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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 Main menu.
NHL Breakaway 98 Nintendo 64 Team selection.

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Video Games Nintendo 64 Feb, 1998 90 out of 100 90
Consoles Plus PlayStation Jan, 1998 90 out of 100 90
Mega Fun Nintendo 64 Feb, 1998 86 out of 100 86
PC Jeux Windows Feb, 1998 85 out of 100 85
Gamezilla PlayStation 1997 84 out of 100 84
Nintendo Power Magazine Nintendo 64 Mar, 1998 7.6 out of 10 76
Player One PlayStation Jan, 1998 75 out of 100 75
Joypad Nintendo 64 Mar, 1998 7 out of 10 70
IGN PlayStation Sep 10, 1997 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) PlayStation Nov, 1997 3 out of 5 60


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