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Gamezilla (Nov 11, 2001)
With a combination of stunning graphics, high-octane action and sweet multiplayer gameplay, NHL Hitz 20-02 comes off as one of those rare titles most PS2 owners will not want to miss. Would I wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone? Well, that one's a tough call. If you're anything like me, then once in a while you'll be willing to forego realism for flat-out fun -- and in terms of fun, NHL Hitz delivers big time. On the other hand, I'm willing to bet that if you're one of those hockey purists, you probably wouldn't think of giving this a second look. But even if you do fall into the latter category, I say give it a rent anyway. Maybe a 125-mph slap shot upside yo' head might change your mind!
With a few minor issues, NHL Hitz still reigns supreme. It's frenetic style of play, rock-solid gameplay, and immense number of modes make this a complete package. Unless your absolutely dying for a realistic NHL sim, go with Midway this year. You wont be disappointed.
Extras aside, Hitz plays amazingly well, with lots of fancy tricks and smack-talk-worthy checks. The Limp Bizkit track may be the bane of my existence, but otherwise I had a blast with NHL Hitz, and it didn't wear thin nearly as fast as I thought it would.
PSX Extreme (Oct 14, 2001)
If NHL 2002's simulation gameplay doesn't appeal to you, and you're looking for a more bone crunching, heavy on action, fun as hell hockey experience, NHL Hitz is the game you must have in your library. It's great as a single-player game, and amazing as a party title. Invite 5 friends, get 6 PS/PS2 controllers and play for hours. The progressive types will be pleased to find a season mode, in addition to an exhibition mode. Visual wise, Hitz is a solid looking hockey game with some polygon heavy player detail. This is surely a game that arcade junkies will be playing months from now. I know I will.
The Video Game Critic (Dec 13, 2001)
Like Blitz and Jam, players can catch on fire if they get in a "zone". My biggest complaint is that that you can't configure the length of the games. They tend to run a bit long, and all the crazy button mashing can take its toll on your hand. Also, some complain that the gameplay is repetitive. Still, arcade and sports enthusiasts will absolutely love this killer game.
82 (Nov 14, 2001)
NHL Hitz 20-02 ist genau das richtige Spiel für zwischendurch: unkompliziert, schnell, grafisch und optisch mehr als passabel. Doch Spieler, die meistens alleine vor der Konsole hocken, werden trotz oder wegen aller Unkompliziertheit recht schnell des Spieles überdrüssig. Hier werden der Arcade-Front eindeutig die Grenzen der Langzeitmotivation im Vergleich zur simulationslastigeren Konkurrenz aufgezeigt. Mit mehreren Spielern sieht das schon anders aus: Lange Spielesessions mit einem Revanche-Duell nach dem anderen sind vorprogrammiert und werden auch nach X Spielen immer wieder den Griff zum Archiv-Schrank fordern.
PSM (Dec, 2001)
It's got excellent graphics, nicely balanced gameplay, tons of modes, and lots of hilarious (and brutal) details. Hockey purists should ignore it, but those of us that know the delicate joys of a cross check to the mouth, this is the best extreme sports so far on the PS2.
I’ll start out by saying that I was never a fan of Midway’s Open Ice series. Furthermore, I’ve always felt that games based on the NBA Jam formula have been shallow and unrewarding. Hitz is yet another extension of this arcade-driven genre.
78 (Dec 13, 2001)
Simulationsfans sollten auf jeden Fall Abstand von diesem Arcadehit nehmen sonst werden sie sich mit Sicherheit die Finger verbrennen. Wer dagegen Arcade-Sportgames mag und gerne gegen Freunde spielt kann bedenkenlos zugreifen!
Gamezone (Germany) (Nov 13, 2001)
Hier wurde viel auf einfaches Gameplay und kreativ inszenierte Action gelegt. So ist neben der leichten Spielbarkeit vor allem die Anmut der Spieler sehr gelungen. Diese sehen sehr lebendig aus und wurden auch mit einigen Eigenheiten versehen. Ist einem Sportler mal etwas zu warm, ist dies auch deutlich zu sehen... es dampft gerade zu um ihn herum. Bei Bodychecks kann es auch mal passieren, daß der ein oder andere seinen Helm verliert oder sogar durch die Scheiben der Spielfeldbegrenzung fliegt. Auch die Prügeleien sind mit tollen Kampftechniken untermalt. Wer auf Realismus aus ist, ist hier fehl am Platz... aber einen Test ist dieser Eishockey-Titel alle mal wert.
GameSpy (Oct 26, 2001)
it really depends on what you're looking for in a hockey game. NHL Hitz 20-02 delivers a solid arcade hockey game, free of the pretensions of some of its more 'serious' brethren, although the trade-off is that it tends to be more shallow. If you're looking for a single-player game of hockey, you would probably be best served renting this one first, as most will probably lose interest in the single-player mode after a couple of days. If, however, you're looking for a good time with your frat buddies, this just might be the game for you. Just make sure it's THEIR ass on the ice -- not yours.
IGN (Sep 25, 2001)
Much like many other arcade-styled sports videogames, Hitz simply lacks the long-term depth that's offered up by its sim counterparts. It's definitely worth renting and if you want a game to have around for whenever a bunch of friends come over, it's something that you might even consider purchasing because it is a highly enjoyable multiplayer game.
Game Over Online (Oct 09, 2001)
When the final buzzer sounds, NHL Hitz 2002 skates away a winner with a few bruises. Despite the selection of game modes, single-player excitement depends largely on your ability to stomach the fluctuating A.I., but there's definitely fun to be had with multi-player. The over-the-top arcade action lends perfectly to a few weekend rentals with your friends and unless you're a big fan of Midway's brand of sports titles, or of hockey games in general, that's likely the best way to enjoy NHL Hitz 2002.
GameSpot (Sep 28, 2001)
NHL Hitz can be fun for the first few days of play, but its computer AI, which basically chooses which team wins, ultimately zaps the game of long-term replay value. But if you're looking for some quick-hit fun from your hockey games, NHL Hitz isn't only the best option on the PS2, but also the only option. Hockey fans might want to pick up NHL Hitz 2002 if they're looking for something different, but for everyone else, a weekend rental should suffice.
Det här spelet är klart lattjo och skönt att ha som omväxling när man tröttnat på alla mer realistiska sportspel. Däremot framstår det som lite begränsat och ytligt efter en stunds spelande. Basketspelet NBA Street, som jag nämde tidigare, är ett bättre spel i samma genre, såvida du inte är stenhårt inne på ishockey. Det bär emot att helhjärtat rekommendera ett spel som detta när det kostar lika mycket som andra PlayStation2-spel, alltså omkring 550 kronor. Däremot är det ett utmärkt spel att hyra en helg tillsammans med kompisarna.
Gaming Target (Nov 05, 2001)
In the end, games like NHL Hitz and NBA Jam are the most fun when you've got a bunch of friends over and you can start talkin' trash over who's dominating who. And NHL Hitz does have moments of fun like that, but like I said before, there's just not enough depth to the game to keep anybody interested for more than a weekend. If you really want a good arcade style hockey, dust off that Nintendo 64 and pull out your old copy of Wayne Gretzky 3D Hockey. Which, when you think about it, is really ironic, because Midway makes both NHL Hitz and Wayne Gretzky 3D Hockey.