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NHL 2003

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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.


NHL 2003 Windows Team USA forward lines
NHL 2003 Windows Face off from broadcast camera
NHL 2003 Windows The coach is not happy about this penalty.
NHL 2003 Windows Team finland arrives at the arena.

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Fantastic NHL action Xbox John-Michael Matthews (3)

The Press Says

GamePro (US) GameCube Oct 01, 2002 4.5 out of 5 90
GameStar (Germany) Windows Sep, 2002 89 out of 100 89
IGN Xbox Oct 03, 2002 8.7 out of 10 87 GameCube Jul 18, 2003 85 out of 100 85 Windows Sep 14, 2002 85 out of 100 85
GameZone GameCube Oct 20, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpot Xbox Nov 06, 2002 8.3 out of 10 83
GameSpot GameCube Oct 14, 2002 8.2 out of 10 82
Level Windows Dec, 2002 79 out of 100 79
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Feb, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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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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