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NHL Hockey Reviews (Genesis)

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AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.2
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 3.8
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Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Overall User Score (13 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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What makes EA Hockey so good is the way it perfectly recreates the speed and extreme violence of the actual sport. There are players flying everywhere, and the addition of a little punch-up subgame is a great idea - that way at least you can win on fight victories, If not on goals scored! EA Hockey is one of the most action-packed sports game available for the Megadrive, so whether you're a sports fan or not this one is absolutely unmissable!
Mean Machines (Aug, 1991)
EA Ice Hockey is one of those truly classic games that's a unique gaming experience in two-player mode, and even remains exciting when you're up against the computer. I think the biggest hook of this game must be the gratuitous lashings of needless violence. Shoulder charges, overhead slashes and even smacking the puck right into the opposing goalie's face are all possible in this game! If tension's running high, fist fights break out at regular intervals, and there's an option included to make all this fist-related action and blatant fouls perfectly legal! The control method, and just about every form of pass, shot (or foul!) can be managed with relative ease and the inertia of the players on the ice makes for realistic and exciting play. There's also the essential replay option to look over that classic goal. It's speedier and more violent than any other Megadrive game, and ranks along with John Madden Football as one of the greatest sports sims ever produced!
No, the reason it desrves classic status is simply because it's such a supremely playable game. It has that timeless quality that'll keep you going back to it months - even years - after you first played the game. If you're a Megadrive-owning sports fan, this is an essential purchase.
Gerade zu zweit sind stundenlange, knallharte Matches angesagt, bei dem kein Auge trocken bleibt. Was soll ich noch sagen, dieses Programm stellt alle bisher dagewesenen Sportspiele - vielleicht mit Ausnahme von Final Match Tennis - weit in den Schatten!
This cartridge is hot enough to melt the ice. It may be a tough start for the beginning player, but any fan of hockey or sports games will love it.
Raze (Oct, 1991)
Electronic Arts are onto a definite winner here. EA Hockey plays like a dream, is highly addictive and looks great. The action theme should make it even more successful than John Madden's Football... but that really would take some doing.
Video Games (Sep, 1991)
“EA Hockey“ ist zweifellos die beste Eishockeysimulation, die mir auf einem Computer oder einer Videospielkonsole je untergekommen ist. Der rasante Ablauf des Vorbilds kommt bei dieser Umsetzung hervorragend rüber. Eine Fülle von Torszenen, blitzschnelle Kombinationen und pausenlose Action sind garantiert.
Power Play (Oct, 1991)
Alle Eishockey-Simulationen, die mir je auf Computern, Videospielkonsolen oder in der Spielhalle untergekommen sind, sind für mich hiermit gestorben. EA Hockey ist eine nahezu perfekte Simulation dieser Sportart, die pausenlose Action liefert, ohne den Simulationsaspekt gänzlich zu vernachlässigen. Man spürt, daß dieses Programm speziell fürs Mega Drive entwickelt wurde. Die Joypad-Steuerung ist gefühlvoll und realistisch; die Feuerknopf-Belegung klug gewählt. Übersichtliche Grafik und kernige Digi-Sounds sorgen für die hervorragende Atmosphäre, während Turniermodus und die üppige Auswahl an Computergegnern auch langfristig Spannung garantieren.
Awesome graphics and incredible play combine to make another great EA sports game.
Megablast (1992)
Kurz und sehr gut: Wer gerne eine flotte Kufe auf‘s Parkett legt, der rutscht mit EA Hockey nun wirklich goldrichtig!
Game Zero (Sep, 1992)
I don't normally really "get into" sports titles, but NHL Hockey was a lot of fun. The play control is excellent. You also have wide choice of teams--with realistic stats! The general action is also very realistic. The referee calls actual penalties based on your actions and the crowd is very responsive. Another excellent title from Electronic Arts.
Play Time (Oct, 1991)
Welche Ansprüche kann man an eine Sportsimulation stellen? Realitätsnähe, Atmosphäre der Sportart, gute Umsetzung auf dem entsprechenden Spielmedium, aber auch die Reduzierung des Spielablaufs auf das Wesentliche. Das Wichtigste nämlich, Fun und Spielmotivation, sollten nicht durch unnötige Verkomplizierungen beeinträchtigt werden. EA Hockey hat dieses hohe Ziel in seinen Grundzügen erreicht und bietet das eindrucksvolles Bild eines Eishockeyspiels hautnah.
The Video Game Critic (Jun 29, 2003)
The passing is dead-on, and your can inflict some hard-hitting checks on your opponent. There are no "one-timer" plays (they wouldn't appear until NHL '94), so you need to rely heavily on second-chance opportunities (i.e., the puck bounces off the goalie in front on the net). There's fighting, but once the novelty wears off it becomes a bit annoying. I always preferred to turn off all the penalties in order to ensure non-stop mayhem. This version didn't have all the bells and whistles of its sequels (you can't play a whole season), but it does have instant replay and that cool zamboni. In terms of sound, the exaggerated grunts are classic, but that grinding "Road Rash" theme song just doesn't fit. Overall NHL Hockey is still more fun to play than most new hockey games.
70 (Apr 21, 2008)
Overall, this is a pretty decent game that was probably the best hockey titles available at the time. However, it has "aged" pretty badly and there are many hockey games that are better than this one today. It's a good pilot episode that is worth what you are probably going to pay for it at most retro gaming stores. So, pop this game in and check it out for a while, it's good for a play or two or as part of your collection.