Conclusion: Anyone who enjoys the NHL series will love this game. The gameplay finally feels like real hockey. It is slow enough that you can make good decisions and you will pay for playing it like an arcade game. Some tweaking is required to optimize the experience, but overall this is a very solid title. Although EA still seems to be catering more to the arcade crowd, there is plenty in this game for people who just want to play hockey.
Excerpt: New PC Screens (39) New Xbox Screens (27) Xbox Screens (5) PS2 Screens (4) The number one selling NHL® interactive video game franchise continues a tradition of excellence in its 10th year with NHL 2003. The most user-friendly, accessible, entertaining, authentic hockey experience to date, NHL 2003 delivers excitement and addictive speed from the moment the puck drops.
Conclusion: The gameplay is as solid as ever in this year's iteration. Even though it has some faults, the AI allows for a smooth and realistic game. If you take your center to the right of the rink, your right wing will shift over to cover the position you abandoned. The series' goalie AI has been improved every year, and NHL 2003 is no different.
Excerpt: Where do I begin with this game? To start off, like many other fans in the series, I have been playing NHL hockey since its first incarnation back on Sega Genesis. I have avidly followed the evolution of the game from 16-bit all the way to today's next generation consoles. Being Canadian, hockey is my favorite sport, and probably, my favorite video game. It is the one constant I look forward to each October.
Summary: Summarising NHL 2003 is not an easy job. On the one hand this is simply the best NHL game ever seen on a console. It has everything that you would expect and would be a great purchase for those who don't own last years game. If you do own last years title there has to be a question over the necessity to spend $100 on this title.
Conclusion: Electronic Arts hat es wieder einmal geschafft und erneut eine sehr realistische Eishockey-Simulation auf die Beine gestellt. Die Spieler sehen im Gegensatz zum Vorgänger um einiges besser aus und ihre Bewegungen wirken auch sehr realitätsgetreu. Im Spiel selbst waren keine Ruckler auszumachen, selbst wenn man im Optionsmenü die Spielgeschwindigkeit bis auf das Maximum erhöhte, blieb die Framerate trotzdem konstant. Lediglich bei den Videosequenzen (z.B.