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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 players 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 players while displaying stats during clock stoppages.

As far as game modes go, in the year of the first Olympic Tournament with professional players, 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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NHL 98 Genesis Trade players
NHL 98 Windows Game setup
NHL 98 Windows One-on-one
NHL 98 Genesis Game menu. Many options...

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The most defining moment of the series PlayStation Des Dearman (8)

Critic Reviews

PC Player (Germany) Windows Oct, 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Player One PlayStation Nov, 1997 92 out of 100 92
The Video Game Critic Genesis Jun 28, 2003 A- 91
GamePro (US) PlayStation Nov, 1997 4.5 out of 5 90
All Game Guide Windows 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Sega-16.com Genesis Sep 15, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov, 1997 89 out of 100 89
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Nov, 1997 85 out of 100 85
CD-Action Windows Jan, 1998 8 out of 10 80
IGN PlayStation Sep 22, 1997 8 out of 10 80

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Awards

  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1998 - Best Sports Game in 1997
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1998 – Best Sports Game in 1997

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