Out of the Park Development, the makers of the hallmark management simulation Out of the Park Baseball, have taken their brand of gaming into the world of hockey with the brand new Franchise Hockey Manager 2014. When I reviewed Out of the Park Baseball 14 earlier this year, I was blown away by the game’s insane levels of customization and control within the realm of sports management. Naturally, I was excited to get my hands on a similar experience in a different sport, believing that it would yield the same great, enveloping experience that its baseball counterpart had. After many frustrating days of silly problems and a completely boring game simulation, Franchise Hockey Manager 2014 has proven to be an inferior product to its more established counterpart.
Franchise Hockey Manager 2014 is an incomplete game with a number of promising aspects overshadowed by its short comings. Considering the quality of their baseball manager simulator Out of the Park, there is hope that future iterations of this title will be up to snuff within the market. With that being said, this first attempt is rough and unappealing. The current version is nowhere near what it could be, made even more disappointing by the potential that can be seen within the game’s makeup. Franchise Hockey Manager 2014 is a great game for hockey maniacs, and a nice break for OOTP faithful, but for many gamers, it would be wise to simply wait and see what comes next.