Review by Blackjack4x

"The best NES hockey game"

You know this game is going to be OK right from the beginning, asyou 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 twentyminute periods. An interesting twist is the fact that you get tosometimes 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 NEShockey 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 expectfrom 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 mostpart. The two player option adds longevity, as the game is fun toplay with a friend. The addition of Contra was a smart move aswell. Eight teams are selectable, although no differences arenoticable 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 ofContra 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 yourNES, you need this game.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

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

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