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Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

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  • Summary: EA's Canadian developing team returns to the ice with better graphics, improved lighting, create-a-player features, "Soul Calibur"-like digital NHL trading cards, and a dramatic new breakaway cam for those one-on-one, juke-the-goalie situations.
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  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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. KentV.
    Jan 4, 2002
    10
    Two words: Awesome game!!
  2. GrahamW.
    Dec 9, 2001
    10
    Awesome, is there more???
  3. StefanW.
    Oct 6, 2003
    10
    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.
  4. FaisalE.
    Mar 29, 2002
    10
    This game is really good, way better than NHL 2000 and 2001.
  5. ChadP.
    Aug 16, 2002
    10
    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 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. Expand
  6. TeddyBear
    Sep 20, 2002
    10
    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 andI'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. Expand
  7. LasseS.
    Apr 10, 2002
    9
    I just love it.

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