“If it’s in the game, it’s in the game,” the mega  publisher’s sports titles were about much more than  realism. While they were always about providing  a realistic experience, there was always an effort  to simultaneously maintain a massively fun environment. While the Madden series is often at the  forefront of EA’s legacy, their hockey games have been  just as pivotal to their longevity as one of the most  celebrated companies in all of gaming. In terms of EA’s  greatest achievements on the ice, NHL 94 is often considered EA Sports’ landmark hockey title – and for good  reason. It’s the one that set the tone for over 20 years  of iconic games. With the addition of the one-timer  (for non-hockey fans, that’s when a player can shoot  the puck when passed to him, without stopping it)  and the updates to the already awesome gameplay  formula from previous games in the series, NHL 94 is  an undoubted classic. It’s still fun to play today – so  much so that the source code for the game has been  altered for years by amateur game developers who  have updated the game’s rosters and features. Simply  put, in terms of EA’s legendary hockey series, the fun  never ends.

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Patrick Hickey, Jr., is the founder and editor-in-chief of ReviewFix.com and a lecturer of English and journalism at Kingsborough Community College, in Brooklyn, New York. Over the past decade, his video game coverage has been featured in national ad campaigns by top publishers the likes of Nintendo, Deep Silver, Disney and EA Sports. His book series, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews With Cult and Classic Game Developers," from McFarland and Company, has earned praise from Forbes, Huffington Post, The New York Daily News and MSG Networks. He is also a former editor at NBC and National Video Games Writer at the late-Examiner.com