Blades of Steel (NES) review
"Konami made another sports game. Whattya know, it was good! It appears Konami made more quality titles on the NES than any other system. This was one of the first hockey games. It was the first to have fist fighting, and what a nice add-on it was. I enjoyed beating the crap out of other players who happened to bump me. Great job Konami. "
Konami made another sports game. Whattya know, it was good! It appears Konami made more quality titles on the NES than any other system. This was one of the first hockey games. It was the first to have fist fighting, and what a nice add-on it was. I enjoyed beating the crap out of other players who happened to bump me. Great job Konami.
The graphics for this game were quite good. They all looked like real hockey players (for an NES game, that is), and the backrounds looked pretty good. Also, the mini-games during the half time look awesome for an NES game (especially the gradius min-game).
The game is very fun. The overall passing and movement is very smoother, and the game runs at a fast speed. The innovative idea of the fist fights were an incredible idea. I spent hours beating up the comp to either stall the clock cause I was winning or just fight cause I was bored. The gradius mini-game is quite fun, though I can never seem to get it anymore. Arg. The gameplay only has one down-side. The computer chooses the player you controller, so it's often difficult to figure out who you are, or coordinating a player while trying to block as the goalie. It provides somewhat of a hastle, so it increases the game's difficulty.
The music is ok, but certainly nothing special. The little ice capades they put on at the beginning and at 1/3 time are irritating, and the victory music is ok, but it kinda gets on your nerves after awhile. Also, the player's voices leave something to be desired (but heck, this is the NES we're talking about here).
Replay Value: 8/10
It's fun to play over and over again, and try to increase the difficulty. Other than that, there's nothing really to do with the game except try to get higher scores on Gradius (which isn't to say is a downside). So, after you play it a couple times, it'll become one of those bring out once every 6 months to wipe off the dust and play again games.
This game is still one of the best Hockey Games out there, however, that's not saying much. Konami did a great job with this, as they do with most of their games. I'm surprised that another sports game by them is this good. I think anyone who just likes games should buy this cause you don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy it.
A bit hard to control
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