Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. The action is so intense and over-the-top that you have to wonder if Mario Lemieux would have reconsidered unretirement if he played this game a year earlier.
  2. I am particularly impressed though with the customization abilities of the game.
  3. With excellent graphics, strong gameplay, and top-notch design, this is definitely one of my favorites of 2001.
  4. 92
    While NHL 2002 certainly shares a lot of the elements from 2001, it's by far one of the biggest steps forward that we've seen in the series in years, and as good as 2001 was, 2002 is even better.
  5. There are quite a few excellent enhancements to the gameplay and the computer's artificial intelligence hidden beneath NHL 2002's dizzying array of flashy new features.
  6. A great game, but true hockey fans that buy the latest and greatest that EA gives us each year will not see a whole lot of changes.
  7. If you've ever wanted a fast paced sports game that's top quality, check out NHL 2002. You could buy it just for the new commentary alone, but there are so many more reasons.
  8. Undoubtedly an excellent game, with its strengths far outweighing its weaknesses. My central frustration, though, is that it doesn’t allow you to play a deliberate, defense-oriented, puck-control style of NHL hockey.
  9. [Score clarification: 85 if you've never played "NHL 2001"; 75 if you have]. If you've never played NHL 2001 then this game has a ton of replay value with custom tournaments, international teams, a fairly decent season/franchise mode and online play.
  10. While some features are better, the most important part—the AI—has received little attention. While it's still a fun game, it's not much of an improvement over last year's edition.
  11. There didn't seem to be any specific gameplay difference with NHL 2002 and its immediate predecessor. All my on-ice moves were the same as in the older game.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. StefanW.
    Oct 6, 2003
    I loved this game! This is the best game ever! If you don't have it get it at any video game store. I loved it so much, I give it a 10.
  2. TeddyBear
    Sep 20, 2002
    I've had every nhl game thats ever come out since nhlpa93 for super nintendo and out of all of them this is by far the most exciting and well made game ever...keep up the good work ea. Full Review »
  3. ChadP.
    Aug 16, 2002
    Best game in the world. Graphics make the game almost look like the real thing. It couldn't be much better than this. All you people that say this game could be better and is not that good and is no different than 2001 are really stupid. Because this game is way better than 2002. It has a music importer so u can import your own music. It has a jersey importer so u can create your own jerseys from scratch. There's so much more. EA sports has done a great job with this game and hope that they continue their excellence in the NHL games in the mire feature. Full Review »