Welcome to another installment of Flashback Fridays. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what’s going on here, please refer to previous articles for more information. Today we are going to take a look at something that gave me an undying appreciation for hockey to this very day. The title that I am referring to was one of the earliest examples of an enjoyable sports experience from the comfort of my own living room, NHL 94 for the Sega Genesis.
To be honest with you, I can’t really remember a whole lot about 1994. One of the things that sticks out in my mind though is that an obsession of mine was in full swing at that time, the Mighty Ducks movie franchise. Sure the films were cheesy, ridiculous, and completely unrealistic, but no one can ever deny the fact that they were extremely entertaining to watch. So as many of you might expect, I had to own basically everything related to the series in any way shape or form, and one of those items was a Sega Genesis title from EA Sports entitled NHL 94. Despite the fact that I only wanted the game because it included my favorite team, I found it to be a very enjoyable digital sports experience as well.
For those of you not familiar with hockey here is a brief of explanation of how the sport works. Two teams face off against each other, trying to get the puck in the goal against the other teams goalie, and the team with the most points at the end of three periods wins the game. Gameplay centers around this idea, and doesn’t stray too far from the norm earlier, so explaining the process in further detail would be a redundant thing to do. Sounds simple enough right? Well, the only way I can answer that question is with a word answer, yes.
So what did I think of the game itself? Well, all I can say here is it’s fun, fun, fun with a side of fun for dessert. Sure the graphical and audio presentations were nothing to get excited about, but the in- game action is fast paced and exciting, and that’s all that matters to me anyways. Smacking an opponent into the boards is satisfying, achieving a game winning goal or save adds an undeniable amount of tension to the proceedings, and fighting with an opponent for no reason at all was a great way to relieve some frustration as well.
All in all, for a by the book hockey related video game, it doesn’t get any better than this, enough said.
NHL 94 for the Sega Genesis is a prime example of a digital sports experience done right, and is something fans of hockey should definitely consider checking out.
That concludes my story on NHL 94 for the Sega Genesis, but if you have any fond (or bad) memories of this game please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.
Here is a video that I found for the game, Enjoy!