Review by Blackjack4x

"The best NES hockey game"

You know this game is going to be OK right from the beginning, as you hear, "Blades....of steel". Voice is rare in an NES game. Blades of Steel is a hockey game, and the best one on the NES. You choose an exhibition or tournament mode, a difficulty level (junior, college or pro), and a team: NY, Chicago, LA, Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver or Minnesota. Play lasts three twenty minute periods. An interesting twist is the fact that you get to sometimes play Contra between periods; a game within a game was rare at the time, and is still not seen frequently now.

Graphics: 9/10

Very good for an NES game. The sprite size dwarfs that of most NES hockey games, and the animations are well done. The players do, however, skate a little too straight and stiff to be realistic. The goal celebration is decent, if a little odd.

Sound: 7/10

Slightly above average. Nothing amazing. What you would expect from a hockey game.

Gameplay: 8/10

The best gameplay for an NES hockey game. Control is pretty good, and goalies can be moved where you want them to be for the most part. The two player option adds longevity, as the game is fun to play with a friend. The addition of Contra was a smart move as well. Eight teams are selectable, although no differences are noticable between the teams besides color.

Replay: 9/10

Very high replay value. The game is fun on the one player mode, better on the two player mode, and you have the addition of Contra as well.

Overall: 8/10

Very good NES sports game. It is very fun, and performs well in all categories. If you like sports at all and still play your NES, you need this game.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

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

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