NHL 2000

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NHL 2000
NHL 2000 Coverart.png
Cover art featuring Chris Pronger on the St. Louis Blues
Developer(s) EA Canada
Tiertex Design Studios (GBC)
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Series NHL series
Platform(s) Game Boy Color, PlayStation, Windows
Release date(s) Game Boy Color
  • EU August 1999
  • NA February 2000
Windows
  • NA August 31, 1999
  • EU 1999
PlayStation
  • NA September 30, 1999
  • EU 1999
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer, multiplayer online

NHL 2000 is an ice hockey video game developed by Electronic Arts Canada. It was released in 1999 and was the successor to NHL 99. The game did not boast great improvements to the game from NHL 99, nor did NHL 2001 feature any idea the two previous versions didn't until NHL 2002.

The tagline of this game was, "Only the physical will survive." The main cover man was Chris Pronger then of the St. Louis Blues. The cover man for versions sold in Europe was Markus Naslund of the Vancouver Canucks.

Features[edit]

A season mode (later developed into a Franchise mode) with a retirement feature, drafting, and player trades were added to the series in NHL 99, and similar gameplay was used in this version, as well. NHL 2000 kept features from NHL 99; for example, created players can use any photo for their face, which is textured onto the head.

Another mode in NHL 2000 is the Tournament mode, in which the user chooses 16 countries (only 18 countries were available in the game) to play a round robin. After the round robin, eight teams are eliminated and then the remaining eight have a "playoff," but instead of it being out of seven games it was single-elimination. Eventually, a winner is crowned gold in the championship match. There is also a third place match for the losers of the semi-finals.

The game has a total of 28 NHL teams, including the new expansion Atlanta Thrashers, which was the only team in the game that didn't exist in the 1998-99 season. Online leagues of the game also became more organized.

Daryl Reaugh left the series as colour commentator in this game and was replaced by Bill Clement. Jim Hughson remained as play-by-play announcer throughout the series.

Soundtrack[edit]

NHL 2000 Soundtrack
Artist Song
Garbage "Push It"
Gearwhore "Accelerator"
Uberzone "Dokta Dokta"
"Rinôçérôse" "La Guitaristic House Organisation"

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PS) 83.91%[1]
(PC) 81.52%[2]
(GBC) 60.80%[3]
Review scores
Publication Score
AllGame (PC) 4/5 stars[4]
(PS) 3.5/5 stars[5]
(GBC) 2/5 stars[6]
EGM 8.67/10[7]
GameFan 75%[8]
Game Informer 8.5/10[9]
GamePro 4.5/5 stars[10]
Game Revolution B[11][12]
GameSpot (PS) 9.2/10[13]
(PC) 9/10[14]
(GBC) 4.4/10[15]
GameSpy 86%[16]
IGN (PS) 9.1/10[17]
(PC) 8.2/10[18]
(GBC) 5/10[19]
OPM (US) 4/5 stars[20]
PC Gamer (US) 89%[21]
USA Today 4/4 stars[22]

The game was met with positive to mixed reception; GameRankings gave it a score of 83.91% for the PlayStation version,[1] 81.52% for the PC version,[2] and 60.80% for the Game Boy Color version.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "NHL 2000 for PlayStation". GameRankings. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "NHL 2000 for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "NHL 2000 for Game Boy Color". GameRankings. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  4. ^ Cook, Brad. "NHL 2000 (PC) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 16, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  5. ^ Goldman, Alexander. "NHL 2000 (PS) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 16, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  6. ^ Cook, Brad. "NHL 2000 (GBC) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 15, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  7. ^ EGM staff (November 1999). "NHL 2000 (PS)". Electronic Gaming Monthly. 
  8. ^ "REVIEW for NHL 2000 (PS)". GameFan. October 15, 1999. 
  9. ^ McNamara, Andy; Anderson, Paul; Reiner, Andrew (October 29, 1999). "NHL 2000 - PlayStation". Game Informer. Archived from the original on December 4, 2000. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  10. ^ Werner, Nash (1999). "NHL 2000 Review for PC on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 9, 2005. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  11. ^ Leong, George (October 1999). "NHL 2000 Review (PC)". Game Revolution. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  12. ^ Colin (November 1999). "NHL 2000 - PS". Game Revolution. Archived from the original on July 24, 2008. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  13. ^ MacDonald, Ryan (October 8, 1999). "NHL 2000 Review (PS)". GameSpot. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  14. ^ Ryan, Michael E. (September 20, 1999). "NHL 2000 Review (PC)". GameSpot. Archived from the original on April 15, 2003. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  15. ^ Trueman, Doug (February 16, 2000). "NHL 2000 Review (GBC)". GameSpot. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  16. ^ Bowen, Kevin (October 6, 1999). "NHL 2000 (PC)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on February 3, 2002. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  17. ^ Bhatt, Andy (October 1, 1999). "NHL 2000 (PS)". IGN. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  18. ^ Blevins, Tal (September 29, 1999). "NHL 2000 (PC)". IGN. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  19. ^ Harris, Craig (January 28, 2000). "NHL 2000 (GBC)". IGN. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  20. ^ "NHL 2000". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. November 1999. 
  21. ^ Morris, Daniel (1999). "NHL 2000". PC Gamer. Archived from the original on March 15, 2006. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  22. ^ Mowatt, Tom (April 14, 2000). "More value for your puck: NHL games pass on aggressive realism to hockey fans". USA Today. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 

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