NHL '94 returns in NHL '14
Perhaps just as important as what was happening on the ice 20 years ago was the NHL experience that
was creating off it.
was not only a video game milestone, but a cultural touchstone for a whole generation of gamers and sports fans. Its blue ice, organ music, stiff-armed goal celebrations and pixelated graphics are seared into the memory of just about any member of Generation X who ever owned a Sega Genesis or Super Nintendo game console.
If you loved to cut and deke through defenses as Jeremy Roenick, crank long-range goals as the New Jersey Devils' Darren Richer or pick the Toronto Maple Leafs' Tie Domi just to
make Wayne Gretzky's head bleed
style, there's a strong chance you still don't think a better hockey video game has ever been created. In some ways, EA agrees.
With recent incarnations of its
series derided as bland and overly technical, EA decided to include an
mode in its latest game and bring the experience into the Sony PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 era just as it ends. The gameplay is just as fast, the physics make the checks and dekes a bit more believable, but the important stuff such ass the star-shaped indicators and retro players including Roenick, Gretzky and Mario Lemieux are all still there. Unlike the original, however, you're actually allowed to drop the gloves and fight in this one.
Times may have changed a bit, but the formula for bringing Gen X back to hockey still involves
-- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore.
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