NHL 96 (Sega Genesis, 1995)
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|Electronic Arts continues its popular hockey series with NHL 96 while including several new enhancements to gameplay. Improved computer intelligence, new player moves, five-minute major penalties for fighting, and multiple difficulty levels are the title's main new additions. Exhibition, playoff, season, and shootout modes are all here and players can still create and trade players, maintain user records, deal with player injuries, and view instant replays. NHL 96 makes full use of NHL and NHLPA licensing to ensure a realistic playing experience.
The cover of the game features Steve Yzerman and Scott Stevens, then team captains of Detroit Red Wings and New Jersey Devils respectively, the two teams of 1995 Stanley Cup Finals. It was the last game in the series to include more than one player on the cover in North America until the forthcoming release of NHL 16.
GamePro gave the Genesis version a resoundingly positive review, applauding the new moves, the return of the fighting feature, the improved opponent AI, and the fluidly animated player sprites. They also remarked that "it beats the pads off its SNES counterpart", which they gave a less positive review for, noting that it has muddier graphics and less content than the Genesis version. The two sports reviewers of Electronic Gaming Monthly also gave their approval of the Genesis version, particularly praising the improved opponent AI.
|Number of Players||1 - 4|
|ESRB Rating||K-A - Kids to Adults|
|Game Series||NHL Hockey Series|
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