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This ice hockey game has a playbook-based AI system based on the teams' actual playbooks allowing for specific teams to play their actual styles, with variable player size, from big defensemen to small speedy wingers. There is a total team management system to make trades, improve coaching, create draft picks and send players through training camps, or even send injured athletes for therapy.

The inclusion of all the marquee players such as Lemieux, Gretzky, Messier, Sakic, Hull, and others is mostly mandatory in sports games. Also, the hints about how to play each team from NHL player Keith Tkachuk are a useful resource.


NHL Breakaway 98 Nintendo 64 Main menu.
NHL Breakaway 98 Nintendo 64 Team selection.
NHL Breakaway 98 Nintendo 64 Title screen.

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64 Power / big.N / N Games Nintendo 64 Mar, 1998 91 out of 100 91
Video Games Nintendo 64 Feb, 1998 90 out of 100 90
Mega Fun PlayStation Oct, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Game Play 64 Nintendo 64 Mar, 1998 85 out of 100 85
Total! (Germany) Nintendo 64 Feb, 1998 1.75 out of 6 85
PC Jeux Windows Feb, 1998 85 out of 100 85
X64 Nintendo 64 Apr, 1998 84 out of 100 84
GameSpot PlayStation Oct 22, 1997 7.9 out of 10 79
Player One PlayStation Jan, 1998 75 out of 100 75
GamePro (US) PlayStation Nov, 1997 3 out of 5 60


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