Excerpt: If you followed the suggestions from gaming companies, you might think that the sport of hockey was once a black hole, full of brutish, stick wielding thugs. Fights and hard body checks were the norm, and any grace associated with the sport was farcical at best. That is, until its savior, the great Gretzky came along.
Excerpt: While the real NHL remains in a holding pattern, the virtual NHL continues to drop the puck on consoles everywhere. Sony's new PSP has shown a strong commitment to sports gaming in its launch lineup, and
Excerpt: Released back in November of last year, Gretzky NHL 2005 for the PS2 was a fairly unassuming and generally unremarkable game of hockey. The game played well enough, but the whole thing felt entirely dated, like a throwback to hockey games on the original PlayStation. Now, 989 Sports has brought Gretzky to the PSP as one of the first sports games for Sony's new handheld system.
Pros: A decent roster of modes, including solid online and ad hoc play., Good sound effects., Solid control mechanics.
Cons: An absolutely atrocious frame rate nearly kills the action., The puck is much too easy to simply skate past or lose track of on the ice., Goalies went and turned into brick walls., No franchise mode of any sort.