Summary: Ever since Super Nintendo's EA Sports NHL '94 game, I have never found a hockey game that quite cuts it. From bad goalies that are too predictable and make bonehead decisions to physics that are completely unrealistic, I've seen it all, most notably in EA Sports' follow-up for the PC (NHL 2003, etc.). Then rolled ESPN's NHL Hockey down the alley of incomplete hockey games like a grenade! It does almost everything perfectly.
Summary: The person below who gave the game a 2 out of 5 Star rating is an idiot. Mike Buck, let me tell you personally that you are by far the biggest moron to write a review. "If you want Realistic than choose NHL 2004 over ESPN." Are you stupid or are you always like that. EA Sports NHL 2004 is an arcadey game of all sorts. And the reason the game is too hard for you is because your an idiot who prefers 15 - 7 game scores.
Summary: At the beginning oft he year when I was deciding which hockey title to buy (choices were NHL 2004 & ESPN Hockey) I regrettably bought NHL 2004. Then after countless awesome reviews on this game it made me get this game as well. A week ago I bought it and it blew my head away. I mean this is reality hockey at your finger tips. Everything from the commentators to the sounds of the ice, this stuff is real. My dream was to one day experienced a hockey game like this.
Summary: I usually dont like hockey games but when i read the reviews of NHL 2004 and ESPN NHL ESPN sounded way way better than nhl 2004.EVEN though espn nhl didnt have any fighting. but nhl 2004 did the fighting terribly. and when i got the game it was the best game i had ever experinced with the yells of the crowd and the boom of the hockey sticks Every thing is good about this game.So if you are a real catious shopper and are looking for the best hockey game GET ESPN NHL
Summary: Long story short: This is a great game! I have been a fan of EA's NHL Hockey for a long time, but have been a bit disapointed with that series lately, so I switched over to ESPN Hockey. And I do not regret doing so. This game has great graphics, and (more importantly), it plays well. The controls are intuitive and allow for great plays. At the same time, it is relatively easy to get into the game. The presentation of the game is very good.
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 used to get the EA SPORTS series but they got to complex and started to ruin there games. So I tried something different. ESPN style. I am a big hockey fan and really enjoy hockey games. So for the holidays I got this game which was awsome. The player detail is so amazing it almost looks real. The hits are big and the goals are fanominal!
Summary: I got this for Christmas, and I can't stop playing it. NHL 2004 is okay, if you want an arcade like feel, but if you want the full simulation with better graphics, better gameplay, and overall control, I would spend my money on ESPN NHL Hockey. They know what people want and they deliver.
Summary: I got this game in October as a birthday gift. It is probably the best PS2 hockey game I've ever played. The ONE MAJOR PROBLEM with it is that the game freezes in two instances. One of these is occasionally when displaying the "3 stars of the game". The other, which always happens, is when scrolling through the injury report for my team (which is always long, as conveniently, my top 7 rated players are all out with major knee injuries) and a player has 3 injuries at...
Summary: I have owned many, many hockey games going all the way back to EA Sports NHL 95. This is the greatest of them all. I own last year's version of NHL2k3 and I have to say that ESPN Hockey is a definite upgrade worth the money. Yes, the difficulty levels are a bit out of whack, but I play on Pro level and have modified the sliders to where the competition is perfect. It just takes a little time and some adjusting to get to the point where the competition is balanced.