NHL 2003

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NHL 2003
Nhl03ps2.jpg
North American PlayStation 2 box art featuring Jarome Iginla
Developer(s) EA Sports
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Series NHL series
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Windows
Release date(s) NA 20020930September 30, 2002
NA October 9, 2002 (Xbox)
EU October 18, 2002 (PS2)
EU 20021025October 25, 2002
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

NHL 2003 is the 11th edition of the popular EA Sports NHL series, a hockey video game, released in 2002 as the successor to NHL 2002. Jarome Iginla appears as the cover athlete and spokesperson of the game. Iginla appears in the Behind The Scenes video to show the player how the game was made.

Features[edit]

NHL 2003 introduced a new feature: the GameBreaker. It is activated once a player performs enough "dekes" and it is used to help change the momentum of the game, such as scoring a big goal, delivering a big hit or winning a big fight.

Commentary[edit]

The commentary in NHL 2003 is voiced by Jim Hughson and Don Taylor. Hughson has been the NHL series announcer since NHL '97, while Taylor first appeared in the previous year's version.

NHL cards[edit]

Returning from NHL 2002 is a feature called NHL Cards. They are EA custom cards with most of the NHL player names on them. There are tasks at each difficulty setting: beginner, easy, medium, and difficult. The tasks are simple as getting a goal, to get a hat trick with 2 players. They are accomplished by doing the tasks in only one game. You would get the most out of it for playing a 60-minute game. Another is beating team Canada with Japan in International mode. There are many different ones, including some in a season, playoffs, and International mode.

There are over 180 cards in the game. There are three types of cards: celebration cards, cheat cards, and most of the pro NHL players. The regular cards for the game that include most of the players of the 02–03 NHL season. They show most players in action, while some show still pictures of their face. They are used for an extra skill boost in 1, 2, or 3 periods depending on the color of the border of the card. (Bronze for 1 period, silver for 2, gold for 3.) Some decrease opponent's skills for 1, 2 or 3 periods, like the player cards.

Franchise Mode[edit]

Franchise Mode on NHL 2003 is limited to 10 seasons of play.

The draft contains 2 rounds. Only NHL teams can be used.

Created Players can be signed as free agents. Fantasy Draft is an option.

Soundtrack[edit]

NHL 2003 Soundtrack
Artist Song
Blindside "Pitiful"
Celldweller "Stay With Me (Unlikely)"
Celldweller "Switchback"
Dead Star Hotel "Frustrated"
Default "Deny"
Default "Slow Me Down"
Dragpipe "Simple Minded"
Drowning Pool "Tear Away"
Greenwheel "Strong"
Gob "I've Been Up These Steps"
Gob "Sick With You"
Jimmy Eat World "Sweetness"
M.ill.ion "Showstopper"
Papa Roach "She Loves Me Not"
Queens of the Stone Age "No One Knows"
Trapt "Headstrong"
Treble Charger "Hundred Million"

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PS2) 80.72%[1]
(PC) 77.67%[2]
(Xbox) 76.80%[3]
(GC) 75.43%[4]
Metacritic (Xbox) 80/100[5]
(PS2) 79/100[6]
(GC) 79/100[7]
(PC) 75/100[8]
Review scores
Publication Score
EGM 7.5/10[9]
Eurogamer 8/10[10]
Game Informer 7.75/10[11][12]
GamePro 4.5/5 stars[13]
GameSpot (PC) 8.4/10[14]
8.3/10[15][16]
(GC) 8.2/10[17]
GameSpy 4/5 stars[18][19]
(PC) 3.5/5 stars[20]
GameZone (PC) 9.1/10[21]
9/10[22][23]
(GC) 8.5/10[24]
IGN (PC) 8.8/10[25]
8.7/10[26][27]
(PS2) 8.6/10[28]
Nintendo Power 3.5/5[29]
OPM (US) 3.5/5 stars[30]
OXM 7.9/10[31]
PC Gamer (US) 72%[32]
BBC Sport 90%[33]

The game was met with positive reception. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 80.72% and 79 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version;[1][6] 77.67% and 75 out of 100 for the PC version;[2][8] 76.80% and 80 out of 100 for the Xbox version;[3][5] and 75.43% and 79 out of 100 for the GameCube version.[4][7]

References[edit]

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