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: ok i have played this game since it has came out it is one of th best yet but those 13-0 games do happen and i play on diffcult setting. Dynasty mode is where it at that is the whole game right there. But if you have a desire to go online and play other people don't cause then you will see how much ea sports failed at trying to bring it online. In an online game a player can quit the game with you up on the scoreboard and you will not get your win.
Summary: NHL 2004 is by far the best sports game out there right now. In other sports games final scores ether end up being way to low, or way to high. This game has found the happy medium with good offensive teams scoring about five points per game, and not so hot teams scoring about one and a half points per game. Owner mode's great allowing you to manage team facilities and finances.
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.