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Förväntningarna var oerhört höga men Electronic Arts klarade av att infria dem helt och hållet.
The Video Game Critic
Other bells and whistles include a season mode, statistic tracking, and player cards. The game is fully customizable, and I'd advise you to turn those penalties off! NHL 94 doesn't have any fighting or blood, but that's okay, because they would only interrupt the flow of the action. Interesting animations include a little boy in the front row of the crowd who occasionally walks up to the glass. When a player turns a hat trick, yellow hats are thrown onto the ice, although this looks so sloppy that I initially thought it was a glitch in the game! NHL '94 has held up well over the years, and I'd take the Pepsi Challenge between this and a modern hockey game any day of the week.
While casual hockey players who own the '93 version may not need to upgrade, hardcore fans will definitely want to grab NHL '94. It's the hottest thing on ice.
Nåväl, snart är det min tur att bli fälld - när jag är fri med målvakten. Utvisning? Nej - straffslag! Äntligen! Det som jag saknade redan i EA Hockey. Och nu finns det med! Vilket spel! Handen darrar lite fortfarande...
This is the answer to a hockey fan's dream - this cart features NHL and NHLPA licenses, much quicker goalies and brand new offensive weapons. Icy bliss! (4-Way Play compatible.)
All Game Guide
The game now supports up to four players so you're sure to have some worthy competition (and a blast) if you have the 4-Way Play. If you really want to rub it in, there's nothing quite like dancing to the music each time you or your teammate scores a goal. Watching the instant replay over and over (make sure to get sound of the siren going off) also helps in getting your opponents to grind their teeth in frustration. And if that isn't the beauty of sports, then I don't know what is.
Game Informer Magazine
Fans may have balked when NHL '94 ditched the blood and fighting, but in many ways this is the ultimate hockey game from the 16-bit generation. Though it didn't feature a full-fledged season mode, the game's battery pack allowed you to save line edits and the gamer profile kept records of your best performances. On the ice, the addition of one-timer and four-way play --- which allowed you to lace up the skates with three other friends --- brought teamwork to the forefront and solidified this game's status as a dorm room staple. Though the action feels sluggish compared to modern day hockey games, the nostalgia of recalling all the money plays and skating with long lost teams like "The Whale" and the Nordiques keeps this title amongst the top sports games of all time.
Anyway you look at it, NHL '94 lives up to its title of best hockey game on the Genesis. It's an excellent sports game as well as a great party game. Even 12 years after its release, this edition holds up well against its younger brethren on the PlayStation. NHL '94 does take the Genesis Stanley Cup, and deserves a spot in any Genesis lineup.