NHL Hitz 20-02 Xbox


Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
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  1. 80
    It's instant gratification that's not so good for you in the long run like tequila, an econo-box of Twinkies or the Spice Channel.
  2. The enjoyment NHL Hitz 2002 deteriorates rather quickly due to its negligible computer AI and simplistic gameplay, but if you're looking for some quick-hit fun from your hockey games, it's an excellent choice.
  3. This is a terrific blend of arcade-style gaming (as in with the players steaming and bursting into flame) and straight-ahead sports simulation.
  4. Game Informer
    If you've got a hankering for some good multiplayer fun or a mindless testosterone tirade, Hitz is your hook-up. [Jan 2002, p.87]
  5. 80
    Hitz’s greatest hit is its fluid control, which makes the hockey fly by. It’s no NHL 2002, but Hitz should be a blast for arcade sports fans.
  6. Easily one of the best fighting engines in a hockey game to date.
  7. Scoring is what wins the game, but beating the crap out of other players is what makes the game fun.
  8. Official Xbox Magazine
    Done surprisingly well. [Jan 2002]
  9. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    It’s a freakin’ blast to play…It’s good ol’-fashion, mindless arcade fun. God bless it. [Feb 2002, p.168]
  10. The reduced teams make this game not only easier to follow but also a lot more fun to play than the EA hockey game.
  11. The more players you can get in a game, the more fun it becomes, but single-player is no slouch either, especially with all the extra modes.
  12. Single-player control is frustrating at times, and strategy isn't as important as the brute force method because of this. Nevertheless, this game gets a boost from attention to graphic detail and audio.
  13. Hardcore hockey fans should skate wide of this release, but most will enjoy this sleeper hit for what it is: a solid, fun game of hockey that strips out rules and penalties for a more action-packed experience.
  14. It looks better than the PS2 version, and it plays a little more solidly.
  15. Xbox Nation Magazine
    Despite the much-hated "catch up" feature, Hitz kept us glued. Better than "Blitz" we say. [Jan 2002, p.88]
  16. This game has fun written all over it, but I can only take the over the top action for so long.
  17. I personally recommend the Xbox version above all others because it happens to sport lightning fast loading, benefits greatly from the built-in harddrive, and the graphics are a bit better.
  18. With better graphical flare than many of today's simulation and arcade sports titles, Hitz not only boasts more arcade action but also dishes it on fun platters one after another.
  19. Next Generation Magazine
    Great-looking and fantastically fun. [Jan 2002, p.31]
  20. The gameplay frustrations and problems with high polygons are what knocked the game’s score down the most. In all, I have to say: pick it up and have some fun. It’s worth the time.

Awards & Rankings

#10 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2001
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. BrianK.
    Nov 1, 2003
    Hey, this game is too easy to win against computer, and the only competition you can get is a friend or family member.
  2. BrandonW.
    Aug 14, 2002
    80% Arcade, 20% Sports Sim, This game is perfect for those who like to play arcade games. However, those who prefer a game that focuses less 80% Arcade, 20% Sports Sim, This game is perfect for those who like to play arcade games. However, those who prefer a game that focuses less on bone crunching, teeth rattling action, and focuses more on managing a team, this game doesn' have those capabilities. Full Review »
  3. AdamN.
    Jun 27, 2002
    It's NHL Blitz. This game resembles NHL rock the Rink in nearly every way except in this game the shots are realistic.