NHL 2003 PlayStation 2

Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
Buy On
  1. True purists may prefer to look elsewhere for their hockey action, but those seeking a fast-paced, action-packed game are in for a real treat.
  2. The new features, especially the dynamic deke control are remarkable and may warrant an upgrade from a previous version for the true hockey fans.
  3. 90
    You know this gameplay: There’s been a lot of excellent tuning but no mammoth overhauls.
  4. A slick hockey game that delivers all of the action, realism and play modes fans of the series and the sport could want. As ever though, this latest edition in the series plays, by and large, like the other nine.
  5. 86
    Those expecting a sim-style game, beware. NHL 2003, like last year's edition, slants more toward arcade-style hockey... Another good installment.
  6. 84
    A solid game that improves only marginally -- if at all -- over last year's game.
  7. There are only a few improvements to help distinguish it from NHL 2002, but these changes further increase the realism of what is considered the best hockey simulation on the market.
  8. PSM Magazine
    80
    Hockey fans looking for a major overhaul of this series won't find one, but that's not necessarily bad. [Dec 2002, p.46]
  9. 80
    The latest version of EA's yearly hit isn't the quantum leap ahead of last year's, but it's improved enough to keep it at the top, drinking from the virtual Cup.
  10. The sound package continues to be exceptional in this series. But the camera work is atrocious. There's simply no good camera in the game.
  11. There’s more fluency to the [Hitz] gameplay, and the “on fire” element is handier than EA’s aptly named “gamebreaker”.
  12. If you liked “NHL 2002” then NHL 2003 is almost the exact same game.
  13. Game Informer
    78
    It's a little different, but if you dissect every little detail, it's actually a step down from last year's release. [Nov 2002, p.120]
  14. EA Sports continues to feel that this franchise mode is superfluous, and the ten-year franchise you can play in NHL 2003 is very rudimentary and poorly explained...[yet] you'll definitely have a lot of fun playing NHL 2003.
  15. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    75
    A better-playing, all-around more realistic game than 2002 with a level of control that puts all past EA NHL games to shame. [Dec 2002, p.212]

Awards & Rankings

#74 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
User Score
6.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. Jul 9, 2016
    8
    Don't get me wrong, the game is a lot of fun. The engine underwent some changes. The players are able to stickhandle the puck using the rightDon't get me wrong, the game is a lot of fun. The engine underwent some changes. The players are able to stickhandle the puck using the right analog stick. My only gripe with this game is that it can be challenging to score goals at times. Still the game is well worth playing, not as good as 2002, but still fun Full Review »
  2. JoshH.
    Jun 5, 2003
    0
    If anyone has played any of the previous NHL series games and liked them, DO NOT GET THIS GAME!!!!!! I got this the day it was released, and If anyone has played any of the previous NHL series games and liked them, DO NOT GET THIS GAME!!!!!! I got this the day it was released, and I was so excited, yet when I started to play, I had turned the game off within ten minutes, and put NHL 2001 in. The gameplay is horrendous compared to the previous NHL games, and the charecters and their respective animations look like puffy disney characters. The worst game I have bought in years, only surpassed by any of the WWF/WWE games. Full Review »
  3. BradC.
    Mar 23, 2003
    10
    This game is probably one of the best games i own, bsides nba 2k3 and nfl 2k3....and i own all the newest games, whoever says this game is aThis game is probably one of the best games i own, bsides nba 2k3 and nfl 2k3....and i own all the newest games, whoever says this game is a less then 7 is crazy, if you do say that then you havent played it that much or your not a hockey fan....the graphics are amazing, and so is everything else....maybe try using the rangers, they have all expierenced players, and they have kovo, and bure....or the reason you didnt like it is because you couldnt beat the computer, keep tryin.. Full Review »