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 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: 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.
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 purchased NHL 2K3, after trying NHL 2003 from EA Sports. Even though you might be able to do a little bit more with NHL 2003, NHL 2K3 will blow NHL 2003 out of the water! The game is more realistic, and you feel like you're at an actual hockey game. The scoring is more realistic, also, as someone else pointed out. There won't be that many high-scoring games. The highest score I've gotten so far is 5. It's just more realistic then NHL 2003.
Summary: NHL 2K3 is definitely the best hockey game available right now. The gameplay is what sets it apart from all the rest. It is very realistic. There aren't many huge checks that knock the player to the ice unlike NHL where the players fly all over the ice. The scores are also realistic. Each goal is crucial because there won't be many by either team if they are fairly matched. This also differs from NHL where the final score is 13-11.
The best video game hockey gets better and better every year
N. Durham "Big Evil", Amazon
9 December 2002
Summary: Any sports enthusiasts who owned a Dreamcast will remember Sega's NHL 2K series which began with the lackluster NHL 2K, and ended with NHL 2K2 (the last Dreamcast game) which re-defined the way video game hockey should be. Developer Visual Cocnepts went for the most realistic feel of the NHL they could go for, and came up with the most realistic playing hockey video game to date. Now, enter NHL 2K3: the series debut on all home systems.