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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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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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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Hello Ziggy

NHL 2002, what a game! I've saved many add-ons from that era. Only problem, I can't load them through my old gfxpak applications on my actual computer.

If you know why, thanks for the help. I'm joining one add-on to this reply, the national teams jerseys, as an example.

Equipes nationales.exe

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On 25.7.2017 at 4:16 AM, Ziggy Stardust said:

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

Have you also tried Waybackmachine? https://archive.org/web/

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As said I've found all my addons for NHL 2002, including goalies gears cyberfaces etc.

I've managed to install them on my newest computer. Just tell me what kind of addons you'd like.

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On 12/6/2017 at 2:58 AM, Kiba said:

Have you also tried Waybackmachine? https://archive.org/web/

I have, unfortunately pretty much all of the sites that I can remember from those days don't function (at least the download links appeared to all be dead). 

On 12/8/2017 at 7:24 AM, mitch13 said:

As said I've found all my addons for NHL 2002, including goalies gears cyberfaces etc.

I've managed to install them on my newest computer. Just tell me what kind of addons you'd like.

That's awesome to hear! I was mostly looking at any available addon, from faces for player profiles and in-game, arenas, goalie gear, arenas, etc. I believe there was also a TV-broadcast add-on as well that altered the in-game overlays to represent whichever broadcast you choose to load. 

Man do I miss hockey gaming on the PC. 

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If only 2K came back... You were the one behind all of those classic rosters (90s Wings, Sabres, etc.)?

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Speaking of 2K, time to play NHL 2K8 right now! :D

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I'm a big fan of the PC DOS version of 94, named just NHL Hockey.

It had its quirks, but the presentation was phenomenal if you had a sound blaster(gotta hear Ron Bar and all the sound effects), the game play decent for its time, and the ability to do full seasons was very appealing.

I never became proficient at it, but it was enough to keep me interested in a sport I couldn't watch on TV till many years later.

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Ziggy, I need your email through a private message to send you some addons through wetransfer for example.

Or, maybe, I should give here the link from wetransfer, but it will only be available 7 days once published. I'm sorry but I don't have this broadcast addon. But I've got a lot of other addons from the seasons 00-01 until 03-04, all for NHL 2002.

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On 1/8/2018 at 9:12 PM, Blake said:

If only 2K came back... You were the one behind all of those classic rosters (90s Wings, Sabres, etc.)?

Indeed I was. I forget which year it was since I haven't played the games in so long (might have been 2K7), but we went all out that one-year with 50+ classic teams I believe. It was tons of research, like finding out info on the 1980 US and Russian rosters, and hockey teams like the old Canadiens dynasties prior to the 1970s, but I thoroughly enjoyed the project. So many hours spent working on those things, I think I have spreadsheets etched into my retina as a result.

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2 hours ago, mitch13 said:

Ziggy, I need your email through a private message to send you some addons through wetransfer for example.

Or, maybe, I should give here the link from wetransfer, but it will only be available 7 days once published. I'm sorry but I don't have this broadcast addon. But I've got a lot of other addons from the seasons 00-01 until 03-04, all for NHL 2002.

That's great to hear! I'd suggest publishing the link here for all other members to grab. That's very awesome of you too. Thanks a bunch!

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On January 11, 2018 at 6:43 PM, Ziggy Stardust said:

Indeed I was. I forget which year it was since I haven't played the games in so long (might have been 2K7), but we went all out that one-year with 50+ classic teams I believe. It was tons of research, like finding out info on the 1980 US and Russian rosters, and hockey teams like the old Canadiens dynasties prior to the 1970s, but I thoroughly enjoyed the project. So many hours spent working on those things, I think I have spreadsheets etched into my retina as a result.

That's neat. Do you remember what factored into the overalls? Might give me an idea for ratings for '94 ROMs.

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I miss the days of hockey gaming when it was 2K vs EA. The biggest asset to EA was the PC game modding. The only reason the community was so much bigger was due to that. I honestly feel that if 2K sports made a PC port, that it would probably have forced EA to push the "next gen" version (in 2008) to PC. But they had no competition so they left PC gamers with a dead-ass version after 2005.

I used to mod the crap out of those games. Sometimes when I feel the urge, I'll whip something up for NHL 2001 and throw it in for fun just to see if I've still got the skills. :lol:

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Here is the link to some elementary addons for NHL 2002.

 

https://wetransfer.com/downloads/9c1688b3b6bddb17ff1bf03210c2a86b20180122234007/e091070b9cab83bae31bf554f4d8c64920180122234007/fcf369

Hurry up, the link will be dead in 7 days.

The roster (nhl2k) is NHL and national teams during OG 2002 in Salt Lake. Gfxpak is needed in your main NHL 02 folder to run the bat files and the different photos etc you want to install.

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Ziggy did you get my addons? Would you like more? What exactly?

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