More Reviews
REVIEWS Firefall Review
Repetitive gameplay makes this fall a little boring.

The Walking Dead: Season Two Review
At this point, you’re not coming back for the zombies. Let’s get down to business.
More Previews
PREVIEWS This War of Mine Preview
Finally, a post-apocalypse that has nothing to do with zombies.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Destiny
Release date: 09/09/14

FIFA 15
Release date: 09/23/14

Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star
Release date: 09/23/14

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Release date: 09/30/14


LATEST FEATURES And I Was All "Hell Yeah I'll Play a New Dreamcast Game"
I just played a Dreamcast game that was released in... wait, 2014?

A Comprehensive Guide to Dealing with Controversy in the Video Game Industry
Need help wading through the latest misogyny/homophobia/racism/corruption debate in the gaming industry? Paul Tamburro’s here to help!
MOST POPULAR FEATURES The Updating List of PAX Indies
We're heading to PAX Prime! Are you looking to check out a few unique indie games while you're there? UPDATED: Dragon Fin Soup, Dungeon of the Endless,

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP samsmith614 Since game design is a business, I decided to see what's really selling well for the PS4. I did this search a week ago, and at the time, out of the top 20 bestsellers on Amazon 10 had not even been released yet. By now some have been released. But others still have not. And yet others...

NHL '98 Review

Mark_Cooke By:
Mark_Cooke
06/05/04
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE  
PLAYERS 1- 8 
PUBLISHER Electronic Arts 
DEVELOPER  
RELEASE DATE  
MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
E Contains Animated Violence

What do these ratings mean?

Hockey at its best

That's the best way to describe NHL '98, the latest hockey offering from EA. Another year of the most exciting sport has come around, and this game re-creates it in 3DFX splendor.

What everyone is complaining about right now is lack of gameplay in video games, right? Well, in NHL '98 you definitely will not be disappointed. I'll go as far to say this is the most fun hockey game ever created. The attention to detail is amazing. You'll surely be screaming at your goalie at some point for not stopping the puck, but instead of wondering how the puck got into the net you can zoom in extremely close to the goal and replay to see that the puck actually missed him by inches.

For those coming from the experience of NHL '97, I'm sure you'll want to know what's new. Well for starters, you can change coaching strategies on the fly. What does this mean for the average gamer? If you're a hockey expert, this will give you an edge on the computer if used properly. The play-by-play has been updated, there are an incredible amount of different comments the two announcers say, and they even note on the players performance in the '96-'97 season. There is also a new tournament mode, which adds another way to play your friends. Of all these new additions my personal favorite are the glass-breaking checks, finally you can get revenge on Gretzky and push his ass into the crowd!

Unlike previous EA hockey games, there is a wider array of buttons to press. Before, there were always two buttons, pass and shoot. Now, there are four. With the "special move" button, you'll be able to perform such feats as shooting between your legs. Smash the button on defense and you'll drop to the ice sliding trying to block the puck. With all the different possible actions that you can do you won't be bored with a single game of NHL '98.

Besides all of the new and more realistic hockey action, the graphics have undergone a massive update. The addition for support of Voodoo and Voodoo Rush is absolutely gorgeous. A sports game has never looked so realistic. From the player's name on the back of their jersey to realistic faces, the graphics are just the icing on the cake. The animation is extraordinarily smooth, with a remarkable array of different moves for each player. A goalie can stop a goal in an innumerable amount of ways, creating a sense of being in a unique situation every time you rush the crease. Unfortunately though, for you non-3DFX'ers, the rendering system looked worse than last year (eek!). It still looks okay, it just wasn't as sharp as NHL '97. Still, the gameplay rocks and I'll forgive EA for that little misdemeanor.

Like TV, NHL '98 captures the sounds and music of hockey in crisp brilliance. There is a huge amount of face-off tunes, and EA has even licensed "Get Ready For This," a favorite tune of the NHL of late. You'll hear distinctive sounds of skates, sticks, pucks, players, goalies, and just about everything else.

As for multi-player - it's all here. You can play over a modem or serial cable with 2 players, but for the ultimate experience you can play with 7 friends over a LAN. This has got to be the most fun in hockey history.

NHL '98 is, simply put, a must for any self-respecting PC hockey buff.

A- Revolution report card
  • Super fun
  • 3DFX looks great
  • No 3DFX means nothing special
  • Sound is great
  • Multi-player!!
    Reviews by other members
    No member reviews for the game.


More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about NHL '98


More On GameRevolution