Excerpt: Last year I though that NHL 2003 was a pretty good game, but that was only relative to the rest of the NHL Series. This year EA has done an overhaul to their game to make it less like soccer and more like hockey. They also added a dynasty mode. How does this years edition stack up? Note that I will try to stick to areas not covered by Paul Kelly's excellent review . Graphics: 88 Overall, the graphics are pretty solid.
Excerpt: Time and again, EA Sports brings another outstanding game, not only in gameplay, but also in the audio/video department. As soon as you pop in the disc, NHL 2004 's presence is felt with another outstanding set of audio tracks behind the menu system. In the game, another class act is represented in the announcing crew, as well as within on-ice sounds.
Conclusion: As far as the new fighting system goes, it's easily the best around. Hockey fights are sort of a tough thing to re-create, as most of them usually just involve a couple of wildly thrown punches, teamed with a lot of jersey pulling and falling down. In terms of video game fights, most systems have been a total joke. They usually ape standard fighting games and end up looking like matches between a couple of Rock'em Sock'em Robots.
Excerpt: Cette année un nouveau système de mise en échec et de bagarres entre joueurs fait de cette version de NHL la plus physique jamais créée. Des améliorations notables sont apportées au mode Franchise, l’ajout de trois nouvelles ligues, NHL lance les joueurs sur la patinoire pour des matchs...