Summary: Although I'm still playing NHL 2002 on occasion after a full year, I'm getting a bit weary of it. On one difficulty setting, I win 7-1 on average; on the highest difficulty, I lose 2-0 despite outshooting my opponent 50-7. While there's no denying that it's an incredibly fun hockey game, it takes too many liberties to be an effective hockey sim. As such, the reward of winning becomes non-existent with experience.
Summary: NHL 2K3 blends the realistic style of hockey with okay graphics, and makes it an enjoyable experience. I will first startwith the faults: 1 no curves on the stick blades(no order) 2 player scale could be improved 3 Graphics need to be sharper 4 you can't edit the equipment that players were. (There are like 5 helmets, 4 skates, 4 sticks, 2 visors etc.
Summary: This is a real good game. Very realistic, even down to the goal horns. Playing against NJ as The Mighty Ducks and hearing the goal horn from NJ brought back nightmares from Games 5 & 7. The only problems I have with the game is the jersey numbers. For example, I acquired Daniel Briere, and instead of letting me pick his jersey, the game automatically gave him #66. It's the little things that bother me. A game that is so good, shouldn't have that kind of glitch in it.
Summary: This is the best hockey game ever. You'll never want to stop. There is every team and player. Theres a mode were 2 people can play each other and you can just play the com. just for fun. There is also a franchise mode where you go threw as many seasons as you want. You can also trade players and sign free agents. Theres also a draft after each season. You can also set the difficilly level to any thing you want.
Summary: If you remember nhl2k2 for the Dreamcast then you already know that all this game is about is a port with minor adjustments and updates. With that said, on with the review. First off the good. It is good that sega aquired the ESPN license. It gives a more tv style presentation to the game. The player models are a lot better but the goalies still look weird. EA's NHL has sega beat there. As far as game play goes, its a lot more realistic in comparison to other ps2 titles.
Summary: I've played all the big hockey games so far and two have really let my down. 989 was the WORST EVER! Bad graphics, lousy game play and a definite 989 doesn't care what it looks like attitude contributed to a complete failure in my opinion. EA was better. The commentary was horrible, but I just turned it off. Even so, other elements made me wish for more. Then I bought NHL2K3. AWSOME! The got the arenas right, the uniforms look good and the gameplay is pretty top notch.
The greatest Hockey Game Ever...end of discussion.
Hand of Justice, Amazon
25 January 2003
Summary: I'm addicted to this hockey game. The level of options and choices is amazing. First off you get to choose what time of view you want : if you liked Wayne Gretzky Hockey you can have the Horizontal layout , if you liked EA Sports games on Genesis you an have the 3/4th overhead view , if you want a 100% overview you can have that , and if you want a tight look you can go with the Rink view : you can also adjust the tightness of the camera zoom and that is a huge factor.
Summary: I've spent way too many hours playing most of the PS1 & PS2 hockey titles. I enjoyed all the releases of FaceOff for PS1, but the PS2 version of FaceOff was the first hockey game I actually returned for a refund. Although I haven't played FaceOff 2003, everything I've read suggests that the games is dead in the water. EA Sports NHL Series was, in my opinion, all flash with not much fluid game play or strategy.