NHL Hitz Pro

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NHL Hitz Pro
NHL Hitz Pro.jpg
PAL region cover art
Developer(s) Next Level Games
Publisher(s) Midway Games
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox
Release date(s)
  • NA September 25, 2003
  • PAL November 7 & 14, 2003
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Distribution DVD, Nintendo GameCube Game Disc

NHL Hitz Pro is an ice hockey video game developed by Next Level Games and published by Midway Games. It's the third and final game of the NHL Hitz series. It was released on September 25, 2003, for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, and Xbox. Unlike the previous titles in the series, this game has 5-on-5 gameplay instead of the usual 3-on-3 gameplay with the earlier titles. Despite that fact, however, the game does not include penalty shots, and it is still an arcade-type hockey game like its predecessors. It also has, as the name suggests, a lot of hard hitting, appealing more often to casual hockey fans than hardcore ones. The cover athlete of the game is Nicklas Lidström, and features commentary from Tim Kitzrow[1] and Harry Teinowitz.

Unlike many other hockey video games of the 21st century, NHL Hitz Pro had the IIHF license, enabling it to use the jerseys of the Olympic hockey teams.

The game also has many game modes, one of the most popular being the "Pick-Up Hockey" game mode, where the game would turn into either a roller, street, or pond hockey match-up between two amateur teams.

Features[edit]

NHL Hitz Pro features NHL-style gameplay for the first time, and although arcade-like features pop up from time to time, the game is far more realistic than the previous titles in the series. Among the changes to Hitz Pro are 5-on-5 gameplay, as opposed to the 3-on-3 action seen in NHL Hitz 2002 and 2003, less exaggerated player appearances, and wrap arounds.

Soundtrack[edit]

NHL Hitz Pro features a soundtrack of 22 songs. They are listed below.

Artist Song Name
12 Stones Back Up
Diffuser New High
Dry Kill Logic Hindsight
Exit This Side Beautiful To Me
Exit This Side Finding My Way
Exit This Side Good Enough
Exit This Side Simple Wonder
Exit This Side The Silence
Flaw Get Up Again
Flipswitch Circumstances
Flipswitch Circumstances Remix
Flipswitch Empty Hands
Flipswitch Empty Hands Remix
Flipswitch Hear It
Flipswitch Ride On
Flipswitch Saturdays
Flipswitch Seasons
Kazzer Pedal To The Medal
Logan 7 Boomshakalaka
Powerman 5000 Transform
The D4 Get Loose
Zombie Nation Kernkraft 400

Reception[edit]

NHL Hitz Pro was well received by critics. Metacritic gave the game an aggregated score of 79/100 on the PS2, indicating generally favourable reviews.[2] It favoured slightly better on the GameCube[3] and Xbox,[4] receiving scores of 81/100 for both. IGN reviewer Chris Carle praised its gameplay, stating: "If you're into violence, aggression and humiliation (at least when none of the above are happening to you), this is the hockey game you've been waiting for. There's so much facing going on in this game, it's unbelievable." He gave all three versions of the game an 8.6/10, indicating 'Great' game status.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tim Kitzrow Interview". Team Xbox. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  2. ^ "NHL Hitz Pro PS2 Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  3. ^ "NHL Hitz Pro GC Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  4. ^ "NHL Hitz Pro Xbox Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  5. ^ "NHL Hitz Pro Review". IGN. Retrieved 2013-08-25.