by Dan Adkisson
There are plenty of gifts that you can buy someone for Christmas, but what options are out there for the gamer in your life. We’ll run down some of the options that you might have in finding the perfect game.
For hockey fans, the most common game would be getting EA Sports classic NHL franchise. This year’s version, NHL 23, features young Anaheim Ducks start Trevor Zegras and Canadian Women’s National Team member Sarah Nurse on the cover. NHL 23 gives you many different options of play. You can create your own player and start in junior hockey, get drafted, and then grind your way through the AHL before getting your start in the NHL. You can play a season as your favorite team hoping to win the Stanley Cup. There’s even the ultimate build your team where you complete challenges to unlock better players.
For a lot of people who enjoy the sport of hockey, video games are an escape, and naturally they love hockey-related games. Now there are times where you just need to get away from your favorite team if they’re driving you nuts. Another option covering a wide range of genres are trying some of the best casual games are the ones that have mass market audience. These games are exciting yet simple meaning that more of the public can learn and play these games and learn about casual games, which can include: adventure games, puzzle games, trivia games, action games and more.
If you’re the type that does not want to play the game, but want to try the advanced metrics of being a manager, Franchise Hockey Manger is the type of game you’d want to look into. Building your roster and making day-to-day decisions on which players need a new change of scenery or adding that missing piece to make yourself a Stanley Cup Champion.
For those who love video games, there are many options. Playing the classic, the casual games that you can play without guilt, or even leading your own team, there is truly something for everyone.
If you like playing games and debating sports related topics with your buddies, NHL 23 does come with a fun little nugget that should get the conversation started. With their season sim option, they predict the Los Angeles Kings will not make the playoffs, despite them being likely to reach the post-season in the real-life edition of the NHL’s 2022-23 season.
Created by popular video game developers EA Vancouver, the predictions of the game are, of course, not indicative of anything that will happen in the actual sport of NHL hockey. However, it does pose an interesting question, of why the developers decided to leave the Los Angeles Kings out of their virtual playoffs.
Then again, you can always just play the video game as the LA Kings and win the games’ version of the championship and claim bragging rights over all your friends.