Top Hockey Video Games (Part I)

From the old Super Nintendo in your closet to the PlayStation 4 presently under your television, each video game platform has taken a chance at creating a hockey game. There are way too many variables to come to an agreement on the top hockey video games, but the argument is worth having. In regards to reception, enjoyment, and playability, these are the top hockey video games of all time.

Hockey fans have enjoyed playing hockey-themed video games on their consoles and computers for decades.

Backyard Hockey

Who do you choose first in any game of the Backyard sports series?

Any answer that isn’t Pablo Sanchez is wrong.

It’s conceded that Backyard Hockey was absolutely the weakest of the Backyard series, but it was right for a PC game. It had plenty of mouse-mashing which equaled to lots of wrong passes and shots. Penalties, while never called, were settled with a timeless game of rock-paper-scissors.

Starring real NHL players like Steve Yzerman, Mike Modano, and Jarome Iginla made it likable as you could compose a cast of All-Stars to pick up the slack of Pete Wheeler and company.


NHL Breakaway 99

This was one of many hockey games that was more fun with the rules turned off. The number of whistles from offsides and two-line passes was staggering if you didn’t.

This game also is known as the hardest of all time to score. It occurred so rarely that it was usually by accident when it did. Still, for its time, this was excellent for playing as your favorite NHL superstars.


NHL 2004

This game wasn’t essentially leaps and bounds better than its predecessor, NHL 2003, but it is on the list for one reason: the soundtrack. If there’s a better set of songs ever put together for any sports video game, it has yet to be discovered. It’s not shameful to say that many of the featured songs still frequent many headphones on a continuous basis.