Monday 1 May 2023

Championship Hockey (Sega Game Gear review)

Developer: Electronic Arts, Imagitec Design
Publisher: U.S. Gold
Released: 1995

Championship Hockey is a sports game that was also released on the Sega Master System in 1995.

+ Has a respectable number of modes, with a better frame-rate and faster gameplay compared to the console version.

- It's unbelievably difficult to see where the puck is located and by the time you've spotted it the CPU is on a break-away.

- If the game chooses the correct player for you to control that's the exception to the rule, as the mechanic is all but broken.

- Goaltenders seemingly take naps while opposing players inexplicably (and regularly) score from outside the blue line.

- Collision detection is a mess, the camera lags behind the puck, and scoring can be abused by button mashing at the net.

- Penalties are typically called at random and you can find yourself accused of slashing despite not even pressing a button!

- There's zero crowd noise (even when you score) and the graphics are exceptionally ugly with little animation.

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