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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 Going through the center line.
NHL 2003 Windows That looks painful.
NHL 2003 Windows You can create your own players.
NHL 2003 Windows Team USA forward lines

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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
GameZone Xbox Oct 27, 2002 9 out of 10 90
IGN PlayStation 2 Oct 03, 2002 8.6 out of 10 86 Windows Sep 14, 2002 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot Windows Oct 09, 2002 8.4 out of 10 84 Windows Oct 24, 2002 16 out of 20 80 PlayStation 2 Mar 06, 2003 79.5 out of 100 80 Windows Oct 25, 2002 79 out of 100 79
Factornews GameCube Nov 05, 2002 6 out of 10 60
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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