NHL 2002

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.

NHL 2002
NHL 2002 Coverart.png
Cover art featuring Mario Lemieux
Developer(s)EA Canada (PC, PS2, Xbox)
Budcat Creations (GBA)
Publisher(s)EA Sports
SeriesNHL series
Platform(s)PlayStation 2, Xbox, Windows, Game Boy Advance
Release
September 17, 2001
  • Windows
    • NA: September 17, 2001
    • EU: October 5, 2001
    PlayStation 2
    • NA: September 24, 2001
    • EU: October 19, 2001
    • JP: February 7, 2002
    Xbox
    • NA: December 10, 2001
    • EU: March 14, 2002
    Game Boy Advance
    • NA: March 7, 2002
Genre(s)Sports - Ice Hockey Sim
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

FeaturesEdit

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.

GBA versionEdit

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.

ReceptionEdit

Jim Preston reviewed the PlayStation 2 version of the game for Next Generation, rating it four stars out of five, and stated that "only frustrating defensive controls mar another brilliant effort from EA Sports".[21]

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.[27][28][29][30]

The editors of Computer Games Magazine nominated NHL 2002 as the best sports game of 2001, but ultimately gave the award to High Heat Baseball 2002.[31] It was also a runner-up in GameSpot's annual award category for the best traditional sports console game, which went to NBA 2K2.[32]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Craig Harris (March 18, 2002). "NHL 2002 (GBA)". IGN. Retrieved June 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Allen, Christopher. "NHL 2002 (PC) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 16, 2014. Retrieved June 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Andrew Reiner (November 2001). "NHL 2002 (PS2)". Game Informer (103): 104. Archived from the original on April 10, 2005. Retrieved June 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "NHL 2002 (Xbox)". Game Informer (104): 109. December 2001.
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  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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ G-Wok (October 2001). "NHL 2002 Review (PS2)". Game Revolution. Retrieved June 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ G-Wok (December 2001). "NHL 2002 - Xbox". Game Revolution. Archived from the original on October 15, 2008. Retrieved June 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Michael E. Ryan (September 19, 2001). "NHL 2002 Review (PC)". GameSpot. Archived from the original on March 1, 2005. Retrieved June 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ Shane Satterfield (September 25, 2001). "NHL 2002 Review (PS2)". GameSpot. Retrieved June 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ Shane Satterfield (December 17, 2001). "NHL 2002 Review (Xbox)". GameSpot. Retrieved June 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ Kevin Krause (October 7, 2001). "NHL 2002 Review - PlayStation 2". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 5, 2008. Retrieved June 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ Tal Blevins (September 18, 2001). "NHL 2002 (PC)". IGN. Retrieved June 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ David Zdyrko (September 24, 2001). "NHL 2002 (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved June 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ Aaron Boulding (December 11, 2001). "NHL 2002 (Xbox)". IGN. Retrieved June 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  21. ^ a b Preston, Jim (December 2001). "Finals". Next Generation. Vol. 4 no. 12. Imagine Media. p. 108.
  22. ^ "NHL 2002". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 160. November 2001.
  23. ^ "NHL 2002". Official Xbox Magazine. January 2002.
  24. ^ Jim Preston (December 2001). "NHL 2002". PC Gamer. Archived from the original on January 17, 2002. Retrieved June 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  25. ^ David Gibbon (March 12, 2002). "Let's play: NHL 2002 (Xbox)". BBC Sport. Retrieved June 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  26. ^ Ryan Boyce (September 22, 2001). "NHL 2002 (PC)". Maxim. Archived from the original on December 29, 2001. Retrieved June 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  27. ^ a b "NHL 2002 for Game Boy Advance Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  28. ^ a b "NHL 2002 for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  29. ^ a b "NHL 2002 for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  30. ^ a b "NHL 2002 for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  31. ^ Staff (March 2002). "11th Annual Computer Games Awards". Computer Games Magazine (136): 50–56.
  32. ^ GameSpot VG Staff (February 23, 2002). "GameSpot's Best and Worst Video Games of 2001". GameSpot. Archived from the original on August 3, 2002. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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