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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 Team roster
NHL 98 SNES Today's Game
NHL 98 Genesis Choosing coaching style during a game
NHL 98 Windows Trading players

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NHL 98 Magazine Advertisement pp. 171-172
NHL 98 Other
NHL 98 Magazine Advertisement
NHL 98 Magazine Advertisement


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PC Action (Germany) Windows Sep, 1997 96 out of 100 96
Gamezilla Windows 1997 91 out of 100 91
Gamezilla PlayStation 1997 91 out of 100 91
GamePro (US) PlayStation Nov, 1997 4.5 out of 5 90
PC Gamer Windows Dec, 1997 90 out of 100 90
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov 03, 1997 89 out of 100 89
Mega Fun PlayStation Oct, 1997 87 out of 100 87
Consoles Plus PlayStation Dec, 1997 83 out of 100 83
Consoles News SEGA Saturn Jan, 1998 81 out of 100 81
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Feb, 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 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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