• Publisher: Midway
  • Release Date: Sep 25, 2003
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Finds the right balance between arcade and simulation gameplay while still delivering the classic Midway style of hockey and adding more depth to the gameplay.
  2. The five-on-five treatment really works for this game but its’ the arcade-styled fast-as-lightning gameplay that will have gamers playing this one for a long time.
  3. There's no doubt that Hitz Pro is the best hockey game of this year, though a lack of online play in the UK and no option to play classic Hitz gameplay will disappoint fans.
  4. 86
    Addictively fun as a multiplayer game, and tricked-out with enough new modes and Franchise options to make the single-player experience enjoyable, Hitz Pro delivers on its promise.
  5. An excellent blend of the two styles of play and has enough options, on either side, to appeal to hockey fans of any sensibility. Above all else, the game is just a lot of fun.
  6. Provides an enjoyable hockey experience that’s easy to pick up and play, graphically sound and aurally interesting just like before. However, this experiment with more realism injected into the series lacks a certain amount of zip that diehard fans have come to know and love.
  7. An awesome game that reminds me more of an updated version of a classic than something new, but that’s exactly what I was waiting for.
  8. 75
    The new simulation aspects are a good attempt to make this year's game appeal to every type of hockey fan, but the game still feels like it's caught in transition.
  9. Without the really well balanced online play I would have REALLY given this game a beating. However the multiplayer aspects continue to be a draw.
  10. While the constant setting on fire and craziness of the old Hitz will be missed, there are still plenty of high scoring games and big hits to be had with the new title.
  11. 80
    The feel of parody is gone; rather than being a wild action game based on hockey, this year’s edition is a hockey game with some wild action.
  12. The franchise may not be as wacky as before, nor as realistic as the competition, but it hits hard, doesn't let up, and is great entertainment for a group of friends looking for something less simmy and more instantly accessible.
  13. 60
    Gameplay modes can't compete with those of the big boys from Sega and EA -- especially the franchise mode. And the hockey school is a waste of space...Still comes highly recommended as a four-player party game.
  14. While its simulation dreams don’t match competing games, it offers enough of a varied experience to be considered a good, solid combo of the two sports game styles.
  15. The "crash and bang" gameplay translates well to 5-on-5 gameplay, and with the rules turned off and the addition of online play, provides a great arcade-style alternative to the ESPN and EA series.
  16. It's great for non-hockey fans, and a good break from your "ESPN" or "NHL 2004" season. [Nov 2003, p.43]
  17. By 'refocusing' the game to concentrate on the more realistic side of the sport, Hitz Pro takes the series down a new path that loses any sense of identity that it might have made for itself. [Dec 2003, p.124]
  18. Midway might have the best game out there if you base the game on fun and action alone. The game still has that feel right out of the movie "Slap Shot" with the mix of the more realistic hockey of the other guys.
  19. The gameplay is much deeper and forces gamers to concoct more complex offensive strategies. In a way, though, the game has lost part of its charm. [Oct 2003, p.83]
  20. Most hockey games serve up similarly snazzy visuals, tight control, and expansive options, but none of 'em focus on purely wild-and-fun gameplay like this. [Oct 2003, p.136]
  21. Even with the realism injection, it hasn't gotten too far away from its roots...A bit more over-the-top hitting and much more funny commentary would do wonders for the series.[Oct 2003, p.121]
  22. I truly love this game. It has everything a hockey fan could want. From the improved animations to the great Franchise mode to the great Pick Up and Play mode, NHL Hitz Pro is a necessary purchase. [Oct 2003, p.84]
  23. 83
    One thing I'm wishing for more of in Hitz is crazier hitting, fighting, and commentary. [Oct 2003, p.62]

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