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NHL 2K3 is the first hockey game on the XBox to support XBox Live.

Using it's partnership with the ESPN sports network, Sega has created NHL 2K3 using the same presentation method as ESPN. Natural camera transitions, cut scenes, and overlay graphics are all used in cooperation with ESPN to give the game a more realistic feel.

All the standard game modes are here, from exhibition games and playoff games, to a very in depth Franchise mode that gives you complete control over your team. You act as the general manager, coach, scout and player. You can negotiate contracts, make trades, and draft rookies.

On the ice, you have a lot of control over your team as well. You can anchor lines with key players, rotate your lines to always be matched up, and make sure you have the advantage every which way.

You can also play online via XBox System Link or XBox Live. The latter allows you to connect to a player from anywhere, and engage in a game of hockey. Using the headset, you can taunt or compliment your opponent, without any interruption to the game.

Rosters are from the 2002-2003 season.


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User Reviews

The best Xbox hockey game so far. Xbox Exodia85 (2144)
Well, its worth a try Xbox ThE oNe (178)

Critic Reviews

Nintendojo GameCube Feb 19, 2003 9.2 out of 10 92
Thunderbolt Games Xbox Apr 23, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Xbox World Australia (XWA) Xbox Mar, 2003 89 out of 100 89
Consoles Plus Xbox Mar, 2003 88 out of 100 88
GameSpot Xbox Nov 19, 2002 8.8 out of 10 88
IGN PlayStation 2 Nov 11, 2002 8.7 out of 10 87
Gaming Target GameCube Jan 03, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85 GameCube Apr 02, 2003 82 out of 100 82 Xbox May 01, 2003 79 out of 100 79
The Video Game Critic Xbox Apr 26, 2003 D- 16


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