Wayne Gretzky And The NHLPA All-Stars aka Wayne Gretzky NHL Hockey
Developer: ?
Publisher: Time Warner Interactive
State of completion:  
Genre Sports game.
Also planned or released for:  
Notes: Game is listed as a CD game due for December 1995 in the Atari Dealer Price List Q3/1995.

Today at the E3 Tradeshow, Time Warner Interactive, Consumer Games Division (TWi) demonstrated their new "Wayne Gretzky and the NHLPA All-Stars(TM)" title on four systems at the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall, in Suite 309. Viewed for the first time were versions for the PC CD-ROM, Atari(R) Jaguar(TM), and Super NES(TM). A final version for the Sega(TM) Genesis(TM) was available and will ship May 26, 1995.
"Wayne Gretzky and the NHLPA All-Stars" is a result of TWi's dual license: an exclusive three-year contract with Wayne Gretzky, all-time NHL scoring leader and four time Stanley Cup winner, and a license with The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) that brings professional hockey players' names, profiles and statistics to the game.
"The sports market is very competitive -- we're going for winners, by pulling together the best technology, licenses, and talent," commented Mark Beaumont, Senior Vice President Product Development and Marketing at TWi. "We have a lot of experience creating sports titles and we're going out strong with 'Wayne Gretzky and the NHLPA All-Stars.'"
Beaumont noted, "With two years of research and development on top of our three-year Gretzky exclusive, we've set the foundation for a winning line-up."
"Wayne Gretzky and the NHLPA All-Stars" looks and plays realistically because professional gameplay was captured on video and in 3D rendered animations. To capture the real movements and character of Wayne Gretzky, Gretzky himself was filmed for use in the CD versions skating, passing, blocking, and scoring. The title features digitized film footage of NHLPA players to accentuate critical moments like face-offs, blocks and goal scoring. Video footage was taken, digitized and imported into a computer software package where character outlines or animated "skeletons" were constructed to recreate true movements and actions.
The title features over 600 professional hockey players including 26 North American teams and six International All-Star teams. Battery back-up lets you track wins and stats, trade players, edit team line-ups and names, and go for a full 84 game season with playoffs. Designed so that with just three pushes of the button you're on the ice, "Wayne Gretzky and the NHLPA All-Stars" puts you at center-rink for a unique close-to-the-action perspective. Video clips of referees appear to keep order during play and digitized audio announces penalties and goals. Player animations are 20% larger than images in competitive hockey games and details such as backwards skating action and the sounds of puck slaps and stadium music add to the realism.
(AEO E3 1995)

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