NHL 2002

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NHL 2002
Image:NHL 2002 Coverart.png
Developer(s) EA Canada (PC, PS2, Xbox)
Budcat Creations (GBA)
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Series NHL series
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance
Xbox
PlayStation 2
PC
Release
Genre(s) Sports - Ice Hockey Sim
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer, multiplayer online

NHL 2002 is a video game released by EA Sports in 2001. It is the predecessor to NHL 2003. The game's cover man is Pittsburgh Penguins superstar and owner Mario Lemieux, who had just made a comeback after being retired for three and a half years. It was the first installment of the NHL series to be released on Xbox.

Features[edit]

Bill Clement is replaced by Don Taylor for NHL 2002. Taylor's quirky and often slapstick commentary style drew mixed reception from fans of the game.

After September 11, 2001, a patch was created that changed the image shown on the loading screen before New York Rangers games. Originally, it had been the World Trade Center. It was changed to the Statue of Liberty. (New York Islanders games simply showed the arena.)[citation needed]

GBA version[edit]

NHL 2002 was the only game in the series to be released on the Game Boy Advance. This version is an updated port of NHL 96 for the SNES,[1] and contains many features from that past title. It was also the last EA Sports NHL game to have 2D graphics, and the last NHL game to be on a handheld console until NHL 07. This GBA game was not released in Europe.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
GBA PC PS2 Xbox
AllGame N/A 3.5/5 stars[2] N/A N/A
EGM N/A N/A 8.83/10[3] N/A
Eurogamer N/A N/A N/A 7/10[4]
Game Informer N/A N/A 9.5/10[5] 9.25/10[6]
GamePro 4/5 stars[7] N/A 5/5 stars[8] 5/5 stars[9]
Game Revolution N/A N/A A−[10] A−[11]
GameSpot N/A 9.2/10[12] 8.9/10[13] 8.7/10[14]
GameSpy N/A N/A 88%[15] N/A
GameZone N/A 9/10[16] 9.1/10[17] N/A
IGN 7.9/10[1] 9.2/10[18] 9.2/10[19] 9/10[20]
OPM (US) N/A N/A 4.5/5 stars[21] N/A
OXM (US) N/A N/A N/A 8.6/10[22]
PC Gamer (US) N/A 83%[23] N/A N/A
BBC Sport N/A N/A N/A 90%[24]
Maxim N/A 10/10[25] N/A N/A
Aggregate score
Metacritic 80/100[26] 87/100[27] 92/100[28] 89/100[29]

The PlayStation 2 version received "universal acclaim", while the rest of the console versions received "generally favorable reviews", according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[26][27][28][29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Craig Harris (March 18, 2002). "NHL 2002 (GBA)". IGN. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ Allen, Christopher. "NHL 2002 (PC) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 16, 2014. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ EGM staff (December 2001). "NHL 2002 (PS2)". Electronic Gaming Monthly: 244. 
  4. ^ Tom Bramwell (April 12, 2002). "NHL 2002 (Xbox)". Eurogamer. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  5. ^ Andrew Reiner (November 2001). "NHL 2002 (PS2)". Game Informer (103): 104. Archived from the original on April 10, 2005. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  6. ^ "NHL 2002 (Xbox)". Game Informer (104): 109. December 2001. 
  7. ^ Air Hendrix (June 10, 2002). "NHL 2002 Review for Game Boy Advance on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on December 13, 2004. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  8. ^ Air Hendrix (September 27, 2001). "NHL 2002 Review for PS2 on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 14, 2005. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  9. ^ Air Hendrix (December 6, 2001). "NHL 2002 Review for Xbox on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 9, 2005. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  10. ^ G-Wok (October 2001). "NHL 2002 Review (PS2)". Game Revolution. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  11. ^ G-Wok (December 2001). "NHL 2002 - Xbox". Game Revolution. Archived from the original on October 15, 2008. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  12. ^ Michael E. Ryan (September 19, 2001). "NHL 2002 Review (PC)". GameSpot. Archived from the original on March 1, 2005. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  13. ^ Shane Satterfield (September 25, 2001). "NHL 2002 Review (PS2)". GameSpot. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  14. ^ Shane Satterfield (December 17, 2001). "NHL 2002 Review (Xbox)". GameSpot. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  15. ^ Ralph "Gizzo" Sparkes (October 20, 2001). "NHL Hockey 2002 [sic] (PS2)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on December 28, 2004. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  16. ^ Kevin "BIFF" Giacobbi (October 11, 2001). "NHL 2002 Review on PC". GameZone. Archived from the original on April 26, 2005. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  17. ^ Kevin Krause (October 7, 2001). "NHL 2002 Review - PlayStation 2". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 5, 2008. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  18. ^ Tal Blevins (September 18, 2001). "NHL 2002 (PC)". IGN. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  19. ^ David Zdyrko (September 24, 2001). "NHL 2002 (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  20. ^ Aaron Boulding (December 11, 2001). "NHL 2002 (Xbox)". IGN. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  21. ^ "NHL 2002". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 160. November 2001. 
  22. ^ "NHL 2002". Official Xbox Magazine. January 2002. 
  23. ^ Jim Preston (December 2001). "NHL 2002". PC Gamer. Archived from the original on January 17, 2002. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  24. ^ David Gibbon (March 12, 2002). "Let's play: NHL 2002 (Xbox)". BBC Sport. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  25. ^ Ryan Boyce (September 22, 2001). "NHL 2002 (PC)". Maxim. Archived from the original on December 29, 2001. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  26. ^ a b "NHL 2002 for Game Boy Advance Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  27. ^ a b "NHL 2002 for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  28. ^ a b "NHL 2002 for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  29. ^ a b "NHL 2002 for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 

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