About EA NHL '94 for the Sega

(March 14, 2006)

Gameplay-wise, EA's NHL 94 for the Sega Genesis is generally considered the best hockey video game to date. In 2005, it was voted the greatest sports video game by readers of the Boston Globe and it stands at #47 on IGN's Top 100 Games of All Time (right after Super Mario World and Battlefield 1942). Yes, people prefer a game made over 15 years ago to the modern million-dollar-budget 3D-motion-capture hockey video games. A game is measured by the fun you have playing it, and no hockey video game is nearly as fun to play as NHL 94 on the Sega. It may not have stellar graphics, but the execution of the game is next to perfect, and the imperfections actually serve to make the game better because they cause funny things to happen.

I could go on for ages about what makes this a great game, but I'll try to sum it up quickly:

The one big complaint people have about this game is that there is no fighting it in, which was an entertaining part of NHL 93 and later games in the series.

The game also doesn't have a Season mode; Season mode was introduced in NHL 95. NHL 94 does, however, have a Playoffs mode.