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Bodycheck Online

Bodycheck (바디첵온라인) was a Korean arcade-styled ice hockey game developed and published by Gravity in 2007, the gameplay is similar to NHL HITZ. However, what makes this somewhat different is its an online-based game that you can play with friends, you get to choose players with hockey characteristic(grinder, enforcer, playmaker,etc), a skill ladder system that improves your player as you play each game or practice session, and the most unique of all: an armor system where your bodychecking powered hits can really (and literally) obliterate the helmet and uniformed armor off the opposing player affecting their performance in the game. the developers had the support and input from the Anyang Halla Ice Hockey Team (South Korean hockey team of the ALIH) while working on and improving the gameplay, speed, and physics. but despite all that the game didn't last long as it shutdown service the next year on September 1, 2008.

Slapshot Underground
 
If you wonder what an NFL streets equivalent of the NHL might look like (excluding EA's World of Chel) well this one might kinda give you an example of that, Slapshot Underground a street roller hockey game developed by Numix Entertainment and published and serviced by Nexon, the gameplay focused on dynamic action, skill, expressive player customization, and fast-paced gameplay and real physics. it ran from 2007 winning an "Excellent Game Award of 2007", got an English version release under Gamigo in October 2009, then ended service completely on April 9, 2009. basically beating Gravity's bodycheck online by 2 years.

Hockey Dash
 
Hockey dash was the last short-lived MMORPG inline roller hockey game launched by ogplanet on June 9th, 2010, and shutdown on September 29, 2010.

Why do online mmo sports games (like hockey) find very little to no success:

  1. not a big enough player base to drive interest in the game
  2. impossible to find players or matches to play
  3. not enough funds or resources to keep a mmo game running
  4. little interest in updates or polish in the game
  5. online sports mmo games tend to be the least popular in general
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Others worth noting: the NHL's own Rinksters, an attempt at copying NFL Rush Zone that lasted only a short while. There was also Upper Deck U, where you could crack open hockey cards to earn rewards, and hang out in a community with all 4 major North American sports. Kiekko.tk was also pretty big in Europe. I think there's some sort of sim league too, more so an MMORPG than a competitive MMO.

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7 hours ago, seamor said:

Others worth noting: the NHL's own Rinksters, an attempt at copying NFL Rush Zone that lasted only a short while. There was also Upper Deck U, where you could crack open hockey cards to earn rewards, and hang out in a community with all 4 major North American sports. Kiekko.tk was also pretty big in Europe. I think there's some sort of sim league too, more so an MMORPG than a competitive MMO.

I would not necessary categorize NHL rinksters as a hockey mmo since you don't actually get to play a full hockey game that falls more in line with those kid casual virtual world games akin to club penguin which also had a hockey rink and a unofficial way to play hockey but you don't see that much major coverage of it on youtube and no one starting hockey leagues or holding tournaments or championships there besides club penguin wars and army battles. As for Kiekko, well.. that is more of so a stick skill based online hockey game kind of up there with Hockey Question Mark and the other Slapshot (which has no relation to slapshot underground and made by a entirely different developer) you know due to the lack of interest of adding body checking or decent physics and stuff like that.

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2 hours ago, bushhockeyfan said:

I would not necessary categorize NHL rinksters as a hockey mmo since you don't actually get to play a full hockey game that falls more in line with those kid casual virtual world games akin to club penguin which also had a hockey rink and a unofficial way to play hockey but you don't see that much major coverage of it on youtube and no one starting hockey leagues or holding tournaments or championships there besides club penguin wars and army battles. As for Kiekko, well.. that is more of so a stick skill based online hockey game kind of up there with Hockey Question Mark and the other Slapshot (which has no relation to slapshot underground and made by a entirely different developer) you know due to the lack of interest of adding body checking or decent physics and stuff like that.

Slapshot is releasing a sequel/update, have you seen that? Hopefully it’s good.

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On 7/8/2020 at 5:59 PM, seamor said:

Slapshot is releasing a sequel/update, have you seen that? Hopefully it’s good.

it visually looks identical but i do see improvements. At the moment, its on its alpha stage where people can sign in as a tester and according to its website, this new sequel promises Better physics, graphics, networking, replayability and a lot of features and new content this time around. but will the "physics" also include player collision and checking? that remains to be seen.

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