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NHL Powerplay 98 is a hockey game where the player can control a team of his choice to bring it to victory and glory. The game modes are the typical genre choices: Either a whole NHL season, the NHL playoffs or a league with 15 national teams. The team logos and player names are official licensed but in contrast to NHL 98 it uses the data from 1996/1997.

The gameplay itself is more action oriented than a simulation and uses several shooting and pass variations which are activated with more or less complicated key combinations. Six camera angles and a instant replay feature complement the TV atmosphere.

The game also features several tactical possibilities. For eight game situations the player can choose between three behaviours, e.g. how the players set up shots in the offensive zone. During the season there is a option to trade players with other teams. Extensive mid-season statistics, which can be shown for every team in the league, help planning transfers and tactics.

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Video Games PlayStation Feb, 1998 88 out of 100 88
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Mar, 1998 87 out of 100 87
Mega Fun PlayStation Mar, 1998 86 out of 100 86
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Feb, 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Nov 07, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Windows Nov, 1997 70 out of 100 70
IGN PlayStation Aug 28, 1997 7 out of 10 70
PSM PlayStation Aug, 1997 3.5 out of 5 70
PC Player (Germany) Windows Nov, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Game Revolution Windows 1997 C+ 58

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