I have put a frightening amount of time into NHL videogames, EA and non EA. I recall debates over Ice Hockey or Blades of Steel, which was more rad? The 80's were dope... Just to get a few things straight, I'll sum up the last few years of hockey game history:: NHL '98 for PS changed everything
NHL '99 was one of the biggest disappointments of my highly cultured life. Total ...
NHL 2000 was good, Kept me happy. breakaway deke move is born
NHL 2001 (PS) not too different once you got used to it
NHL Faceoff 2001 (PS) lamer graphics, more realistic positioning. Finally a playable alternative
NHL 2001 PS2 --- Here we go: The graphics are awesome. A total joy if you are a hockey fan. But, when I first played, after the amazing intros, I was pretty scared that this game really was going to ..., that the odd year jinx was back in effect, and that I had paid a little bit too much money for a box that I would only be using as a DVD player. The default speed is way too slow. There is a weird graphical slowdown that doesn't really hurt gameplay but is pretty annoying, although you do get used to it. GAMEPLAY: The scoring is far too reliant on one timing, there is very little that you can do one on one with a goalie that doesn't involve basically stopping, winding up, and taking a big shot. The goalies aren't good enough. Oh yeah, and there is a pretty weird cheap goal bug -- just take a wrist shot from the boards just inside the blue line to the far side. If he's a good shooter it's usually a goal. Wack. I like the way the dump in button works though, you can actually cycle the puck now. Still no drop passes which .... No all time teams. The bottom line: If you are a die hard video game hockey fan, you know you want it! Get it! Even if there are a whole lot of imperfections, nothing else comes close yet. Maybe NHL FACEOFF 2001 PS2 will be good, but until then, you will be happy with this game. I can't wait for next year.