• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Sep 9, 2003
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
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  1. G.G.
    Sep 22, 2003
    1
    Nhl 2004 is way more fun and hardcore!
  2. UM
    Nov 18, 2003
    3
    I don't know what the big fuss about this game is. When I got it I was expecting so much more from all of the great reviews it got. Complete garbage if you ask me. The special moves are so crappy & you can't even manual deke like in NHL 2004, I mean common flipping the puck is considered a deke. Complete garbage.

Awards & Rankings

12
75
#75 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Play Magazine
    100
    The true star of the ESPN NHL Hockey is the play-by-play commentary. Courtesy of ESPN's Gary Throne and Bill Clement, this is some of the best commentary I've ever heard in a hockey game. [Jan 2004, p.80]
  2. Fine visuals, excellent sound and a level of presentation currently unrivalled in any sporting product - what more could you want?
  3. A near-flawless gameplay experience that is marred only by a slightly deficient Franchise mode, but when you have a game that exudes this much quality in just about every other facet I’m more than happy to overlook it.