This game for the nintendo 64 is a brill game because it feels as if you are in the driving seat of a 340 horse power super car. The controls are easy to master and the actual race dosn't last for the proper amount of time. Ether in the pits or racing around hairpin turns this game is for the sport lover who would do anything for glory. Also there are great option modes which let you chose from a wide range of these one of a kind super cars.
I was sceptical about Le Mans 24 after reading reviews stating it was 'just another average racing game', but decided to buy the game and I'm more than pleasantly surprised! The graphics are superb: Le Mans is without doubt the best-looking Dreamcast game so far. The cars are drivable, the computer AI cars are competitive, and the draw distance is amazing! You do not have to opt for a full 24 hour race, you can have just a 10 minutes race, or a 30 minutes, but I recommend a full days' driving - play with a few mates and take shifts, its a real achievement to complete no matter what position you finish in! The single player game is excellent, but there’s nothing as good as the sublime 4 player races. No graphical glitches, no pop up and no tediousness! Remarkable!
On any platform, the EA Sports series has pretty much dominated all sport categories. For the Nintendo 64, there have only been two contenders for the hockey category, the Breakaway series, and Wayne Gretzky's hockey. Neither of them fully satisfied my hockey thirst, so it was a great pleasure to try out NHL '99. Gameplay There are three skill levels in the game, Beginner, Intermediate, and All-Star. I started on intermediate first, but I found the pace too sluggish. Fortunately, by turning up the difficulty level, the movement is quite fluid, but it also becomes more difficult to score. It would have been nice to have a speed setting. The game gives you a few options to choose from: you can play an International Tournament, a full season, exhibition game, or NHL Play-offs. You can also tweak the rules (ie: icing off), so you can have a no-holds barred type of game. Speaking of violence, fighting is back in this game, which I thought would be quite welcomed. Unfortunately, the fighting happens too often, with players you wouldn't expect to fight, and after a couple, it just gets plain boring. Luckily, there is a feature to turn that off as well. Playing a season is fun, but it could have been much better. First of all, any simulated games, and those that the computer plays, end up with scores of 1-0, 2-1. This happens through the entire season. It's not long till your fourth string center is in the top 10. Pretty pitiful. Another problem I have is with the goaltending. The game seems to favor much weaker teams in the goaltending department. Being Team Canada, I steam-rolled teams like Russia and Sweden, scoring about 5 goals a game. Then, I lose to Poland 2-1 because the goaltender is doing handstands in the net. I terribly outplayed them, outshoot them something like 55-10, but I couldn't score. The one goal I did score, was a fluke goal by the way. This happened consistently against any low-ranked tea m. I love a challenge, but being robbed so poorly just isn't fun. Multi-player adds more life to this game. Players are easy to distinguish, and the mayhem is always more fun when your friends are over. My only complaint with multi-player is when there is a two on one, and both of the players are human-controlled, nine times out of ten the pass will go behind the net. That is a little annoying. All negative points aside, the game still has some hot and furious action (by far the best on the Nintendo 64), but with a little more fine-tuning, it could have been a masterpiece. Graphics The first thing that grabs you is the opening intro, which really pumps you up. The start-up menus, while a little cluttered, look pleasing to the eye. Once in the game, the graphics were smooth and crisp, and has all the features you would expect from an EA Sports game; degrading ice surface, punishing check animations, super goalie saves, etc. All the graphics are well done and colorful, but a little on the blurry side. There are multiple camera angles to enhance the polygon players, but, like any sport title, only one of the angles is truly playable. Audio The sound in this cart is nicely done, but nothing extravagant. The announcer has a few witty comments that don't get too repetitive. The organ music is nicely done, but I didn't hear enough of it for my taste. The crowd does chant to cheer on their home team, and the oohs and aahs are always quite appropriate. Also, after a hard check, the glass shakes, and the sounds are quite realistic. The game has great sound, but a little low on the variety side. Controls This game handles both the analog stick and the directional pad. It handles well with both, but I prefer the d-pad. The C-buttons are used for the fancy tricks like hook, dash, and wristshot, while the A and B buttons are kept for the basic pass and shoot. I didn't like the fact tha t the dash button used the down C-button. The reason for this is because the button is so small, I sometimes would push the change strategy button, which covers a quarter of your screen. This is obviously very frustrating, especially when playing with your friends. Luckily, you can change the defaults to something more convenient, but you'll need a memory pack to save the changes. Re-Playability This is definitely a nice hockey game to play, especially with friends. Unfortunately, with the Atlanta Thrashers entering the NHL next season, some die-hard fans may be put off by that, since they know NHL '2000 is right around the corner. For those who couldn't care less about Atlanta, you have the option to trade players so that you can keep your rosters up to date. If you have a DexDrive, look around the 'Net; some kind people have already done that for you. Also, you can create your own players, which always adds to the fun, but only seven letters for the last name? Come on! Last Word Bar none, this is the best hockey game on the market right now for the Nintendo 64. It is not the best game, but the competition is rather weak. However, in March, Konami's NHL Blades of Steel '99 (the same makers of the acclaimed International Superstar Soccer Series) is coming out that could prove to be the better of the two. If you have to have hockey now, (like my best friend does), then run to the store. If you can wait a little while, see what the competition has to offer. Either way, you won't be disappointed.
I bought this game with the anticipation that I’d be able to drive around Le Mans in a realistic car for 24 Hours. Firstly, its about as realistic as Battlefield Earth and secondly you cant even drive around for 24hrs!!! Yep! You heard me, in fact its weirder than that. When racing the Le Mans part of the game (there are other rubbish arcade tracks), your lap times seem to run at a different speed to the 24hr countdown clock. Although some people might not care it does distract while trying to work out lap times etc… Nice one Infogrames, realism is your forte!! In fact it doesn’t really matter as this game, although having simulation written all over it, is more arcadey than Need 4 Speed. You barely need to brake for any corners, the cars all handle virtually the same and there’s no sense of actually driving a car. I’ve got a steering wheel and actually found it no different to using the gamepad, its that unrealistic!! The only good thing about it is Tiff Needell but he doesn’t say much anyway and when he does its not very interesting or useful, he just points out that its getting dark or its raining which unless your looking in another direction (which I have to admit that I was most of the time because watching the walls was more fun) is blatantly obvious. There are several other tracks, all of which are tedious to drive and no lasting appeal at all. They havent even bothered to release a patch to fix the time problem and its been out over 7 months. Do Not buy this – unless you like torturing yourself. I guess I do!!!