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NHLPA Hockey '93
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Console: Sega Genesis
Region:U
Year: 1992
RFG ID #: U-040-S-04040-A
Part #: 7141
UPC: 014633071412
Developer: Park Place Productions
Publisher: Electronic Arts
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Genre: Sports
Sub-genre: Hockey
Players: 1-2
Controller: Standard Controller
Media Format: Cartridge 16 Meg x1
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Collection Stats:

  • 200 of 7305 collectors (2.7%) have this game in their collection
  • 5 of 7305 collectors (0%) have this game in their wishlist.
  • 2 of 7305 collectors (0%) have this game for sale or trade.
Review:

Hockey. The forgotten sport. Like the lost city of Atlantis, hockey is seemingly falling off the face of the planet. Sports like basketball, baseball, and football are ruling the world. Hell, in 2006, even the PBA (Pro Bowling Association) got better TV ratings than Hockey. Does that mean a Hockey video game is not going to be any fun? Especially from 1993? You're darn right it means nothing.

Yes, this game is from 1993. Hockey was sitting pretty in this year. Players like Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux were in their prime. People watched the sport just to see these two play. Names like these two also made this game such a hit.

The other thing that made this game a hit, was the fact that it was actually really, really fun. The game has multiple modes, such as playoff, season, and shootouts. The game also had a smooth textured style that made moving your players almost seemless. Fast breaks were abundant, as were the goals. This high paced action made this game last for years after the Genesis died. I know people that still get their Genesis systems out to have a tournament or two every so often.

Now, as with all sports games, something is always wrong. This game does have a few things that needed to be fixed. The most apparent was the ease of scoring. I'm serious when I say, if you turn off penalties, do not even bother to shoot. Just run straight into the goalie. You will get a score 80% of the time. There are times where I can score 10+ goals in five minute period. The other odd nuance in this game is the complete lack of proper player abilities. There is one player, although a great player in his day, that will guarantee your victory. Jeremy Roenick of the Chicago Blackhawks can out-score, out-shoot, out-skate, and out-hit any player in the game. His ability in this game reminds me of Billy Idol's power over women. It cannot be stopped. In fact, in an interview, Roenick was quoted joking, "I would like to thank the programmers of that game for being a fan of mine and creating a legend that will never die."

Aside from the inherent flaws, this game is worth picking up. Heck, you can even pick a fight, and if you win, you might even get to see a pool of blood on the ice. So, if you head over to a garage sale and see a Genesis system with this game for five dollars, get it. You and your friends will at least have fun making bets on how many stars you can knock out of a game in the first minute.

RF Generation Review Score


85%

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Variations:

Console Reg. Type Title Publisher Year Genre
Sega Mega Drive E S NHLPA Hockey '93 Electronic Arts 1992 Sports
Sega Genesis U S NHLPA Hockey '93 [EA Sports Branding] EA Sports 1992 Sports
Easter Eggs:

Put a controller in the second controller port. Start a quick play game. Once you are into the game, use the second controller to pause the game. Position the cursor down to the Edit Lines option and now you can mix up the opposition's lines. You can also turn their goalie in the Goaltender option.

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