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: This game sucks for the first ten minutes. After you learn the controls, figure out how to change the settings and manage your plays and players, it gets a lot better. A lot better. Checking is realistic. 989's Faceoff games let you lay out some one on almost every attempt. Dynasty mode is fun, but unrealistic and just there for the heck of it. My only problem is at the medium setting you can score almost everytime on breakaways. Graphics r great.
Summary: Listen up hockey players...if you are dying to play a hockey game that makes it seem like you are in the game yourself, buy NHL 2004 because it is so realistic. First of all, the new analog system to control players allows you to maneuver in-and-out of everybody and do power turns and quick stops. Also there are two type of deeks that enable you to dangle around with the puck along with the old skool spiining.
Summary: For those who don't enjoy realism, stay away from this game. This is about as real as it can get. If you prefer the NHL 2003 version, adjust the settings to beginner and easy and you'll have your big hit, no hooking 20-1 games. However, if you prefer a dog fight with a premium on defense and special teams, buy this gem. I must admit, I thought I could start off on the difficult level and be competitive.
Summary: I am shocked by how many people have given this game a small rating. They've probably haven't played this game seriously (this coming from someone who's played it for only a weeks and gotten used to it.) This basically points out that it's not a very good game to rent but a game to BUY! Why? Here's some reasons. 1.) Dynasty mode is simply amazing. Trading draft picks, setting ticket prices, and signing contracts. What more can you ask? 2.) You can create your own team.
Summary: Just picked this up last night and after some trouble with the controls have now come to love this game. It is so much fun because it totally captures the NHL's style. I love the foreign club teams that you can use as well.