NHL 98 (PlayStation)

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User Score
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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.4
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
Overall User Score (9 votes) 3.8

Critic Reviews

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Player One
Graphiquement excellent, doté d'une animation très riche, NHL 98 possède en plus une jouabilité exemplaire.
If you like hockey, you will love this game. It really shows how far hockey has come as a sport and in video games. This game reminded me of the old-school NHL games I used to play on the Genesis. I have never been a big fan of the sport of hockey, but I have always enjoyed hockey video games and this is my favorite of all time.
GamePro (US)
All told, NHL '98 clearly ranks at the top of the standings in the current season...though until the promising Face Off '98 shows up, nothing's final. Until then, this is one puck that every hockey fan should score.
Video Games
EA hat aus Fehlern gelernt und die 98er Version der NHL-Serie von einem internen Team entwickeln lassen, und das Ergebnis erfreut den treuen NHL-Fan. Optisch kann NHL ‘98 mit dem brillanten Konkurrenten von Acclaim mithalten, die Animation der Spieler wirkt sehr flüssig und absolut lebensnah. (...) Endlich wird bei NHL wieder knallhartes und realistisches Eishockey gespielt, unterstützt durch die einfache und präzise Steuerung. In den höheren Schwierigkeitsstufen haben die Entwickler allerdings etwas übertrieben, der Computer checkt zu schnell, flüssige Spielzüge gelingen nur mit sehr viel Mühe, und Dribblings könnt Ihr fast vergessen. Der nervige Tor- Jubel noch jedem Erfolg läßt sich leider nicht abbrechen. Im Vergleich zu NHL Breakaway ‘98 fehlt außerdem der interessante Management-Teil, der Acclaim auf den Eishockeythron verhalf. Deshalb reicht NHL ‘98 auch nicht ganz an den Klassenprimus heran, aber der Nachfolger kommt bestimmt.
Absolute Playstation
EA Sports have got their act together with this sound ice hockey sim. Excellent graphics, quite good sound and commentary, all of the skill levels, stats, play options, and team rosters you could want and Oooh, that intro. If there was one obvious flaw in the whole game it was the after goal celebrations went on a little too long, especially when it was the opposing team dancing around in delight.
Consoles Plus
NHL 98 est un bon jeu, sans surprise, qui ne mérite pas qu'on s'y attarde si l'on n'aime pas le hockey ou si l'on possède déjà l'autre mouture.
Game Revolution
I know the word is overused. I know that 9 out of 10 games claim it. But the best way to describe NHL '98 is simply immersive. You turn on the game, you start a match, and you completely lose track of anything else. It really feels like you're in control of a televised hockey game, or the next best thing. Realistic touches abound, from the individualized goalie masks to the frustrated player mouthing off in the penalty box. While there is still room for improvement (isn't there always), this is a strong title fit for inclusion into any sports game library.
With Virgin's Powerplay and Acclaim's Breakaway already released, NHL 98 should hit the market as the best hockey title currently available for the system. However, Sony is releasing its own title very soon, offering up some tough competition. Nevertheless, with excellent sound effects and an attention to detail that would make even the most hardcore hockey fan jump for joy, NHL 98 is definitely one to add to your collection. We'll just have to wait a little longer to determine which company has the best hockey title.
In the past, EA Sports ruled the hockey arena with its NHL series. When it made the jump from 16- to 32-bit gaming, EA lost its magic touch and was forced to go back to the drawing board. NHL 98 for the PlayStation is the best effort yet, and EA is definitely on the verge of another winning streak. If you love hockey games, this is the best title to pick up this season.