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 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: 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.