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Face Off !!! GAMEBOY COLOR! (2002) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Awesome little hockey game.... Cormana6868 (16) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.9
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.5
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Overall User Score (41 votes) 3.6

Critic Reviews

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The Video Game Critic (Oct 18, 2004)
Digitized sound effects include grunts and referee voices, but I could do without that annoying whistling that accompanies the crowd noise. The limited play-by-play is mainly limited to "makes the pass!" every time you pass the puck. In the tournament mode, I was shocked to see ads for other Konami games ("All your friends will want it!"). There's even a shooter mini-game. Blades of Steel has it all. Not only is it one of the best titles for the NES, but it's one of the best hockey games of all time.
It’s true that I’m not a big sports fan, but when a game has this level of polish and precision, even I sit up and take notice. The list of sports games that I’ve spent a lot of time with over the years is very short, but Blades of Steel without a doubt resides near the very top. It’s a game that shouldn’t be missed, and one that can usually be found for a song. So grab a couple controllers, a couple of drinks, and a couple of good buds and spend an evening working on that slapshot. You won’t regret it.
NES Times (Feb 11, 2009)
In a rink of NES hockey titles this one is the true champion. Great graphics, sound, and everything else make this a top-notch cart. Blades of Steel may not have the complexity of other hockey titles, but isn't about that. It's simply about fun, arcade-style hockey that two players can enjoy, and this cart delivers in spades. Plus who can't get enough of the fighting scenes? This game is an excellent hockey game, and despite its age it even ranks up there with other great hockey titles like NHL '94 on the Genesis. Blades of Steel definetly wins the NES Stanley Cup.
1UP! (Jan 18, 2013)
Un an après Double Dribble, Blades of Steel est aussi un niveau au-dessus. C'est un jeu de sport qui a la classe, qui arrive juste à l'époque, 1987-1988 sur Famicom, 1989-1990 sur nos NES, où les choses sont en train de s'emballer pour Konami. Une bonne partie de leurs grands titres sont sortis durant cette période. En vérité, Blades of Steel est plus qu'un simple jeu de sport. Que vous aimiez ou non le hockey, que vous n'ayez même jamais vu un match à la télé, peu importe, vous ne pouvez manquer de remarquer sa grandeur. C'est un jeu qui ne laisse pas indifférent; la jouabilité est trop excellente pour ça. Si vous voulez ajouter un peu de saveur à votre ludothèque NES, un peu de variété aussi si vous n'êtes pas très porté sur le sport, faites fi de sa faible longévité, c'est ce flocon brûlant qu'il vous faut.
Den stora poängen med Blades of Steel är det genomtänkta upplägget och den enkla och precisa kontrollen av lagen. Som vanligt är det bra mycket roligare att spela mot en riktig motståndare - Skadeglädjen är ju som bekant den enda sanna...! Till och med förlagets mest rabiata spel-och sporthatare hade kul när vi drog igång redaktionsturneringar och när vi upptäckte att gubbarna kunde ta av sig handskarna och börja slåss visste jublet inga gränser.
83 (Mar, 2011)
For arcade sports action, Blades of Steel was it back in the day. It still holds up today surprisingly, but like all arcade sports games, two-player is where it’s at while one-player suffers from eventually repetitious gameplay, depending on how long one plays. Basically, don’t fly solo or else you’ll wonder why I’m giving it such a high score.
NES Archives (Jun 04, 2008)
You can’t go wrong between Blades of Steel and Ice Hockey. Both games are equally enjoyable but very different. This game goes for more realism and has much better graphics. While not perfect, it is about as good as sports games come on the NES.
Blades of Steel är ett snabbt och roligt spel. Det är svårt att få kontroll på allt som händer vilket gör att man inte nödvändigtvis bemästrar spelet med en gång. Många olika spelmöjligheter när man spelar ensam är bra. Det är kul att man kan använda sitt favoritlag. Så här ska ett ishockeyspel se ut tycker vi.
The music is good and includes some authentic ice hockey arena tunes, and excellent voice samples are littered throughout the game, including “Face off!” and almost constant “With the pass!” whenever a pass occurs. These elements, combined with nice touches such as the third-person penalty shot mode, intermission mini-games of Gradius, and one of the most exciting two-player sports modes on the NES, help nudge this into the upper echelon of NES sports titles.
Mean Machines (Dec, 1990)
Ah! The swish of skates against ice. The thwack of stick against puck. The thump of fist against head! This certainly is ice hockey! As with all sports simulations, the action is best appreciated with two-players (just make sure the violence happens on the screen and not off it), but that's not to say Blades of Steel is dull one-player game! With its multiple skill levels and different options, there's plenty of variety to keep a lonesome player happy - ice hockey doesn't sound like a really riveting subject matter for a console game, but this is a thoroughly enjoyable sports simulation which will keep you coming back to your Nintendo time and time again.
Power Play (Aug, 1989)
Normalerweise bin ich ja kein großer Freund von Sportspielen, aber Blades of Steel macht sogar mir Spaß. Hier wird Eishockey pur geboten. Wer einen Partner hat und zu zweit spielt, fühlt sich wie im richtigen Stadion.
70 (Aug 17, 2020)
Blades of Steel is one of the few NES sports games that has held up. Don’t come to it for a deep simulation. Quick, pick up and play gameplay is where it excels. There is a reason this is a classic within the NES library and while arcade hockey titles have grown since it can still entertain for a brief time.
RetroGame Man (Oct 01, 2016)
Overall, this is a great, simple hockey game with hilariously bad voiceovers. Its quick pick-up-and-play controls and mid-game shooter also makes this game stand out among the rest! The only thing that I found really interrupted the gameplay was the frequency of fights.
Retro Game Reviews (Oct 10, 2015)
Blades of Steel is a fantastic ice hockey game and its 'Arcadey' approach is perfect for those who want something simple and easy to play. The defensive controls do let it down slightly and while it's disappointing it doesn't put too much of a dampener on the rest of the game which is polished and well designed.
Just Games Retro (Jul 22, 2001)
Very few hockey games were ever released for the NES, but those that were often had quite a following. Blades of Steel is no hockey simulator by any means, but it's enjoyable for a quick round of arcade-style action.
BLADES OF STEEL ist ein recht außergewöhnlicher Titel für ein Eishockey-Game; zeigt aber auch, daß hier mit harten Bandagen gefightet wird. Typisch nordamerikanisch ist diese Simulation aufgebaut, denn Im Gegensatz zum europäischen Eishockey wird das körperbetonte Spiel bevorzugt. Die großen, übersichtlichen Spieler-Sprites tragen enorm dazu bei, präzises Hockey zu praktizieren. Die Steuerung ist sehr gut; die Grafik eher bescheiden. Wichtig aber ist die Spielbarkeit - und die ist gegeben. Die NINTENDO-Freunde werden sich auf ein munteres Spielchen einstellen können!