THE GOOD: breakaway cam, emotion meter, slap shots, options,commentary
THE BAD: your goalie will often give up 4 goals on 15 shots!!
SUMMARY: the game is amazing. it looks and sounds fantastic. the only awful feature is the weak franchise mode in which almost noone will ever sign with you as a free agent if you arent in a large city. some of the player ratings are way off- they have perennial 3rd liners rated 89 and 90. make sure you turn down the game speed and shot accuracy- turn up blocked shots- and recovery from fatigue. after playing for 2 days i am nuking it on middle level, but the goalie problems continue- nik khabibulin give up 5 goals on 17 shots !! 3 went through the 5 hole for gods sake! don taylor and jim hughson only get annoying if you are losing, otherwise its hilarious! all in all a great game! easily worth 25$ for a new copy now. but nhl 2003 is no better- dont spend 50 on it- get this for 25
THE GOOD: I though the breakaway and the goalie cam was really cool and original. YOu can make your own team. I made the hockey team i play on. You could make the guys 100% in everything. The game actually said the persons name that you created.
THE BAD: YOu couldn't have bench brawls or goalie fights. the team you made had to be ea blades or ea storm. You couldn't play the team you made in season or tournament mode. You can't repeat the same task over and over again and get points. There is barely any cheats. the computer is not theat good.
SUMMARY: I hope the next one they come out with will be able to go online so you can have a real chalenge. Have goalie fights and mabye even the ocasional bench brawl. The cards will hopfuly be easeir to get.
THE GOOD: This game is very detailed and realistic
THE BAD: I would like if you could have some exabhition games also if you could add some of the old teams and players ex: Football you can use the 1985 49's.
SUMMARY: this game is amazing I don't know how you guys do it but you seem to out do your selfs every year. This game takes hockey to new levels. What I realy like is how hard it is to score (thats a good thing) its realistic. I like how the players actually play their positions ex: your defence actually play defence, and when a defenceman rushes with the puck a foward will drop back and cover their position.
I can't wait until NHL 2003. Keep up the good work.
THE GOOD: All teams.Excellent playing.Nice injuries.Great stats keeper.
THE BAD: Yes u have to do trade up dates, but they are few. New nhl cards featurea time waster. The ref gets in ur way and u can't knock 'em down.
SUMMARY: Wa, for a nhl game this takes the cake(till2003 comes out). A good all rounded game w/ few if any flaws. Career mode is only 10 seasons,,tell that to messier and others. Reasonable draft and free agents signing, but u can only make a multiple trades w/ 1 team. You dont need cheats or make a exsiting player to make a all round great player as the CAP mode is the best and if need be u can make a player w/ overall 100 rateing,,,if need be.
Overall the best nhl game to date
1=poop on a stick 10=excellent
Playability - - ->10.0(all round great!) Graphics - - ->9.5(well done) Sound(s) - - ->9.5(well done) Roster - - ->8.8(need to make a few trades) CAP Mode - - ->10.0(the best CAP mode to date) Loading Time - ->8.0(could be faster but ...) Fun Factor - - ->9.5(gre...
THE GOOD: It's almost as good as the original NHL on Sega Genesis
THE BAD: It's not quite as good as the orginal NHL... You can't check the goalie.
SUMMARY: Ever since they changed the rules to protect the goalie more (In real hockey) - playing video game hockey is just not as much fun. One of the most fun ways to score in the original NHL is to check the goalie so hard that the puck gets knocked free and flys into the net.
This game looks so good it's fun to just watch it sometimes, the framerate feels fast and smooth.
I bought this game because I played it in the store and I saw the breakaway cam and thought "wow, that's cool". Besides, I didn't have a hockey game for my PS2, and I used to LOVE LOVE LOVE multiplayer console hockey back in the day of the Sega Genesis - that black plastic cartridge with the letters "NHL" on it may very well have contained the best video game of all time. The breakaway cam is cool, but instead of making it easier to score (which it should) it ac...
THE GOOD: There r too many good things to say about this game compared to last years.
THE BAD: The only thing bad about this game is rosters arent fully updated. Brett Hull is still listed as playing for the Dallas Stars.
SUMMARY: GRAPHICS: This year EA improved immenensely on player model graphics. Last year is was hard to tell who players were sometimes. It still is a little bit but for the most part players look like there true to life self. The crowd has probably improved the most graphically. The first couple of rows are 3d modeled. During stoppage in play the camera will focus on certain fans and they will act like fans act. For instance the camera focuses on this guy and he nudges his wife and points at the jumbotron, realizing there on TV, He waves at the TV and his wife buries her head. The replays have been drastically revamped to look more like the madden replays. If your goalie makes a big save or you make a big hit play stops and it automatically shows a replay. This...