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NHL 96 was the first EA Sports game to feature Virtual Stadium technology, which resulted in a 3D feel and multiple camera angles. The NHL license ensures that real teams and players of the era are included, with a full league and playoff system. Many game options can be toggled - the infamous fighting is optional, as are the penalties and offsides. The control system makes it possible to execute one-touch passes, and several special trick moves to quickly advance the ball. As a bonus feature, it included Hockey Card profiles of every player on CD and interviews with the stars of the game.


NHL 96 DOS Modem connection screen.
NHL 96 DOS Detail settings screen
NHL 96 DOS New Jersey at Detroit
NHL 96 DOS Playoffs start menu

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Alternate Titles

  • "NHL Hockey 96" -- DOS in-game title
  • "NHL Hockey" -- US budget release title

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User Reviews

The best sportsgame ever!! Rantanplan (1825) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Joker Oct, 1995 92 out of 100 92
PC Player (Germany) Oct, 1995 92 out of 100 92
CD Player 1996 9 out of 10 90
Coming Soon Magazine Nov 30, 1995 90 out of 100 90
PC Games (Germany) Nov, 1995 89 out of 100 89
Power Play Nov, 1995 86 out of 100 86
Joystick (French) Nov, 1995 80 out of 100 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jan, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Score Oct, 1995 8 out of 10 80
High Score Jan, 1996 2 out of 5 40


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  • Computer Gaming World
    • June 1996 (Issue #143) – Sports Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #18 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1996 - Best Sports Game in 1995
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ringhawk (4) added NHL 96 (DOS) on May 10, 1999