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  • Summary: Dynamic Deke Control: User-activated dekes give you full control of the puck. Game Breaker: Build enough momentum and the action slows in key moments -- feel your heart pounding while you go for goal. New Graphics and Animation Engine: NHL action comes to life with all-new animations and stunning graphics. New Puck Physics and Goalie AI: The players and puck respond more accurately to your actions. More Cool Features: 4 game modes, Create-A-Player, real on-ice sounds, and dynamic camera work bring the NHL to your fingertips. [EA Sports] Expand
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. The new features, especially the dynamic deke control are remarkable and may warrant an upgrade from a previous version for the true hockey fans.
  2. 90
    You know this gameplay: There’s been a lot of excellent tuning but no mammoth overhauls.
  3. 86
    Those expecting a sim-style game, beware. NHL 2003, like last year's edition, slants more toward arcade-style hockey... Another good installment.
  4. If you liked “NHL 2002” then NHL 2003 is almost the exact same game.
  5. 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]
  6. 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]
  7. As always, the graphics in NHL 2003 are exceptional... There were times when I thought I was watching an actual hockey game. [Nov 2002, p.88]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10