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NHL Blades of Steel 2000

by Playstation
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B00002STQN
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 5 inches
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,236 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Blades of Steel was one of the first hockey video games for Nintendo's classic NES game system. However, the series had pretty much been missing in action for 10 years prior to the debut of Blades of Steel 2000. Under normal circumstances, you wouldn't expect a decade-old sports game franchise to return seamlessly with a smash out-of-the-box hit--but the original Blades of Steel was such a classic that players everywhere had high hopes for the comeback.

The verdict? Unfortunately, we found Blades of Steel 2000 to be an unpolished attempt at a next-generation hockey game that could have used a lot more time in development. Graphics boast few frames of animation, and control is unwieldy, to say the least. On the bright side, managing rosters is made easy by simplified menus, and, of course, the game features all the NHL teams and a season mode.

But these features offer little consolation. Simply put, there are much better hockey games out there, including NHL 2000 and FaceOff 2000. Blades of Steel 2000 is only for players stuck in the past. --Robb Guido


  • All the NHL teams
  • Poor graphics and controls compared to other hockey video games.


Fans of video-game hockey usually have a few things in common. They love hockey, they think NHL 94 for the Sega Genesis was the greatest hockey game ever created, and they believe buying any hockey game other than the best that's currently available is a waste. Blades of Steel 2000 unfortunately doesn't deliver anything that games like NHL 2000 and NHL Face Off 2000 hasn't already, so, if you're keeping up, this places Blades of Steel 2000 squarely in the waste bin. Blades of Steel 2000 is an officially licensed product of the NHL and NHLPA, which means that it has all of the real players, teams, rinks, and even jerseys. The game has three different modes of play: exhibition, season, and playoffs. Within each mode you can change the parameters of the game, such as the rules you would like to have on or off, length of the periods, and even the general amount of fouls that you'd like to see the ref call. The control, while tolerable, isn't nearly as responsive as it should be. Whether you're playing with a Dual Shock controller or without one, the game feels sluggish, and players just don't respond as quickly as they should. This is unfortunate, since the game certainly has all of the moves you'd want, like one-timers, shot fakes, wrist shots, flip passes, formation changes, and even the almighty give and go. Even the fighting system in Blades of Steel 2000 is surprisingly in-depth. You have the ability to throw numerous types of punches such as jabs, hooks, and uppercuts. You can even land body shots and tackle your opponent. It's really a shame that the game has all the options and features you'd want but fails to deliver solid gameplay. Graphically, Blades of Steel 2000 is far below the standards set by any one of the other hockey games that have surfaced this year. The polygon count of the player models is really low, giving the players a blocky, unrealistic look. The designers were apparently shooting for a high frame rate, which the game totally has, giving it a fast crisp look. But such a good frame rate makes it easy to see that the animations and the player models look terrible. In the audio department, Blades of Steel 2000 is just plain weak. The sound effects are nearly laughable: When players pass the puck, a strange whooshing sound accompanies it; when players collide, bump, or check at any velocity, you hear an odd clunking sound. The only thing the audio in the game has going for it is the play-by-play announcing by Randy Hahn. But even his dialogue gets a little stale after a few games. In the end, Blades of Steel 2000 for the PlayStation fails to deliver a hockey experience that could be considered better than any one of its competitors. Titles like NHL 2000, NHL Face Off 2000, and Fox's NHL Championship 2000 for the PlayStation are simply much better hockey games. --Ryan Mac Donald
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars worst game ever April 27, 2000
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
this is the absolut worst game i have ever played in my entire life. the controls are terrible, and scoring is just pure luck because the puck doesn't go where you shoot it. i can't explain how crappy the graphics are. this game is so bad i want to kill myself for buying it (yes, it's that bad). do not ever buy this. if someone buys this for you, take it back and get the origional blades of steel for nintendo, it is a much better game.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't even rent it ! March 6, 2000
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
It's a very very very slow game and the graphics are poor... I compare this game to NHL 92 (EA Sport) !
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5.0 out of 5 stars nhl blades of steel 2000 rocks! April 1, 2000
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
It is the best hockey game. Go for it! I bet you will enjoy it.... have fun with this game. the .... BEST....
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