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NHL Hitz Pro is Midway's 2003/2004 entry into the licensed hockey market. For the 2004 sports season, Midway introduced a directive to move their sports titles away from over-the-top arcade-style gameplay, and introduce a more sim-like approach to sports. For NHL Hitz Pro, this meant moving away from 3-on-3 hockey to 5-on-5 hockey gameplay to make the game more authentic for the demands of the sim hockey player. While NHL Hitz Pro still maintains many of the arcade-style elements that were a signature feature of the Hitz series such as checks over the boards and hits through glass, the gameplay has been tuned to provide an experience that is accurate to the sport of hockey. That being said, the player has extensive options for tuning the gameplay for either a fast-paced arcade experience, or a slower, more sim-like style of play.

As with competing titles, Hitz Pro supports a franchise mode, season and exhibition gameplay and a game tutorial/practice mode. The title also sports a pickup hockey mode with several environments that are reminiscent of playing hockey in outdoor venues.


NHL Hitz Pro GameCube In-game screenshot
NHL Hitz Pro GameCube In-game screenshot
NHL Hitz Pro GameCube Customize players in franchise mode
NHL Hitz Pro GameCube In-game screenshot

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User Reviews

A more sophisticated breed of smash-mouth hockey. PlayStation 2 The Cliffe (1625)

Critic Reviews

GameZone PlayStation 2 Oct 11, 2003 9.2 out of 10 92
GameZone Xbox Sep 23, 2003 9.2 out of 10 92
GamingTrend Xbox Dec, 2003 523 out of 600 87
IGN PlayStation 2 Sep 24, 2003 8.6 out of 10 86
Game Freaks 365 Xbox Sep 30, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Sep 29, 2003 8.2 out of 10 82
GameSpot Xbox Sep 24, 2003 8.1 out of 10 81
GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 Dec 12, 2003 4 out of 5 80
Game Revolution PlayStation 2 Oct, 2003 B 75
Digital Entertainment News (den) PlayStation 2 Oct 30, 2003 6.2 out of 10 62


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