NHL 2003

Critic Score User Score
GameCube
81
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Xbox
85
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PlayStation 2
85
3.9
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Description

This year's edition features many different modes of gameplay for the NHL enthusiast. Players can start the game right away in play now mode, play an international game, play through a playoff series, or start a franchise. The franchise mode puts you in charge of a team for a 10-year legacy. You can either play every game during a season or simulate each game and take a manager role. After each season, you have the option to play around with the roster in anticipation of next season. You can draft new players, sign free agents, make trades with other teams, and retire old players. Statistics are kept throughout the life of a franchise in several categories.

Also new this year is the use of the right analog stick to execute manual dekes and slip the puck past the goalkeeper.

Screenshots

NHL 2003 Windows Title screen
NHL 2003 Windows How can you miss that shot?
NHL 2003 Windows So close, but it's not a goal.
NHL 2003 Windows Lightshow before the match begins.

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User Reviews

Fantastic NHL action Xbox John-Michael Matthews (3)

Critic Reviews

GameZone PlayStation 2 Oct 22, 2002 9 out of 10 90
PC Games (Germany) Windows Oct 23, 2002 89 out of 100 89
4Players.de Xbox Oct 30, 2002 88 out of 100 88
PSX Extreme PlayStation 2 Oct 09, 2002 8.7 out of 10 87
IGN Xbox Oct 03, 2002 8.7 out of 10 87
Fragland.net GameCube Jul 18, 2003 85 out of 100 85
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Oct 19, 2002 84 out of 100 84
Jeuxvideo.com GameCube Oct 24, 2002 16 out of 20 80
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Oct 24, 2002 16 out of 20 80
Level Windows Dec, 2002 79 out of 100 79

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Trivia

EA Cover Curse

Curse or slump? You be the judge. Jarome Iginlia had 52 goals, 44 assists, was +27 and never missed a game in the 2001-02 season. He followed this up with his cover appearance and dropped to 35 goals, 32 assists and -10 with seven missed games in the 2002-03 season.

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