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NHL Breakaway 98

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Reviewed by Jay NHL Breakaway 98 is a very entertaining game for Nintendo 64. I especially liked the ability of the prospects to get better while playing in the minor leagues and in the NHL. The coaches are a definite plus for the season mode, which helps you in going for the ultimate goal, the Stanley Cup.

Graphics 10 out of 10

The graphics of NHL Breakaway 98 were superb!!!!!! The many camera angles gave you unique perspectives of the action on the ice at all times. The player's bodies looked to be realistic as if you were watching an NHL game on FOX Sports. The player's faces were realistic right down to the facial hair and expressions. The ice surface was extremely realistic in every aspect, including center ice symbols for every team, the goalies nets and creases were life size in proportion to the players and the puck.

Music and Sound 8.5 out of 10

In NHL Breakaway 98, the music and sound could have been better, but were very well done. The music could have been better by having each team's individual home songs being played at the beginning and end and after a home team goal. The music was entertaining even without the theme songs. The sound was excellent! It was well coordinated with the action going on the ice. It completely surprised me because I wasn't expecting the sound to be that well done!

Game Challenge 7.5 out of 10

I was very disappointed with the challenge of this game, but I guess I am disappointed with the challenge of most games. The many different levels made it a little better, but the computer just plain stinks!! But like I said before, most game I encounter have an easy computer. This could be a challenging game for players that don't play a great deal of video games.

Game Play-Fun 9.8 out of 10

When I played this game, even losing to the computer(that stinks), was still fun. The flow of the game was just to my liking, especially the fast style of the action. The season mode was definitely a fun attribute for players who desire a goal to work for. The shutout mode was a challenge, especially playing against a tough goalie.


I only got frustrated with the prospect and create-a-player modes. There was not enough space to make enough people to have my own team. I also got frustrated with the fact that you could not create a non NHL team. Had these ideas been included, the game would have had a much better overall rating.

Replayability 9 out of 10

This game has a great replayability if you are a poor to mediocre player. For advanced players, this game gets boring because the scores continue to get higher and higher for your team and lower and lower for the other team. There are many different options to change to get a different play of the game.

Game Value 9.5 out of 10

This game was worth the price I payed for it, but was a downfall because the game gets so easy that you quickly lose interest in the game. That results in the game sitting at the bottom of the pile and could be forgotten about.

Overall 91 out of 100

NHL Breakaway 98 is a fun game for all ages and doesn't take forever to learn how to control your players and get used to the controls. Although it can take a while to fully reach the game's potential, it keeps you going back to it again and again.

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