THE GOOD: Controls are easy to learn Exhibition and season modes Create a player All NHL teams from the 1999-2000 section as well as All Star and International teams Challenging for pretty much all gamers The strategic options
THE BAD: Jargon busting
SUMMARY: Even if you're not an Ice Hockey fan, it won't stop you having fun with this game. There's no arduous unlocking of teams and players, everything is there from the get go, you can even dive right into exhibition match playing as whoever you want.
One of the best things about the game is how it caters to all gamers. Even if you're a novice gamer, just one look at the controls and a couple of games later you'll be well on your way to being able to play. There are some more advanced moves that require more button presses, but on the whole the control system is easy to use and makes the game easy to play, which is very important. Another way it caters to all gamers is the array of teams. If you're playing someone who's not too good at the game...
As far as PS1 sports games though, NHL 2000 is as good as it gets.
While the graphics may not be the greatest of all time, that is just a minor detail into the greatness of this game brought by the geniuses over at EA Sports. NHL 2000 takes all (at the time) 28 teams of the NHL plus teams representing various different countries and puts them all into a great game.
One thing that is enjoyable about this game is the commentary by Jim Houston and Bill Clement. Generally, the commentary in sports video games can be annoying, repetative, and just get on your nerves, but these two just seem to clique and form a great announcing duo.
The season mode in this game is simple, but good. 82 games, all the teams, all the cities, and even most of the arenas. Plus all of the awards are handed out at the end of the season and it's a truly enjoyable moment to see your team skate out at the end of the season with one of its players holding Lord Stanley's Cup over his head (if you're so lucky).