Playing rules: Difficulty: 5 (Medium). Game Timer speed: Normal. Tournament mode: ON
Current Record holders:
1st: 4 Goal (7-3)- Mr Kelly R.Flewin - 2005
2nd: 1 Goal (4-3) - Chris Brush - 1999
Ok, look. It’s obvious to me, and it should be obvious to most people. This isn’t really a game where you can get legitimate records from is it? I mean really. The effort that has been made to try and get this game in the book is clear, but it’s just a load of old bollocks frankly. Almost half a page is spent explaining how it works (essentially it’s the highest goal difference that makes the record) which is fine in itself but when you look into it a bit more there are many dopey things that make this record a bit rubbish:
1) You only control ONE player on a field of six. Three on each side including netminders (look at me, again knowing the terms – goalies to you and I) . Essentially this means that you have a CPU player on your side that you have little or no influence over.
2) You have to pay 2 credits for EACH PERIOD, so thats 6 credits for a whole game. Ok, in virtual MAME-land who cares? However, in real machine land they can go do one if they think I’m going to pay that amount of money on just a single game
3) The game itself is rubbish (have I mentioned that?). Really really bad.
4) There are TWO records for this game. That’s right, the listing above isnt a mistake – just two. If that wasn’t bad enough – the lowest record (which was the actual record for 6 years remember) is winning a match by just a SINGLE GOAL. I mean, come on now.
Anyway, I did try. Honestly I did. I started a game with the best intentions, and despite the little value I put on the record I had a go. I lasted a single period. The sprites are stupidly large, the play area stupidly small and the speed is ridiculously fast. To further compound matters the CPU player on my own team wouldn’t fucking pass to me. I’m no expert on ice hockey (although I did follow a local team for a while) but I would say that’s a pretty bloody fundamental aspect of the game. Even more so seeing as I’m the muggins paying their fucking wages!
Score: 0-1 after 1 period
Insert extra credit to play the second period? Fuck my old boots.