Excerpt: Normally, I try not to focus on what is missing in a title but, instead, focus on its strong points. However, what NHL FaceOff 2003 doesn’t have is one of the main reasons it fails. First and foremost, in-depth slider bars are missing. Sure, you can control game speed and penalty frequency but you are stuck with SolWorks idea of perfect hockey when it comes to goalie skills, puck retention, puck friction and any number of finer points.
Excerpt: They really should have named this game NHL HipCheck 1998. I could really just end the review there, but I have actually been pulling for 989 sports to make a comeback and I want to be fair. However, where I could see that effort was made in this years version of GameDay and GameBreaker to produce a quality title, I really don’t see that with FaceOff.
Excerpt: PS2 Screens (3) The fast, furious hockey action that has made 989 Sports' NHL FaceOff franchise a hockey heavyweight returns loaded with all the thunderous checks and precision passing and an even more savvy computer when NHL FaceOff 2003 hits the ice for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system on October 15.
Excerpt: If you're like me, you live up in Wisconsin, where it's cold, which means only one thing: hockey. But chances are you're not like me. You're living down in a warm state where hot chicks walk around in their bikinis all day long. Meanwhile, I have to stare at guys with mullets and missing teeth. This little analogy describes the graphics of NHL FaceOff 2003 . While it's not as bad as guys with mullets, I have seen better.
Excerpt: 989 Sports has given NHL FaceOff an overhaul this year, including a new graphics engine, motion captures, and player moves. The changes were necessary to try to keep the game in the same league with the bigger franchises in the hockey game field. However, the changes did not go far enough and the result is a game that is still a notch below the top players.
Conclusion: Much like all current sporting games these days, the game features 3-D modeled characters with a variety of camera angles for your gaming pleasure; however, this game features some of the oldest looking graphics of the current group of games. For some inexplicable reason, the character textures seem older than the ones used in the NHL 2001 series from EA Sports.
Excerpt: Without a doubt, hockey titles are one of the most exciting and enjoyable sports titles when it comes to videogames. EA Sports has long been the standard for excellence with their NHL series, and Sega Sports always seems to excel with the 2K label. 989 Sports have been attempting to compete with the big boys for awhile now, and in some instances have come very close in their sports titles.
Excerpt: First of all, perhaps I should tell you that I was raised in the heartland of America, playing wholesome American games like Driver and Original Half Life deathmatch. Since I was kicked off of all major sports because I was too competitive (or to lazy֯ne of the two, I'm not sure), I didn't play sports games out of spite. Seeing as how I lost half my readers already because what I just said made absolutely no sense, I will treat the rest to an honest review.