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NHL ’94 On Sega Genesis Is The Best Video Game Ever Made

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Those of you who have played NHL ’94 on Sega Genesis know exactly what I’m talking about.  Sixteen bits of sweat inducing hockey excitement, smack talking, and staying up late on school nights trying to win Lord Stanley’s Cup one more time before passing out.

Until I started playing hockey video games, I knew next to nothing about the sport of ice hockey.  NHL ’94 taught me the meaning of “icing” and how to keep from being off-side.  It also taught me about the “One-Timer”, the ultimate maneuver in hockey. 

The one-timer occurs when a player attempts a slap shot immediately upon receiving a pass from another player.  Mastering the one-timer is the key to mastering the game.

NHL ’94 also upped the level of competition between friends to new levels by being one of the first sports games with instant replay.  There is no better way to show up one’s pitiful opponent than by watching the game winning goal over and over again from every possible angle.

Another aspect which makes NHL ’94 so great is its simplicity.  The controls are easy to learn and you can choose to play the game with or without penalties, which makes the game accessible and entertaining for all levels of gamers.

After receiving a Sega Genesis Classic Game Console as a gift this Christmas, I instantly went to my local used game store and purchased a copy of NHL ’94, rekindling the magic I ignited all those years ago.  If you haven’t played this outstanding hockey game since the early nineties, I highly recommend revisiting this gem.  If you’ve never played NHL ’94, then do yourself a favor and master the one-timer as you get forever addicted to the best video game ever made.

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Hi there Halifax just read your post,  my name is Buz Eldredge:  '94 is the best game ever... in fact, it's the only game.  I play by myself for entertainment, and I have played so many games since '94 I can't count them all.  Just thought I'd say this little bit to add it to the legends of '94.  It is more fun to play alone if you shy away from competition because you stink.  If you never win - well it drives you crazy!  So I  play competively in the family, but mostly that entails teammates which is also great fun.  The reason playing alone can still be so much fun is that sooo many funny things can happen while playing the game.  Mysterious disappearances of players, glitches in the programming, losing your star while skating with the puck, the goaltender going through the net, and even the point blank shots with the goalie down that fly up into the second tier of seats inexplicably still make me laugh out loud.  I believe Evan has documented many if not all of these things already, but I need to re-iterate how much fun this game is. That's all for now, I love this game! 

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