Ryan Kesler was in his second year in the NHL when he hooked up with the designers of “2K Hockey.” He was a gamer himself, and they made the kind of sports games he dug: User friendly, with the fun factor trumping ‘down-to-the-ice-molecule’ realism.
So when 2K announced that its hockey game was returning after a four-year hiatus, this time just to mobile devices, Kesler had one primary request:
Include the 3-on-3 Mini-Rink mode.
“It’s a lot of fun,” said Kesler, an advocate of 3-on-3 overtime in the NHL, too – or really any variation of player vs. player that doesn’t involve a shootout. “I once played a 1-on-1 overtime in a championship game final.”
That said, the shootout can be fun in the right setting. That setting being a video game.
The new “NHL 2K” game, available for iOS and Android devices soon, has a shootout mode that Kesler likens to a hockey version of “Words With Friends.” You shoot three times, and then your opponent takes their shootout attempts at their leisure. CouldRead More »from Ryan Kesler on 2K Hockey’s comeback and being an Anaheim Duck