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NHL99, 2000, 2001, 2002 PC Intro & Menu songs

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I'm just gonna do these quick in a similar way that NHL96, NHL97 and NHL98 has. I'll quit after EA started to implement the EA Trax and pop music to the games, after that the menu experience just went flat and I know I'm not the only one there.


NHL99 enjoyed even more success playing against other guys than 98. I think this was actually the first NHL game I also played IP to IP connected game as well over the internet. If I don't recall wrong you had to type something to unlock the internet option. The music is following more the theme of NHL96 and going for those heavy riffs and heavy sound again.

NHL99:
Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icolpCy1PbM
Menu 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOaB4pQ2CwA
Menu 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYRldU0CTtg
Menu 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIu9gXY9o0U
Menu 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-04hQu0eZc
Loss: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aiNXlGo-sw


NHL 2000 did not enjoy much popularity in our groups at least for playing and that was a pity. I think NHL2000 offered a real nice and stable gameplay and you could have a real wicked good defence in this game for some nice grinding results. I liked Florida a lot because of Bure and my favourite D pairing was Simpson-Laus, they'd just sit in front of the goal and wreck everything while Bure would do the scoring. When it came to the menu the music took a new direction and I think Jeff Van Dyck did not co-operate here anymore and you could clearly hear it but you got used to these.

NHL2000:
Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jACLnezfbfk
Menu 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAM8xgMJAsI
Menu 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1gJxzS9Ofs
Menu 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KDGF34bfKc
Menu 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efkEc3jxAak


NHL2001 was a dreaded game for me. Like you guys know my attitude towards NHL94 and the possible momentum this was a game that first introduced the momentum/emotion meter to the game. I could not grasp it then and still not. This game had a real strong momentum going on while before I always knew I could play the best players and give up a challenge in this game I had to bend, the first one I ever felt so. Damn you momentum! Menu world had some legendary tunes as well by Saki Kaskas especially menu 4.

NHL2001:
Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yglPjyixFdI
Menu 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlZ5IAOtJ6U
Menu 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFDyRrn-lwA
Menu 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XTJqJBl-0Q
Menu 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WDVT1xQBts
Menu 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7cjNpeWgJY


NHL2002 was super popular and players even got back to this game when NHL2003 was sucking loads, beginning of the end for PC era of NHL games, you would still come to see 5 more hockey games for PC. The menu music played in the background so much that some of these got to a legendary status. If I don't remember wrong, this was also the last NHL game that had some self made menu songs and not 100% the silly trax. This game also had momentum meter ^ n+99 -> BERSERK. Guys flashing and doing super shots when the meter was full. Kinda fun, but very arcade approach instead of competitive. The intro also sucked so I'm not even putting it here.

NHL2002:
Menu 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJt457WiANM
Menu 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gybWomEKWx0
Menu 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV75sVAJDpU

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