Metascore
89

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 100
    Turns in a superstar performance with its addictive gameplay, authentic hockey feel, and exhaustive features.
  2. The framerate is incredibly smooth. [Dec 2001, p.109]
  3. The key to the game is the balance of arcade and sim elements of the gameplay. The game is flat out fun to play, which is what counts the most.
  4. The frame rate has also been improved upon over NHL 2002 on the PS2, and runs as smooth as Michael Jordan’s newly shaved head.
  5. It is one of the best hockey games I've played...a picture perfect port of the Playstation 2 version. The graphics are just a smidgen better than the original.
  6. 90
    The best hockey simulation anywhere on any platform.
  7. It's by far the most realistic game of its genre available - and that is likely to remain for some time to come.
  8. EA Sports has crafted one of the best hockey games around, with stunning, realistic graphics and rock-solid game play.
  9. 90
    Gameplay is fast and furious-as it should be in a hockey game. If anything the gameplay is almost too fast.
  10. The formula of solid gameplay, plus solid sound and controls makes for a hell of a hockey game.
  11. The deepest, most realistic 3D NHL game on the market. Even though its graphics fail to take advantage of the Xbox hardware, its depth of modes is staggering, and the gameplay is predominantly tight.
  12. First comment that comes to mind is 'smooth'. The players have a good sense of motion in the game giving it a very realistic feel which is expressed more-over in the way 'motion capture' seems to never miss a beat.
  13. Few sports games ride the line between simulation and arcade as deftly as this. [Jan 2002, p.88]
  14. You'll actually want to play by yourself to unlock a slew of easter eggs. [XGamer Magazine]
  15. Great graphics, superb animation, and peerless TV-style presentation. [Jan 2002, p.28]
  16. If you enjoy fast-paced, action packed, back cracking, ice cold hockey, I suggest you head on over and pick up this title...I wouldn’t go as far as saying it is a must buy.

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