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8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
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  1. Mar 25, 2013
    8
    This game was incredible fun for my brother, my dad, and myself to play through season mode together. It's the only video game that my dad played with us, and so I guess that made it special for me. After playing it a lot though, it gets really easy to score 20+ goals per game if you know some AI quirks. Playing vs another person is sweet, and more strategic then you'd think
  2. ZiggyStardust
    Oct 20, 2002
    8
    A major complaint with Hitz 2002 was that all the players looked the same. Well, that's not at all so anymore. The faces are all fantastic, and truly look like their real life counterparts. The gameplay has been tweaked and improved upn as well. Hits in particular are more dramatic and crushing than before. I do have a big complaint though. There's noticable slowdown A major complaint with Hitz 2002 was that all the players looked the same. Well, that's not at all so anymore. The faces are all fantastic, and truly look like their real life counterparts. The gameplay has been tweaked and improved upn as well. Hits in particular are more dramatic and crushing than before. I do have a big complaint though. There's noticable slowdown frequently!! When too much action is happening the framerate hits the floor. It doesn't hugely effect the play, but it's annoying for sure. Hitz is worth owning for hockey fans. It's arcade style fun, and I think better than EA's NHL 2003 overall. Expand
  3. Jan 15, 2021
    10
    This game was simply amazing, total hidden gem. The actual ice hockey was arcadey but super fun, you could customise your team and it even had scripted voices for each player so you could hear your real name being called out by the commentary. Speaking of commentary it was fluid and really great! I remember picking this game up in a random store and never saw it sold elsewhere, and it wasThis game was simply amazing, total hidden gem. The actual ice hockey was arcadey but super fun, you could customise your team and it even had scripted voices for each player so you could hear your real name being called out by the commentary. Speaking of commentary it was fluid and really great! I remember picking this game up in a random store and never saw it sold elsewhere, and it was cheap too, unbelievable value and would still play it for some nostalgia and fun even today in 2021. Expand

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#66 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2002
Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Nintendo Power
    92
    A deeper and more detailed game than its predecessor. [Nov 2002, p.222]
  2. It’s accessible, it’s fun, the graphics and sound are well done, has the crowd is the best out there, and has enough options and stats to mollify even the most rabid fan of “real” hockey.
  3. Game Informer
    88
    There is room for improvement as stats are still lacking, the fighting still sucks, and I'd like to see more varied hitting; but NHL Hitz 2003 definitely belongs in your gaming lineup. [Nov 2002, p.133]