NHL '94. Has there ever been a better sports game?
It occurred to me that they continue to make hockey games. Lots of them. EA makes one every year. Calls it NHL 'XX and everything.
My question is: why do they bother? They already achieved perfection twenty years ago with a little game by the name of NHL '94, and it doesn't matter how many polygons or HD pixels or online game features they ladle on, NHL '94 is now and will forever be sheriff of this town.
I'd make a persuasive argument, but let me say this much:
When I said NHL '94 in the title, did you not feel the immediate desire -- nay compulsion -- to get your hands on a Sega Genesis and two hours of free time? Did you not yearn for the organ to play its faceoff music, to see the kid in the cowboy hat banging on the glass, to hear the vicious bite of another one-timer fired Mike Richter's way?
Let me ask you this, fair Reckonaut! Is NHL '94 secretly the best sports video game ever made? Damn your FIFAs, damn your Maddens, damn your Baseball Stars, is this not NHL 94's world, and all of us just players on its hockey-fight choked stage?