And I'm back. Sports games are never my favourite genre (not single-player, anyway), so I wasn't going to stick with this for long. It was actually quite fun for what it was. Controls were smooth on the joypad and there were only a few players on the rink at a time, giving you plenty of space for glory runs. That's actually not a bad thing because, unlike most other sports games, you control the same player throughout the match, so once you pass it the computer then controls the guy with the puck until you happen to get it back. I guess it does give you more of a feeling of actually being on a team, but, as I said earlier, it does also increase your tendency to hog the puck. There's also fighting involved when two players have a bad collision - the titular face off. This has become a standard in ice hockey games, but I think this may have been one of its first occurrences (don't quote me on that). In other ice hockey games I've played, the fighting was over quite quickly, but here it's much more drawn out with both characters being able to move around and use two different punches, almost like a proto-Street Fighter! Actually, I have to admit that the fighting wasn't that fun. It took so long (or maybe I was just so bad at it) that it left you itching to get back to the hockey action. The other notable thing at the time was that this was an unlicensed game, which I think annoyed some people, but I don't know the first thing about ice hockey teams, so it didn't bother me at all. Anyway, I played a few games and enjoyed my time with it, but I'm not going to pursue it any longer.
Another multi-post day, and things are moving again! Next up on the randometer is...Uplink: Hacker Elite! Interesting. It's a relatively modern game (although 2001 isn't *that* modern) that I bought in a Steam sale a while back. I don't know much about it other than the fact you play a hacker. Looks fun.