Summary: Sega's ESPN NHL Hockey (2K4) isn't the great hockey game that it was last year. Where it has some good options and unlockables (great teams from the past), the gameplay really hurts one's ability to fully enjoy the game. Graphically, the game looks a tad bit better than EA's NHL 2004. The sounds in the game aren't that great as well as the horrible crowd chants and rink announcer.
Summary: This is a great SIMULATION hockey game. If you want to knock people down and fight try NHL Hitz which is also great. NHL 2004 is also a good game but 2003's stupid comments during gameplay really nailed the coffin shut on that series for me. ESPN NHL Hockey is my game. It is a true to life thing. You can send players to the minors and change your line-ups, trade players, change your defensive and offensive strategy's during the game.
Summary: Just like any game, this game has good points and bad points, but overall it is a fantastic game. One of the best parts of the game are the graphics. The close-ups of the players actually look like that player. Also, at the start of a period the ice is clear and shiny, but by the end it is milky and dull, just like an actual ice surface during an NHL game.
Summary: First off, let me start out by saying that the online aspect of this game is simply awful. Sega must fix it's network or else be laughed out of the online business. If you're used to the smooth play of Madden 2004 online, don't expect anything close to that w/ this game. The play runs very sluggish and freezes often in the middle of a game, it isn't my connection either because many people complain of the same problems. Secondly, 2003's version had better game play.
Summary: I got this as a christmas gift and was amazed at the game quality. The graphics are awesome. My dad walked into the room on Christmas while i was playing and asked if my home team was playing. If you dont look closely you may think its an actual hockey game on ESPN.
Summary: This game has some of the best graphics I've seen on PS2 yet. I do however dislike the way the controller is set up. I hate having to use the analog to play. They don't even let you change all the features on the controller only the buttons. They do allow you to manage a team and hire, fire, trade and draft players which is really cool.
Summary: This game is not like any other hockey game. The slapshots are really good. When you play this game, you will enjoy it a lot. There is lots of different things to choose from.The player detail is awsome! It almost looks real! Get this game quickly before they sell out of stock!
Summary: I was very excited to get this game because I thought last years version was outstanding. The graphics in this years version are incredible, unfortunately the game play is not. Getting to collect a loose puck is time consuming after skating circles around the puck which is right at your feet. Your teammates' player AI is terrible and you might as well not ever try to pass out with the goaltender as most passes miss intended receivers and go directly to the other team.