On the ice users will be able to perform a number of real hockey actions, from hard checking to line changes on-the-fly. Players skate in relation to their real-life skating styles and can perform some of their special moves. An original control feature in NHL Powerplay '96 is a button that is used for skating backwards.
Coaching options are available as well. For the offense, strategies include three break-out styles and three types of zone play. Break-out styles can be slow, normal, or fast, while the types of zone play are dump and chase, carry in, and pinching defensemen. The defense has three types of forechecking: protect lead, normal forechecking, and aggressive forechecking. Defensive styles of zone play include zone, man-to-man, and intimidation.
Developer: Radical Entertainment
Publisher: Virgin Interactive Entertainment
Release Date: 1996
Number Of Players: 1-2
26 NHL teams plus Olympic teams, create and manage players, complete statistical tracking, four playing modes, world tournament mode
Compete in an exhibition game, a complete season, playoffs, or a world tournament
Features motion-captured players, authentic NHL jerseys, and 3D arenas
Lead your team to victory with a variety of offensive and defensive plays