Summary: I look forward to the NHL series every year, and I must say I was a bit let down by this version. The graphics are fantastic, as are the puck physics and sound. The dynasty mode is nice, too, but it has its problems, which I'll get to. Also, it's nice how your rookies actually develop instead of staying the same, and passing is much more realistic. Now, the flaws...for one thing, checking is nearly impossible.
Summary: overall, this game was, at best, okay. The thing i remember most when i first played it was the great graphics. It actually looks like a real game on tv, unlike last years cartoonish set up. You can actually pick a loose puck up (im still dizzy from last years, skating 360s around the puck 10 times in order to pick it up) The shots are more realistic but they seem to be pretty slow, even when i go to gameplay and put shot power all the way up, the puck just doesnt seem...
Difficult, but fun, but much room for improvement!
Scott Kelly, Amazon
26 September 2003
Summary: If you liked the past EA NHL games because it is easy to win 13-0 every time you play, then don't buy this game. If you want to be challenged every time out, then go get this game fast. The GM Dynasty mode is great. Gameplay takes a lot of getting used to. The players do not respond as quickly as they used to, and checking is very hard. However, this is called REALISM! If you actually watch hockey, how many open ice bone crushing hits do you see? Not many.
Summary: This game adds a cool new mode called Dynasty Mode where you get to control a team from their player contracts to the ticket price. The flip side is the buttons and the gameplay have been changed and it's confusing as heck and it doesn't work nearly as well. In Dynasty mode, your players will be so terrible for so long that even the biggest fans will be furious at their %50 passing rates.