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'Espn NHL Hockey' (PS2/Xbox) Now Available

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 9:26 a.m. PDT

ESPN Videogames today announced that the highly acclaimed ESPN NHL Hockey is now available at major video game retailers across North America. Continuing the high standard of sports realism and video game entertainment of the ESPN Videogames brand, ESPN NHL Hockey delivers speed, action and excitement to hockey fans. ESPN NHL Hockey and other ESPN Videogames titles are produced by Visual Concepts - Sega's sports developer.

"Our focus in developing a hockey video game has always been to find the perfect balance between realism and virtual entertainment," states Greg Thomas, President of Visual Concepts. "We wanted to ensure that ESPN NHL Hockey would be widely accepted by both the casual hockey fan and by the diehards. With balanced game play, striking visuals and the addition of the Skills Competition, we are delivering the most complete hockey experience ever."

Available for both the Playstation 2 and the Xbox, ESPN NHL Hockey brings a hockey experience like no other game. The integration of the ESPN presentation is a key element in delivering an exciting experience to the passionate hockey gamer and the
casual sports fan alike. ESPN NHL Hockey integrates a hockey video game, ESPN overlays and television-style wipes. In addition, ESPN's top hockey
commentating team - Gary Thorne and Bill Clement - call all the action on the ice.

Along with utilizing the presentation style of "The Worldwide Leader in Sports," ESPN NHL Hockey is proud to present the Skills Competition. Based on the popular events during the NHL's All-Star Weekend, players compete in several challenges that test the precision, speed and strength of their favorite NHL players. Users choose their favorite scorer as they test their goal-scoring precision in Accuracy Shooting. Players who think they're fancy with the stick will have to try maneuvering through an obstacle cone course in Puck Control. ESPN NHL Hockey gamers can choose to compete against the computer or against a friend, offline and online, in six exciting events that will test their dexterity and mettle. The new Skybox feature also enhances the overall experience by offering hundreds of unlockable, virtual items, including retro uniforms, historic teams, trophies and more that can be earned through various in-game accomplishments. ESPN NHL Hockey features enhanced online play for both the Playstation 2 and the Xbox. ESPN NHL Hockey launches a superior standard of quality that consumers can expect with every ESPN Videogames title.

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