NHL 2003 (Original Xbox) by Electronic Arts

NHL 2003 (Xbox) by Electronic Arts Box Art

North Amercian Release Date: September 23, 2002.

Region(s) Released: North America, Europe

High Definition Resolutions Supported: 480p
System Link Support: No

Average Overall Score:
7.00 / 10

I was hoping that this game was going to appeal to the mass of hockey fans out there who have been voicing their displeasure with EA's recent releases of the NHL series. I seriously thought that EA would come out with a solid title this year, but once again they have failed miserably. Let me just say that this game has already been traded back to EB Games."

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Take control of the the #1 hockey game on earth - NHL 2003. Whether you're skating as a rookie or lacing 'em up as a pro, pull off 90-mph slapshots and awesome moves with Dynamic Deke Control. Never before have you had this much control over the stick and puck. Show off your superior skills and earn rewards like the Game Breaker, which puts your opponents in slow motion as you blow by them for the open shot. Torching speed and pulverizing action will get any sports fan fired up. NHL 2003 - the game for every sports gamer.


Thursday, October 3, 2002

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User Reviews

Score: 70
Overall User Average: 7.19 / 10 (70.0%)
Gameplay User Average: 7.00 / 10
Graphics User Average: 8.19 / 10
Sound User Average: 7.25 / 10
Date reviewed: December 15, 2003.

Overall: EA sticks a new number on their sports hockey game and charges full money once more.....

Unlike the football franchise which has moved on quite a bit (and indeed their soccer game), this hockey update is very lazy.

Very little new to report and blighted by one of the worst conversion jobs ever ruin any possibility of making it a game to keep, let alone buy.

Rent this game and be glad you didn't waste a load of money on it.
Gameplay: The gameplay is just the same compared to 2002. After playing the PS2 version I found the X-Box pad a bit unwieldy when it came to dekes and defence.
However none of this really matters as the game suffers the worst slow down I've ever seen in a console game! The screen crawls at some points making any attempt at playing the game totally pointless and very, very frustating!
The X-Box is a powerfull machine but if you were to show your non-wised up relative this game, they would wonder why.
Graphics: The grahpics are of good quality, notably in the cut-scene parts(close ups).
The animation is fluid but could be improved - for instance the non agressive checks/stick pokes.
All teams look the part with some players looking more like their realselves than others.
Very little has changed since 2002 though.
Sound: I enjoyed the commentary from 2002, even when it got to the point where I heard the same samples time and time again - it made me chuckle for a while.
Commentary is pretty much the same so shame on you EA.
Sound is fairly uninspriring.
Suggestions: Rebuild the game engine and sack the convertion team.

Overall: 40 %
Gameplay: 20 %
Graphics: 60 %
Sound: 40 %

Date reviewed: December 9, 2003.

Overall: The graphics are better than Sega's NHL 2K3 and that's the only positive aspect of the game. The graphics are good but the A.I. in this game will make you wish you held on to Kabuki Warriors.
Gameplay: The horrible A.I. really takes away from the gameplay. Players just circle the puck. It's frustrating to watch. Like I mentioned the graphics are good but it's not enough to make this game worth renting let alone buying.
Graphics: Looks good but so does Shrek. It ends up being eye candy that's frustrating to play. EA has to put more effort into other areas of the game as well.
Sound: Can't I give this game a 0.0 in sound. They put Don Taylor in again. Did EA sign him to a 20 year contract? If I want a comedy I'll rent one.
Suggestions: Why make suggestions? EA doesn't listen. They have become lazy. The NHL series was heading in the right direction and they put Don Taylor and NHL Cards in the game. Doesn't it matter than the A.I. is as bad in this game as last years NBA 2002. I have no suggestions to EA Sports because they treat their customers like fools.

Overall: 30 %
Gameplay: 30 %
Graphics: 60 %
Sound: 20 %

Date reviewed: November 18, 2003.

Overall: Great game play, easy to learn fun to play with lots of friends. Great game to share with those who dont game often. Yet Don taylor is horrid. I live in Vancouver and really enjoy his nightly sports program. But his comments during the game are pathetic. So turn down the volume and enjoy this game.
Gameplay: Quick, fun and easy to learn. Good for non-gamers. four man play is the best, we usually play a quick game during intermission of the Canucks Game. I also like the fact that the local EA have made the Canucks a great team to play.
Graphics: Everything look good. Graphics are fluid and very enjoyable. little highlight movies a little too much at time.
Sound: Don Taylor Sucks. Shut up no colour man in the business sounds as dumb as this. You are better than this. The occasional upstairs where norman keeps his mother is okay.
Suggestions: Fire Don Taylor.

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 80 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 20 %

Date reviewed: November 5, 2003.

Overall: This game is very fun and very addicting. Its great to play with friends and no matter what some people say it is realistic.
Gameplay: Gameplay is nice, some times it will glitch a bit like have u take a slap shot on net and it go into the side boards but what can ya do.
Graphics: Visuals are very nice, u can actually tell who some of the players are just by looking at their faces. Glass shattering is cool but happens to often
Sound: sound is good. Announcers are good even though they repeat lines way to much. Hitting sounds good and so do shots. Gotta love the sirens that happen in some arenas when the home team scores.
Suggestions: not much

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

beer nuts
Date reviewed: October 30, 2003.

Overall: This game should not be in the worst 25 games, its should be in the best 25 games. This game brought out the best in hockey since NHL 95.
Gameplay: The new Franchise mode is not really new, just an advanced version of the previous season mode. However i is still addictive to play and create a team to try and win back to back to back cups.
Graphics: The best Graphics for a hockey game compared to segas nhl 2k3. It is also a big improvement from nhl 2002.
Sound: The on-ice sounds are absolutely amazing, the commentators are amazing everything is amazing. Overall everything is amazing.
Suggestions: Improve the sign the free agent part

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: October 14, 2003.

Overall: The realism in hockey is recorded in this game. But a lot of the movies are played over and over again.
Gameplay: The controls are fairly simple, and their are a fair amount of modes to choose from. But a bad thing is that you can only use most NHL cards only once! And holding on to these type of cards is useless. But when creating a custom team you can change the name or the logo! Theres only 2 custom teams.
Graphics: The gfx are really good, accept the movies are played over and over again which get annoying. You cant skip them. A lot of the players look the same.
Sound: There are a lot of phrases and stuff coming out of the announcers! A lot of them are funny. The sound in the rink are very life like. It would be nice to hear some talking from the players though...
Suggestions: Make more cards and make them not once use. Also make the players look different, and more custom teams. Unlockables would be appreciated too. Also maybe a all mascot team.

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 80 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: April 6, 2003.

Overall: This is a great game. I dont see why everyone thinks that it sucks. Not everything is perfect but there is nothing that makes the game not worth playing. Overall, I think that its great. The menus are great and there are a lot of options too. If you are a hockey fan and dont own a hockey game, then it is definatly worth buying.
Gameplay: The gameplay of this game is great. I dont know what else to say. There is nothing wrong with it. Its fun all the way around. The manual dekes are awesome and easy to do too. I will never get bored of this game. There is so much to do.
Graphics: This game has great graphics except for all the flat fans. That is the only weak part of the game. Everything else looks good. Its also cool when the glass breaks. There is nothing else that stands out as bad graphics. I guess if you're some really picky kid, then you may notice other small, insignificant details. You can't compare anything to Halo, so don't try.
Sound: The sound is good, or at least as good as you would expect from a sports game. The commentary is sort of cheesy but its good enough. At least its not repetitive.
Suggestions: Make 3d fans in the stands. Also put in an option to save replays.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: February 24, 2003.

Overall: Well I guess I'm in the minority on this one. I absolutely loved this game. I like everything about it, the gameplay/graphics/easy to navigate etc.
Gameplay: Whether you're playing International or NHL style, the gameplay is the best I've seen/played in all my video hockey years. I literally can play for hours. It must be played on the difficult level to take full advantage of the hockey playing. EA put the sliders almost perfectly, so the game is low scoring and loads of fun to win (many close games).
Graphics: The graphics are stunning. I wish I had a HDTV cause just with the s-video cable the graphics are amazing. The players skate/check/shoot very accurately, the goalies react well and look natural. Overall one great lookin' Hockey game.
Sound: The crowd sounds great, the on ice sounds are accurate. When announcers first came on the scene yrs ago in video hockey I loved it, but now I just turn them off and listen to the hockey in game sounds thru surround (that or my own music). I also turn the music off that's in the gaming system. Overall a very good job on sound.
Suggestions: You guys make a super/very realistic hockey game that's by far the best in every category. But, if you can't rescind your decision on BF1942 for the 'box, I'll be hard pressed to buy another EA product.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: November 23, 2002.

Overall: This game is great! I started out buying NHL2K3 but I actually didn't like it at all. EA Sports has done a great job with this game. Don't listen to the hype of NHL2K3 like I did; it's nothing to write home about (NHL2K3).
Gameplay: The gameplay is solid. Goalie make stunningly realistic saves; even better than NHL2K3, IMO. The players skate very smoothly and all shots look like the real shot.
Graphics: Here is where EA takes over. The graphics in this game are unreal. The pads and mask of the goalies are awesome. Ed Belfour's mask looks super cool; the eagles are drawn perfectly and there is a little depth perception betwen his face and the actual mask. All the players look great too. The rinks look like the real thing and the ice reflects better than NHL2K3.
Sound: The sound is fine in this game. Nothing that makes you notice it but noting so bad you thing it sucks. The music is pretty good for a sports game; everytime a new song comes on the title, artis, and soundtrack pop up in a little box in the corner.
Suggestions: ONLINE!

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: November 16, 2002.

Overall: I would think this was a good game when i was in first grade and didnt know anything abot hockey. This is the game for you if you dont know much about hockey. but if you play hockey and no alot abouut it i would go for the realistic game of NHL 2K3.
Gameplay: Gameplay sucks!! It is nothing like real hockey. its fast action bull !&%$@#* !!! This is the worst part of the game.
Graphics: The viual aspect of the game are awsome!! This is the best game as in visualls i have seen!! I only hope everything else gets better soon. i have alwayes liked EA's hockey til 200x started comming out.
Sound: Sound sucks. it sounds like a gun going off when you hit the puck. And the comentary(sp) sucks!!! EA's needs to try to make a rteal hockey game with Good commentary. All it is is a buch of jokes.
Suggestions: Go for NHL2k3 for reallisticness(sp)!!
Go for hitz for arcade fun!!!
Go for NHL 2003 for a if you dont know anything about hockey!!!

Overall: 40 %
Gameplay: 20 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 20 %

Date reviewed: October 21, 2002.

Overall: I love hockey. I like this game. Its not hockey, but its close. Overall this is a solid game. EA Sports has done a decent job making an entertaining hockey game.
Gameplay: Its hockey, and that should be appealing enough. But if it isn't let me tell you a few thing about this game: As far as player positioning, this game is great. Break out patterns look kind of like break out patterns, player try to park in front of the net, defensemen try to move them away from the front of the net. The game has slowed down some from the 2002 version, and so the stats are a little more reasonable. Player "miss" passes. It seems EA Sports is starting to add some of the detail they've been missing in the pass.
Graphics: This game does not look as nice as many other sports titles for XBOX. When I buy an XBOX game I expect alot, and this games graphics are not its strong point. Once you've played 5 games, you've seen everything your ever going to see in the game. This is not bad though. The play gets a little choppy at times, and this annoys me. This game is an obvious port, but it should perform better.
Sound: Sounds are great. I don't like announcers so I turn them off in all sports games I play, so I won't comment on whether they are good or bad. I don't care about them. The on-ice sounds are superb. I mean they are very cool. The music is not bad either, in fact I really enjoy the rink music. It even puts up a little bubble to say give the name of the song and the band which is neat. I never give a high rating in sound for a sports game, but this one deserves it.
Suggestions: Where is the XBOX Live support? Come on you meatheads!

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 60 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: October 11, 2002.

Overall: Really cool game. Deking is so awesome and the goalies AI is 1000 times better than before. I'm very excited about it. So far the NHL cards are really nice, the speed is good too.
Gameplay: The Goalies are really good. The puck movement is so much better. Its incredibly realistic, a ton more fun than the first one.
Graphics: Great Graphics. The pictures are very good. On ice is really realistic and it seemd like you are actually there.
Sound: Good on ice sounds. The music in this years version is unbelieveable. I love how it carries over when your selecting the game and in the menus.
Suggestions: Where is the GameStory's? I havent seen them at all yet.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: October 11, 2002.

Overall: This game is EXACTLY the same as 2002 , which is not a bad thing (because 2k2 was awesome).This is the only reason why i have rated everything at 4.5 .
Gameplay: The same as 2K2. Really enjoyable , a huge lifespan , but you've seen it all before.The only real change is that you have more control of the puck (which makes it harder to control).
Graphics: Graphically , i suppose it is a little bit sharper than 2k2 . Still ,nothing to write home about though......
Sound: Some new phrases from the same guys who did 2K2 , some new jokes in there too . The sound effects still the same . You MUST play this game with Dolby 5.1 surround , it is awesome !
Suggestions: think of a way to make 2k4 a bit different.

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 90 %

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