NHL Powerplay 96

  • Developer: Virgin
  • Genre: Sport
  • Originally on: Saturn (1997)
  • Works on: PC, Windows
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Game Overview

For those of you who think that ice can be used for something other than keeping your favorite drink cool, jump on the Team EGM Zamboni and let us take you on a guided tour of the next ice age: EA Sports' NHL '96 for the Genesis and the Super NES.

Fighting is back in this newest version. Now you will be able to drop the gloves 1.6 times per game.

That's all the fighting that the commissioner of the NHL, Gary Bettman, and his minions will allow.

If you're a hockey fan or just enjoy putting a version of NHL action in your Genesis or Super NES and knocking the snot out of one of your friends, this game's for you.

All-new player animations give this year's version a new look and feel.

This year's goalies wield their sticks with authority, and they are even more difficult to beat than last year. The scores reflect actual NHL scores, no 15-12 blowouts unless you are really good.

The goalies stand on their heads in addition to making butterfly saves. This year they can execute double goalie pad stacks and top-shelf glove saves.

Injuries are a big part of this year's game. NHL '96 allows you to execute trades and create new players.

User records lets you input your name for tracking your win-loss records, goals and saves.

This year's version also features five free-wheeling camera angles, including an all-new, behind-the-player view and side view. Instant replay is back and you can relive plays from existing camera angles or use the all-new iso-cam. Place this camera anywhere you want, even inside the net to have a view of the play from that point.

As in past years, all of your favorite players on your favorite teams have returned, and they all want to win the Stanley Cup.

This is the second hockey game to come out for the Saturn, and it will also be ported over to the PlayStation. Both games are scheduled to ship in June. Here's what know so far: The game will allow players to control a full selection of authentic offensive and defensive moves.

The game engine features a superior 3-D motion capture technology and a new artificial intelligence entitled SMART technology. Using this new Al, players will be able to adjust to offensive and defensive changes on the fly--capturing the essence of the rhythm and feel of NHL hockey.

The game features both NHL and NHL Players Association licenses, as well as updated statistics.

Power play allows you to determine the point of view you wish to play in by letting you choose where you place a free-roaming camera that follows the action. Instant replays of a dramatic check or a great goal can be fired up and replayed from a variety of different angles.

There are a few ways to play this game, like head-to-head, preseason, season playoffs and a World Tournament Mode featuring top international teams.

This is Virgin Interactive's first trip to the ice, and it has a sharp programming team with plenty of hockey programming veterans. Their attention says, "Lets Get at IT," we'll be reviewing this game soon. Based on this early look, it seems as though these guys have done their hockey homework.

MANUFACTURER - Virgin

THEME - Sport

NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1-6

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System Requirements

Processor: PC compatible, SystemP-200

OS: Win9xWindows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game Features:NHL Powerplay 96 supports single modeSingle game mode

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