Wayne Gretzky and the NHLPA All-Stars

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Wayne Gretzky and the NHLPA All-Stars
Wayne Gretzky and the NHLPA All-Stars
North American cover art
Developer(s) Time Warner Interactive (Genesis)
Sculptured Software (Super NES)
Publisher(s) Time Warner Interactive
Platform(s) Super NES, Sega Genesis
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer
Distribution 12-megabit cartridge

Wayne Gretzky Hockey NHLPA All-Stars is a Super NES and Genesis/Mega Drive hockey video game that features Wayne Gretzky and other NHLPA players.

Gameplay[edit]

Players can play in exhibition mode, regular season mode, playoff mode, and even listen to stereotypical music of each nation in the sound test mode (country music for Canada, rock and roll music for Team USA, for example). In the Sega version, the player's names are formalized (Thomas instead of Tom, David instead of Dave, Steven instead of Steve, etc.).

Players can also have the CPU play some or all of their regular season, but the computer will lose more games than win them so it's important to play as many games as possible manually. In addition to American cities corresponding to real NHL teams, the player can also play as international teams (Sweden, Finland, Czechoslovakia, Russia, United States and Canada).

Teams[edit]

      • NHL Teams

The game lacks the NHL license, meaning that teams are represented only by their corresponding city, rather than official name and logo. On default settings, teams do not feature their appropriate colors, but the game can be customized so that each team's uniforms resemble their NHL counterparts.

Development[edit]

In late 1994, Time Warner Interactive signed hockey star Wayne Gretzky to a three-year deal for a line of signature video games. Wayne Gretzky and the NHLPA All-Stars was the first game to result from this deal, with Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey being the second.[2] The original Genesis version was to be followed by versions for the SNES and PC,[2] though the PC version was never released.

Reception[edit]

GamePro gave the Genesis version a rave review, praising the inclusion of fighting, the strong selection of teams, the "Just Play" option, and the general accessibility of the game, calling it "a terrific hockey game for both beginners and veterans."[3] The two sports reviewers of Electronic Gaming Monthly gave it scores of 7.5 and 7 out of 10, variously praising the inclusion of fighting and the unique gameplay features, though one of the reviewers said he was "a bit disappointed by the overall performance of the game."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Release information". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Gretzky Goes Gaming". GamePro (IDG) (68): 154. March 1995. 
  3. ^ "The Great One Scores on the Genesis". GamePro (IDG) (81): 88. June 1995. 
  4. ^ "Wayne Gretzky & the NHLPA All-Stars (Gen) by Time Warner". Electronic Gaming Monthly (Ziff Davis) (71): 120. June 1995.