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Game Chronicles (Oct 31, 2002)
Midway has delivered one of the hottest sequels in sporting game history. Not only does it surpass the original, it easily secures the top spot in the Midway sports line-up. With a robust single player experience, fun and challenging mini-games, and graphics that blow away even the more serious hockey games out there, NHL Hitz 20-03 is a must-have purchase for anyone who loves hockey with a unique spin on fun or just sports games in general.
PSX Extreme (Oct 14, 2002)
Overall, NHL Hitz 20-03 is a very well-developed game that offers an in-depth franchise mode with addicting gameplay. The game controls flawlessly and is incredibly easy to get used to. The multiplayer element of the game is nice for those who enjoy challenging a friend; however, the single player mode is just as rewarding. With a wide variety of environments and player detail, the game is pleasant to look at and even more fun to play. In the end, if you enjoy the style of Midway's sport's titles and are looking for an over-the-top hockey experience, NHL Hitz 20-03 is easily worth your time.
GameZone (Oct 09, 2002)
NHL Hitz 20-03 is an arcade-style game that is addictive and fun. It is fast-paced, challenging and a treat for the eyes and ears. If you are a hockey fan, though not a purist, this is a game you will want to have.
Gaming Target (Nov 21, 2002)
Midway also summoned a giant “extreme” soundtrack for Hitz, including acts like Rob Zombie, Hoobastank, and the almighty Incubus, amongst a ton more. If you dislike the music, its more of a matter of taste, because the song choices are pretty good (if oddly unnecessary for a hockey game).
Netjak (Sep 27, 2002)
For single players and hockey purists, wait for NHL 2003 or NHL 2K3. However, if you're a casual hockey fan who doesn't care about the rules and just wants to pick up and play, give NHL Hitz 2003 a try. If you're like me, you might just end up being pleasantly surprised.
PGNx Media (Nov 19, 2002)
This is a must for arcade fans, and NHL fans might like this too if you were disappointed by NHL 2003. This is a game that is fun for the whole family. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to knock out Tie Domi's teeth right about now.
82 (Nov 15, 2002)
Blackbox Games hat ganze Arbeit geleistet und mit NHL Hitz 20-03 eine Fortsetzung auf die Beine gestellt, die den Vorgänger in jeder Hinsicht übertrifft. Das Gameplay ist rasant, spielend einfach zu erlernen und wird durch die stark motivierenden Franchise- und Saison-Modi mit spielerischem Rückgrat versehen. Bis auf die immer wieder auftauchenden Grafikruckler ist die Optik nett anzusehen und wird durch die ausufernden Fantasy-Teams gut aufgelockert. Einzig der sich ständig wiederholende Sound wird auf Dauer ein wenig nervend. Wer auf der Suche nach einer Action-lastigen Alternative zu EAs NHL 2003 ist, kann fast blind zugreifen - vor allem, wenn ab und an Freunde zu Besuch sind, die man zu heißen Duellen herausfordern kann.
IGN (Sep 13, 2002)
NHL Hitz 20-03 is a huge improvement over an already tight game. If you're looking for one excellent multiplayer sports game, this one will fill that need. What's more, the single player game has been improved considerably. Not only is it more challenging, but the Franchise and Season Modes will result in hours of solo gameplay. This has supplanted Blitz as the marquee Midway Sports title. Play it. Love it. Own it.
Operation Sports (Dec 20, 2002)
NHL Hitz 20-03 is a game that is a lot of fun, and has considerable depth. However, being an arcade game at heart, it may be frowned upon by the sim player. If you are looking for a change of pace though from the normal hockey experience I suggest you give Hitz a look. It is a very good rental at the very least. The minor problems may take away from the fun for some, but anyone willing to overlook this will find a fun title, that has a bit of longevity to it. If you want nothing to do with the arcade hockey experience you better look elsewhere for your hockey gaming fix.
75 (Dec 05, 2002)
NHL Hitz 2003 macht ohne Frage Spaß, besonders in Multiplayerduellen. Dennoch will bei mir als langjähriger NHL Hockey Spieler die Spielspaßgranate nicht so richtig zünden, schon nach wenigen Spielen wird die actionreiche Puckjagd auf dem Eis zur Gewohnheit und man wünscht sich ein paar ausgefeiltere Spielzüge. Daher werden wohl vor allem Zocker, denen NHL Hockey zu dröge ist, Spaß an NHL Hitz finden; für ein Spielchen zwischendurch können wir das Spiel aber jedem empfehlen. Allerdings lohnt sich für Besitzer der Vorjahresversion der Umstieg keinesfalls, da die Änderungen nur minimal sind.
70 (Dec 20, 2002)
Voilà une mise à jour à réserver à ceux qui ne connaissent pas encore NHL Hitz, les autres risquant de trouver un peu indigeste de payer pour de nouvelles options, certes attrayantes, mais finalement pas indispensables. Un bon titre pour les amateurs d'arcade même si on aimerait que Midway innove un brin.
Svagheten i spelet är att det trivialiserar taktiken i en hockeymatch samt att grafiken för de fantasifulla arenorna och övriga omgivningar är rätt murrig och dålig. Men visst, sämre strunt har man ju spelat.