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NHL 98 features much faster and refined gameplay (now using four action keys instead of two, removing the need to double-tap to perform some actions), along other new features such as "in-the-fly" tactics developed by Marc Crawford, then manager of the Colorado Avalanche and new commentary lines from Jim Hughson and Darryl Reaugh and a re-worked interface. Graphics are improved from the previous version with the players being less angular, and thanks to 3Dfx support, with less pixels showing in the textures. The in-game presentation follows a TV-style script, zooming in players while displaying stats during clock stoppages.

As far as game modes go, in the year of the first Olympic Tournament with professional players, NHL 98 introduced the first real international competition, with 18 International teams to choose from. Other game modes include Season (option to pick between 25 or 82 games) and Playoff (best of 1, 3, 5 or 7 matches) and a Penalty Shootout mode.


NHL 98 Windows And he's shown off.
NHL 98 Windows Tactics screen
NHL 98 Windows Overview of the arena.
NHL 98 Windows Only the goalkeeper left.

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PC Player (Germany) Oct, 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
PC Games (Germany) Oct, 1997 93 out of 100 93
GameSpot Oct 24, 1997 9.2 out of 10 92
Gamezilla 1997 91 out of 100 91
PC Gamer Dec, 1997 90 out of 100 90
All Game Guide 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Joker Nov, 1997 90 out of 100 90 1997 90 out of 100 90
PC Jeux Nov, 1997 86 out of 100 86
Power Play Oct, 1997 86 out of 100 86


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  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1998 - Best Sports Game in 1997
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1998 – Best Sports Game in 1997

Tony Van (2665) added NHL 98 (Windows) on Feb 05, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Corn Popper (69323), Kartanym (10726), Terok Nor (23151) and Oleg Roschin (174020)