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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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GameSpot Windows Oct 24, 1997 9.2 out of 10 92
All Game Guide Windows 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90 Windows 1997 90 out of 100 90
PC Gamer Windows Dec, 1997 90 out of 100 90
Mega Fun PlayStation Oct, 1997 87 out of 100 87
PC Jeux Windows Nov, 1997 86 out of 100 86
Power Play Windows Oct, 1997 86 out of 100 86
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Nov, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Game Revolution PlayStation Jun 04, 2004 B+ 83
GameSpot PlayStation Dec 09, 1997 7.6 out of 10 76


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