Conclusion: While I’ve been quick to point out the good and bad for ESPN NHL Hockey, I must be honest in saying the small amount of bad aspects have been entirely overwhelmed by the great play of this game. ESPN NHL is a good, while not great, a considerable improvement over last year’s title. With that said, being an improvement over what I felt to be the best game last year is good enough for me.
Excerpt: Unlike some yearly franchises, the Sega Sports series of titles has never failed to impress me. Since the days of the first titles on the Dreamcast, year in and year out, I’ll hand over my cash to see some of the coolest moves, flashiest graphics, most polished presentation and of course, to become addicted all over again with some of the finest sporting gameplay available.
Excerpt: 1-4 Players Dolby Surround Sound System Link(2 or 4 Xboxes) HDTV – 480p Online Multiplayer(2-8 players) Voice Friends Scoreboard Da Introduction Its now mid October and most sport happy Canadians are thinking about one thing: Hockey of course. The regular season has started and the long hot summer is just a distant memory. To coincide with hockey season Sega sports and Visual Concepts, under the ESPN moniker bring, us ESPN NHL hockey.
Excerpt: When I saw the name ESPN on the hockey game I was about to play, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. I mean, ESPN are those American sports guys. I’m Canadian, and we live and love hockey – it’s our game. What the hell was ESPN’s name doing on a video game hockey simulation? That being said, I realized than any hockey game released up to this point (including the awesome oldie NHL Hockey 94 for the Sega Genesis), had probably been developed by a crew of Yankees, so my...
Excerpt: When Sega Sports unleashed “NHL 2K3” onto the hockey landscape last year, it was met with a round of applause and big love from the hockey purists. Perhaps more importantly, it was the first time that most people would agree that a competitor stepped up to EA and punched them in the mouth. “2K3” outplayed and outshined EA’s title on every level last year. This past May at E3, I was convinced that another whoopin’ was on the horizon.
Conclusion: series has seen minor changes, the most relevant being the “breakaway” view, which is supposed to add a cinematic and dramatic perspective to the game, though falling short. Now that we have half of the titles out of the way, let’s pry our teeth into ESPN NHL Hockey. ESPN NHL Hockey (formally the 2K series) doesn’t glaze over any of its aspects with inflated additions, such as having major recording artists include their songs in the game (i.e. EA Sports).
Excerpt: ESPN NHL Hockey is the latest addition in Sega Sports and Visual Concepts' critically-acclaimed NHL 2K series of games. Though they aren't known for releasing their sports titles in conjunction with actual pro seasons' opening days or in anticipation of a competitors sports title, Sega and Visual Concepts have managed to make ESPN NHL Hockey the first game out of the gate for the 2003-2004 NHL season by releasing it nearly a full month before the season-opener.
Excerpt: Ne vous laissez pas déstabiliser par le changement brutal de nom de cette nouvelle édition de la simulation de hockey de Sega Sports. ESPN NHL Hockey est bien celui que vous attendiez tous sous le nom de NHL 2K4, et en cela, le jeu comporte logiquement beaucoup de similitudes par rapport à NHL 2K3. Le résultat n'en demeure pas moins une véritable simulation telle que les hockeyeurs les apprécient sur consoles, une valeur sûre donc.