Conclusion: Midway Sports is based upon arcade-style, over-the-top sports titles that appeal to a broader scope of gamers. Their recipe for success continues with NHL Hitz 20-03 through various nice tweaks of gameplay and graphics and a host of new modes. Overall the new modes are a welcome addition, though the mini-games are pretty lean and get old very fast. Hitz can become repetitive in the single-player mode, but continues to be a blast in multiplayer.
Excerpt: When it comes to over-the-top arcade sports games, Midway is as synonymous with the genre as Kleenex is to facial tissue and Styrofoam is to foam coolers. The company has carved out a nice niche with console franchises such as NFL Blitz, NHL Hitz, Red Card Soccer and the new MLB Slugfest.
Conclusion: (with the goalie as the fourth ice tenant) Hitz 2003 is a solid hockey videogame. The ONLY two penalties that are called is fighting (the game’s dynamics really change when it becomes two-on-two hockey) and running into the goalie. Oddly enough, you can clobber the hell out of the goalie if he’s just a step out of the net, but in the crease he’s off limits. If you’re daring, the goalie can skate the puck up.
Conclusion: NHL Hitz lebt von Emotionen und schnellem Gameplay, von einer fairen Lernkurve und hoher Langzeitmotivation, weil man ja wirklich alles freischalten will, was die Programmierer in das Spiel integriert haben – und das ist eine ganze Menge. Bis zum Erscheinen von NHL Hitz 20-04 kann man es mit diesem Spiel definitiv aushalten, trotz der kleineren Schwächen wie gelegentlichem Einechen der Framerate oder der Tatsache, dass der eigene Torwart mal eben kurzfristig völlig...