World Hockey 95
World Hockey 95 seems to have an identity problem. Instead of giving you the opportunity to play as your favorite NHL team, this import from Meritâ€™s European division covers the obscure international hockey scene, where teams represent their respective countries instead of wealthy millionaires, beer companies, or movie studios. Great news if you’re a European hockey fan, but probably not so if you’re from the US. If only this were the game’s only issue.
For a game focusing on the action aspect of hockey, World Hockey does a poor job of delivering. Regardless of controller, moving your players down the ice in a controlled fashion is a hit-and-miss affair, with slow turns, sluggish breakaways, and lazy slapshots characterizing even the strongest teams. And when youâ€™ve mastered what little control there is, youâ€™ll find hanging onto the puck is a chore in itself, as the opposing players seem to be able to steal the puck if theyâ€™re within shouting distance of your player.
But even though controlling the action is a problem, you still wonâ€™t have any trouble defeating the gameâ€™s AI. After spending no more than fifteen minutes playing the game, I found the sweet-spot that let me drop five goals in one period. There are a few customizable options that let you set the overall difficulty of the game, but these didnâ€™t seem to close up this hole in the defense. Despite these frustrations, there are a few nice touches found in World Hockey 95, like the training mode that lets you practice defense and penalty shots.
System Requirements: 486/33 MHz, 8 MB RAM, DOS
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