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NHL 98

Sport, Strategy

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EA Sports, EA Canada

October 23, 1997

PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Sega Saturn



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Requires Patience: The game’s pacing might be slow for those who prefer fast-paced Sport games.

Repetitive Elements: NHL 98 may become repetitive after extended play, especially in the Sport genre.

High Difficulty: The steep difficulty curve in NHL 98 can be daunting for new players.

Why To Avoid

Compelling Storyline: The narrative in NHL 98 is deeply engaging, making it a must-play for Sport fans.

Innovative Mechanics: NHL 98 introduces new and innovative mechanics in the Sport genre.

Community Driven: The game has a strong community, which enhances the multiplayer experience.

Why To Play

NHL 98 features much faster and refined gameplay (now using four action keys instead of two, removing the need to double-tap to perform some actions), along other new features such as "in-the-fly" tactics developed by Marc Crawford, then manager of the Colorado Avalanche and new commentary lines from Jim Hughson and Darryl Reaugh and a re-worked interface.
Graphics are improved from the previous version with the gamers being less angular, and thanks to 3Dfx support, with less pixels showing in the textures. The in-game presentation follows a TV-style script, zooming in gamers while displaying stats during clock stoppages.

As far as game modes go, in the year of the first Olympic Tournament with professional gamers, NHL 98 introduced the first real international competition, with 18 International teams to choose from. Other game modes include Season (option to pick between 25 or 82 games) and Playoff (best of 1, 3, 5 or 7 matches) and a Penalty Shootout mode.



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