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NHL 99 hits the rink with new motion captured skating and goalie animations from actual NHL players, a beginner level to help rookies ease into the game, on-the-fly play calling strategies, as well as improved goalie artificial intelligence. Game modes include Exhibition, Season, Playoffs, Tournament and Shootout, or you can try your hand at perfecting your skills with Marc Crawford's Coaching Drills. Hot and cold streaks will affect your players' scoring chances, but if they are not performing you can trade or release them as free agents.
NHL 99 features updated 1998 rosters with player statistics based on the 1997-98 season. Twenty-seven NHL teams (including the Nashville Predators with expansion draft) are in the game along with 3D arenas complete with banners, retired jerseys and luxury boxes. Eighteen international teams have also been included with international rink sizes and rules of play. Jim Hughson and Daryl Reaugh return for another go at the play-by-play and color commentary, respectively. NHL 99 supports the memory card for saving statistics, user records, line changes and configuration options. It is also the first EA hockey game to support the Dual Analog Controller with or without vibration. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide