Ziggy Stardust

Old EA NHL Games on PC (2002 and older)

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Seeing how I've grown to become disinterested with the recent NHL outings from EA Sports ("It's Still the Same!"), I had the itch to go back to what I perceive to be the second funnest hockey gaming experience I had next to NHL '94 (on the Sega Genesis of course). 

I got both NHL '96 and NHL 2002 running on Windows 10, and now I'm in search of any add-ons that may be available for any of the NHL PC games from 1996-2002. Luckily we had an awesome forum member archive a ton of great NHL '95 PC files, so I was hoping that maybe someone out there archived and saved some of the great add-on files that were available to us back in the glory days of hockey gaming on the PC. 

Funny enough, I actually used to do very detailed NHL rosters dating back to NHL '95 and I eventually wound up with a job in the industry thanks to my attention to detail ;) . If you guys ever had the chance to enjoy the NHL 2K games and appreciated the classic rosters, that was my work :) You may notice a slight slant in teams that covered the NHL '94 era of teams, and that wasn't any coincidence! 

I'm hoping there's some underground network of NHL PC gamers who are still lurking out there...

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TomKabs93    7

you having worked on the 2k series is pretty dang cool. NHL 2k8 is one of my fav nhl games

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Glad you enjoyed it! I think that may have been our best game of the series, I was particularly happy with what we did with our franchise mode, alas, the NBA series always took priority and sadly there is no competition for EA, hence my reason to go back and revisit games that I enjoyed versus having to spend money on a slight upgrade. 

The fact that the game is still a port of the 360/PS3 era of games just rubs me the wrong way. The games on the current generation of consoles just looks, feels and plays like a dated game. Having played some NHL '98 and NHL '02 on the PC lately, I can honestly say that the CPU AI is far better and smarter in those games than they are in the present games. 

Good thing this community is still alive though to keep the tradition of fun hockey games alive, and updated!

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I would be an NHL PC gamer still if EA hadn't decided the PC market wasn't worth their time.  Those older games have their limits (I've had problems with getting dual analog controls to work correctly, for example) but they are the best PC hockey games we have.

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For those interested, I was able to find a page with some of the most useful editors for the NHL PC games. 

http://www.dsgambelluri.ignitiondomain.com/nhlrostertutorial.html

A shame that running an archive search on some of the classic add-on sites turns up no results.

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Bob Kudelski    16

I played NHL 98 to NHL 2006 on PC.

My favourite was 2003 (with Iginla on the front). That game was so much fun. I used to do fantasy drafts all the time. I loved the player icons (target icon for shot accuracy, hammer icon for big hitter, stick for hard shot). I think you could redirect shots and bat in rebounds out of the air.

Good times.

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