Summary: I don't think anyone's demanding it nowadays considering that this game is 6 years and a console removed from what's current, but after reading my review for NHL 09 (which is still a SUPERIOR hockey game even 2 years after the fact) I had to sound off on what was singlehandledly the most frustrating hockey title that I've ever played. In short, the controls are baffling, the gameplay is confusing, and the AI is completely off. What do I mean by that last point?
Summary: After NHL 2004 I was excited about playing the new one, but after I rented it I was wrong on how good this game would be. The controls are fairly simple,but trying to score is another story. You get checked WAY TOO OFTEN and it's almost impposible to score at least one goal. This game for me was a dissapointment and I hope NHL 2006 will be fairly better just like NHL 2004.
spend $50 on something else....this game is AWFUL!
T.H. Crosby, Amazon
18 October 2004
Summary: First of all, I'm a HUGE hockey fan....so I look forward to this game every year. I read some reviews, but I didn't believe it. So, like a fool I went out to buy it a few days ago. I asked the shopkeep for a copy of NHL 2005, but he said I should buy ESPN since it's only $20. I can't do that, cause I'm loyal to EA since the original NHL for Sega Genesis.
Summary: I have been a loyal player of the EA sports NHL series for 12 years. Don't waste your money on this one. They have changed the menues, taken away the create a player function, screwed up the controls and I am sure there is more. They game play is no improvement from 2004, in fact it seems to be a step back. 2004 Is a much better game. I am uninstalling the game and writing it off as a $45.00 lesson. My point, read the reviews first.