NHLPA Hockey '93 (Nintendo SNES, 1992)
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|NHLPA Hockey 93 follows in the footsteps of NHL Hockey, while offering over 20 new features. Modes include Exhibition, and one-, three-, and seven-game Playoffs. New features include more statistic tracking, most valuable players awarded at the game's conclusion, and a crowd noise meter that affects how well your team is playing. This time around full NHLPA rosters are included as well as the ability to create and save team lines via the battery backup. Realistic elements have also been added such as player fights and a pane of glass behind the goal that can now be shattered. Injuries can knock players out of a period or a game, and will cause the injured player to release a small pool of blood onto the ice. Classic features include instant replay and two-player cooperative mode.
Although considered to be the second EA Sports NHL game, the game was not licensed by the NHL, however it did receive licensing permission from the NHLPA. Because of this all teams are referred to only by city with no use of the team name itself. Additionally, no NHL team logos or NHL emblems are seen anywhere in the game.
The game features is a single-game exhibition mode and a playoff mode (single-elimination or best-of-7), wherein the winner collects a trophy similar to the Stanley Cup. The game includes mostly complete rosters and all 24 teams from the 1991-92 NHL season, including the expansion Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators.
Computer Gaming World approved of the game's use of real NHL hockey player names and teams, and concluded that it was "just about as realistic and detailed as one could hope a cartridge game to be ... two red and blistered thumbs up".
In 2001, Game Informer ranked it the 20th best video game ever made. The staff praised the game's depth and strategy.
|Game||NHLPA Hockey 93|
|Platform||Super Nintendo Entertainment System|
|Number of Players||1 or 2|
|Game Series||NHL Hockey Series|
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