NHL All-Star Hockey
a game by Electronic Arts
Gray Matter of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, and Sega Sports have teamed up to make what looks like one of the most realistic hockey simulations ever made.
Avid hockey fans will enjoy the fine detail that Gray Matter and Sega have brought to the game of ice hockey.
Coach Jacque Lebieu is your mentor as you take to the ice with all of your favorite NHL team and any one of its star players. The game features both an NHL and a National Hockey League Player's Association license.
This isn't an ordinary hockey game--hockey purists will find it an exciting trip down memory lane as well as a big-time hockey simulation.
Sega Sports and Gray Matter were given access to the NHL's film library. They take you on a guided tour of the game of hockey and show you how the game has evolved with a full-motion video trip through the NHL Hockey Hall of fame.
When you win the Stanley Cup, there is a feature that will allow you to actually put your name on the coveted Lord Stanley's Cup.
There are even awards for the best defensive player in the league, top point getter and the top goalie in the league. This game also allows you to save multiple rosters, construct your own team or even insert yourself into the lineup.
Each goalie in the league has his own signature moves including flops and butterfly saves. You'll be amazed at all the multiple views and camera angles of the ice including the very clever puck view. Face-offs in this game are taken from where they should be--there are no pop-up boxes.
I can't wait until the Sega Saturn is released in September and the puck is dropped on this game.
The octopus just hit the ice.
Elvis has left the building.
The fat lady is singing. After seeing NHL All-Star Hockey for the Sega Saturn, you'll know that the final period is drawing to a close for any other ice-fest.
Comparing this to its recent ancestors is like comparing an F-18 Hornet to a biplane.
It's that different. Yes, you get North America's finest winter sport with all the speed, pounding checks, blinding slap shots, and astounding kick-saves.
But this one feels centuries removed from those hokey little sprites and static views.
Everybody's using buzz-terms like true multimedia experience and virtual realism, but we've gotta say that until they see real hockey on the Sega Saturn, they know not whereof they speak.
They Oughtta Include a Pack Of Breathe Rights
Want to play centerman in first person for the course of the tilt?
Want to see what the game looks like from the netminder's perspective (yikes!)?
How about a puck's-eye view?
Want to feel the wrath of your coach in the locker room during the intermission?
You'll be ducking.
How about constructing your own players, teams, and seasons to take via Backup (Sega's new RAM backup cart) to a friend's so that you can vie against their self-designed lines and clubs?
Need to check out the actual Fleer Ultra card for Eric Lindros's stats?
Want a trip to the Hockey Hall of Fame?
No hassle — you can even check out trophies.
What about views? There are 19 in all.
Want to defend the goal at the foot of the screen every period?
Choose an up-and-down view and switch the camera's end of the rink each period.
The only thing missing is one of those dumb nose bandages.
Marv Albert Does Hockey?
That's right, baby.
You get the voice of the Rangers, Marv Albert (with an assist from IHL coach Steve Galleger), commenting on everything from second-inter-mission Player Spotlights to your smarts, or lack thereof, in player trades.
The sum here is that you can expect terrific hockey (the proof is in the play), lots of season options, exceptionally beautiful bells and whistles, all the members of the NHLPA, real teams, the most true-to-life action you've ever seen, and camera angles that even the CBC can't match.
This is great stuff.
Enjoy this very early look at incomplete (but fantastic) game screens, and expect much more in coming issues.
2016-09-06 NHL All-Star Hockey game added.