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NHL 2K3

MobyRank MobyScore
GameCube
87
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PlayStation 2
86
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Xbox
83
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User Reviews

The best Xbox hockey game so far. Xbox Exodia85 (2169)
Well, its worth a try Xbox ThE oNe (178)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
GameCube 4 3.9
PlayStation 2 3 3.8
Xbox 5 4.1
Combined MobyScore 12 3.9


The Press Says

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100
GameCubeGamePro (US)
NHL 2K3 probably won’t find a huge audience because many gamers turn to hockey games not for a simulation of the sport, but for spine-shattering checks and double-digit scoring. Of course there’s nothing wrong with that, but those gamers should fire up NHL 2003 or NHL Hitz 20-03 for their dose of board-battering goodness. However, if you’re looking to play hockey of the NHL variety, to tackle pro challenges and use real-life strategies, NHL 2K3 will thrill you as much as watching your team heroically survive a five-on-three penalty kill.
100
PlayStation 2GamePro (US)
If ESPN's Hockey Falls commercials make you inadvertently hose innocent bystanders with your recently sipped beverage of choice, NHL 2K3 should be the next hockey game you buy.
92
XboxGameSpy
With the release of NHL 2K3, Sega Sports continues its hot streak. Both its NFL 2K3 and NBA 2K3 have been multi-platform hits and sent notice to top dog EA Sports that it is no longer the only sports game maker in town. NHL 2K3 delivers another blow to the House of Madden. With its great graphics, dead-on physics, and online play, it ekes past NHL 2003 in almost every category. Hockey titles generally don't generate the same type of buzz that football or hoops titles do, but that shouldn't keep NHL 2K3 from getting the recognition it deserves. Simply put, it might just be the best console hockey game ever released.
92
GameCubeNintendojo
Treyarch and Sega have created the “Madden” of hockey with this title. It just needs some aural and visual polish to become something amazing. With gameplay this good, though, I’m prepared to look past some minor faults. The addition of the ESPN license really legitimizes the “serious” gameplay effort that Sega is trying to put forth as well. Smart choice on this because most Americans are unfortunately unaware of the excellence that is Hockey Night in Canada on CBC.
91
XboxGaming Age
Ultimately, it's the rock-solid hockey experience that makes Sega's NHL 2K3 the seminal hockey game on consoles today. With AI that is light years ahead of EA Sports, a simulation experience that's second to none, and a fun - if somewhat fickle - online experience with Xbox, the serious hockey gamer should only look at one title this year. Presentation issues and occasional graphic glitches aside, there isn't a hockey game on the market fit to hold NHL 2K3's jockstrap.
91
PlayStation 2Netjak
For years, Electronic Arts has been the king of video hockey with its NHL series. While there have been contenders to the throne, no one who was serious about their hockey would play any game that didn't have the EA Sports logo on it. EA has traditionally been the 600-pound gorilla that sits where it wants to, and whom no one could possibly budge.
90
XboxGameZone
Sega Sports has done it again, NHL 2K3 is an exhilarating and challenging hockey game with enough action to keep sports fans on the ice for hours. And Xbox Live subscribers will be in for a real treat when they see how many hockey gamers are waiting to challenge them. This is the hockey game to buy if you’re shopping around for the ultimate hockey game.
90
XboxArmchair Empire, The
Offline, NHL2K3 represents one of the truest-to-life video game presentations of actual NHL hockey. Single-player or multiplayer, NHL 2K3’s game action unfolds so close to the real game of NHL hockey you will be amazed. Online, the game is unbelievable. It’s clear that Sega used the learning experience of the Dreamcast’s SegaNet online gaming to its utmost advantage, because the seamless and lag-free gameplay provided by NHL 2K3 is simply fire-on-ice marvelous.
90
XboxThunderbolt Games
NHL 2K3 would be nothing without LIVE play! Oh baby, LIVE play is the backbone of this game. I’d feel naked without it! If you have LIVE, it’s a must buy for the hockey fan. Even if you don’t have LIVE, or are a hockey fan, you will find it enjoyable.
90
GameCubeGameZone
If you are looking for a great hockey game for the GameCube than look no further than NHL 2K3. This game has a few minor faults, but it is jammed packed with ton of things that will keep players coming back for more for a long time. This will be the best $50.00 you can spend on a hockey game for the Nintendo GameCube!
90
PlayStation 2GameSpy
There are three things that make the winter bearable for the non-skiing, snow-hating northerner: college basketball, thoughts of the upcoming baseball season, and console hockey games. This year, PS2 owners have their largest choice yet of ways to shoot and deke their way through the dark winter, as Sega Sports enters the multi-platform fray with NHL 2K3. And, while most gamers consider EA Sports' NHL series to be king of the rink, 2K3 might just be the one that'll keep your thumbs busy until it's time to fill out your NCAA hoops brackets and listen to RealAudio broadcasts of grapefruit league exhibition games.
89
XboxIGN
I love console hockey. I admit I'm only a casual real-world NHL fan, but NHL 2K3 has done an amazing thing -- it's made me want to learn more about hockey. In fact, it's turned me into a more serious hockey fan. That's saying something for a game designed for those already devoted to the church of Lord Stanley. NHL 2K3 is a real prize wtih some fantastic gameplay, but it's hampered by a variety of nagging "why nots" that have plagued many Sega Sports games. With decent, but not spectacular visuals and sound, NHL 2K3 seems less stunning than its other Sega siblings. Still, if you are a fan of hockey or if you want to try hockey on a level beyond Hitz and NHL 2003, then this is absolutely the way to go. And it doesn't hurt that it's online!
89
XboxXbox World Australia (XWA)
All in all, this game has brought hours and hours of joy to my friends and I. With so many options and features chances are the fun-factor won't run dry. There are so many crazy comments chipped in by the commentators and great replays so that even if you aren't a huge NHL fan you will gain a lot of enjoyment from this game.
89
GameCubeGameSpy
For hockey fans salivating for a near-perfect translation of their beloved game, or for gamers who like the simulation qualities found in the Sega Sports next-gen games, NHL 2K3 is a great acquisition. Frankly, I found this to be a tremendous game. Hockey has always been a great fit for converting into video games since the days of Blades of Steel on the NES. It's a simple game on the surface, but beneath it, there is a subtle complexity that can really grab you if you go looking for it. A plethora of menus and a more-than-necessary simulation element notwithstanding, NHL 2K3 is a serious good time.
88
XboxConsoles Plus
La réalisation de ces deux versions est de qualité, avec des animations dynamiques et divertissantes. Il n'en reste pas moins que la jouabilité paraît légèrement moins intuitive que dans les précédentes productions Sega. C'est la loi de la glace qui parle !
88
XboxGameSpot
Fans who have been complaining about hockey games being too arcadelike can now rejoice. There is absolutely no reason why a hockey fan with an Xbox should skip this title. The new additions, excellent gameplay, and Xbox Live support make this the best hockey game of the year.
88
GameCubeIGN
NHL 2K3 is hockey done right. The AI for both your teammates and opponents is superb. While you can certainly score from time to time by simply taking the puck yourself and trying to challenge the goalie one-on-one, you'll need to pass the puck and play proper hockey if you want to win consistently. Clearing opponents away from the net, setting screens, pinning players to the boards, dumping the puck off, snagging the puck in mid-air, checking, and playing smart are all crucial to being successful. While that may seem daunting, it's surprising how easy it becomes after playing NHL 2K3 for a while. Even those who know little about hockey will learn the game by playing 2K3. While it's not a perfect translation of hockey, it's about as close as you can get without becoming too much of a simulation.
88
PlayStation 2GameZone
With the release of some pretty stellar sports titles recently, this has been an especially great year for hockey gamers. Both EA Sports (NHL 2003) and Midway (NHL Hitz 20-03) have presented their own brand of awesome NHL action and thankfully Sega Sports has stepped up with its own offering. If you think a hockey game just can’t get any better, think again sports fans. NHL 2K3 has come to the PS2 and it comes on stronger than ever.
87
PlayStation 2Consoles Plus
La réalisation de ces deux versions est de qualité, avec des animations dynamiques et divertissantes. Il n'en reste pas moins que la jouabilité paraît légèrement moins intuitive que dans les précédentes productions Sega. C'est la loi de la glace qui parle !
87
PlayStation 2IGN
Hockey and Sega have an interesting history. Everyone's favorite ice game never had more prominence in the console world than when EA's NHL series was king on Sega's Genesis. Now EA and Sega are bitter sports rivals. With EA's NHL 2003 released a month earlier, the challenge to do EA one better is going to be tough for Sega. However, developer Treyarch has done a masterful job with the game of hockey, creating a unique blend of accurate simulation and arcade smack.
86
GameCubeGameSpot
NHL 2K3 may be slightly late to the party, but don't hold that against it. Sega has done an excellent job of adding new features and polishing existing ones to make the game worth the wait. Now that the series has moved on to all platforms, no one will have an excuse not to play what has become the best hockey game series on the market.
86
PlayStation 2GameSpot
NHL 2K3 may be slightly late to the party, but don't hold that against it. Sega has done an excellent job of adding new features and polishing existing ones to make the game worth the wait. Now that the series has moved on to all platforms, no one will have an excuse not to play what has become the best hockey game series on the market.
85
GameCubeNintendo Spin
Sega's NHL 2K series began on their very own first party console system the Dreamcast with NHL 2K and has been in development ever since. Such games as ESPN NHL Hockey, NHL 2K2 and NHL 2K3 have arisen since then, and the series has continued to evolve to this day. Unfortunately the series will be ending with ESPN NHL 2K6 because EA bought the license to ESPN for 15 years starting in 2006 and Sega will no longer be allowed to create hockey games with the ESPN license. Nevertheless, while this remains to be true and unfortunate, that doesn't take away the fact that NHL 2K3 is one heck of an awesome hockey simulation, and one that should've sold many more copies than it originally has!
85
GameCubeGaming Target
What it comes down to is that NHL 2K3 comes up a bit short in the end. The gameplay modes just don’t go the full length in depth, and the glaring omission of skills competitions or a readily available shootout mode is disappointing to say the least. Especially with the memory requirements that go all out to prevent the full experience, the game could have been much better. Obviously, the lack of online play is a big one, and NHL 2K3 has failed to deliver anything extra for the GameCube version. It’s easy to feel a bit short-changed while playing.
82
GameCubeGamesmania
Die Vorzeichen für eine Machtübernahme im Genre der Eishockeysimulationen waren viel versprechend. Tolles Gameplay, Live-Support und viele Einstellungsmöglichkeiten sorgen bei NHL 2k3 für ein gelungenes Eishockeyspiel. Dass Segas Sporttitel dennoch nur zweiter Sieger bleibt, liegt vor allem an der langweiligen Präsentation; Grafik und Sound wirken ordentlich, reichen für ein potentielles Topspiel aber heutzutage einfach nicht mehr aus.
82
XboxGamesmania
Die Vorzeichen für eine Machtübernahme im Genre der Eishockeysimulationen waren viel versprechend. Tolles Gameplay, Live-Support und viele Einstellungsmöglichkeiten sorgen bei NHL 2k3 für ein gelungenes Eishockeyspiel. Dass Segas Sporttitel dennoch nur zweiter Sieger bleibt, liegt vor allem an der langweiligen Präsentation; Grafik und Sound wirken ordentlich, reichen für ein potentielles Topspiel aber heutzutage einfach nicht mehr aus.
82
PlayStation 2Gamesmania
Die Vorzeichen für eine Machtübernahme im Genre der Eishockeysimulationen waren viel versprechend. Tolles Gameplay, Live-Support und viele Einstellungsmöglichkeiten sorgen bei NHL 2k3 für ein gelungenes Eishockeyspiel. Dass Segas Sporttitel dennoch nur zweiter Sieger bleibt, liegt vor allem an der langweiligen Präsentation; Grafik und Sound wirken ordentlich, reichen für ein potentielles Topspiel aber heutzutage einfach nicht mehr aus.
80
XboxTotalVideoGames (TVG)
So, a good game? Oh yes, ooooooooh yes! NHL 2K3 is an absolutely brilliant game to play - really enjoyable, really addictive and instantly playable. Sure, it's got its weaknesses, but then so has every game ... congrats Sega!
80
PlayStation 2Thunderbolt Games
Most people who play video games like sports, I think that's a fair assumption, and most people own sports video games, in fact most people own several. Some people like soccer games, some like NFL games, some tennis, some basketball, some baseball, the list is endless. Hell, it's the running joke amongst my friends how much I hate Brian Lara Cricket on the PSX. I don't know why, I just think it's so dull I can't stand it. Mind you, I don't like cricket but pretty much all my mates do. Go figure.
79
Xbox4Players.de
Als bisher einziges Eishockey-Spiel, das einen Online-Modus über Xbox Live anbietet, ist NHL 2K3 auf jeden Fall einen Blick wert. Die Grafik passt, ist aber verbesserungswürdig, das Spielgefühl stimmt auch und muss nur knapp hinter EAs NHL-Serie zurückstecken und mit den Konfigurationsmöglichkeiten kommen sowohl Anfänger als auch Profis auf ihren Geschmack. Aber trotz gut gelöstem Franchise-Modus schafft es Sega nicht, an der harten Konkurrenz vorbeizuziehen. Denn abgesehen von Standard-Spielmodi kriegt man nichts geboten, was den Kauf absolut lohnen würde. Und die Präsentation ist im Vergleich sowohl zu NHL 2003 als auch zu den anderen 2K3-Spielen dermaßen trocken und spröde, dass man unweigerlich an längst vergangene Software-Zeiten erinnert wird. Als gelungene Mischung aus Simulation und Arcade für Einzelspieler nicht ganz der erhoffte Überflieger.
78
PlayStation 24Players.de
Nicht nur, dass selbst das im Vergleich zum Vorjahr schwächere NHL 2003 von EA in fast allen Belangen überlegen ist - auch die übrigen Spiele der 2K3-Serie sind mit weitaus mehr Liebe zum Detail gestaltet als der Eishockey-Ableger. Spielerisch können die Puckjagden zwar trotz allseits bekannter Spielmodi fast zu EAs Vorzeigehockey aufschließen. Doch was die Präsentation betrifft, liegt NHL 2K3 meilenweit zurück. Dafür kann man jedoch über nahezu unzählige Schieberegler das Spiel frei nach eigenem Wunsch konfigurieren, so dass jeder auf seinen Geschmack kommen kann. Doch das kann nicht darüber hinweg täuschen, dass dem Spiel außer dem Franchise-Modus die Substanz fehlt, um eine ernsthafte Konkurrenz für EAs NHL-Serie darzustellen. Da hilft es auch nicht mehr, dass sich sowohl KI als auch allgemeiner Grafikeindruck und Soundkulisse auf einem überdurchschnittlichen Niveau befinden.
77
GameCube4Players.de
Segas Eishockey-Einstand auf dem GameCube, der gleichzeitig auch ein Abschied ist, entpuppt sich als schwer zu schluckende Pille. Spielerisch befindet sich die Mischung aus Arcade und Simulation zwar annähernd auf einer Stufe mit der alten und neuen Referenz, doch was Spielmodi und vor allem Präsentation betrifft, bringt man den Hockey-König nicht einmal ansatzweise ins Wanken. Insofern wird mit den umfangreichen Konfigurationsmöglichkeiten grandios Pulver verschossen, das man lieber hätte verwenden sollen, um NHL 2K3 in punkto Präsentation wenigstens auf ein Niveau mit den anderen 2K3-Titeln zu heben. Was übrig bleibt ist eine passable Eishockeysimulation mit vergleichsweise schwacher Grafik. Ob das aber ausreicht, um eingefleischte Eishockey-Fans davon abzuhalten, sich wieder mit EAs Vorzeigeprodukt zu beschäftigen, wage ich zu bezweifeln.
75
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
NHL 2K3 ne donne pas la catégorie des jeux de hockey funs auxquels nous sommes habitués mais tend beaucoup plus vers la simulation. Si le titre part sur de très bonnes bases, il s'avère finalement un peu limité par un gameplay parfois mal équilibré et complet jusqu'à l'indigestion pour le débutant. Les fans lui pardonneront et jubileront de bonheur, les autres probablement pas.
75
XboxJeuxvideo.com
NHL 2K3 ne donne pas la catégorie des jeux de hockey funs auxquels nous sommes habitués mais tend beaucoup plus vers la simulation. Si le titre part sur de très bonnes bases, il s'avère finalement un peu limité par un gameplay parfois mal équilibré et complet jusqu'à l'indigestion pour le débutant. Les fans lui pardonneront et jubileront de bonheur, les autres probablement pas.
16
XboxThe Video Game Critic
Is there something wrong with my TV? Why are these graphics so frickin' DARK?! It looks like someone turned my brightness all the way down, and I can't even adjust it! Actually, Sega has a LOT of explaining to do for this game. After seeing rave reviews for it in some video game magazines (who got paid off no doubt), I was stunned by how excruciatingly bad this is.