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.
Summary: I always wait for the EA NHL Series. How disappointing!!! The use of the analog stick makes it ackward and very hard. The defense on this is horrible. I will never out shoot the other team. The least EA could have done was to leave the player controls in the D-pad. They made this game very tiring and frustrating to play unlike the old games, which you didn't seem to be dominated every time even against weak teams.
Summary: I have been a huge fan of the EA NHL hockey series since it started in 1993. I was excited for this years game b.c of the depth they had seemed to add with the dynasty mode, etc for the PS2. The problem is that the gameplay is absolutely atrocious. First off, you do not have the choice of using the digital controls to control the players. The analog controls are very difficult to use to make quick dekes and actually control the player at all.
Summary: I have purchased NHL 2004 for the ps2, the graphics are great the special features great. But gaming controls suck!!!! in one hour of game play using having to use the analog, I have spranded my thumb. Also the players are too slow, for example if you playing the computer player, they move 50 times faster than you.
Summary: I didnt think itwas possible, but EA followed up on its horrible NHL 2003 with a much un-improved 2004. The controls will drive you insane, EA needs to learn that more controls does not nesscarily make a better game. Second the gameplay has actually found a way to be worse then 2003. Slow and erratic movements, impossible checking make this game just as bad if not worse then 2003. NHL 2004 will soon find its way to the local funcoland.