NHL Hockey '94
Reviewed by Greatest One
Hockey games have become very realistic over the years.
Player faces and animations are clearly visible in the games
nowadays. But, back when these were only fantasies, hockey
games were still fun. The oldest hockey game I own is NHL
'94 for the Sega Genesis. I still find the time to play this
game and enjoy it a lot.
One of the reasons to play NHL '94 is because it has three
former Canadian teams: the Winnipeg Jets, Quebec Nordiques
and the Hartford Whalers. With teams from Canada quickly
moving to USA, video games may be the only way we can
experience them. NHL '94 had a few modes such as the regular
season, which was really an exhibition match, the playoffs
and demo. When, you select the teams, you could see the
starting line ups for each team. You are also told which
player is hot for which team and which player is cold. The
arena report is given as well as the noise record. The noise
meter was a cool feature in the game. It recorded the
loudness in the different arenas in decibels and recorded
them. This feature would be cool in today's games. The game
itself was pretty fun. The action wasn't too fast, but was
still exciting. The rinks seemed a bit too small, but I
guess it made up for the slowness of the players. If you
scored a goal, the lamp lit up and the siren blared. Also,
if someone got a hat trick, you could see hats on the ice.
One thing missing from the game is fighting. This is a part
of hockey and should be included in hockey video games.
Overall, this game is still fun to play, just for the teams
and old players.
The graphics weren't too good. All the players looked the
same and the animations were cheesy.
Sound wasn't too good, either. The sound effects sounded
weak and the music was pretty bad.
Similar to most other hockey games. Scoring was pretty easy,
as there were a few tricks. Cutting in front of the goalie
Replay Value: 7.
I still find it fun now. Playing two player was great,
Hockey games have come a long way since NHL '94. But, it
still is a decent game.