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: 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.
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.