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: 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: 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.
Amazed at how much better it is then the reviews here say
13 October 2003
Summary: I must say that I was very hesitant to purchase this game after reading some of the reviews here, but a friend who had it just raved about it to me. So I plunked down the 50 bucks and was amazed. This is the finest hockey game I have ever played (I have played them all since the 1st Genesis edition.) The first thing I want to touch on is the complaints on speed and passing.
Summary: This game is excellent. A much needed improvement over NHL 2003, this game is actually difficult! The passing system is hard to master but set up to be like real hockey. Unlike NHL 2003 your guys cannot zip down the ice every other play and score a break away goal, the passing system and imporved AI force you to set up, make the passes and take efficient shots.
Summary: I had been foaming at the mouth waiting for this game to come out, the dynasty mode has yet to let me down. Planning your roster, setting ticket prices and going through the long process of building a franchise may not be for everyone but that's why they've included the elite leagues (something I never thought I'd see) and season play, not to mention game to game play.