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NHL FaceOff '97 (PlayStation)

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Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.0
Overall User Score (2 votes) 3.4

Critic Reviews

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P.S.X. (Playstation Experience)
Despite not having the best graphics for a hockey game, NHL FaceOff pumps out the best gameplay and delivers a realistic hockey simulation. The new assortment of features like the icon passing is a sports player's dream come true.
P.S.X. (Playstation Experience)
Sony Interactive Studios has the biscuit in the basket. Last year it went for looks instead of gameplay. NHL FaceOff '97 isn't the best looking game on the market, but it's the best playing game and it simulates the way the game of hockey is played. Even the fighting is incredible.
Game Revolution
All in all, this is excellent edition of Faceoff I recommend buying with no considerations, and no matter how good the much-anticipated NHL '97 is. This is by far, my favorite hockey game, with the polished gameplay and options pushing it a couple of notches above NHL Powerplay '96. It puts everything together, and proves, once again, that brains are better than brawn, (and that tired cliches are best saved for Shakespeare.)
P.S.X. (Playstation Experience)
While NHL FaceOff's innumerable features easily give this game a solid rating, I didn't warm up to this title as much as Dindo and Todd did. After playing NHL Powerplay '96, I've used that game as a visual benchmark for other hockey titles. FaceOff has great effects, such as ice reflections and checking animation, but the rotoscoped sprites just don't compare.
Game Players
It's too bad we can't mix games together, because the graphics and motion-capture of NHL '97 coupled with the tight gameplay of Face Off would be the perfect game. Until that happens, you have to choose one or the other.
Video Games
Den Vergleich zu EAs NHL Hockey‘97 hat Sony ganz klar für sich entschieden. Das liegt hauptsächlich an der exzellenten künstlichen Intelligenz, die dafür sorgt, daß Eure computergesteuerten Mitspieler fast immer das Richtige tun. Grafisch hat EA allerdings die Nase vorn, denn die Animation der Spieler bei NHL Faceoff ‘97 wirkt nicht besonders flüssig, im Vergleich zum Vorgänger wurde die Spielgeschwindigkeit allerdings etwas erhöht. Von den neuen Features überzeugt eigentlich nur das Icon-Passing, das nach kurzer Gewöhnungszeit vor allem vor dem gegnerischen Tor für viel Gefahr sorgt. Wer den Vorgänger schon besitzt, kann sich die 100 Mark eigentlich sparen, soviel Neues bietet das Update wirklich nicht. Trotzdem ist NHL Faceoff ‘97 sicher die beste Eishockeysimulation, die es für die Playstation gibt.
Absolute Playstation
This is the kind of game that could convert people who have never watched the game. The only small flaw is in the player graphics, but this is more than compensated for by the fast flowing action, wonderfully atmospheric sounds and most importantly of all, the fact that it is so much fun to play! Well done Sony, and roll on Faceoff 98!
The question you've got to ask yourself is, "Graphics or gameplay?" The choice is yours. Sprite-based characters are a dying fashion, and polygons are in and here to stay, which is fine. Unfortunately, polygon graphics and fast-paced gameplay are still difficult to make successfully co-exist with each other, with one real exception: NBA In the Zone 2. But that's the only one so far.
Despite a few quirks, this is an excellent hockey game with abundant options, pinpoint control, and sharp graphics. Casual hockey fans may want to take EA's NHL 97 for a test run before committing to that year-long relationship, but no one who chooses NHL Face Off '97 will be disappointed.
Official UK PlayStation Magazine
Face Off plays a decent game, but no better than the original and visually it's poor. Certainly, EA's NHL '97 is the only choice in the ice hockey stakes at the moment.
High Score
Bortsett från dessa tre (eller två) nedåtköpen skulle spelet ha varit bra, men nu är det som att säga att en bil är bra bortsett från att motorn är spräckt, hjulen saknas och det är kärnavfall i askfatet. Bara tre fel, men vilka fel sedan. Undvik det här spelet.