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NHL Hockey '95 (Game Boy) review


" I am a huge fan of the NHL, and as a child my parents would not let me have a Super Nintendo or a Nintendo 64 (took some convincing but I have both now). This left me with no real systems to play an NHL game on, because there was practically none for the Classic Nintendo. So I asked for this game for my birthday and got it. As with all sport games, you have to memorize a password after every game to continue playing that season, and that always leads to me losing interest to a game fast. "



I am a huge fan of the NHL, and as a child my parents would not let me have a Super Nintendo or a Nintendo 64 (took some convincing but I have both now). This left me with no real systems to play an NHL game on, because there was practically none for the Classic Nintendo. So I asked for this game for my birthday and got it. As with all sport games, you have to memorize a password after every game to continue playing that season, and that always leads to me losing interest to a game fast.

GRAPHICS (10/20): The players are all big and show partial human designs, but they are also choppy and are all identical to eachother. Of course this was a game made in 1995 for Gameboy so there really was not to much hope for great graphics. The team logo's do not look to bad on the the jerseys however, but their is little paper people cheering for you with no signs of life. Honestly these are mediocre graphics at best.

SOUND (3/10): A sports game with no announcer, besides the voice that says ''GOAL'' and what team is facing what team. The only sound in the game is the music on the menu scream, and the periodical cheering of a crowd (how do they all get silent and then loud in split seconds). There is the sound of a stick hitting a puck, but there are no grunts or anything.

GAMEPLAY (11/40): Ah the wonderful password system. Write down around 16 words game after game for 82 games, then the playoffs. Has anyone actually gone through a season? I didn't think so. Basically you will play around 4 exhibition games of this and then get bored. What were these people thinking with such blah choices, and nowhere to possibly keep you interested in this game.

CONTROLS (5/15): The play itself is very easy, but the controls are not smooth at all, and the players skill differential are not present at all.
The shots are delayed and their is no way to slide and block the puck. Sure some would say that is not important, but I am a fan of all aspects of hockey. Plus instead of checking you trip the player. Last I checked that was illegal.

REPLAYABILITY (2/10): I have already sold this game, for my simple dollar. I played this game once more before I sold it, and in truth if you play it around once a year it is not as bad as it seems. However it is impossible to play two games in a week, cause boy does it get repetitive. This is a game where I am happy to sell to my friend, who seems to enjoy the simple games.

DIFFICULTY (2/5): This is actually a weakness in the game, for you can't change the computers skill level. Once you start winning, you will never lose again, so it gets awfully easy way to fast.

OVERALL (33/100): On a side note this is one of the better sport games for the gameboy. And it is one of the only EA hockey games for the nintendo system. The Nintendo Gameboy was created for side scrolling adventure games, and platform games. The password system shows how little data the gameboy could hold in the past, and this definitely shows it's miniscule power. I would highly reccomend buying one of the classics for the Gameboy such as all four Final Fantasy's, but do NOT buy any of the sports genre, including NHL 95!

Rating: 3.3/10

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