Excerpt: The video that welcomes the player when they first boot up Gretzky NHL is as good as any DVD. Gretzky has had a long, and successful career in the icy sport of hockey. 989 Studios (which has since been swallowed by Sony) has had to play catch up on Electronic Arts, and Sega in most sports games. However I remember a day when they were the cats meow, and brought something new and fresh to the sports genre.
Excerpt: As with 989’s other PSP launch game, NBA , it is very easy to be initially wowed by Gretzky NHL ’s graphics. And, for the most part, it’s a great looking game. As expected, the graphics have been downgraded from the PS2 version just a bit to work on the PSP, but the overall look and feel is still there. Players animate well and are accurately detailed. What ends up killing the game is the frame-rate, which can make the game unplayable at times.