Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. The shortcomings in the PS2 version have been ironed out on the Xbox, leaving hockey gamers everywhere with the best arcade style hockey game to date.
  2. It looks great, plays great, and with the addition of a franchise and season mode, gives you plenty of incentive to keep playing.
  3. Easily the most enjoyable hockey game I have played in ages.
  4. You can spend your hard-earned cash on EA's "NHL 2003" and find yourself developing a nervous tick as you try to master the new deke moves - or, you can do the smart thing and pick up NHL Hitz 20-03 instead. [Nov 2002, p.144]
  5. This will surely upset some hardcore hockey fans, but there's no denying that NHL Hitz 20-03 is a better hockey videogame this year than "NHL 2003." [Dec 2002, p.133]
  6. With over a hundred goodies to unlock, a franchise mode to die for and plenty of raw action, sports fans will not be disappointed.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 10, 2014
    This is without a doubt the best arcade hockey game made to date. It runs smoothly and has a ton of fun and goofy unlockables. In addition the variety of game modes leaves the replay value very high. Given what EA and 2k sports did with their hockey franchises in the last decade it could be argued this might be the best hockey game period in the last decade or so. Full Review »
  2. Sep 22, 2011
    Fast,crazy,spot on perfect,funny,really the best arcade hockey game ever created and at the time its so good that it beats out the simulation arcade games except for Nhl 2k3.That's how good it is and the kinda game that will be popped in there console for years to come,I'm talking probably 10 plus years.Look it's 9-2011 and I still love it 8 years later. Full Review »
  3. Thad
    Mar 18, 2005
    Great game.