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N-Europe (Nov 12, 2002)
An incredibly fast paced sports game with the intention of causing as many broken bones as possible. A great laugh on your own but with 2-3 friends it becomes an absolute hoot! The single player will take ages to finally satisfy all your needs from the hockey shop and creating your very own team is incentive enough to play through the humongous Stanley cup again. Possibly not for everyone…but most will fall in love with the game play before soon…great stuff.
Nintendo Spin (Jul 30, 2005)
Many would say the GameCube didn't have the strongest lineup when it came to their launch titles, and that is definitely true. But nevertheless, with this game being one of the ones among those launch titles and it being as great as it is, this along with some others almost could really make up for the lack of variety at that particular time! This game has incredibly well-done graphics, great music (licensed & unlicensed), amazingly fun gameplay as well as some excellent replay value! All those things combined into one of the first titles available for the GameCube from Midway make this a must play for all GameCube hockey fans, as well as others that don't really care for the sport! This game is a definite recommendation for purchase!
Nintendojo (2001)
This game definitely accomplishes what it set out to do. It’s basically Blitz on ice. Personally, I would much rather prefer something with a lot more depth, like the more sim-heavy NHL series. This game is great for a quickie, when you’re in the mood for this style of game, but if you want something that draws you to your controller day in and day out, then you need something with more depth. I just hope that EA sees the sales of this title, gets off their Vancouver butts and pumps out an NHL version for Cube, eh!
Gamezilla (Dec 10, 2001)
NHL Hitz 20-02 is a hard hitting, fast paced game. Unfortunately, like most things that burn at high temperatures, its life span is short. Things like the extra features that can be unlocked and the fantastic graphics help to extend it some, but overall most people will tire of it quicker than other hockey games. It’s still quite an experience and fans of sports games will at least want to rent this, while many hockey fans will probably want to own it.
Granted, it doesn’t have the simulation options or any form of statistical tracking, but the gameplay is just as fast and hard-hitting. The visuals are also outstanding. From the fully animated crowds that bang on the glass and leave the game if it’s a blowout, to the subtle nuances like hats being thrown onto the ice after a hat trick, Hitz captures realism while still encompassing the outrageous actions that fuels this far-fetched sports series.
NintendoWorldReport (Jan 24, 2002)
There’s still a lot more to this game, like the mini-game skills competition, the making-of documentary movie, or the match-up code screen that made Midway famous, but you’re just going to have to try out this game and see it all for yourself. Even if you’re waiting for EA’s NHL game, you should definitely rent it to see if it’s right for you, because no simulation can be as fun as what Hitz is all about.
GamersMark (Jan 13, 2002)
So, NHL Hits is a pretty good game right? Well I sure think so. The game will last you a long time, and would be a good addition to anyone’s game collection, er, whateva you want to call, it, lol.
Game Vortex (Aug 26, 2002)
Sure, Hitz isn't the deepest game around - but hey, it's fun. Whether you are a hockey uber-fan, or just like to check the hell out of people, there's something in Hitz that will appeal to you.
NGC Magazine (May, 2002)
In its favour (...) the multiplayer proves to be a great laugh, especially if there are four of you going at it. There's also a comprehensive selection of modes, team and player editors, hidden extras and minigames to play. But as we said, this will only hold your interest so long if you're a solo player. Still, it's definitely well worth a rental if you and your mates fancy a laugh for a few hours - other than that it's pretty forgettable.
Gaming Target (Dec 04, 2001)
Overall, NHL Hitz 20-02 for the Nintendo Gamecube is simply a port of the PS2 and Xbox titles of the same name. This game is really designed for those people looking for a quick adrenaline rush and not an authentic hockey simulation. With that in mind, Hitz is an enjoyable game with a few minor frustrations.
Fans von actionreichem Eishockey kommen also durchaus auf ihre Kosten, anspruchsvolle Freunde des Kufensports warten besser auf die nächste Saison, wenn auch die anderen Softwarehäuser ihre Spiele aufs Eis schicken.
(PAL version)
Die Qualität der Texturen allgemein geht auch völlig in Ordnung, besonders das Publikum hat uns gefallen. Durch die geringe Anzahl der Zuschauer konnten die Entwickler jeden einzelnen Besucher dreidimensional gestalten. Die Soundkulisse steht dem in nichts nach: Der coole Kommentar und das Johlen des Publikums bringen eine Menge Atmosphäre ins Spiel. Dennoch ist und bleibt NHL Hitz 2002 ein Spiel für Arcade-Liebhaber. Fans des realistischeren Eishockeys lassen die Finger davon.
Hitz is a great game, especially for teens/kids and adults who don't like the “normal" type of sports game. You must remember, this is practically an arcade game in your living room. No rules, no sympathy, and no regrets are the basic mottos of this game. Depending on your type, you might like this game. If you like hectic mayhem, then this is definitely the right type of game for you, otherwise, just stay clear of NHL Hitz 20-02. It's a great investment if you are going to play with your friends.
IGN (Nov 20, 2001)
Midway's all-new, over-the-top NHL Hitz 2002 is essentially what NBA Jam was to basketball. In the arcade-heavy, on-fire, three-on-three hockey you will experience the sport in its roughest state. A good formula indeed, but in the end its multiplayer longevity highly outweighs the single-player experience.
Game Chronicles (Dec 01, 2001)
Those of you looking for a serious hockey simulation that plays by the rules will have to wait for NHL Live 2002, or some other upcoming hockey game. The adrenaline-style, over-the-top action of Hitz will appeal to hockey athletes, as well as NHL fans, or anyone who likes high-energy video games with cool music, awesome graphics, and intense gameplay.
GameSpot (Nov 21, 2001)
As the only hockey game available, NHL Hitz 2002 deserves a strong look from GameCube-owning pucks fans. Its three-on-three gameplay incites pandemonium, and its wealth of gameplay options provides plenty of depth for a game of its type. Always frantic, NHL Hitz 2002 provides some high-level entertainment for the first couple of days and works best as a multiplayer game, but the handicapping AI makes the gameplay unbalanced. If you're desperately looking for a hockey game for your GameCube, NHL Hitz 2002 is worth a rental to see if its over-the-top gameplay style appeals to you.
Jeuxvideo.com (Aug 16, 2002)
Si la majorité des joueurs préféreront attendre la dimension réaliste et technique du futur NHL 2003 d'EA Sports, les adeptes de challenges arcades apprécieront sans doute plus facilement le gameplay spectaculaire de NHL Hitz 2002.
GameSpy (Dec 21, 2001)
It's unfortunate that hockey gamers on the GameCube are left with Hitz as their only option at the moment. Hitz is by no means a terrible game, but it's very hit and miss. Either you're going to latch onto the over the top gameplay or you're going to tire of it rapidly. The action is very up tempo, but despite the inclusion of more gameplay modes than you might expect, overall the title feels quite shallow. This is a game that may thunder out of the gates and provide some great entertainment in the first few hours of play, but the lasting appeal just isn't there. Multiplayer will ebb the tide a little bit, but even that is only fun for so long. NHL Hitz is a good starting point for the series, but the next version is going to have to take better advantage of the next-gen hardware it's deployed on, introduce some real innovation into the gameplay and provide real depth and replayability to be a first tier title.

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