NHL 2003 GameCube
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6.3

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  • Summary: In order to become a superstar in the NHL, you'll need a combination of speed, power, and moves. NHL 2003 gives you the abilities of all the stars and teams of pro hockey, but it's up to you to master them. This time, you have full control of the puck with Dynamic Deke Control and accurate puck physics. The game also features four game modes, including Create-a-Player, enhanced sounds and animations, and dynamic camera work to bring you closer to the NHL action. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. 90
    You know this gameplay: There’s been a lot of excellent tuning but no mammoth overhauls.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. An uninspiring, tedious, dull game unworthy of your money, unless deeply into Ice Hockey.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. ZiggyStardust
    Feb 19, 2003
    3
    if you want real hockey i suggest nhl 2k3. if you want arcade action, i suggest nhl hitz 20-03. both are far better games. nhl 2003 is is somewhere in between arcade and simulation. there's a few improvements over 2002, but there's also a few things that got worse. overall it's a highly disappointing title. Collapse

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