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  • Summary: Dynamic Deke Control: User-activated dekes give you full control of the puck. Game Breaker: Build enough momentum and the action slows in key moments -- feel your heart pounding while you go for goal. New Graphics and Animation Engine: NHL action comes to life with all-new animations and stunning graphics. New Puck Physics and Goalie AI: The players and puck respond more accurately to your actions. More Cool Features: 4 game modes, Create-A-Player, real on-ice sounds, and dynamic camera work bring the NHL to your fingertips. [EA Sports] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. The graphics and audio track are superb, and the player interface, with its customizable game play options, all add up for one amazing and enjoyable experience.
  2. 88
    Offers an incredibly fun and addictive vision of hockey.
  3. Basically, everything I could ask for in a hockey game is here. Unfortunately, it has been here for a few years now, and it just isn’t as exciting as it used to be.
  4. The problem with NHL 2003 is that it's fun, but it just ain't hockey...I'm 30 games into the season, and I have yet to lose one...with the difficulty at Highest. [Dec 2002, p.114]
  5. Fans will love it, but there's no harm with sticking with previous games in the NHL series.
  6. 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.
  7. Although the anhancements are certainly welcome, spotty AI and blatant computer cheating make it impossible to appreciate the game as a whole. [Jan 2003, p.84]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4