Electronic Arts has long been associated with quality sports games, but some of its releases have flown a bit under the radar, and with good reason. The NHLPA Hockey series evolved into the popular and long-lived NHL juggernaut, but did EA hit the rink running with this initial installment or serve up a body check? Read on and see!
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Sandwiched between the 16-bit and true 32-bit versions, FIFA Soccer ’96 for the 32X is a middle child that actually deserves its neglect. It does nothing to stand out, and it offers little reason for a purchase over its siblings, outside of collecting. Still, it’s undoubtedly the best soccer game on the 32X.
Itching for another excuse to break out that multi-tap? EA’s tennis game might not be as awesome as Mega Bomberman or any of the Micro Machines games, but it’s still a good way to get some multi-player action going with friends.
For more than a decade Michael Lubuguin was a part of Electronic Arts as it grew from a small PC publisher into a software powerhouse. He saw its rise and had a hand in creating several classic games for the Genesis, including Road Rash, the Strike series, and Crüe Ball.
EA’s NHL series had one last outing before departing for 32-bit waters, and the final installment ranks among the best. NHL ’98 is a clear example of why the Genesis was THE sports machine during the 16-bit era, and it was a fitting bookend to the remarkable legacy Electronic Arts left on the console.