NHL 99

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NHL 99
Image:NHL 99 Coverart.png
Cover art featuring Eric Lindros
Developer(s) EA Canada
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Series NHL series
Platform(s) Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Microsoft Windows
Release date(s)

PlayStation & Windows
‹See Tfd›

  • NA: September 30, 1998
  • EU: 1998
Nintendo 64
‹See Tfd›
  • NA: October 1, 1998
  • EU: November 30, 1998
Genre(s) Sports - Ice Hockey Sim
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer, multiplayer online

NHL 99 is an ice hockey video game developed by Electronic Arts Canada. It was released in 1998 and was the successor to NHL 98. The game boasted great improvements to the game from NHL 98. However the next two editions feature small improvements from this game thus making this game similar to NHL 2000 and NHL 2001. It was the first and only installment of the NHL series to be released on Nintendo 64.

Features[edit]

Starting with NHL 99 up to NHL 2001 there were very few large 'improvements' to the game, though some would call them regressions. NHL 99 for the PlayStation boasted higher-resolution graphics than NHL 98, but the framerate and unresponsive controls (especially in 2+ player modes) hindered its playability. A career mode (later developed into a Franchise mode) with a retirement feature, drafting, and player trades were added to the game. Furthermore, created players can use any photo for their face which is textured onto the head. Online leagues of the game also became more organized. Daryl Reaugh left the series as color commentator following NHL 99. Jim Hughson remained as play-by-play announcer in the game. In the Nintendo 64 version of NHL 99, based on the console version of NHL 98 (old-style goalie crease and all), Bill Clement is the only one providing commentary.

Intro[edit]

The introduction features various highlights from the previous season accompanied by "Heroes" by David Bowie.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
N64 PC PS
AllGame N/A N/A 4/5 stars[1]
EGM 8/10[2] N/A 7.67/10[3]
GameFan N/A N/A 92%[4]
Game Informer 8.25/10[5] N/A 9/10[6]
GamePro 5/5 stars[7] 4.5/5 stars[8] N/A
Game Revolution A−[9] B[10] B+[11]
GameSpot 7.9/10[12] 8.4/10[13] 8.4/10[14]
IGN 8.8/10[15] 9/10[16] 8.9/10[17]
Nintendo Power 7.6/10[18] N/A N/A
OPM (US) N/A N/A 4.5/5 stars[19]
OPM (UK) N/A N/A 8/10[20]
PC Gamer (US) N/A 91%[21] N/A
The Cincinnati Enquirer N/A 4.5/5 stars[22] N/A
PlayStation Power N/A N/A 74%[23]
Aggregate score
GameRankings 84%[24] 88%[25] 80%[26]

The game received "favorable" reviews on all platforms according to the review aggregation website GameRankings.[25][24][26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marriott, Scott Alan. "NHL 99 (PS) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 14, 2014. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ "NHL 99 (N64)". Electronic Gaming Monthly. 1998. 
  3. ^ "NHL 99 (PS)". Electronic Gaming Monthly. 1998. 
  4. ^ "REVIEW for NHL 99 (PS)". GameFan. January 1999. 
  5. ^ Anderson, Paul; Reiner, Andrew; Storm, Jon (November 1998). "NHL 99 - Nintendo 64". Game Informer (67): 50. Archived from the original on September 9, 1999. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  6. ^ Anderson, Paul; Reiner, Andrew; Storm, Jon (November 1998). "NHL 99 - PlayStation". Game Informer (67): 69. Archived from the original on September 20, 1999. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  7. ^ Air Hendrix (1998). "NHL '99 Review for N64 on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on December 31, 2005. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  8. ^ Air Hendrix (1998). "NHL '99 Review for PlayStation on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on December 26, 2004. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  9. ^ Dick, Kevin (October 1998). "NHL '99 Review (N64)". Game Revolution. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  10. ^ Cooke, Mark (November 1998). "NHL '99 - PC Review". Game Revolution. Archived from the original on October 15, 2008. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  11. ^ Zimring, Jason (October 1998). "NHL '99 - PS". Game Revolution. Archived from the original on July 24, 2008. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  12. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (October 15, 1998). "NHL 99 Review". GameSpot. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  13. ^ Poole, Stephen (October 22, 1998). "NHL 99 Review (PC)". GameSpot. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  14. ^ MacDonald, Ryan (October 1, 1998). "NHL 99 Review (PS)". GameSpot. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  15. ^ Harris, Craig (October 14, 1998). "NHL '99 (N64)". IGN. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  16. ^ Blevins, Tal (October 27, 1998). "NHL '99 (PC)". IGN. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  17. ^ Harris, Craig (September 29, 1998). "NHL '99 (PS)". IGN. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  18. ^ "NHL 99". Nintendo Power. 114. November 1998. 
  19. ^ "NHL 99". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. 1998. 
  20. ^ "NHL 99". Official UK PlayStation Magazine. Future Publishing (39). November 1998. 
  21. ^ Smolka, Rob (December 1998). "NHL 99". PC Gamer. Archived from the original on March 11, 2000. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  22. ^ Bottorff, James (1998). "NHL 99 shoots, scores (PC)". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Archived from the original on November 28, 1999. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  23. ^ "NHL 99". PlayStation Power (33): 122. December 1998. 
  24. ^ a b "NHL 99 for Nintendo 64". GameRankings. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  25. ^ a b "NHL 99 for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  26. ^ a b "NHL 99 for PlayStation". GameRankings. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 

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