Need for more Difficulty


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Hello,

I've played NHL 94+NHL 95 since.. erm.. 94/95 :-) Glad to find a forum for these wonderful games!

To my problem: The game has grown too easy on me and I am sure there are others out there with the same problem. Are there any hacks out there that can improve the AI? Is the source code available?

I'm now playing a season with all my players attributes lowered to the minumum and I still think the game is way too easy. The only thing that remains for me to keep the game somewhat challenging is to adjust all other players of the other teams to maximum skill levels with my own team minimized.

Cheers.

Note: I should add that I am playing the PC/DOS(box)-version.

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Hello,

I've played NHL 94+NHL 95 since.. erm.. 94/95 :-) Glad to find a forum for these wonderful games!

To my problem: The game has grown too easy on me and I am sure there are others out there with the same problem. Are there any hacks out there that can improve the AI? Is the source code available?

I'm now playing a season with all my players attributes lowered to the minumum and I still think the game is way too easy. The only thing that remains for me to keep the game somewhat challenging is to adjust all other players of the other teams to maximum skill levels with my own team minimized.

Cheers.

Note: I should add that I am playing the PC/DOS(box)-version.

i don't know the answers to your technical questions, but when i reached that point of skill, i would pull my goalie for the entire game. i mastered that with a normal team, so then i used a team whose players were entirely the minimum besides one attribute which was maximum (e.g. one guy was 95 speed, 25 agility, 25 weight, one was 25 speed, 95 agility, 25 weight) etc. i don't think i ever won the stanley cup that way.

also what is minimum - 25 or 40?

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Well, I use 25 as minimum. Lower is not possible since 0 = 25 in the data files. I use the program below (public domain for you programmers out there) to set all players skills to 100 and vancouver guys to 25. It would be nice though if EA would release the source to the game so that the AI could be improved. Doing these kind of "difficulty" adjustments are not that fun.

#include <stdio.h>

struct player
{
char team;
char jersey;
char position;
char first[16];
char last[16];
unsigned char u;
int addr_1;
int addr_2;
unsigned char uu[8];
};

struct atts
{
unsigned char stickside;
unsigned char speed;
unsigned char agility;
unsigned char weight;
unsigned char shpower;
unsigned char checking;
unsigned char stick;
unsigned char accuracy;
unsigned char u1;
unsigned char passing;
unsigned char offensive;
unsigned char defensive;
unsigned char aggr;
unsigned char endurance;
unsigned char bias;
unsigned char u2;
unsigned char u3;
unsigned char u4;
unsigned char u5;
unsigned char faceoffs;
};

unsigned char attfile[65000];
unsigned char keyfile[65000];

int convert(int x)
{
return 25 + (5 * x);
}

int main(int argc, char *argv[])
{
FILE *fp;
struct player *p;
struct atts *attr;
size_t keysize;
size_t attsize;
int i, j;
int val;

fp = fopen("KEY.DB", "r");
keysize = fread(keyfile, 1, sizeof(keyfile)-1, fp);
fclose(fp);
printf("keysize %d\n", keysize);

fp = fopen("ATT.DB", "r");
attsize = fread(attfile, 1, sizeof(attfile)-1, fp);
fclose(fp);
printf("attsize %d\n", attsize);

for (i = 0; i < keysize; i+=sizeof(struct player))
{
	p = (struct player *) &keyfile[i];
	printf("%3d %2d %c %-16s %-16s",
			p->team, p->jersey, p->position, p->first, p->last, p->addr_1);

	attr = (struct atts *) &attfile[p->addr_1];

	/*
	conversion
	25 - 0
	30 - 1
	35 - 2
	40 - 3
	45 - 4
	50 - 5
	55 - 6
	60 - 7
	65 - 8
	70 - 9
	75 - 10
	80 - 11
	85 - 12
	90 - 13
	95 - 14
	100 - 15 (0x0f)
	*/
	if ( attr->stickside == 1 )
		printf("   L");
	else if ( attr->stickside == 0 )
		printf("   R");
	printf(" %3d", convert(attr->speed));
	printf(" %3d", convert(attr->agility));
	printf(" %3d", convert(attr->weight));
	printf(" %3d", convert(attr->shpower));
	printf(" %3d", convert(attr->checking));
	printf(" %3d", convert(attr->stick));
	printf(" %3d", convert(attr->accuracy));
	printf(" %3d", convert(attr->passing));
	printf(" %3d", convert(attr->offensive));
	printf(" %3d", convert(attr->defensive));
	printf(" %3d", convert(attr->aggr));
	printf(" %3d", convert(attr->endurance));
	printf(" %3d", convert(attr->bias));
	printf(" %3d", convert(attr->faceoffs));
	puts("");

	// mess up the vancouver team
	if ( p->team == 21 )
	{
		val = 0;
		attr->aggr = 15;
	}
	else
	{
		val = 15;
		attr->aggr = 0;
	}

	attr->speed = val;
	attr->agility = val;
	attr->weight = val;
	attr->shpower = val;
	attr->checking = val;
	attr->stick = val;
	attr->accuracy = val;
	attr->passing = val;
	attr->offensive = val;
	attr->defensive = val;
	attr->endurance = val;
	attr->bias = val;
	attr->faceoffs = val;
}


fp = fopen("ATT.DB", "w");
fwrite(attfile, 1, attsize, fp);
fclose(fp);

return 0;
}

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