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NHL 2003

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
81
3.4
GameCube
81
3.4
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 Players ready to start 1st period.
NHL 2003 Windows Two team USA players
NHL 2003 Windows Title screen
NHL 2003 Windows So close, but it's not a goal.

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User Reviews

Fantastic NHL action Xbox John-Michael Matthews (3)

The Press Says

GameZone Xbox Oct 27, 2002 9 out of 10 90
GameStar (Germany) Windows Sep, 2002 89 out of 100 89
4Players.de GameCube Oct 30, 2002 88 out of 100 88
Gamesmania Windows Sep 04, 2002 88 out of 100 88
GameSpy GameCube Nov 11, 2002 84 out of 100 84
GameSpot Xbox Nov 06, 2002 8.3 out of 10 83
Netjak GameCube Oct 07, 2002 8.2 out of 10 82
Gameplanet PlayStation 2 Nov 23, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Peliplaneetta.net Windows Oct 25, 2002 79 out of 100 79
GameSpy Windows Oct 08, 2002 78 out of 100 78

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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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