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NHL '94: 2022 Edition

Hack of NHL '94

Description:

This ROM hack will update NHL ‘94 with a refined and realistic modern version for the 2022 NHL playoffs. Key feature include…

Rosters, Ratings & Lines Up-to-date custom rosters, ratings, and lines, built on smozoma’s 16-point player rating system (the original game was limited to a 7-point system), all based on extensive 2021-2022 regular season player data.


Gameplay Revisioned The gameplay has been adjusted for a more realistic modern hockey feel, with harder to score goals, easier to hit crossbars and posts, more realistic speed burst, fewer penalty calls, custom energy depletion and recovery rates balanced for more realistic line rolling and shift length, and player ratings that have been carefully calibrated for more realistic gameplay on the ice. Furthermore, two bonus patches have been included, so you can easily modify the more realistic ROM with a Rookie mode for easier to score goals, or an Arcade mode for those who want faster gameplay and less realism.

Graphical Refinements The most obvious change is the move to composite sticks, but there are hundreds of graphical refinements beyond this, including title screens, logos, banners, player photos, scoreboard, audience, face-offs, player sprites, scorekeepers, Zamboni driver, and more. The goal was to bring the most graphically refined version of NHL 94 ever made, while remaining faithful to the spirit of the original art direction.

And so much more Of course there is the weight bug fix, but also a custom weight scale, less variance in Hot/Cold rating randomization, immediate goalie control by pressing the (Y) button with a six-button controller (clockwise), a custom 3-Stars of the Game rating formula, a Vegas / Washington / Winnipeg Menu & Player Cards crash fix *, and more.


Every single change is documented in the Release Notes / README.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: NHL '94 (USA, Europe)
  • Database: No-Intro: Genesis (v. 20210226-213851)
  • File/ROM SHA-1: 7B1489AB501258133BF03E5F0892B77D04312580
  • File/ROM CRC32: 9438F5DD

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
Adam CatalystDesign
Adam CatalystGraphics
Adam CatalystHacking
nhl94.comOriginal WorkCountless contributions detailed in the Release Notes

User Review Information

Extremely well done

Reviewed By: pawrock on 04 Jul 2022

A great professional quality hack. Love it. Thank you for all your efforts!

If we could combine this great gameplay with the game modes / features of something like NHL’96 (Seasons and transfers!) we really would have the ultimate 16-bit hockey experience.

Version 6.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommend
Extremely well donepawrock04 Jul 20226.0Yes
A great hack that goes above and beyondMidnight Metronome13 Jun 20226.0Yes