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Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey (Nintendo 64)

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Officiel Nintendo Magazine
A la fois tactique et bourrin et doté d'un graphisme réussi, un jeu de sport violent et très réussi.
Game Play 64
Comme son nom l'indique, Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey est un jeu de hockey en 3D. Cette série très peu connue arrive sur Nintendo 64, après être passée inapercue sur Megadrive et Super Nintendo. Depuis, les choses ont bien changé et les sprites en 2D ont disparus, pour laisser place à un environnement en 3 dimensions. C'est avec une certaine appréhension que nous attendions ce jeu, mais je dois dire que j'ai été agréablement surpris.
Wayne Gretzky for the Nintendo 64 is one incredible title. No more slower frame rates, small players, and limited perspectives: 64-bit action is here and boy what fun it is.
Total! (Germany)
Aufgrund der vielen Perspektiven bietet das Modul beinahe für jeden Geschmack die richtige Darstellung. Allein das auffällige Farbdesign und die insgesamt doch etwas verschwommene und recht verspielt wirkende Optik sind nicht jedermanns Geschmack. Akustisch hebt sich WG3DH zwar nicht von der 32-Bit-Klasse ab, zeigt aber auch keine nennenswerten Mängel. Die großen Vorzüge liegen in der hervorragenden Spielbarkeit und der Motivationskraft, die es in sich trägt. 150 DM Kaufpreis sind wahrlich kein Pappenstil, und so ist es doch ratsam, zuvor ausgiebige Testspiele zu machen. Da derzeit noch kein weiteres Eishockey-Spiel für den 64-Bitter angekündigt ist, darf WG3DH ruhig als die aktuelle Referenz bezeichnet werden.
Electric Playground
A kinda-sorta sports title for the Nintendo 64, Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey is as close to a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) diversion as you're ever likely to see. This game plays exactly like you'd imagine it to. It is the equivalent to NBA Jam on skates. More important than defining what kind of game this is though, is letting you know how much fun I had playing it. Although this can't be ranked high on the N64's list of incredible titles, this does fare quite well in the "Just one more time" category, which can be just as important as any of the other, more technical, components of the N64's games that seem to impress us daily.
GamePro (US)
If fast, simple hockey appeals to you and your buds, Gretzky's there with all the right bells and whistles. Just don't expect the depth and staying power of EA's NHL series or Sony's Faceoff '97.
Video Games
Grafisch gibt‘s an Wayne Gretzky 3D Hockey nichts zu bemängeln, die Animation der Spieler wirkt sehr flüssig und lebensnah. Sogar die Rückenummern sind immer deutlich zu erkennen. Beim Spieldesign wurde allerdings zu viel Wert auf den Actionanteil gelegt; ich vermisse doch etwas die realistische Simulation des Geschehens auf dem Eis. Wer im Angriff z.B. mehrmals die Paß-Taste schnell drückt, bekommt absolut unglaubliche und unmögliche Paßkombinationen zu sehen. In solchen Szenen erinnert Wayne Gretzky etwas an NBA Jam, das ja auch von Midway stammt. Wer also extremen Realismus wie z.B. bei Sonys NHL Faceoff für die Playstation erwartet, wird enttäuscht sein, wer einfach die nur die Rasanz und Härte des Eishockeysports erleben will, liegt bei Midways Wayne Gretzky 3D Hockey genau richtig.
Rapide, délibérément violent et passionnant en mode multi-joueurs. Gretzky's 3D Hockey est le meilleur jeu de hockey sur glace. Tous systèmes solaires confondus.
Essentially, the game boils down hockey's strongest points, the multiplayer capabilities (being the first N64 game to make use of the four-player ports), and the Arcade Mode. A fine first effort for a hockey title from Midway and Atari Games.
WG3DH would, and is, a good, solid game for the casual gamer. But for us hockey nuts (I'm a Canadian) the simulation mode was certainly not realistic enough. I mean, scoring on every third shot is not what happens in real hockey and having 20-19 scores in the end just doesn't cut it. And the fact that you weren't able to be the goaltender in this game was also a real downer. But the real turn-off for me was the fact that you weren't able to make trades, create players, or keep detailed statistics of your player(s).
All Game Guide
The announcer in this game is simply irritating. Everyone can do without his limited repertoire of comments; it sounds like Midway was trying to create a John Madden-style commentator for hockey. And the crowd just cheers whatever's going on, whether the home team is winning or not. A crowd should cheer and boo according to what happened to the home team, and every rink should have unique organ music. You won't find any of this here, but you will find a reasonably entertaining hockey game with an emphasis on action.
The Video Game Critic
It's not a terrible game, but with a name like Wayne Gretzky you expect a lot more.