V7 Entertainment announced that an old-school, brawler-heavy, 1970’s-inspired hockey game where you don’t wear helmets and nearly everybody has a porn-stache, is set to arrive on the Xbox One starting November 29th at the end of the month. The name of the game is Bush Hockey League and it’s a crazy throwback to classics like NHL 94 on the Sega Genesis, Blades of Steel And Tecmo Bowl.
The game will be available for $11.99 from the Xbox Store, featuring some classic, arcade-themed gameplay. I wasn’t sure what to expect at first but after seeing the game in action it was pretty clear to me that this is a project of love for V7 Entertainment that hearkens back to the classic days of video game hockey titles that were all about fun, hardcore action, and entertaining fisticuffs. Don’t just take my word for it, though. There’s a video trailer you can view below to get an idea of what the graphics and gameplay are like.
In some way this kind of reminds me of games like State of Emergency but with the graphics of XIII but set within a hockey rink.
I was a huge fan of the NHL 94 title from back when Electronic Arts used to make good games, and this looks like a great spiritual successor to that. The upgraded 3D graphics and arcade sound effects are a nice little nostalgic touch.
The base game will have 10 original teams to choose from, a story mode you can play through, couch co-op and PvP modes, and plenty of brawls, stick fights, and hard checks.
The game is already available on Steam and PS4, but this is the first time I’ve ever heard about it. If you want to grab the game on the Xbox One you can do so starting at the end of the month on November 29th, but otherwise you can learn more about this old-school homage by paying a visit to the Bush Hockey League website.