NHL FaceOff 2003 PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Nov 5, 2002

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
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  1. A nice package, though certainly not as good as EA or Sega’s version.
  2. A game that really needs a design overhaul – some might like title, but I certainly wouldn’t want to spend more time with it.
  3. Cheat Code Central
    Even if I were a hockey fan, the game would still suffer from bad camera angles, jerky animation, magnetic puck-pulling sticks and unrealistic AI performance.
  4. The graphics of FO 2003 aren't horrible, but they're definitely weak.
  5. 40
    Textured well enough, suitably brutal, and sporting fairly evolved team-management options, it's too bad the gameplay experience weakens the overall score.
  6. The changes did not go far enough and the result is a game that is still a notch below the top players.
  7. Simply way too choppy to enjoy all that much.
  8. It's advisable for both general enthusiasts and die-hard hockey fans to avoid this game for fear of losing interest in the sport.
  9. 65
    There are far too many gameplay, graphics, and presentation problems. I would say that the game is minor league, but that would be an insult to the guys in the AHL.
  10. The game AI may have a few stumbles, and the graphical quality isn’t near the standards set by EASports or Midway, but this is not a bad game.
  11. I was fairly impressed by Faceoff’s presentation, player models, and intuitive controls. However the weak animations and sub par franchise mode in the game keep Faceoff from achieving greatness.
  12. With too many in game flaws and lack of customization you’ll be lucky if you can get through one season of NHL Faceoff 2003.
  13. 52
    The game also plays very jerky, which in the end, is really the most important part.
  14. The problems arise though with the poor AI and gameplay of the game which is plagued by sketchy animations and goalies that just do not seem to want to stop those easy shots.
  15. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Stay far away from this rink rat. [Jan 2003, p.134]
  16. The graphics are bad, the gameplay is below average and the career mode is weak, add it all up and it makes for a game I can’t really recommend to anyone.
  17. Play Magazine
    989 Sports has a long way to go if they want to compete with the big boys. [Dec 2002, p.91]
  18. PSM Magazine
    There's nothing in this game that hasn't been done elsewhere, and better. [Holiday 2002, p.44]
  19. The game generally just tightens up many spots to make it a contender this year. Of course with other offerings out there, 989 still might be your third or fourth.
  20. Despite a year off last year, Faceoff 2003 hasn't improved enough to stay with the competition.

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