NHL 98

Critic Score User Score
SNES
...
3.4
Windows
89
3.9
Genesis
...
2.3
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Description

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.

Screenshots

NHL 98 Genesis You can train your skills
NHL 98 Windows Like with all EA Sports games it starts with a video intro.
NHL 98 Windows A penalty
NHL 98 Windows Game setup

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User Reviews

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
GameSpot Windows Oct 24, 1997 9.2 out of 10 92
The Video Game Critic Genesis Jun 28, 2003 A- 91
Gamezilla Windows 1997 91 out of 100 91
Gamezilla PlayStation 1997 91 out of 100 91
Gamesmania.de Windows 1997 90 out of 100 90
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Nov, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Consoles Plus PlayStation Dec, 1997 83 out of 100 83
IGN PlayStation Sep 22, 1997 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot PlayStation Dec 09, 1997 7.6 out of 10 76

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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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