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  • Summary: EA's first hockey game to grace a next-gen system features all 30 NHL teams (including the Wild & Blue Jackets) and emphasizes speed, with the "big hit," "deke" and "speed burst" buttons making their return along with such precise adjustable factors as pass speed, shot accuracy, puckEA's first hockey game to grace a next-gen system features all 30 NHL teams (including the Wild & Blue Jackets) and emphasizes speed, with the "big hit," "deke" and "speed burst" buttons making their return along with such precise adjustable factors as pass speed, shot accuracy, puck elasticity, and puck friction (?!?). Expand
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  1. So damned good I don't know how EA will top this performance next year.
  2. The sound is nothing short of spectacular. Every noise you'd expect to hear at a hockey game has been taken into account and put in the game.
  3. Once again the AI needs tuning and the graphics need optimizing. Otherwise, though, this game is still as fun on the PS2 as it is on the PSX, and with the new range of customization options, you're sure to find a gameplay style you like.
  4. While the graphics aren't as good as I expected from this PS2 title, they are still a huge jump up for PlayStation owners. The reported slowdown hardly detracts from enjoying the game.
  5. 84
    Definitely the best hockey game on any console.
  6. 78
    The AI just isn't up to snuff in terms of the challenge it puts forth and there's simply too much slowdown in the game too be totally ignored.
  7. 2001 runs at a pretty slow pace overall and fails to capture the frenzied pace of professional hockey. In addition, you'll notice some bizarre slowdown when passing the benches.

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  1. RyanM.
    Apr 28, 2003
    9
    A great hockey game. I haven't played 2002 yet but it is definitely going to be hard to beat. The one main drawback is the memory it A great hockey game. I haven't played 2002 yet but it is definitely going to be hard to beat. The one main drawback is the memory it takes up which is 2 megabytes. On an 8 meg memory card thats a lot. But the game itself is great. Expand