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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 In-game screenshot
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 (1708)

Critic Reviews

PSX Extreme PlayStation 2 Oct 13, 2003 8.9 out of 10 89
IGN Xbox Sep 24, 2003 8.6 out of 10 86
IGN PlayStation 2 Sep 24, 2003 8.6 out of 10 86
GameZone GameCube Oct 06, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
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
Game Over Online GameCube Oct 07, 2003 82 out of 100 82
GamePro (US) GameCube Sep 26, 2003 4 out of 5 80
Game Revolution GameCube Oct, 2003 B 75
Official UK Playstation 2 Magazine PlayStation 2 Dec, 2003 7 out of 10 70


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  • NHL Hitz Pro (This is the NHL Hitz Pro forum on Thunderpuck, a site dedicated to all current hockey video games.)
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