NHL Breakaway 98

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NHL Breakaway 98
Nhlbreakaway98.jpg
Nintendo 64 box art featuring Keith Tkachuk (European version)
Developer(s) Sculptured Software
Publisher(s) Acclaim Sports
Series NHL Breakaway series 
Platform(s) Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Microsoft Windows
Release PlayStation
  • NA: September 9, 1997
  • EU: 1997
Nintendo 64
February 26, 1998
Windows
December 31, 1998[1]
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer

NHL Breakaway 98 is a 1997 ice hockey video game for the Nintendo 64, PlayStation, and Microsoft Windows. It was the first hockey game to come from Acclaim Entertainment.[2] The Nintendo 64 version has Rumble Pak support. It was followed by a sequel, NHL Breakaway 99, released the following year.

Features and gameplay

NHL Breakaway 98 has a momentum-based checking system. Players can out-skate and out-muscle each other, depending on a player's size and speed. Some players are small but fast, while others are slow but possess strength and size. If a large, fast player such as Eric Lindros gets moving at high speed, the power behind his check is greater than what someone like Pierre Turgeon could produce.

Two players can compete in the Versus mode. If a player is edited, the name and number appear on the player's back. The game does not feature play-by-play announcers, but there is a public address announcer that only speaks when penalties are called, and when a player scores a goal, the name and number are said.

Reception

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
N64 PS
AllGame 2.5/5 stars[3] 2/5 stars[4]
EGM 7.25/10[5] N/A
Game Informer 8.25/10[6] 7.75/10[7]
GamePro 4.5/5 stars[8] 3/5 stars[9]
Game Revolution N/A C−[10]
GameSpot 7.8/10[11] 7.9/10[12]
Hyper 87%[13] N/A
IGN 7.4/10[14] 7/10[15]
N64 Magazine 62%[16] N/A
Nintendo Power 7.6/10[17] N/A
OPM (US) N/A 3/5 stars[18]
Aggregate score
GameRankings 78%[19] 66%[20]

The Nintendo 64 version received "favorable" reviews, while the PlayStation version received "average" reviews, according to the review aggregation website GameRankings.[19][20]

References

  1. ^ "NHL Breakaway '98 - PC". IGN. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on November 20, 2012. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  2. ^ "NHL Breakaway '98". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 94. Ziff Davis. May 1997. p. 113.
  3. ^ Cook, Brad. "NHL Breakaway 98 (N64) - Review". AllGame. All Media Network. Archived from the original on November 16, 2014. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  4. ^ Kanarick, Mark. "NHL Breakaway 98 (PS) - Review". AllGame. All Media Network. Archived from the original on November 16, 2014. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  5. ^ EGM staff (April 1998). "NHL Breakaway 98". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 105. Ziff Davis.
  6. ^ Anderson, Paul; Storm, Jon; Reiner, Andrew (March 1998). "NHL Breakaway 98 - Nintendo 64". Game Informer. No. 59. FuncoLand. Archived from the original on September 9, 1999. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  7. ^ "NHL Breakaway 98 (PS)". Game Informer. No. 55. FuncoLand. November 1997. p. 83.
  8. ^ The Rookie (April 1998). "NHL Breakaway '98 (N64)". GamePro. No. 115. IDG Entertainment. p. 89. Archived from the original on February 9, 2005. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  9. ^ "NHL Breakaway '98 (PS)". GamePro. No. 110. IDG Entertainment. November 1997.
  10. ^ Cooke, Matt (October 1997). "NHL Breakaway 98 Review (PS)". Game Revolution. CraveOnline. Archived from the original on June 13, 1998. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  11. ^ MacDonald, Ryan (April 1, 1998). "NHL Breakaway 98 Review (N64)". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  12. ^ MacDonald, Ryan (October 22, 1997). "NHL Breakaway 98 Review (PS)". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  13. ^ Toose, Dan (April 1998). "NHL Breakaway '98 (N64)". Hyper. No. 54. Next Media Pty Ltd. pp. 48, 53.
  14. ^ Casamassina, Matt (February 26, 1998). "NHL Breakaway '98 (N64)". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  15. ^ IGN staff (September 10, 1997). "NHL Breakaway '98 (PS)". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  16. ^ Mortlock, Dean (April 1998). "NHL Breakaway '98". N64 Magazine. No. 14. Future plc. pp. 52–55.
  17. ^ "NHL Breakaway '98". Nintendo Power. Vol. 106. Nintendo of America. March 1998. p. 97. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  18. ^ "NHL Breakaway 98". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. Ziff Davis. November 1997.
  19. ^ a b "NHL Breakaway 98 for Nintendo 64". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  20. ^ a b "NHL Breakaway 98 for PlayStation". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 10, 2018.

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