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: 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: 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.
Summary: ESPN NHL Hockey übertrifft auf jeden Fall seinen direkten Vorgänger NHL 2K3 in Sachen Grafik und auch Sound. Spielerisch hat man mit neuen Modi draufgelegt und die Dekes sind eine sehr gute Ergänzung zur Steuerung. Auch die Präsentation, die bei den Vorgängern meist auf der Strecke blieb ist endllich als gelungen zu bezeichnen. Die Athmosphäre kommt schon gewaltig, willkommen in der NHL.