Review by Psycho Penguin

"Remember when the hockey games were good??"

When asked about the top sports series in the video game industry, EA Sport's NHL Series would be high on the list. With lots of improvements over NHL Hockey 94 and 95(which really wasn't all that bad to begi with), NHL 96 is the game to beat for NHL fans of all ages!!

Boo yeah!!! The graphics in this game are much better than the previous year's version, which featured a really, really, really white background and a dinky little scoreboard. NHL 96 has much better player detail, great ice design, and a cool scoreboard with shadowed letters. GREAT!!

The NHL series has always had fantastic control, and this game is no different than the others. The ico passing in this game is great and easy to use, and doesn't make passing a chore. You get three types of shots, which can be done by tapping the button at certain amounts of dexterity. Great overall control.

Sure its a hockey game, but is it a good one? Oh yeah!! With good control, the game is easy to pick up and play for diehard NHL fans. There are lots of modes to play, including 2 player, season mode, and stanley cup. NHL fans will enjoy being able to play as their favorite players or teams, as EA Sports got the NHL and NHLPA license for the game.

If hockey fans don't like this game, they must be smoking something. With great graphics and awesome gameplay, the NHL fans have found a gme they can fall in love with (well, hopefully not literally :)

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 11/01/99, Updated 07/16/01

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