squad.
  • Head coaches: It is now possible to hire a head coach for your team and play as GM only.
  • Historical changes: We've added new historical seasons to the game, so you can start even further in the past - all the way back to 1931. In addition, you can now continue your game when reaching the last historical year and turn your game into a fictional league. We've added historical dollar values and a season preview, so you always know the situation for every season you are just about to start.
  • Greatly expanded news section: We added many additional news types and expanded the text of all news to give you more immersion and help bring your league to life.
  • Basic online league support - Match wits with other human GM's!
  • New player development system
  • New training system
  • New player roles
  • New player happiness system
  • Retiring players can now become staff - Is your former star forward your next head coach?
  • Revised staff contracts
  • New player fatigue system
  • New player consistency system
  • GM and Coach scores
  • Redesigned screens, such as lines, tactics, manager-home, and playoff screens
  • Extended draft logs - Looking back to see who some of your draft busts and booms were is quick and easy.
  • Player award icons on the player profile page
  • Player summary pop-ups when you hover over a player's name

...and many more new features and cosmetic changes!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.x, Windows 10
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: min. 1024x768 display
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1024x768 display size requires fullscreen mode.
    Minimum:
    • OS: min. OS X 10.7
    • Processor: Intel Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: min. 1024x768 display
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1024x768 display size requires fullscreen mode.
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AlterEgo45
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
As a long-term management sim player, I wanted to like FHM2. But I can't recommend this.

First, unless you have enough money to sign a full complement of players (which is an issue in smaller leagues), then it's impossible to set up your lines. You're unable to use a player on more than one line. The AI can do it. YOU can't.

The game feels and runs slow. Sorting through lists of players takes a long time and I have a fairly good PC.

FHM2 doesn't have basic UI functions that are in pretty much every game like this. You can't view all of the players in your league in one list. You can't set up custom lists. You can't view detailed player attributes in the same screen where you set up your lines.

Maybe this game is alright if you're only into Hockey (there are much better games for other sports) and just using the NHL, where you can afford more than enough players to fill your lines out and there aren't as many players in the world to slow the game down. I might load it up once in a while - it's not the worst game I've ever played.

But it is just mediocre and a little unfinished, with that one really annoying line bug. I woudn't buy it knowing what I know now.
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Atlas RC
31.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Just learned that there will be no further roster updates for FHM2. This makes this game pretty much useless to me. I guess wait for FHM3? That seems like a bit of a rip off to me.
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Tynk
148.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
I get the chance to right the wrong of ,what I call the most egregious trade in the history of Buffalo,New York pro sports,the trade that sent Pierre Turgeon to the Islanders in exchange for Pat "Cry Baby" LaFontaine...Come on back,Pat.We're waiting for you.

Trust me...there will be updates.
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pkurliak
30.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
I would love to review this game. Howewver, as it crashes every single time on start up I have no idea if the content is goog or bad. I must admit I am very dissapointed as I had High expectations.
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Chimera533
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
At the top I just want to say that I got this as part of a package on the Steam Summer Sale so it cost me much less than it would normally sell for.

I don't have any of the problems and bugs I've been reading in the reviews. Haven't had the game crash on me once. I'm having a blast with this game. The UI is a little janky and unintuitive. Advancing days or weeks or months is very slow considering the hardware I am running on. But this is the best hockey simulator I have played. If you like OOTP and are a hockey fan, then you'll probably love this. It's definitely not as polished as OOTP but the glorious roster management and simulation is all there. It's just that getting around takes some getting used to. And you'll have to remember to check on things every so often. This game doesn't hold your hand and requires you to pay attention to detail and be deliberate about checking all the little things to be truly successful.

So far the simulation has been very realistic. No crazy high or low production from any players without a reason. If you see a player playing over his head or struggling for extended periods of time it usually makes sense and is correctable by altering the personel around him or tactics of his line. I don't know if this is actual logic that has been implemented in the game, but the trades I've attempted with traditional division rivals have required me to give up much more than what I would consider fair in order to get the trade to go through. Now maybe that's just luck or me seeing something that isn't there but there are many details like that which appear throughout my playtime that make me feel like the developers put a lot of thought into simulating the hockey world in this game.

I very rarely "play" a game (watching a simulation of a game with certain mangerial decisions allowed) in these team management type of games but I really enjoy jumping into a game with FHM 2. I've only jumped into a couple and there is very little interaction outside of changing tactics for you lines according to game flow. But! Using the User Advance option which lets you advance the game play by play is like following a real hockey game online or over the radio. The play by play conveys the same feeling of nervousness that you get from a real radio or online broadcast. And it actually gives you a really good feel of how the game is going and lets you evaluate players outside of their boxscore line. I've only jumped in for a playoff series but I'm planning on doing it more often to use it to evaluate the play of players whose worth doesn't necessarily show up in a boxscore.

Basically if you are an OOTP fan and hockey fan you'll really enjoy this game. It rewards attention to detail and deliberate planning. If you enjoy the Franchise Mode of the EA Sports NHL games but find it too simplistic or unrealistic I would say give this game a try as well. Just take the time to learn the interface and pay attention to everything you are responsible for as the GM/Manager of a team.
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martinturner86
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
frequently crashes and is unplayable Don't Buy
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Qwqqwqq
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Game ♥♥♥♥ed up and Patrick Roy never retired

10/10 would watch Montreal trade him to Colorado again.
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tieio
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
This game will almost certainly go down in history as being defined by the multitude of bugs it has. From small annoying things like menus that go right off the screen so you cannot access them to spelling and grammar mistakes in news items. Then there are the larger issues like AI that just cannot get anything right to the rating system where even a very average player is rated "3.5" stars out of 5 (one would think average would be 2.5? But I digress).

It is a small step up from version 1 but some way off from a good sports simulation/management game. More attention to detail is required in order to make this a successful franchise game in the future.
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MoonChild
74.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 21

All I can say is so far I'm really enjoying this game.

I created an International Hockey League with 30 teams from around the world and found unique logo's through google searches and used them for my fantasy teams I created for the league. It was pretty simple to do and it makes the game a lot more fun instead of using the weird generic logo's that come with the game. If you go to OOTP website they will explain how you can go about adding your own custom imagery. It does help to know how to use Photoshop or Gimp to get the image size right and make some changes to the logo's you find. I got creative with a lot of them...

I then spent time creating a custom roster of people I used to play hockey with when I was kid growing up. Once I was done creating players I went ahead with the initial draft for league. I started of managing 2 teams and made the playoffs with both but was eliminated in the first round. Second season my teams performed better in the playoffs but still no championship.

Using the commissioner mode make things really fun. I did my first expansion and added two new teams to the league. I read somewhere in forums that you can only expand to 36 teams but I hope this is not the case as I would love to continue to create new teams for the league.

Overall I’m really satisfied after having paid only $9.99 for the game and OOTP has made me a fan of their content. I’m hoping that they release an American Football game as they seem to bring a certain quality to these types of sports simulators. I’ve played Front Office Football 7 and while I did have fun I feel like OOTP would do a much better job.
I like FHM 2 a lot more than FF7.

I think my next purchase will be OOTP 17 and I’m not even a baseball fan.

If anyone is interested in the logos I collected and edited for this game message me.
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Iridescence
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Pretty decent game. It's not up to the level of OOTP (which I am a huge fan of) yet but it gives basically the same experience applied to hockey.
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35 of 43 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
129.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2015
FHM 2 is a HUGE improvement over the first effort...HUGE!
I've played all of the EHM games and really enjoyed them but FHM 2 has so much more to offer at this point like expansion, historical and fictional game setups and very modern game interface.
Mods are being made for the game and include league and team logos and some really outstanding hockey jerseys for the facegen players.
The trading AI needs a little tweaking but what sport game ever gets that perfect.
If you are a hockey fan you need this game, even if you aren't a hockey nut this game may very well turn you into one.

This game gets a 9/10 .

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37 of 50 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
53.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2015
If you like simulating hockey this game is great. It has a deep game sim engine, and pretty decent options to customize the experience to your liking. Don't expect it to do everything, but it does what it says it will do quite well. If you bought FHM 2014 and are now on the fence about this game, I'd say give it a chance. It's drastically different from FHM 2014, and has no errors or issues so far.

I have been waiting for this game for the last couple of months to come out. I have followed the build-up to the game's release quite closely, seeing what the beta testers and developers had to say about it, and it's expectations. I played FHM 2014, and was disappointed by it as many were, but the developers have done a wonderful job this time around. They have built a very solid game, and have not overstretched themselves by marketing something beyond what they said they would do. In fact, Sebastian, the lead developer on the project, has time and time again undersold the game on the game's forums, likely trying to temper expectations after the release of the last FHM title.

But anyways, I haven't had any issues with this game yet, and the way it was so strenuously tested I don't anticipate having any major issues. I'm sure there are bugs here and there to be found, but it's definitely a solid release.

They plan to release this game annually after this year, and it's likely if there aren't features you're looking for in this release, they'll be added in subsequent versions.

But having played EHM:EA I can honestly say there's no alternative to FHM 2.

10/10
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,082.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2015
This game is awesome. It fixes a lot of the problems from the first iteration. The sim engine for watching games is stellar and the play by play adds a lot of excitement when watching your team in a big game. Its still not perfect, I had some issues getting the screen resolution to work with my game but after playing around with it for a bit I was able to get it to fit.

I would give this game a 7/10, its a great hockey sim, it has a lot of depth, but there is still a lot of potential that is unrealized.

* for anyone playing on mac and having trouble getting the game to fit the screen resolution you must hide your dock before opening the game otherwise the screen will not size itself correctly.*
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
408.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2015
Though far from perfect, Franchise Hockey Manager 2 may be perfect for you. It certainly was for me. Mind-bogglingly customisable, well-made and with excellent depth, this is a superb game and exactly what I was looking for. I like my sports games where I can rename my teams, fiddle with my logos, and play around with all the settings to get it just how I like it. This is superb. If you like hockey and are willing to spend a little time learning the ropes, this offers a lot.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
138.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
OOTP struggled for a long time with a terrible UI atop a great game, and now FHM suffers from the same problem. There's probably a good game here, but between a few random bugs (my team spontaneously hired a GM while I was playing in coach+GM mode, multiple crashes, stopped getting messages/news, etc.) and the pretty awful UI it's still a version or five away from realizing its potential as OOTP for hockey. When it does I'll definitely pick up a copy, but this effort definitely soured me on the idea of playing this or next year's version.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
93.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Not realistic at all. Had a player retire at 19 because his kids were wondering where he was all the time. Computer makes ridiculous trades. I.E. Kadri to the Islanders for a 3rd round pick. Not recommended if you like a real feel to your sports sims.
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25 of 36 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2015
If you are looking for EHM's detailed leagues setup plus OOTP's amazingly flexible engine, do not buy this game. It is not what you are looking for.

Both modes feed stunted when compared to their measuring sticks. Had the game been priced in the 20/29 $CAD region I would have been content with it. But I paid 33 buck for that and it was during a 25% sale. Which takes the game's pricepoint at 44$. On Par with OOTP. This game is nowhere near OOTP's state of completion and should not be priced as such.

I really want to give this game a positive review, because i'm, I was, I don't know anymore, a big fan of it's developers. But I just can't swallow that pill.
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
521.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2015
This game has been a huge upgrade on the first. I'm so happy to see the effort put in and the wait between titles has paid off! The sheer depth of this game is incredible, including the historical modes.

If you are a fan of simulation and management games, this one is excellent.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
153.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
I was playing as the GM of the Sabres and the team hired another GM at the same time and stopped me from making any trades. I had to go into Commish mode, resign and then take the job all over again. Then later in the same game the 2018 draft list never populated so in effect there was no draft. Puzzling
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
As a long-term management sim player, I wanted to like FHM2. But I can't recommend this.

First, unless you have enough money to sign a full complement of players (which is an issue in smaller leagues), then it's impossible to set up your lines. You're unable to use a player on more than one line. The AI can do it. YOU can't.

The game feels and runs slow. Sorting through lists of players takes a long time and I have a fairly good PC.

FHM2 doesn't have basic UI functions that are in pretty much every game like this. You can't view all of the players in your league in one list. You can't set up custom lists. You can't view detailed player attributes in the same screen where you set up your lines.

Maybe this game is alright if you're only into Hockey (there are much better games for other sports) and just using the NHL, where you can afford more than enough players to fill your lines out and there aren't as many players in the world to slow the game down. I might load it up once in a while - it's not the worst game I've ever played.

But it is just mediocre and a little unfinished, with that one really annoying line bug. I woudn't buy it knowing what I know now.
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