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NHL 99

MobyRank MobyScore
Nintendo 64
85
3.6
PlayStation
85
3.2
Windows
90
3.9

User Reviews

Classic hockey Windows M B (18)
Surprisingly fun to play. Windows Trixter (8736)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Nintendo 64 9 3.6
PlayStation 8 3.2
Windows 21 3.9
Combined MobyScore 38 3.7


The Press Says

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100
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
NHL 99 has everything a hockey fan could want. The additions and changes that EA have made to the game make it irresistible to the die-hard hockey fan. Those who like a more arcade style of game might end up being turned away. At some point EA is going to have to decide which direction they are going to take the series. Do they make it a complete simulation or do they keep some arcade elements in the game to appeal to the casual player? I think it would be best if they would make the complete switch to a simulation and then develop a totally separate arcade-style hockey game. At this point they have gone a long way towards making a true simulation. Even those who were enamored of the old Wayne Gretzky Hockey series would love this game. With that said, NHL 99 isn’t perfect, but the few things that are annoying or wrong with the game can either be turned off or don’t affect it enough to detract from the gameplay.
100
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
Overall, though, it boils down to this, Is this the finest EA Sports NHL game to date? Yes. Does that mean it’s the finest PC hockey to date? Yes again. You just know EA Sports will be at it once more this time next year, but NHL 99 is here now and its currently as good as it gets.
100
WindowsGameGenie
Overall, this game deserves a perfect score. Not just because I love hockey and the NHL series. But because it deserves a perfect score. All the elements are here, fully integrated options and controller setup. Tons of features and gameplay details. Awesome Sound FX and a musical track to die for. Plus the graphics are awesome, improved AI and Coaching Drills always something new each year from EA. They never fail to amaze us.
96
WindowsCyberJoy
Podsumowując - NHL 99 jest obecnie najlepszą grą sportową dla posiadaczy PeCetów. Polecam ją szczególnie właścicielom maszyn wyposażonych w akcelerator 3D (najlepiej żeby to była karta z chipem VooDoo 2), ponieważ dopiero to urządzenie pokazuje prawdziwe możliwości produktu. Jeśli posiadacie system głośników Dolby Surround, olśni was głębokość wydobywających się z nich dźwięków. Póki nie pojawi się kolejna edycja hokeja w wydaniu EA SPORTS wątpię, żeby ukazała się lepsza symulacja tej dyscypliny sportu. Miejmy nadzieję, że również inne tegoroczne produkcje sportowe ELECTRONIC ARTS będą tak dobre, jak gra opisywana w tym artykule.
95
WindowsGameSpot UK
A perfect combination of a spectacular game engine and a high degree of authenticity makes NHL '99 an absolutely excellent all-round sports feast. Hockey fans will be thrilled by the advanced gameplay and luscious graphics and even if you've never had a chance to taste the delights of this most visceral of sports, NHL '99 will make you an instant convert. This is how a sports conversion should be done.
94
WindowsSvenska PC Gamer
Jag trodde knappast att det gick att förbättra NHL 98, men det är uppenbart att det gick. Det här är inte bara 98:an i en ny box och med lite ny grafik, det är ett klart förbättrat spel.
93
PlayStationGamezilla
If you like hockey, look no further. NHL 99 is the best hockey game out there and it will take something pretty spectacular to knock it from the top. I really don't know how much more hockey games can grow aside from making the graphics ultra detailed. You know what though? It seems like I say that every year and the next year the games just get better. Go buy this game. You will not be sorry.
92
WindowsPC Action
Ich find’ NHL 99 einfach (Eis)bärenstark. Hauptsächlich liegt das daran, daß ich mit dem neuen All-Star-Schwierigkeitsgrad im Duell gegen den Computer endlich wieder zu kämpfen habe und nicht jedes Team wie das Bezirksliga-Schlußlicht aus Schwachstadt an der Lusche aus ihren Leibchen checke. Klasse ist ferner, daß die Verteidiger nicht nur schwächlich gebaute Stürmer zu Matsch verarbeiten, sondern jetzt auch mehr offensive Impulse liefern. Und daß meine Flügelflitzer endlich die Abseitsregel kapiert haben und nicht ständig orientierungs- und vor allem hirnlos alles überqueren, was nur entfernt nach einer Linie aussieht, dafür bin ich den Eishockeygöttern auch ewig dankbar. NHL 99 ist viel mehr als ein grafisch aufgepepptes Update.
92
WindowsGamezilla
Get this game; it’s a real winner! With the upgraded Artificial Intelligence adding a new level of difficulty to this year's version, fantastically rendered graphics and improved physics in gameplay, NHL '99 is the hockey simulation to buy if you have ever considered giving the genre a try.
91
Nintendo 64Game Revolution
For the most part, this fancy-dancy new 64-bit NHL has lived up to, and even surpassed most of my towering expectations. It is, bar none, the all-around coolest hockey game for the N64. And that's good--after all, hockey is "the coolest game on earth" right?
91
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Hier ein paar Features mehr, dort leicht angehobene Spielintelligenz – da kann man, muß aber nicht unbedingt upgraden. Preisbewußte Einsteiger sollten deshalb versuchen, das Auslaufmodell NHL 98 zum Billigtarif zu erhaschen. Echte Sportspiel-Fans kommen hingegen kaum um die 99er Neuauflage herum. Verfeinerter Saisonmodus, noch schönere Präsentation und packender Spielablauf sind für mich Gründe genug, die jährliche NHL-Sucht ausführlich zu pflegen.
91
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Eigenlijk is het vrij eenvoudig.... voor iedereen die van ijshockey houdt..... kopen!! Iedereen die nog nooit een ijshockeyspel gespeeld heeft en nog twijfelt...... kopen!! Iedereen die een grondige haat koestert voor ijshockey........, nou ja, vul zelf maar in.
91
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
NHL 99 setzt auch ohne große sensationelle Neuerungen Maßstäbe und ist die bis dato mit Abstand beste Eishockey-Simulation überhaupt. Das atemberaubend in Szene gesetzte Spiel bietet phantastische Animationen, tolle Spiegelungseffekte, furiose Kameraschwenks zum rechten Moment und einen wahlweise eher gemächlichen oder ultraschnellen Spielablauf.
90
Nintendo 64HappyPuppy
These couple of somewhat serious gripes aside, NHL 99 is a truly great hockey game. It has really given me a hockey renaissance. For a while, I thought that the joy of hockey had left console systems with the exit of my Sega Genesis, but now I realize it just took EA Sports a little time to effectively transfer from 2D to 3D. The wait is over boys and girls: it's time to break out your competitive spirit and challenge your friends to an ice duel. NHL 99 has again proven that hockey is the coolest game on earth.
90
WindowsGamesmania
Sonst aber begeistert NHL 99 ganz und gar. Immer noch ist die Atmosphäre ungeschlagen, immer noch sind die KI, die Steuerung und die Abwechslung einzigartig. Wer die 98er-Fassung schon hat, muß aber nicht zugreifen. Dafür sind die Verbesserungen einfach zu geringfügig.
90
WindowsGamePro (US)
Still, these shortcomings detract little from NHL 99's overall quality. Its excellent gameplay and new features make it even more enjoyable than its previous incarnations.
90
WindowsIGN
I can't say enough good things about this game . . . but it's going to take a solid system to run properly. Although the minimum requirements are a P166MHz system, it was basically unplayable on a P200MHz system with a Direct3D compatible video card. It did rock on a P300MHz with a 3Dfx card though. While not completely different from NHL '98, the newest version does improve on the tried-and-true engine and adds a few nice gameplay and graphical extras which make it one of the best sports games of this year and I can safely say that you can't go wrong with NHL '99.
89
WindowsPower Play
Eigentlich wird es ja langsam ermüdend, Meinungskästen für die Spiele der FIFA- oder NHL-Reihe zu schreiben. Aber auch bei der 99er-Version bleibt mir nichts anderes übrig, als in Lobeshymnen auszubrechen. Wie die Jahre zuvor kommt die Referenz in Sachen Eishockey aus Nordamerika, wie immer technisch brillant und spielerisch einwandfrei.
89
PlayStationIGN
If you own last year's version, you still have yourself a fine piece of hockey gameplay...but obviously if you're a hockey nut you'd want the new rules and enhanced control. The analog support is a good addition, but naturally, after almost a decade of using a D-pad for the NHL series, it's very difficult to convert. I just wish the game was a little smoother. That would have been the icing on a very tasty cake.
88
Nintendo 64IGN
If you're looking for the hockey game for the N64, this is it. While it's not quite as thorough as the PlayStation and PC versions, it plays a damn fine game of hockey. This is a great foundation for next year...I can't wait to see what next year brings us.
88
Nintendo 64Gamezilla
This game is a blast. I would recommend this game to anyone that loves to play great sports games. It offers continuous action in an addictive flavor. The added effect of full scale fistfights is fun. I also enjoyed blazing around the ice with the speed burst button. Like most sports games, this is more fun against other humans than against the AI. This game is definitely worth playing, especially against your friends in 2 on 2 mode. You’ll also find the announcer highly entertaining, it’s the voice of NHL analyst Bill Clement, and he says some funny things.
88
WindowsGaming Entertainment Monthly
NHL 99 is a game that makes you get into the game of hockey, the game is so life like that you will feel like you are actually at the stadium cheering for your team. This is most certainly the best addition to the NHL series by EA so far.
88
WindowsGame Over Online
No. I am not bitter, these things can happen. NHL 99 really is a great game. And you will like it, I promise. But there are flaws, some more obvious than others are. Am I the only one who thinks it is strange for EA to take special care in developing an exciting multiplayer system, and hide access to it in a code you have to enter in the graphic designer credit screen? It just doesn't make much sense. There is a great start of something here, it just didn't quite work this time. Well, there is always '00.
86
Nintendo 64Sports Gaming Network
EA Sports has produced an excellent hockey title that is by far the best on the N64. Although I wish I could do something about the announcers, the game shines in every other category. EA has created a fine product that will hopefully raise the bar for all other developers. If you are a hockey fan, this game is a must buy. I recommend it highly to everyone else.
85
Nintendo 64Total! (Germany)
Mit NHL 99 hat Electronic Arts eine extrem spannende und sehr schön präsentierte Adaption der schnellsten Mannschaftssportart der Welt vorgelegt. Wer nach einem einfacher beherrschbaren Gameplay als NHL Breakaway und nach mehr Tiefgang als bei Wayne Gretzky sucht, liegt genau richtig.
84
PlayStationGameSpot
Above all, NHL 99 is a better version of last year's game. It may still be a bit sluggish on the frame rate side, but if you're a fan of previous NHL titles, you won't be disappointed.
84
WindowsGameSpot
So, I'm uninstalling NHL 99 and going back to NHL 98 or PowerPlay 98, right? Not on your life! I'm loving the heightened challenge and stellar graphics in NHL 99, and while I'm not too happy at muddling around the interface screens, the sense of satisfaction I get from victories or even hard-fought losses more than compensates for any frustration I'm experiencing. NHL 98 owners on a tight budget can certainly get by without buying NHL 99, but at the very least they should download the demo and see what they think of it - especially since they can "upgrade" to the new version for the reasonable price of $29.99. And no matter how infuriated you are at NHL Hockey 99 for not delivering what you expect for in a hockey simulation, at the very least you've got to appreciate that pricing move.
83
PlayStationNowGamer
There are quite a few breeds of ice hockey game around on the PlayStation but it is hardly classed as a national sport and that means the scope of appeal has had to be widened to the fullest possibility. It’s worked, but remember that it is still just ice hockey. If you own a similar game already you may not want this. If this is going to be your first ice hockey game however you can’t go far wrong, especially if you’ve got one of those gorgeous vibrating things we call a Dual Shock pad.
83
PlayStationGame Revolution
Now don't get me wrong - NHL '99 is a very good game, and if you're considering buying a hockey game this year, this is the one to get. It's not too difficult to play, but at the same time offers many levels of complexity to keep you interested for a long time. It just didn't knock my socks off - it doesn't posses the greatness that I've come to expect from EA Sports.
80
WindowsAttack Games
Trots dessa fel så är NHL 99 kul. Kameravinklarna är till skillnad mot äldre versioner äntligen bra, och de svåra nivåerna blir en kul utmaning när du väl har lärt dig att behärska spelet. Och när man tänker efter så finns det inga andra värdiga alternativ.
80
PlayStationPower Unlimited
Hoewel de PSX-versie het kwa graphics aflegt tegen zijn PC-broertje, is NHL '99 toch een superlekkere en spannende game, die je gegarandeerd speelt tot NHL 2000 uit is.
79
Nintendo 64GameSpot
NHL 99 provides a great gameplay experience for both fans and nonfans of the sport. It is simple enough for anyone to pick up and play, yet there's enough here to keep you interested for a long time. With this game on the market, you can finally pack up your Genesis for good.
79
WindowsPower Unlimited
De verschillen met de 98-versie zijn misschien subtiel, maar dit nieuwe hockey-spel is net weer een tikkie sneller en harder en heeft meer teams om uit te kiezen, inclusief World Leagues en AllStar teams. Twee punten die mij in dit spel erg aanspraken waren de mogelijkheid je eigen spelers te creëren en de één op één gevechten die af en toe voorkomen tijdens de gameplay. Het enige wat ik miste was het uitbreken van een echte ouderwetse massale vechtpartij.
76
Nintendo 64Nintendo Power Magazine
Like most sports games, NHL '99 presents an evolutionary rather than a revolutionary change, but this is the first of this series for N64, and it stands out as one of the best hockey games to date. It has it all, and since a new Gretzky may not make it this year, NHL '99 looks like the hands-down winner on the ice.
75
WindowsGame Revolution
Sure good ol' Gretzky's face looks more like him in rendered form. Yeah, the replays are better and the game as a whole looks a lot more professional. But do you really need another version of NHL '9X? No, especially if you already own NHL '98. NHL '99 is still a great game, and if you don't own any in the series you ought to buy it. But for previous years' owners, it isn't recommended.