took me quite some time to master the number of controls that are needed to play
this game well. After an hour or so, my fingers and thumb felt like they had
just finished an army assault course.
I struggled over and over again
to score against the computer on the easiest setting and found myself throwing
down the controller in frustration vowing never to play again. I decided that
the only way that this review would ever get written was if I took a new
approach. The second joypad was thrust into the PSX as I invited a victim to
partake in a little two-player fun.
What a difference this made. We
turned off all of the annoying options such as offsides, icing and injuries and
got down to basics like passing, checking and of course shooting. One by one we
learned how to use all of the button combinations and within half-an-hour we
were both scoring with the kind of jaw dropping shots that would make the
all-stars envious. We teamed up to take on the computer and after a shaky start
preceded to "thrash" the computer 8-7 (well, erm).
Five and a
half hours later and we were addicted. we both agreed that the fighting option
was rubbish and seemed a total waste of time, so we switched it off in the
options screen. This prompted us to go through the rest of the options to test
out exactly what the game had to offer:
Edit Player, Trade
Player, Create New Player, Release Player, Sign free Agent, View Player Ability(each
player has 11 separate categories)
mins), Penalties(on,off), Line Changes(on,off, auto),
Offsides(on,off), Two Line Pass(on,off), Icing(on,off),
Difficulty (rookie, veteran, all-star), Player I.D (name, number),
Fighting(on,off), P.A Announcer(on,off), Sound(on,off),
Team: most goals in game, most
goals in period, most shots, most penalty minutes.
Player: most goals in
game, most goals in period, most shots, most penalty minutes.
Exhibition, Practice, Season, Playoffs (East/West
PRE GAME OPTIONS:
Camera angles (4), Edit Lines,
Incident Report, Team Matchup, Goalie Settings( Auto/Manual), Controller
Setup, Team Strategy.
Up to 8 human Players can play
simultaneously via multi-tap adapters, 26 teams to choose from.
So, as you
can see, there are many options and settings to play with.