NHL 95

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a game by Electronic Arts, High Score Productions, and Visual Concepts
Genre: Sports
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis, SNESSNES
Editor Rating: 8.4/10, based on 11 reviews
User Rating: 9.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Sport Games, NHL Games, Hockey Games
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Time to hit the ice and rush the net with EA Sports' newest hard-hitting venture onto the gaming ice.

It was a long off-season for the gang at EA Sports. They pounded this game into shape and redesigned the entire cart.

From blue line to blue line, this game is faster than ever. The defenses are tougher and a new, advanced artificial intelligence has made it harder to bulge the twine (score).

The goalies are quicker, and those cheap dekes and turnaround moves won't work this year.

One timers are easy to master and the puck can fly off your stick like lightning.

Don Cherry will be none too happy. Cherry (the pugilistic prognosticator, man with the loud ties, former coach of the Boston Bruins and now analyst on Night in Canada) likes fighting in hockey and so do I. But, there are no fightng segments in this game. Gamers can thank Gary Bettman, president of the National Hockey League, for this nofighting approach to the game.

Electronic Arts has increased the standard of gaming hockey once again with this cart, despite the lack of a fighting feature. There are trades and a lot more statistic-saving features in this year's version. At least those tidbits will try to make up for the lack of brawl fests. I was truly disappointed with the No Fighting Option in this hockey game. When Iceman and I were playing the game there were some sketchy times. Throughout the game, I wanted to drop the gloves on the Iceman and exact some old-fashioned hockey justice.

This game skates circles around the competition, as usual.

If you're the Gretzky of your gaming block, your old tricks won't work on this game. You'll need to go back to training camp. Take to the ice in your own gaming NHL Hockey minicamp in order to perfect your one-timers and precision passes. The key to being successful in NHL '95 are quick passes, keeping your head up, and rushing the net even when the goaltender has the puck.

If you've been a fan of this game in the past, you won't be disappointed with this newest version.

It's a great game made better, and the Iceman and I have been going crazy with it.

I beat him 2-0 with the Montreal Canadians against his Chicago Black Hawks, one of the better teams in the game. I'm still the NHL Hockey Champion of the office, but I'm sure glad the Trading Option has been added to this year's version.

With a lot of movement in the NHL expected from now till the season starts, it will be easy to update your favorite teams and add the players who make it into the big leagues with their strong showing in training camp.

Injuries are back, and how hard you hit members of the opposing team dictates how long they will be out of commission. One period, two periods, or an entire game or season can be missed due to injuries to the superstars of your team.

All I can say is go for the superstars early in the game and knock them senseless with hard checks and high sticks. Be sure to turn the penalties oft before you do--whatever it takes to lay the opposing players out on the ice.

The big-name players are quicker and harder to stop. That's why good strategy includes giving them a Sherwood or a Titan shaft in the chops. Only on the gaming ice. of course. When you play real hockey you should wear a suit and tie like Gary Bettman and call all of the shots from the stands without ever having played the game, not even with a joystick. Whether you like the politics of the National Hockey league or not, you'll love NHL '95 for the Super NES.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed

Game Reviews

One minute it's the best ever, and the next it's just average. That's the best way to describe NHL '95's disappointing transition from the Genesis to the SNES.

Forget Something?

In previous editions of EA Sports' hockey games, the Genesis version ruled, and NHL '95 is no different. Shootout mode, Playoff mode, fake shots, and drop passes are all missing from the SNES lineup... but were present on the Genesis! However, you still get Season and Practice Modes, as well as the ability to sign and release free agents, trade and create players, and control the goalie.


  • With poor control and the absence of play options, the most productive scoring method is -- once again -- the one-timer.
  • Injuring your opponent's star players is the best way to give yourself a winning advantage.

The graphics are the best feature of this game. Although the sprites are slightly different from the Genesis players, they're still large and clear. But the overall lack of bright colors muddies up the show.

Sounds Like a Loser

The main problem with most hockey games is poor control. The excellent controls and responsive players on the Genesis version have been replaced by inaccurate controls and unresponsive players on the SNES. This game's control resembles the ordinary ESPN National Hockey Night.

Use the Create Player mode before starting a season. It never hurts to have an extra super-star on the ice.

Despite the SNES's impressive sound capabilities, NHL's sounds are bad. Every moan, groan, and check sounds as if you were listening to the game from the locker room.

Overall, '95 looks as if it's just a slightly different version of NHL '94. Disappointing options, sound, and game play bring this game down from its lofty Genesis ratings; what's "in the game" isn't in this game.

The bad boys of the National Hockey League are about to hit the ice for another exciting season of hard-hitting hockey action.

The team at EA Sports spent the offseason making an entirely new and exciting version of NHL Hockey '95. Gamers will find this game the best one yet. It's a new season, not the same old game with a new name. The action is quicker, the defenses are tougher, and this game skates circles around the competition.

Tie up your gaming skates and come with me for a quick skate through the hottest hockey cart to date. This year goals will be harder to come by, and the goalies are harder to beat for good reason. This year the programmers at EA Sports made the goal area smaller and the goalies smarter. They increased the goalies' artificial intelligence (AI). In past years when you tried the wrap-around or that special deak, you could count on a sure goal. Even the move where you moved your star center or winger into the corner of the opposition's goal, and skated back through the crease, and flipped the puck up and over the goalies' shoulder, only works three out of 10 times.

All of your favorite teams are back with their accompanying player rosters, but this year you can play an entire season. The game also has new schedules and complete player rosters.

The goaltenders aren't the only changes that make the game more challenging this year. The computer is even harder to beat when playing by yourself using your favorite team. The computerized defense didn't just eat its Wheaties, the programmers at EA Sports improved on last year's game. The one-timers are in, and the Iceman and I have to buy new controllers; our old ones are still smoking from working on this preview. This game rules and I am currently the NHL Hockey champion of the office.

  • Manufacturer: Electronic Arts for
  • Machine: Super NES

The version of the classic carries on the tradition of kicking butt. The action moves too fast for most players, almost to the point of insanity.

  • Manufacturer: Electronic Arts
  • Machine: Super NES

The version of the classic carries on the tradition of kicking butt. The action moves too fast for most players, almost to the point of insanity.

  • Manufacturer: Electronic Arts
  • Machine: Super NES

The version of the classic carries on the tradition of kicking butt. The action moves too fast for most players, almost to the point of insanity.

  • Manufacturer: Electronic Arts
  • Machine: SNES

The version of the classic carries on the tradition of kicking butt. The action moves too fast for most players, almost to the point of insanity.

  • Manufacturer: Electronic Arts
  • Machine: Super NES

The version of the classic carries on the tradition of kicking butt. The action moves too fast for most players, almost to the point of insanity.

  • Machine: SNES.
  • Manufacturer: Electronic Arts.

This year's version of the hockey favorite has a better overhead perspective and new check animations that really let you feel the action!

  • Machine: SNES.
  • Manufacturer: by High Score. publisher Electronic Arts.

Despite the icy surface, my brain is still burning after playing the hot Genesis version of NHL '95.

Now it's time to turn our attention to the SNES version though, and unfortunately for SNES owners - as has been the case throughout the length of the series - it still isn't on a par with its Genesis relative.

The game moves much faster on the SNES, which can be good or bad depending on your preference. I found that the action was so fast that I was missing body-checks and overskating the puck, but some players believe the speed makes the action even hotter. From a control standpoint, the line change button is the Select button instead of one of the conveniently located L or R buttons. And despite the better sound capabilities of the SNES, the sound effects are weaker than on the Genesis version.

Player trades are often more difficult to execute on the SNES version since you are subjected to the strict requirements of an arbitrator. If one team benefits by more than a few player rating points from a trade then the trade will not be allowed; yet in the Genesis version you can go ahead and execute the trade regardless of the arbitrator's decision.

If you're a SNES owner anxious to get your hands on a great hockey game, then the seasonal play and trading options make NHL '95 the best yet. But, on the other hand, if you're planning on buying based on what you've seen the Genesis version do, then you might be a bit disappointed.

In the long line of EA Sports hockey titles. NHL Hockey '95 is by far the best! A ton of new moves and features back up the smoothest, most entertaining hockey title ever created.

Hat Trick!

To be the best, you gotta have a few things the competition doesn't. Among NHL '95's new features is the ability to sign, release, or trade any of the 6(K) real NHL players before playing a regular game, an All-Star-type shootout, or the playoffs. You can even create your own fantasy players or hit the ice with established stars like Gretzky and Hull and test them in a Practice Mode to fine-tune your skills.


  • When starting a season, be sure to create a couple of superstars who will help you down the stretch.
  • Because the goalies are tougher, scoring can be a hassle. Learn the art of the one-timer to save your butt in a close game.

If you think you've got talent, try your luck in a grueling 84-game season that tracks ever}' goal, assist, point, and even your goals-against average. Watch your team's calendar, and you just might win yourself a Cup!

Always check your Hot and Cold players before every game. Using this knowledge when editing your lines can have a major impact on the game.

These are the best hockey graphics you'll see this year. Realism is the name of the game, and NHL '95 has it. Clear sprites with smooth, fast movements generate the most intense hockey action ever created. Although the blood and fighting are gone. EA's come up with some cool new injury' animations that compensate for their absence. Watch those limbs get broken backwards after a violent collision -- you'll understand why your player is gonna be out for awhile.

Real Sport, No Salary Cap

The most significant change for '95 is the unbelievably blazing speed of the game. It rockets along, thanks to quick, efficient controls. New offensive moves include fake shots, drop passes, and more effective one-timers. On defense, you can crosscheck your man into the penalty box and benches, drop down to block a shot, and control your goalie's every movement, all with instant responses to your button presses.

  • Strategy is a key factor for winning. Try different NHL-style plays and formations to determine what works for you.
  • Use the Shootout mode often as a way to practice. You must increase your arsenal of moves and fakes if you want to compete.

The sound adds to the perfection. That unforgettable organ music, the supportive crowd, and every moan and groan are more realistic than ever.

  • If you have a breakaway scoring opportunity, try a fake slap shot followed immediately by a backhand wrist shot. It's one of the most effective moves.
  • When trading and signing free agents, make sure you're not violating your roster requirements.

Stanley Cup Champ!

Excelling in every category, NHL Hockey '95 is better than EA's three previous hockey games combined. With a game this complete, who cares if the NHL players go on strike!

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