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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.


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Video Games Sep, 1997 90 out of 100 90
Consoles Plus Jan, 1998 90 out of 100 90
Mega Fun Oct, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Gamezilla 1997 84 out of 100 84
GameSpot Oct 22, 1997 7.9 out of 10 79
Player One Jan, 1998 75 out of 100 75
IGN Sep 10, 1997 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) Nov, 1997 3 out of 5 60
Game Revolution Jun 04, 2004 C- 42


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Tarzan Dan (29) added NHL Breakaway 98 (PlayStation) on Sep 19, 2005
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