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'Gretzky NHL '06' (PSP/PS2) - Screens

by Judy on July 25, 2005 @ 4:56 p.m. PDT

Due to hit stores in September (PS2) and October (PSP), Gretzky NHL '06 is set to retake the virtual ice with an all-new mode that is easy to pick up and play for the new hockey fan or casual gamer, yet incorporates all the hard hitting ,fast paced action that hard-core hockey fans crave from their sport... plus it provides an opportunity to skate with "the Great One."

Ottawa's Wayne Meter is full and can be triggered to activate Wayne and achieve a letter towards the spelling of W-A-Y-N-E. Once the spelling is complete Ottawa can play with 5 Gretzkys on the ice for the remainder of the game. Notice that Wayne vs. Wayne play takes place in Wayne's hometown of Brantford, Ontario, at the Brantford Arena.

Ottawa manages to trigger Wayne Time with a full Wayne Meter (99) and not only gains the use of Gretzky, but also earns a second letter toward the spelling of W-A-Y-N-E (as the pop-up demonstrates). Spelling W-A-Y-N-E will give Ottawa 5 Gretzkys on the ice for the remainder of the game.

Toronto to scores a goal while Dallas has Wayne on the ice, effectively killing Dallas' Wayne Time and earning themselves a bonus 50 Wayne Seconds to put towards triggering a Wayne of their own.

Vancouver has successfully spelled the word W-A-Y-N-E by triggering Wayne with a full Wayne Meter 5 times and skates with 5 Waynes on the ice at once. In this shot the Waynes work their magic and score a goal. Notice the ice color switches between white and blue while Wayne is activated, another added effect in Wayne vs. Wayne.

Toronto triggers Wayne Time with a full meter (99 seconds) for the 5th time in the game, successfully acquiring all the letters to spell W-A-Y-N-E. This gives Toronto an incredible advantage over Dallas as they now skate with 5 Waynes on the ice at once for the remainder of the game (pop-up shows multiple Waynes).

With Wayne on the ice, your confidence can't help but grow. This is reflected this by making Wayne and all his teammates 15% bigger while Wayne Time is triggered. In this shot you see an oversized Wayne towering over Jeremy Roenick, but it's not just him, all his teammates grow bigger. Notice that Wayne has his own special icon, making him more visible and easier to get the puck to.

With the spelling of W-A-Y-N-E, Tampa Bay has gained the services of 5 Waynes at once for the remainder of the game. In this shot, 3 oversized Waynes chase down a loose puck. Not only do Wayne and his teammates grow 15% bigger during Wayne Time, but their skills improve by 10% as well. I'd hate to be this Ranger!

Chicago has acquired the services of 5 Waynes at once for the remainder of the game by triggering a full Wayne Meter 5 times and spelling the word W-A-Y-N-E. Here, following a goal by the Gretzkys, they face off at center ice in Wayne's hometown of Brantford, Ontario, at the Brantford Arena.

Here Wayne lands a big hit on…Wayne. In Wayne vs. Wayne gamers will notice all sorts of special presentation elements, like this red halo.

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