Olympic Hockey Nagano '98
Now that the Olympics are rounding the corner again, we're seeing the first batch of hastily packaged theme titles. Olympic Hockey '98 is a classic example of a game that does nothing for the genre other than borrow from every other hockey game available. Besides being a near replica of Wayne Gretzky Hockey '98--but with different teams--Olympic Hockey doesn't even make slight improvements to graphics or gameplay in the transition. The hockey players are very blocky for such a high-profile game, with very low polygonal counts. The action is fast though, and you'll be hard-pressed to keep up with the puck at times. Typical options like penalty toggles, player swapping and so forth are becoming standard fare in all sports titles, so 1 wasn't very impressed. Perhaps the worst blasphemy of Olympic Hockey is the incredibly stupid goalie Al. Don't worry about losing this game too much, Money plays are everywhere, and it won't take much game time to find them. I know that high scores are supposed to be rare in hockey, but apparently not in the universe this one hails from. As it is, the best feature of all is the multiplayer ability and party game factor. The Arcade Mode is fun for all players, from novice to expert. I wouldn't recommend this one for hardcore hockey fans though.
I don't know if it's me, but it seems like this game is Wayne Gretzky Hockey with an Olympic facelift. Whatever the case, I'll stick with Gretzky. I'm not a huge fan of real hockey, but I do enjoy playing a game or two with a controller. I guess that's why I'd rather use players I've actually heard of. No offense to other countries, but I don't really care about Nimsky Vokolsky and how he's a national hero in the Soviet States.
Weil whoopee, if it isn't the second time in six months that Midway has used and repackaged their year-old Wayne Gretzky Hockey game engine. Just about everything here is identical to every other Midway hockey game, except the rosters and team names are changed. Ideally, these teams and rosters would have been integrated in Wayne Gretzky '98 instead of trying to force gamers to buy a whole new game just for the Olympic teams.
Oh, come on now. This kind of shameless rehashing of the same game over and over makes me sick. Did you buy Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey or its incredibly unoriginal sequel with the '98 slapped on the box? If so, stay away from this baby, 'cause it's (once again) the same game. The ONLY way I could possibly recommend this is if you've never owned either Gretzky game. Enough is enough, let's try something new already.
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Cheap, cynical cash-in on an event that generates only total indifference in the UK. The proper Gretzky games are much better.
Wintery action from the Land of the Constantly Extinguishing Olympic Torch. Konami's attempt to simulate the Olympiad is a brave effort, but let down by a couple of sub-par events. The variety on sports on offer (from downhill skiing to - yes! - curling, which is more fun than it sounds) does help out, and it's a hell of a lot more realistic than the 'robots on ice' PlayStation version!