Summary: Playing this game was an exercise in frustration. The camera angles are all lousy and the AI is a joke. EA and their supporters keep talking about the realism in this game. But in a "real" game players don't let passes fly right through them, defensmen don't let opposing players camp out in front of the net without checking them somehow, team mates don't stand around just looking at a puck that is inches from their stick, and body checks actually knock players off the...
TERRIBLE: I WANTED A ZERO STARS BUT IT WOULDN'T LET ME
Christopher Posser "mrchrisp99", Amazon
30 December 2002
Summary: I have been an EA sports nhl fan since the 92 version on sega genesis when there was only playoff hockey, no player names and no line changes. i could only get federov into the lineup in detroit if yzerman got hurt. every year i would run out to get the new edition the day it came out and then play it for days on end. i did the same this year with 2003 and i was completely disappointed.
Summary: I have purchased every EA Sports NHL version from when the very first edition came out, way back when. This is the first time I have ever returned one. NHL 2003 is a huge, HUGE disappointment. The graphics aren't very good, the gameplay is much more along the lines of an arcade game than a simulator one, and the AI/goalies are terrible. On only my 2nd or 3rd game I was scoring 15 or more goals!
Summary: Usually I buy the next version of NHL from EA without question. It usually is no worse than the last year's game. This was the first time I was robbed. This game is terrible. Even tweaking sliders all day long won't make the players AI any better. It is a joke. Player photos have them in old team jerseys a whole year after they were traded (Jason Allison) and the rosters are not even close to accurate.
Summary: Let's see. Where do I start? With the awful camera angles? With the un-updated rosters (Byron Dafoe in goal for Boston???)? With the un-intuitive menus? With the inability to save game settings? Save the money. This game is an abomination. It plain wreaks.