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: ok, why would they make a hockey game like this. Sure the graphics,and music are good. And thats about it. And i know that we all like a hard hitting hockey game but this sucks. You cant skate 2 feet without being dropped, which really pisses you off. and the passing, its hard. And if you want to set up a one timer you cant, your guy will just skate on by it.
Summary: Dynasty mode is a bright spot in an otherwise less than thrilling hockey game. Many of the reviews that I've read speak about how 'realistic' this game is in comparison to other years'. What they're really saying is that they've taken much of the fun huge hits out of the game, and made the players more difficult to control. What we've given up in the name of 'realism' is not made up for in high quality in other areas.
Summary: this game is below averge....some aspects of this game are good (i.e. the fighting mode, soundtrack,online mode) but most are very bad. the graphics arent that good and the gm mode really sucks.If your team isnt a top 5 team in the nhl right now dont count on getting to the playoffs.I platyed for 11 seasons and put out all-star calliber players and didnt make the playoffs once. whats up with that.
Summary: This game is not that good. The EA sports series for hockey are getting to complex and boring,like this one. You don't have nearly as much control as the other Hockey games, and the slapshots stink!Get ESPN NHL HOCKEY or NHL HITS PRO.
Give me NHL '95 or '97 on Sega Genesis over this...
Hand of Justice, Amazon
26 October 2003
Summary: I rented this because I accidentally thought it was the NHL2K3 series which has turned into the ESPN hockey series. I started to play and notice the extreme lack of control in the game. The basic ICE camera mode stops about 20 feet away from the goalie so scoring is kinda rough in the beginning. Comparing this to last year's NHL2K3 is pathetic...2K3 is smooth and total control when this one seems more graphics oriented but no playability.
Summary: First, I want to say that what EA has been able to do with graphics is amazing. This looks just like a real hockey game, and despite what some of these reviews say, it USUALLY feels like a real game... the keyword here is usually. I am so sick and tired of spending one to two minutes in the zone generating shot after shot, having beautiful scoring chances just to have the puck come into my zone and a wrister from the blue line beat my goalie... it is disgusting...
Summary: NHL 2004 shows some signs of being a quality game, but lacks far too much to actually achieve this. Some features were improved, others took a step backwards and the result is an average at best game that could have and should have been so much more. We'll start with the gameplay. The computer is able to use this incredible little "Hold/Hook" feature to get the puck from you at will.