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Midway & Dodge Promote 'NHL Hitz Pro'

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 11:34 p.m. PDT

Midway Sports announced it will kick-off a national sweepstakes that gives hockey fans a chance to win a 2004 Dodge Durango on December 10, 2003, among other prizes. Read more for details ...

“The sweepstakes are a hockey fan’s dream come true, featuring prizes such as a 2004 Dodge Durango, tickets to a live NHL event as well as the authentic and edgy action on ice that only NHL Hitz? Pro offers,” said Helene Sheeler, vice president of marketing, Midway.

Midway game fans can participate in the sweepstakes and view rules by logging on to www.nhlhitzprosweeps.com to enter to win:

  • One (1) Grand Prize package – An all-new 2004 Dodge Durango decked out in NHL Hitz Pro branding.
  • One (1) First Prize – A trip for two (2) to the 2004 NHL All-Star Game in Minnesota.
  • One (1) Second Prize – Consists of a 50” widescreen TV, Surround Sound System, XBox Videogame System, Midway? games and NHL Center Ice Package.
  • Two hundred (200) Third Prizes – A copy of NHL Hitz Pro videogame.

About NHL Hitz Pro

Officially licensed by the NHL and the NHLPA and featuring real NHL teams and athletes, NHL Hitz Pro retains the well-known Midway Sports “edge,” but with a new emphasis on realistic NHL features such as 5-on-5 gameplay (including goalies), league penalties and violations, and live online gameplay for the PlayStation?2 computer entertainment system.

The head-to-head online play in NHL Hitz Pro features online player rankings and tournaments. NHL Hitz Pro also includes 100 percent NHL legitimate, 23-man player rosters that bring together pro players and authentic team lines with real offensive and defensive team formations in precise correlation with each NHL team.

Additionally, new gameplay flexibility is built into NHL Hitz Pro to give gamers more control in order to experience hockey the way they like it. Gamers can dial-in the exact gameplay that they enjoy with the new “slider” capabilities. With just a few quick adjustments in the game set-up menu, gamers can change the rules of the game, the speed of the players on the ice while the frequency of checks and fights can be increased or decreased.

NHL Hitz Pro includes an improved AI so authentic that gamers will think they are playing with the NHL pros. Goalie animations feature logic and behavior that realistically capture and feature everything from stick saves to stoning a knee-buckling 5-hole shot to slapping the ice with five seconds left in a power play. Gamers also have the ability to score from anywhere on the ice and will feel the tension and strain of NHL action with a new Player Fatigue System that causes them to tire out after experiencing tough checks.

Playing on accurately diagrammed rinks, players will get cheers and jeers from the realistic crowd that reacts to the action on the ice. Additionally, an upgraded Franchise Mode allows players to build a Dynasty and manage every aspect of the team; a re-tooled Hockey School Mode teaches and tests gamers’ hockey skills; and a Multiplayer Tournament Mode allows gamers to set up tournaments with up to 16 teams.

In addition, Midway has signed an exclusive deal with Nicklas Lidstrom, star defenseman of the Detroit Red Wings. Lidstrom appears on the packaging and cover art for the game and also brings his big hits to NHL Hitz Pro’s DVD section. Viewed as one of the top defensemen in the NHL, Lidstrom is a four-time finalist and recipient of the coveted Norris Trophy and member of the 2003 Western Conference All-Star team.

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