Excerpt: How good do the graphics have to be? Slot machines and felt tables can only look so good. The only problem I had with the graphics is that everything was too dark. I also liked the ambient sounds, although they can get annoying after a while. Other than that, there's not much to say. The dice looked like real dice, the slot machines and poker machines looked like machines, the cards look like real cards, and the chips looked like chips.
Conclusion: NHL Championship is not a very flashy or extremely visually impressive game (although I've heard complaints about player renderings and animations on all of this year's Playstation hockey games). However, despite some flaws, it offers what may well be the most realistic game of ice hockey that is currently available on a home console. Victories are earned and bring real satisfaction.