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Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

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  • Summary: The PlayStation 2 version features include Career Mode, allowing you to compete for the Stanley Cup for 10 consecutive years and build a true hockey dynasty. Also included are Quick Game, Season, Playoffs, Shootout, and Tournament modes. [EA Sports]
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. The high watermark for hockey games on next-generation platforms, and has set a standard that will be hard for competing products to match...it's damn close to NHL '94 for addictiveness.
  2. 100
    Best of all, the sound mix supports DTS 5.1 output, allowing you to literally feel every hit when cranked up loud enough on the right system.
  3. 100
    Simply the best hockey game ever released.
  4. The worst and pretty much only snafu with NHL 2002 is the lame fighting. I didn't think that last year's rock 'em, sock 'em fighting could get any worse, but it feels like it has.
  5. The goalies are still a bit of a sore point, however, since a single defender can run the gamut from godlike to pylon within a single period with little rhyme or reason.
  6. The deepest, most realistic 3D NHL game on the market. Its graphics are impressive, its depth of gameplay modes is staggering, and the gameplay is predominantly tight.
  7. 80
    NHL 2002 gives players amazing control, and pin point accuracy, while still leaving enough of a learning curve to make you come back for more than just a few games.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. R.B.
    Mar 17, 2003
    10
    This is one of the best games i'v ever played yet!!
  2. AndrewS.
    May 5, 2002
    10
    This is the best game out for psx2 and it's worth the money to buy it.
  3. RyanT.
    Oct 22, 2002
    10
    This game was well worth the 80 dollars that i spent on it! The graphics are quite superb and the fights were both tasteful and hard on the controls with the constant button mashing. The A.I. was great for a hockey game. This was the perfect showing of playstaton 2 power and blew away the other attempts at this genre. Expand
  4. ZiggyStardust
    May 11, 2002
    8
    Some incomplete animation when players skate into the net or get body checked into the boards. the fighting really sux. and it's crazy how no hats get thrown onto the ice when a hat-trick is scored. don taylor's colour commentary script is terrible; why would ea make him constantly tell jokes? the jokes get old fast. lastly, there are a lot of weird errors that occur (examples: penalty shot being awarded for no reason, or announcer says he's really disappointed with a players performance and he's the 1st star of the game, or goalies getting stuck on the net. there are many other annoying little things) i was pretty disappointed with this game, but my expectations were ultra high. it's certainly a good game overall. Expand
  5. Apr 3, 2013
    8
    Pretty fun game to play still today but matches end up with ridiculous scores like 8-15 or 4-9. Achievements are kind of fun and cards also. If you are looking for realistic hockey game look somewhere else. Expand
  6. DonTaylor
    Jan 14, 2004
    8
    Great Game. I'm sure everyone has heard enough comments on the game's strong points. However, Don Taylor is absolutely horrible. He completely ruins the game. I can't even play it with the sound on because of all of the stupid things he says...his powerfully unsuccessful attempts at humour make me want to take a bath with a toaster. Expand
  7. Jeff
    Feb 17, 2002
    4
    Too many glitches and inconsistencies ruin what could almost be a fun game.

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