NHL 2K3 GameCube
Metascore
89

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 100
    If you’re looking to play hockey of the NHL variety, to tackle pro challenges and use real-life strategies, NHL 2K3 will thrill you as much as watching your team heroically survive a five-on-three penalty kill.
  2. Treyarch has done a masterful job with this game, satisfying the needs of serious hockey fans without losing sight of the fact that a sports game has to be fun.
  3. Treyarch and Sega have created the "Madden" of hockey with this title. It just needs some aural and visual polish to become something amazing.
  4. The most realistic playing hockey title to date and a fun one at that.
  5. 89
    The only way to get closer to pro hockey is to be drafted by an NHL team.
  6. 88
    If you are a fan of hockey or if you want to try hockey on a level beyond "Hitz" and "NHL 2003," then this is absolutely the way to go.
  7. The GameCube version of NHL 2K3 is hurt somewhat by its lack of online support, but if you don't have an Xbox, then don't let that dissuade you from picking up this otherwise excellent game.
  8. With a such a wealth of options, NHL 2K3 is about as deep a hockey game as any fan could wish for.
  9. NHL 2K3's biggest accomplishment is without question the AI: it is absolutely brilliant - especially the goalie. [Jan 2003, p.84]
  10. Improved graphics, advanced physics and more control features contribute to a solid hockey sim. [Dec 2002, p.216]
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. BobF.
    Jul 8, 2003
    10
    AWESOME!!!
  2. JimT.
    Apr 4, 2003
    9
    Great Game! Super realistic yet fun. The Goalies are tough, but otherwise nearing perfection.
  3. ShawnT.
    Feb 27, 2003
    2
    Who pays for reality?????? certainly not gamecube...what was sega thinking this game is the worst sports game ive ever played. You are betterWho pays for reality?????? certainly not gamecube...what was sega thinking this game is the worst sports game ive ever played. You are better off playing nhl hitz as it takes u to a world of hardcore hockey. Full Review »