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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 Title screen.
NHL Breakaway 98 Nintendo 64 Team selection.

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64 Power / big.N / N Games Nintendo 64 Mar, 1998 91 out of 100 91
Consoles Plus PlayStation Jan, 1998 90 out of 100 90
Total! (Germany) Nintendo 64 Feb, 1998 1.75 out of 6 85
Gamezilla PlayStation 1997 84 out of 100 84
X64 Nintendo 64 Apr, 1998 84 out of 100 84
Nintendojo Nintendo 64 1998 8.1 out of 10 81
Nintendo Power Magazine Nintendo 64 Mar, 1998 7.6 out of 10 76
Player One PlayStation Jan, 1998 75 out of 100 75
IGN PlayStation Sep 10, 1997 7 out of 10 70
Game Revolution PlayStation Jun 04, 2004 C- 42


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