NHL FaceOff

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NHL FaceOff is a video game series published by Sony Computer Entertainment and based on the National Hockey League. Originally released for the PlayStation,[1] the game spawned many sequels for both the PlayStation and PlayStation 2, with the last one being released in 2002. It was one of the original SCEA sports games series for the PlayStation, along with NBA ShootOut, NFL GameDay, NCAA GameBreaker and ESPN Extreme Games (later renamed the Xtreme Games series). The first game was released in North America in 1995. The game featured multiplayer. Platforms: PlayStation, PlayStation 2 The series was later succeeded by Gretzky NHL 2005.


Title Year Platform(s) Cover Athlete
NHL FaceOff 1995 PlayStation Sergei Fedorov
NHL FaceOff '97 1996 Paul Coffey
NHL FaceOff 98 1997 John LeClair
NHL FaceOff 99 1998 Chris Chelios
NHL FaceOff 2000 1999 John LeClair
NHL FaceOff 2001 2000 PlayStation, PlayStation 2 Curtis Joseph
NHL FaceOff 2002 (cancelled game) 2001 PlayStation 2 Luc Robitaille
NHL FaceOff 2003 2002 Rob Blake


Reviews for NHL FaceOff '97 were highly positive. Critics generally remarked that while the sprite-based graphics are dated, the gameplay design, especially the new icon-based passing, make the game superior to other hockey games for the PlayStation.[2][3][4] An exception was Hugh Sterbakov of GameSpot, who also praised the icon-based passing but said it was generally the control configuration and sound effects which held the game back, and the graphics which made it still worthwhile. He scored it a 7.9 out of 10.[5] Air Hendrix of GamePro found the icon-based passing gave NHL FaceOff '97 a strategic depth not found in any previous hockey game, and assessed that "Novices and pros alike will find fun, ferocious gameplay and a challenge that doesn't fade."[4] A Next Generation critic concluded, "Overall, NHL Face Off '97 is a great effort, and the quick, easy to get into gameplay makes running through a full season fun again, something that's been missing for far too long." He scored it four out of five stars.[3] The two sports reviewers of Electronic Gaming Monthly gave it a 9.25 out of 10, with Joe Rybicki stating "It's quite simple to pick up, but difficult to master, qualities of some of the best games of all time."[2]

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  1. ^ "NHL FaceOff - PSX - IGN". Psx.ign.com. Retrieved 2011-10-13.
  2. ^ a b "Team EGM Box Scores: NHL FaceOff 97". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 89. Ziff Davis. December 1996. p. 330.
  3. ^ a b "NHL Face Off '97". Next Generation. No. 25. Imagine Media. January 1997. p. 174.
  4. ^ a b "NHL FAceoff '97 Ranks First in PlayStation Standings". GamePro. No. 99. IDG. December 1996. p. 179.
  5. ^ Sterbakov, Hugh (December 1, 1996). "NHL FaceOff '97 Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 5 January 2018.