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 look forward to the NHL series every year, and I must say I was a bit let down by this version. The graphics are fantastic, as are the puck physics and sound. The dynasty mode is nice, too, but it has its problems, which I'll get to. Also, it's nice how your rookies actually develop instead of staying the same, and passing is much more realistic. Now, the flaws...for one thing, checking is nearly impossible.
Summary: I have been a fan of EA's NHL series since I owned NHL 95 for my Sega Genesis, and since then I can honestly say I've enjoyed almost every one they've released. Not the case with NHL 2004, which while shows great promise, falls extremely short of expectations. Yes, this game has many new and improved features that are a step in the right direction. Adding 3 elite European Leagues, Dynasty mode and expanded create a player/team options were all pluses.
Summary: overall, this game was, at best, okay. The thing i remember most when i first played it was the great graphics. It actually looks like a real game on tv, unlike last years cartoonish set up. You can actually pick a loose puck up (im still dizzy from last years, skating 360s around the puck 10 times in order to pick it up) The shots are more realistic but they seem to be pretty slow, even when i go to gameplay and put shot power all the way up, the puck just doesnt seem...
Difficult, but fun, but much room for improvement!
Scott Kelly, Amazon
26 September 2003
Summary: If you liked the past EA NHL games because it is easy to win 13-0 every time you play, then don't buy this game. If you want to be challenged every time out, then go get this game fast. The GM Dynasty mode is great. Gameplay takes a lot of getting used to. The players do not respond as quickly as they used to, and checking is very hard. However, this is called REALISM! If you actually watch hockey, how many open ice bone crushing hits do you see? Not many.
Excerpt: Hockey is, by it's nature, a fast game. It's easy for the casual viewer to completely lose track of what's going on at any given moment. So how would a games manufacturer cope with this? Would they go for making the game as realistic as possible, and leave the poor player to try and keep up with the action, or would they slow down the game and make it more playable? You probably won't be surprised to hear that EA went for the former approach.
Summary: This game adds a cool new mode called Dynasty Mode where you get to control a team from their player contracts to the ticket price. The flip side is the buttons and the gameplay have been changed and it's confusing as heck and it doesn't work nearly as well. In Dynasty mode, your players will be so terrible for so long that even the biggest fans will be furious at their %50 passing rates.
Summary: in deutscher sprache wohl ein übler druckfehler, es ist komplett in english, außer das menü ist deutsch, daher 2 sterne abzug, grafik ist nicht gut, dazu muß ich sagen das die 2002 version zwar eine cd ist aber auch komplett in deutsch ist und die grafik ist viel besser als die 2004 version. Nicht viel neues außer das man schreiben kaput machen kann und ein manager modus vorhanden ist, aber schmarn wer braucht soetwas überhaupt ??? Ich will spielen und nicht managen.
Summary: Ich fang mal mit dem Negativen an: Der Videowürfel fehlt! Die Wiederholungen nach einem Tor sind recht dürftig! Es gibt nur noch Statistiken für die jeweilige Saison und keine Komplettstatistik mehr, das nervt besonders wenn man eine Dynasty spielt. Die Idee zur Dynasty ist im Grunde nicht schlecht, allerdings sehr mager. Ich habe bereits mehrere Saisons hinter mir und man kann im Grunde Schulden machen ohne Ende und das hat keinerlei folgen.
Summary: Tja, da sitzen wir wieder die Dummen Deutschen. EA hat die Online funktion wieder entfernt, nun also auch bei NHL, nachdem Madden 2004 schon auf deutsch keinen Online Modus mehr hatte. Wer auf OnLine verzichten kann kriegt immer noch das beste Eis Hockey Spiel, dieses mal sogar mit deutschen Teams. Aber ich werde mir das Spiel wegen dem fehlenden Online Feature nicht zulegen. Shame on you EA Sports !