NHL All-Star Hockey 95
Just like this year's NHL season, the Game Gear is still alive. Games like this add fuel to the fire for this color portable.
NHL All-Star Hockey delivers what other portables can and cannot do. Select from all official teams straight from the National Hockey League with their very own logos and colors.
At the Option Screen you may change the number of minutes in each period to five, 10 or 20 minutes. If you like being technical about your game play, turn line changes on or off and update your lines to improve your team's performance on the ice.
Penalties can be turned on or off. Unfortunately (or fortunately for you squeamish players) there is no fighting included in this Game Gear version. No need to worry, though, because fighting is included in the Genesis version. Offsides can either be turned on or off if you prefer all-out action on the ice.
The graphics aren't overwhelming as this is a simple game that doesn't require intensive animations. Plus, we are talking about the Game Gear which doesn't supply too many true colors. It does give some detail to the players--that is more than the cabbage-colored portables do. Despite the options, the eye-appealing nature of the game will be appreciated.
Players shooting and passing are clear throughout the game. Small as they are, you can feel the action whether being checked by your opponent or shooting a slapshot.
As you play, the referees regulate the game by coming up whenever there's a foul committed or a goal is scored.
Take a time-out and look at some Team Options. In this screen you can check out your team's performance and other options that can change the game.
You can access the score-board easily and you can even change the goalie if you feel that your current goalie isn't doing the job you expect him to do. Before changing goalies, check out the Goalie Statistics and choose the right man for the job.
You can even run through the Game Statistics. See how you are doing against the opposition and measure your on-ice performance.
That's right. You can even look through the Player Statistics and see individual stats on the game you are playing. Penalty and Scoring Summaries are self explanatory. These also can be accessed. Look through your roster to see who are the top players on your team. Ratings are on a scale of 100 in a number of areas.
NHL All-Star Hockey delivers what you expect in a hockey game: plenty options and cool features.
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Sega's trying to score a slap shot with this handheld version of its 16-bit All-Star Hockey '95 cart. The game has larger animations, 26 NHL teams, and all the stars of the NHL Players Association (a total of 650 players to choose from). Marv Albert does the color commentary as you compete in Exhibition, Season, Playoff, and Stanley Cup Finals modes.
- Manufacturer: Sega
- Machine: Genesis
Here's a game that really emphasizes the sportsmanship, the ethics, and the true to life beauty of hockey. That's right - the fights are the best thing this game has got! Build a big enforcer line and beat the crap outa your opponent!
- System: Game Gear
- Publisher: Sega
- Developer: Gray Matter
Bone-crunching checks, crisp passing, and high-speed skating is what hockey is all about. Unfortunately, the Game Gear isn't capable of capturing any of those very well. The tiny players move at a snail-like pace and have no ability to make sharp cuts. Add an even smaller puck and some very poor computer A.L, and you have to search to find the fun.
All 27 NHL teams have their real players and slats. While that is important in a hockey sim, the action is just too slow, small, and wonky to make you care.
For those who must have their hockey fix at two-hour intervals, NHL All-Star Hockey is a decent way to keep from suffering the effects of withdrawal. But, unless you're totally obsessed with hockey, this game isn't worth a puck.
- Manufacturer: Sega
Now that the '95 NHL season is underway, hockey fans aren't forced to rely solely on their game systems for on-ice competition. But the rivalry is heating up on video game ice as well since Sega Sports has thrown its helmet into the rink.
NHL All-Star Hockey '95 for Genesis joins Accolade's Brett Hull Hockey '95, ESPN National Hockey Night and Tecmo Super Hockey (see review this issue) in pursuit of the front-running EA Sports title NHL '95. Although NHL All-Star Hockey '95 does replicate some aspects of the game better than any title, its game play doesn't measure up.
Control is the game's weakest point - the action doesn't react quickly to your requests. The game's fast speed and slight jerkiness when making turns complicates lining up hits. Also, the quickest tap on the shoot button still results in a long wind-up rather than a quick wristshot. Once you do land a big hit, the animations are truly realistic. Check the right guy and the game switches to the most lifelike hockey fight sequence I've ever seen.
The return of fighting to hockey games provides NHL All-Star Hockey '95 with some extra punch and, although EA Sports' NHL '95 still sets the pace, hockey fans want to give this one a look.
- Graphics: 8
- Gameplay: 7
- Innovation: 8
- Music & Sound FX: 7
- Replay Value: 8
- Manufacturer: Sega
The ultimate power play
Skate your way to Stanley Cup glory with all-new All-Star Hockey! Play with all 26 NHL teams and all 650 NHL Players including Bure, Messier, Yzerman, Jagr, Lindros, Hull, Irbe, Chelios and more! Real ice-action is here too with line changes, "speed bursts", instant replays, one timers - with a battery that tracks season standings & stats, sampled sound effects and color commentary from Marv Albert, voice of the NY Rangers. It's as real as it gets - and it's only from Sega Sports!
Lately, the stores have been flooded with hockey titles trying to mimic the success of EA Sports' NHL series. They've all ended being pretenders to the throne. and NHL All-Star Hockey is no exception. Despite its well- detailed graphics, All-Star's disappointing controls and feeble options drag this game to a screeching halt.
Chase down the puck with standard gameplay modes like Exhibition, Playoff, and Full Season. All-Star's rosters and schedules are based on this year's season, and the teams sport real names and real players.
- The stick check (Button A) Ls the most effective way to take down an opponent.
- In this game, merciless checking makes for sound defense.
A decent offensive repertoire, including a one-timer, is complemented by a strong array of defensive moves like stick checks, holds, and trips. Best of all, Sega Sports corrected one of NHL '95's biggest shortcomings: the lack of fighting. Deck your opponent one too many times, and you'll have a blast settling your differences with an impressive variety of punches, elbows, and shirt grabs.
Unfortunately, the remaining features aren't as dazzling. Many gamers will be disappointed by the lack of a two-player cooperative mode, not to mention the absence of four-player action. Realistic touches, like drop passes, a Shootout mode, and the ability to trade and create players, were also left in the locker room.
Even worse, the choppy, erratic controls leave you stranded. Pushing a button doesn't always elicit an immediate response, and the excessively easy passing robs the game of one of hockey's most rewarding challenges.
This game doesn't provide much deep, strategic action, either. The CPU's an easy-to-fool chump, and the molasses-like pace doesn't approach hockey's true speed.
- In face-offs, wave jour stick a few times, and then remain still. If you press Button B when the puck hits the ice, you'll almost always take possession.
- Circle around the net and pass to the center for a one-timer that'll surprise the goalie.
- Picking up the rebound from a slap shot is your best chance at a goal.
The sharp graphics show off a good-looking rink and large, realistic, beautifully detailed sprites. But once the action begins, the stiff animation makes you feel like you're skating in a straight- jacket. Announcer Marv Albert calls the game, nicely pacing the action with colorful commentary. Unfortunately, his voice -- and the flat, computerlike sound effects and music -- are often layered with white noise.
When fighting, crush your opponent by grabbing his jersey and elbowing him in the head.
Some fun can be extracted from this game, but it lacks the depth that's necessary for a long- lasting challenge. Unless you care more about fighting and graphics than solid controls and gameplay, you'll skate right by this rink.