We encounter another Ice Hockey Manager game in Franchise Hockey Manager 3. The third generation of the title, it offers a new an improved outlook on the Sports Management Genre.
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With a 2016-2017 rosters from 22 playable leagues, leads to lots of coverage. We played with Path of Glory Mode for several hours and we were hooked.
Gameplay is broken down as in most management games with on the ice and off the ice.
Setting up Path of Glory
With the path of glory, it is basically a Career Mode where you can start at a big club by choice or start unemployed. Starting unemployed is the challenge but testing the waters at a big team should lead to success.
Off the Ice Management
Improvements have been definitely been made to keep up with other titles of similar ethos.
Playing with contracts and trades have been developed further from the previous generations.
On The Ice Management
Biggest improvement in the game is tactics for getting the goals on the ice. You can build your team to fit in different ways and styles now, this adds to the value of the off the ice mode.
Tactically deciding to go with a speedy team make sure to use the speedy tactics and you will likely win. However making a strong forward do the same tactic makes it harder.
Big improvements and a solid foundation is at its core. Is it perfect no but it has vast range not seen before in this game series. Hope they continue on the arc they are on.
Solid game, new Path to Glory Mode, Better Tactics. 4/5