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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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NHL 2001 had the best intro, best soundtrack and best gameplay of all modern 3D hockey games. Loved the morale bar and the power bar on slap shots. Body checks were also delightful. 

If you love arcade-style hockey, NHL 2001 was the best. It is the NHL game I played the most alongside NHL 94. My friends and I played it every week.

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On 11/27/2018 at 8:42 PM, MarceauDesSénateurs said:

NHL 2001 had the best intro, best soundtrack and best gameplay of all modern 3D hockey games. Loved the morale bar and the power bar on slap shots. Body checks were also delightful. 

If you love arcade-style hockey, NHL 2001 was the best. It is the NHL game I played the most alongside NHL 94. My friends and I played it every week.

It's the 3D EA game I've played the absolute most. It's been awhile now, but I usually return to it and play through a season every other year or so! :D Players with "hammer" and power shot are a bit over powered though.. Players without them are a bit under  powered. But yeah, the intro rocks!

If you haven't already, I'd recommend you try NHL Hitz Pro. It's a bit along those lines of being "simcade" (mix of realism and arcade). One of my favorite non EA hockey games. 

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I actually played 2000 in the attic of my parents old house with no heat in the dead of winter when it came out; long but uninteresting story. Hard to believe it was 20 years ago. 

Played a bunch of games with @HABS and @donnybrook years ago. Really easy to setup and play and if anyone wants to have a mini-tourney I'd be down for sure. 

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1 minute ago, Jlsegafan2001 said:

2) The PC version requires a modem, which no one uses anymore.

Pretty sure we used Hamachi and played P2P.

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29 minutes ago, Jlsegafan2001 said:

Hamachi?

It creates a virtual LAN. 

Search the forums, plenty of topics on it because it's what we have usually use for league play for the past 10 years

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I've been trying to get NHL99 running on my PC for nostalgia sake, I used to play as the Nashville Predators and trade for as many local boys as I could. PC version had a function where you could be "in the game", using a scanned image of your face you could create yourself and map your face onto your player. It looked about as good as you would imagine a 3D player with a 2D scanned image for a face should look.

 

Preds alumni and former captain Captain Greg Johnson passed away in July - had many great seasons with Greg as the league scoring champ. He was 48 years old, RIP.

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5 minutes ago, jer_33 said:

I've been trying to get NHL99 running on my PC for nostalgia sake, I used to play as the Nashville Predators and trade for as many local boys as I could. PC version had a function where you could be "in the game", using a scanned image of your face you could create yourself and map your face onto your player. It looked about as good as you would imagine a 3D player with a 2D scanned image for a face should look.

 

Preds alumni and former captain Captain Greg Johnson passed away in July - had many great seasons with Greg as the league scoring champ. He was 48 years old, RIP.

NHL 99 didn't have that feature, because it debuted in NHL 2000.

 

Edit: RIP Greg Johnson

Edited by Jlsegafan2001
In memory of former Preds captain Greg Johnson.

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Oh thanks, well that saves me some future disappointment. 

Some of the online play for these PC games had direct connect options, which would require you to enter you local IP address. These types of connections should still work, and could also be used with Hamachi.

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