Summary: Being new to Hockey games, I Warmed up on "easy" mode and spanked team after team, with huge leads in goals. I felt that it was time for "medium" mode. I played a few of exhibition games on "medium" and managed a win in one out of three. The New York Islanders was the only team I could beat. I figured that if most of these games would be nailbiters, I'd be fine with that, so I plunged into Season mode. Here I cannot score a goal if my life depended on it.
Summary: This game is good because it has a lot of things to do. You can also make seasons and play games with your team. The graphics are very good and there is also a very good separate fighting mode. Another reason this game is good is because the controls are easy so you do not get confused with the other controls. Out of a lot of hockey games this would be one of the best. Overall, I think this is a very good game.
Summary: Bone rattling body checking, high velocity slap shots, jaw jarring uppercuts, NHL 2004 has them all in ample proportions. Nothing can compare to the joy recieved after levelling an opponent who is skating through on goal, getting the puck and deking your way up the ice to slot home the game-winner. Unfortunately, nothing can also compare to the infuriation of body checking an opponent only to find he continues skating with the puck regardless.
Summary: this game on the whole is pretty fun, but very very frustrating. i had one game that i went into the 3rd up 13-1, and i barely won 14-13. the catch up logic is pretty gay. the players on your team aren't that smart either. whenever i try and spring a guy for a breakaway, he turns away from the puck. when you have the defensive pressure set back when you are trying to protect a lead, you are almost giving the other team a comeback. the game is also way too easy.
Summary: I know people have complained about a hit fest and bunching of players, but overall, this is a very fun game. I found it easy to make the game very realistic and dispell the problems people claim to have by adjusting the gameplay settings (about 20-25 diff sliders) to a more reaspnable level. The visuals are great also. Real equipment, good faces, popping helmets, and individual player hair.
Summary: Not gonna' go on and on. Loved it when I first got it. Now the flaws are driving me crazy. The 'last minute goal' thing is ridiculous. Every other game is a "shocker". Play an amazing defensive game- just to have it ruined 75% of the time by some flukey 'last minute' goal. Same goes for big leads- or domination. The cpu seems to keep it pretty even no matter what you do. I love a close game- when it's deserved.
Summary: This game sucks for the first ten minutes. After you learn the controls, figure out how to change the settings and manage your plays and players, it gets a lot better. A lot better. Checking is realistic. 989's Faceoff games let you lay out some one on almost every attempt. Dynasty mode is fun, but unrealistic and just there for the heck of it. My only problem is at the medium setting you can score almost everytime on breakaways. Graphics r great.
Summary: NHL 2004 is a huge dissapointment.....i get nhl games every year and this one blows....nhl 2003 is so much better. In 2004 they make the gameplay more &quot;realistic&quot; which kills the game. The passing is impossible to get it to the person u want to. I think the gameplay itself is terrible. NHL 2003 is so much better to play. ya i admit NHL 2004 is better for dynasty modes and stuff but the gameplay has gone way down from the year before.