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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 Genesis Choosing coaching style during a game
NHL 98 SNES Goal!
NHL 98 Windows A penalty
NHL 98 Windows Trading players

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The most defining moment of the series PlayStation Des Dearman (8)

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PC Player (Germany) Windows Oct, 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GameSpot Windows Oct 24, 1997 9.2 out of 10 92
Gamezilla Windows 1997 91 out of 100 91
The Video Game Critic Genesis Jun 28, 2003 A- 91 Genesis Sep 15, 2011 9 out of 10 90 Windows 1997 90 out of 100 90
Video Games PlayStation Oct, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Mega Score SEGA Saturn Apr, 1998 84 out of 100 84
IGN PlayStation Sep 22, 1997 8 out of 10 80
CD-Action Windows Jan, 1998 8 out of 10 80


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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

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