NHL 2K2 Dreamcast
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Feb 14, 2002
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 92
    The gameplay and features are the slickest out there, and in terms of simulating the experience of hockey, NHL 2K2 delivers the most authentic representation I've seen yet.
  2. If you can get past some of the sloppy control and strong defensive qualities of the game (including a too-effective poke check), you'll find a game completely opposite all other arcade based titles on the market.
  3. A fast, fun, deep, and graphically impressive game and it’s been well worth the two year wait since Sega released the original.
  4. The controls in NHL 2K2 get the nod for being the most intuitive in the genre.
  5. Its top game speed, Lightning (yes, that's what they call it), keeps the action firing at an intense clip without sacrificing skater physics. In other words, it's slippery fast, but not in a cheesy, pretend way. [May 2002, p.114]
  6. A great game of hockey... It may not have all the features that we would have liked, but it's certainly a lot of fun to play.
  7. In the good, but not great category, NHL 2K2's artificial intelligence provides moments of excellence, tempered with moments of sheer stupidity.
  8. It's all here, with looks that kill and gameplay to support it. [April 2002, p.63]
  9. While it has all the makings of a great game, its ho-hum presentation, standard graphics and gameplay, missing online play and overall lack of innovation make this a game to pass on if you can.
  10. 60
    The controls, while exhaustive in their scope, suffer from too much complexity, and skating and checking never quite feel right.
  11. The sound of skates on ice is particularly grating here, sounding more like nails on a blackboard than thin knives of steel dragging across a slab of frozen water.

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