Olympic Hockey 98

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Olympic Hockey 98

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You know this game’s bad when IGN gives it the very rare and the worst rating a game could ever get, 0!
Genre: Sports
Platforms: Nintendo 64AGW
Release Date: February 23, 1998
Developer: Treyarch
Publisher: Midway Games


Olympic Hockey 98, known in Japan as Olympic Hockey Nagano '98 (オリンピック ホッキー NAGANO98ナガノ98, Orinpikku Hakkī Nagano 98) is an ice hockey game for the Nintendo 64 that was released in 1998. It is a re-release of Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey, but this time not endorsed by Wayne Gretzky and featuring the license for the 1998 Winter Olympics that were celebrated in Nagano, Japan. It is also a video game developer debut of Treyarch. Besides the box art, in-game titles, and some minor graphic changes (such as team logos and colors), every single aspect of the game is practically identical to Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey. IGN rated Olympic Hockey Nagano '98 a zero, the lowest rated IGN game of all time, due to this fact.

Why It Sucks

  1. It's just a reskin of Wayne Gretzky 3D Hockey '98. If you played Wayne Gretzky 3D Hockey '98, you've already played this game.
  2. The presentation of the game falls flat and doesn't have many of the types of eccentricities that more fleshed out games such as the ones that NHL 98 (PS) or NHL Breakaway 98.
  3. After you press Start,the music permanently disappears.
  4. The music is a bit generic and boring, plus it looks like something out of a game of Super Nintendo Entertainment SystemAGW Which is weird because this game is from the fifth generation of consoles.
  5. The graphics are a little weird and seem little worked.
  6. The sound effects sound weird and distorted,the commentator is the worst example because it sounds distorted and you don't get it right that it says.

Reception

The game received "unfavorable" reviews according to the review aggregation website GameRankings. IGN gave it a very rare 0 score nearly two months before its release date, stating in its concise review: "We'll post a new review when Midway releases a new game."

Next Generation reviewed the Nintendo 64 version of the game, rating it one star out of five, and stated that "Imagine Midway took the tired Gretzky engine, added Olympic uniforms, replaced trading with 'defections,' and released it without tweaking anything but the default ring size. Well, you don't have to imagine because Midway did it. A waste of plastic and silicon."

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