Gretzky Hockey 98
Gretzky '98 comes as a welcome break from' all the serious hockey titles we've been seeing lately. Although I'd much rather play NHL 98, I still had a great time with Gretzky. You can set up this game to play as a "real
The best part, however, is the open ice. Remove a couple of in-the-way players, and the game becomes much more exciting--that is, if you've never played Gretzky 3D before. This game is pretty much the same as it was last year, except with noticeably tougher goalies. In fact, the goaltending is so solid, you'd think Midway was attempting to lose the high-scoring, arcade feel of last year's edition of Gretzky. Still, compared to the competition from EA and Acclaim, this hockey game is still unrealistic (in terms of high scoring, exaggerated body checks, etc.). That's perfectly fine by me. It's a refreshing change from the FaceOffs and All-Stars and Breakaways. Just don't expect anything new this year."]
Recognizing that there was no real N64 hockey simulation, Midway concentrated on beefing up that portion of Gretzky. Unfortunately, that is the only substantial improvement in the game. While I appreciate computer Al enhancements a lot, I don't think that the adjustments they made warrant buying this game if you have last year's version. However, if you're looking to buy your first N64 hockey game, you should give this a try.
Gretzky '98 looks almost exactly the same as last year's game but the control feel is more precise. The pace of the gameplay is fast and furious but the biggest change comes in the form of improved goalie Al. I found it was much harder to score goals against the CPU. As a hockey game, Gretzky still isn't a match for the top games from EA and Sony, but if you're looking for fun arcade action rather than a sim, this game is for you.
This one isn't all that different from the first one, but I don't think it's a problem. The graphics look great and the control is nice. Lucky for me it has an arcade feel. If it didn't, I wouldn't really have had as much fun. That's probably what I like the most about this game. It may have the real players and what not, but it's arcade enough to have the same appeal as the NBA Jam series had. It attracts both sporty gamers and unsporty ones.