When sports licenses that will only mainly sell in the states get released over here, the questions of is it good? and how much will the publishers lose selling it over here when there are no fans? I will try any game and I will always play with an open mind but I must say that my expectations were extremely low as I placed the cartridge into my N64. When the game reached the intro however I was blown away, if the game's like this it's going to be brilliant. I can safely say that this is brilliant, I know nothing about Ice Hockey but this is fun to play because it is so easy to control and the things you can do are so hilarious. The fact that pushing someone flying and getting away with it, as a 'tackle' is just an instant formula for getting the mates round. The game really comes into its own when you get into fights and have to punch your opposition to the ice. Getting sent off is almost as fun as watching action replays of brilliant goals you've scored. The game is not easy and the difficulty levels are just perfect. This is a true classic and can be picked up at any time of the day. This could also be marketed as a stress reliever. I never thought I'd say this but this is a must - Buy it!!
Now, what would you say if I said 'Ice Hockey on the N64'? When I was offered the chance to play this game, I thought that it'd be absolute crap. The game exceeded my expectations. The graphics are phenomenal, the sound system's good, but the game has failed to capitalize on the fact that most decent sports games should get 10/10 for lifespan, but NHL's pot luck (e.g. run forward and shoot) side can make it boring after a while. After one game it is easy to pick up the basic skills, such as weaving, tackling, passing and shooting, but varies as to wether it's simple to score, or almost impossible. Even though the game is extremely fast paced, it is very easy: the first time I played, I beat my cousin who'd been playing for ages! Its addictive play makes it a good idea to buy.