THE GOOD: Great replayability, tons of teams and players
THE BAD: Play by play, in game music, poor player-to-player transitioning.
SUMMARY: At first I absolutely hated this game. The controls felt foreign and stupid, and very unlike the 2002 controls. But as I got used to it most of my complaints went away.
I absolutely love the dynasty mode, which allows you to become the GM for your favourite, or created team in any of the leagues in the game. You sign, draft, and trade players to build a team that can go all the way, and then you can choose to either play the season yourself or simply sim through and see how well the computer thinks you did.
The game play isn't bad either. Personally, I couldn't stand how easily the puck came off of my stick from the slightest touch from the other player, so I turned up the puck control in the options menu, and I became significantly less frustrated.
Unfortunately it seems to be a little too easy to score and to be scored on, especially when the goa...
THE GOOD: Not much this is a poor game Jarome Iginla on the cover
THE BAD: Controls Graphics
SUMMARY: Well being Canadian and knowing tons about hockey, you would think it would help in reviewing this. Well get ready hockey fans. NHL 2003 is a hockey sim game with all 30 NHL teams. Presentation is good and looks sharp. Other than that the game has a lot of problems to work out. Graphics are bad. Not in the sense of say a N64 game. But its the little things that appear to have been looked over. None of the players or coaches look anything like themselves. The letter on the jerseys is all wrong to. This game does not seem fluid and fast paced at all. It doesnt ever feel like you have control of your player at any time. Players dont seem to be responsive to your conrtols ever. It's almost like they are the AI. The conrols are terrible, everything from checking, passing to doing the odd deke is very weak. The shooting is not that great either. Its pretty much impossible to score on t...
THE BAD: Graphics are very average, game play is not smooth, play-by-play announcers are just horrible, and the feel of the game is nothing like real NHL hockey.
SUMMARY: Sorry, but I sold my copy & will continue playing NHL 2001 on the PC. Hopefully, Sega's NHL 2K3 can provide hockey fans with a quality game. EA needs a serious overhaul of the NHL franchise & game engine. Save your $$$ and pass on NHL 2003 for the XBOX.