NHL 2003 PC

Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
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  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. It continues a long-standing tradition by offering just enough in the way of improvements to warrant at least a cursory glance from past customers.
  5. 78
    A few AI problems keep it from reaching expectations.
  6. It really does feel like being there, or at least watching it on the television in the early hours of the morning, without having to stay up late.
  7. PC Gamer
    72
    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]
  8. Fans will love it, but there's no harm with sticking with previous games in the NHL series.
  9. 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.
  10. Computer Gaming World
    60
    The A.I. in this year's version is so lame, it may be a step backward. [Feb 2003, p.90]
  11. 60
    Despite the many little changes, improvements, and false steps, this year's game is still as disappointing as last year's, albeit in different ways, and with more obvious flaws that take less time to annoy the player.
  12. Computer Games Magazine
    40
    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]
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. ChrisM.
    Oct 24, 2004
    8
    Game play Commentary is the game's only downfall.
  2. JpN.
    Dec 21, 2002
    7
    Stupid pc wont let me win unlike 2002 hehe anyway easports has never made a bad nhl game well umm unless we forget the 90's.
  3. Chigliak
    Nov 3, 2002
    6
    If EA Sports would concentrate less on people in the crowd, players blowing their noses or celebrating too much for goals scored, or that If EA Sports would concentrate less on people in the crowd, players blowing their noses or celebrating too much for goals scored, or that childish waste of programming - fighting, and more on equal gameplay for both computer and human players, they would have a much better game. Full Review »