Excerpt: Wayne Gretzky, arguably the greatest player ever to lace up a pair of skates. During the Hall of Famer's 20-year career, Wayne scored 894 goals and 1963 assists for a total of 2857 points. He won seven straight Art Ross Trophies, ten in total.
Conclusion: The gameplay shows an interesting duality – the quickness of the game and the nature of how skaters actually re-act on the ice surface has never been better captured by anyone before this game, BUT, the game’s AI completely ruins this.
Excerpt: It was only two years ago that the NHL was throwing around the buzzword “contraction.” The popular theory at the time was that the NHL was seriously considering folding a handful of its franchises due to market strength, the team’s ability to draw, the inability to be competitive financially, and,...
Conclusion: Featureswise, Gretzky is a marginally deeper package than it was last year. The franchise mode is certainly better than it used to be; it does a better job of keeping you up to speed on the financial aspects of the team and where you stand with the owners.
Pros: Wayne vs Wayne mode is a ridiculous hoot, Nice-looking player models, Relatively deep franchise mode, Solid online play.
Cons: Gameplay can't decide between arcade and simulation style, Bad goalie AI and ugly passing mechanics, Terribly stilted animations, Franchise mode has bugs, Rosters are way, way out of date.