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This ice hockey game has a playbook-based AI system based on the teams' actual playbooks allowing for specific teams to play their actual styles, with variable player size, from big defensemen to small speedy wingers. There is a total team management system to make trades, improve coaching, create draft picks and send players through training camps, or even send injured athletes for therapy.

The inclusion of all the marquee players such as Lemieux, Gretzky, Messier, Sakic, Hull, and others is mostly mandatory in sports games. Also, the hints about how to play each team from NHL player Keith Tkachuk are a useful resource.


NHL Breakaway 98 Nintendo 64 Title screen.
NHL Breakaway 98 Nintendo 64 Team selection.
NHL Breakaway 98 Nintendo 64 Main menu.

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Video Games PlayStation Sep, 1997 90 out of 100 90
Game Play 64 Nintendo 64 Mar, 1998 85 out of 100 85
X64 Nintendo 64 Apr, 1998 84 out of 100 84
Gamezilla PlayStation 1997 84 out of 100 84
GameSpot PlayStation Oct 22, 1997 7.9 out of 10 79
GameSpot Nintendo 64 Apr 01, 1998 7.8 out of 10 78
IGN PlayStation Sep 10, 1997 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) PlayStation Nov, 1997 3 out of 5 60
Game Revolution PlayStation Jun 04, 2004 C- 42
The Video Game Critic Nintendo 64 Mar 27, 2012 D- 16


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