The Total Recall DUD OF THE MONTH COLLECTION!
MARIO LEMIEUX HOCKEY
My special Dud of the Month feature is here to take a criticial look at the world of video entertainment but lets face it; there is disapointment everywhere in life. How does that mondo go: "life sucks and then you die?" I know that sounds kind of depressing but I'm not here to make you feel better, I'm just here to add feul to the fire. Take Hockey for example; as I'm currently writing this the 2004 NHL Lock Out is still on and until the owners and the players reach a agreement, there is going to be no High Sticking, no Icing, no fighting, no nothing. OK, Although Hockey isn't as popular in other parts of the world but here in Canada I really noticed a lot of bummed up fans as of late. This isn't the first time the world of Hockey has disapointed me though. Take the dismal Mario Lemieux Hockey game for example.
It sounds like a perfect match! Sega was riding high with the success of the Genesis during the early 90's and they were able to score one of the biggest names in the sport (Mario Lemieux) for their new Hockey game. Mario Lemieux actually.
Mario Lemieux Hockey is a unlicensed product and that means there is no real NHL teams and players here but game plays like real 5 on 5 Hockey like you would see on TV.
Rivals starts out fine with some well defined looking players and they even come with fairly realistic, yet very repetitive expressions too. Sadly, the graphical issues begin to mount early in the game and the biggest problem starts with that stupid camera. The angles get to be so bad that you can hardly see the puck being dropped during a face off plus I actually seen player's bodies go through the boards to the black void of the other side. I don't mean they crash through the boards after a good hit either, I see player's go through the boards as if they were ghosts or something.
With all these annoying
things going on, needless to say when my friends and I were playing some multi-player
action here, it didn't take too long to turn off the game and play something
else instead (I think they were pretty mad at me for even putting it in to
be honest). Even the name Ice Hockey for the old 8-bit NES came up as a better
game then Rivals. "How bad is that?" Maybe I wouldn't be so hard
on NHL Rivals 2004 if there weren't so many other great Hockey games already
available but that's the way it is. ESPN Hockey has far better presentation,
NHL 2004 is a better simulator, and NHL Hitz Pro has much more furious action.
NHL Rivals is good for Microsoft's first try because some of the sharp graphics
and in-game commentary but all that just isn't enough in a sport where your
teeth are optional.
Overall Mario Lemieux Hockey rating: 44/100
For 1 or 2 players
StarSoldier1 (Ryan Genno) 2004