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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 Team selection
NHL 98 Windows Trading players
NHL 98 Windows Only the goalkeeper left.
NHL 98 SNES Goal mouth action

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PC Games (Germany) Windows Oct, 1997 93 out of 100 93
GameStar (Germany) Windows Oct, 1997 92 out of 100 92
Gamezilla Windows 1997 91 out of 100 91 Windows 1997 90 out of 100 90
All Game Guide Windows 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Gamer Windows Dec, 1997 90 out of 100 90
PC Jeux Windows Nov, 1997 86 out of 100 86
Power Play Windows Oct, 1997 86 out of 100 86
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Nov, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Consoles Plus PlayStation Dec, 1997 83 out of 100 83


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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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