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Actua Ice Hockey 2

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Description

Actua Ice Hockey 2 is the follow-up of the official game of the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics ice hockey tournament, Actua Ice Hockey. Focused on a fictional North American league, with GHL (Gremlin Hockey League) club teams, the game enhances the graphics and gameplay of the previous version. While the game is unlicensed, all teams were inspired by their real NHL counterparts, from team logos to player names (using the classic trick of changing one letter from the name to other phonetically close).

Features include three speeds of play, a three-on-three arcade mode with smaller ring, network play and advanced body collision physics. Like NHL Championship (released around the same time), the game adds a coloured track to the puck named "GremTrax". Slower shots and passes are coloured green, and faster red (opposite to the blue/red combination used by Fox). Tactics were not forgotten, and the player is able to select the lines, select how and how fast teams build up the attack and are expected to shoot on goal and how to defend. If the player does not feel like controlling everything, tactical decisions can be left to the computer. It's also possible to trade players to balance or keep rosters up to date.

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Actua Ice Hockey 2 Windows The goalkeeper
Actua Ice Hockey 2 Windows Time to think about life, penalties and where to go during the summer.
Actua Ice Hockey 2 Windows Arcade overview
Actua Ice Hockey 2 Windows Panoramic view of the ring

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NowGamer PlayStation Apr 01, 1999 8 out of 10 80
PC Player (Germany) Windows Jun, 1999 78 out of 100 78
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jun, 1999 77 out of 100 77
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows May 04, 1999 75 out of 100 75
PC Games (Germany) Windows Jun, 1999 72 out of 100 72
Svenska PC Gamer Windows Jun, 1999 70 out of 100 70
PC Jeux Windows Jun, 1999 70 out of 100 70
Power Play Windows May, 1999 69 out of 100 69
GameStar (Germany) Windows Aug, 1999 52 out of 100 52
Game Over Online Windows May 05, 1999 46 out of 100 46

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Trivia

Development

Actua Ice Hockey 2 was originally intended to be Fox Sports Hockey, with Gremlin developing the title for Fox Interactive, who had obtained an NHL license. Fox pulled out within the first year of the project, and the decision was made (much to the chagrin of some of its developers) to carry on without an NHL license. For this reason, the league became the Gremlin Hockey League, player names were changed by substituting vowels and player faces were selected at random.

References

If you carefully look at some of the managers' suits, some of them have real NHL team logos in them, and more: all photos belong to real NHL players - look in the "Editing the lines" screenshot: Karolev (Korolev) is Shawn McEachern and Borezin (Berezin) is Theo Fleury.

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Contributed to by Kabushi (122986) and Luis Silva (13294)