Ok, but not much difference from the 2001 version...
27 October 2002
Summary: I rented this game because of how much I liked previous NHL games made by EA Sports. So I picked this up and poped it in. The first thing I noticed was that there were a lot of little movies. Players getting pumped up before a game, celebrations on and off the ice. I thought that was pretty cool, and a new added feature. But other than little things like that, this game doesn't offer much of anything new.
Summary: My brother and I have probably logged more head-to-head games than anyone playing EA hockey simulations. We enjoyed the first two versions for the Sega and now have been playing NHL 99 for Playstation since it debued. We were ready to upgrade and went out and purchased an X-box specifically to play this game. We tried it for about an hour and decided that it wasn't worth the investment.
Summary: NHL 2002 is a great game when you first buy it. Its is fast paced, action packed, and just plain fun. but after a while you start losing interest. maybe its because the season is to long, or that you play it 24/7. then it just becomes one of your old games that you dont play to much. if the could have like cheats for extra special teams and stuff it might be more fun, but unfortuatley NHL 2002 doesnt have that.
Summary: I will keep this one short and sweet. NO ONE does hockey gaming (sim-style) like EA. I have tried other franchises on several platforms over the years, and EA takes their greatness to each one and outshines everyone else every time. The gameplay is fluid, options are deep, and the graphics are top-notch. If you like the arcade-style hockey, then maybe it is not for you. However, if you want the best hockey sim on the market, just stick with EA and you can't go wrong.
Summary: NHL 2002 is a crowning achievement in videogame hockey, the first to combine techincal mastery, EA's typical fast-paced gameplay, and convincing realism into one seamless package. The beginner mode is a good tutorial to get used to the controls without getting hammered, while the difficult setting will have experts throwing their controller through the TV after the opposing goalie's 40th consecutive save.
Awesome game! (NHL2002 Xbox users... cool tip at bottom!)
JRK "jkunz", Amazon
5 June 2002
Summary: This is my favorite game for the Xbox. The graphics are top-notch and the game play is spectacular. The majority of negative things I have read about NHL 2002 can be turned off in the form of a menu option. The skill levels are appropriate, you will easily move past beginner once you learn the basics and only the experienced player should attempt the All-Star level. I'm happy on Pro most of the time.
Summary: Though SEGA's NHL 2K3 will not be available on XBOX until late 2002/early 2003, I think it may be worth waiting for. SEGA's NHL 2K2 for Dreamcast easily bested EA's NHL 2002 in terms of gameplay. EA's game is not as fluid or intense as SEGA's effort, and I would go with a wait-and-see attitude unless you are dieing for an XBOX hockey title today. Somewhat recommended - A good game, but you'd be better off waiting for SEGA's NHL 2K3 to surface on XBOX.
Summary: Hockey is a fun video game. The best part of hockey games is the fighting. I love fighting in hockey games, I know that it isn't quite realistic to expect so many, but that's what I want, not being a true hockey player. But this game has the weakest fighting in any hockey game. The fights last for less than 5 seconds, and it looks like they only use 10 frames of animation for fighting. EA truly treated it as a secondary aspect of the game, and it turns me off.