NHL 2003 GameCube

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. 87
    Just maintains at the status quo level. True, that's a high level, but it isn't the marked improvement we were hoping for.
  2. An uninspiring, tedious, dull game unworthy of your money, unless deeply into Ice Hockey.
  3. What accounts for the less-than-perfect score is the extreme amount of tweaking it takes to get everything just the way you like it.
  4. With sports games, it all comes down to control, and EA’s NHL 2003 is one of the best in the business.
  5. The only downside to the visual experience is the terrible crowd – but the game is so fast your eye is on the puck at all times so you won’t notice it too much unless you’re into watching replays a lot.
  6. 84
    A no-brainer for hockey fans. The gameplay is completely customizable, the controls are tight, and the franchise mode is fairly deep.
  7. There are only a few improvements to help distinguish it from NHL 2002, but these changes further increase the realism of what is considered the best hockey simulation on the market.
  8. 82
    I daresay that NHL 2003 is a step down from last year’s installment in terms of fun and playability. All told, while it might be comparing apples and oranges to a degree, I enjoyed playing the PC version of NHL 2002 much more.
  9. There’s a lot crammed in that small GCN disc, so if you get the game, don’t forget to browse around and find the neat additions.
  10. Deke moves and a new Game Breaker feature put the focus on finesse. [Dec 2002, p.216]
  11. 90
    You know this gameplay: There’s been a lot of excellent tuning but no mammoth overhauls.
  12. As always, the graphics in NHL 2003 are exceptional... There were times when I thought I was watching an actual hockey game. [Nov 2002, p.88]
  13. It’s not sim enough to match up with Sega’s offering, and Midway has a faster, more fun arcade hockey game in NHL Hitz.

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