Summary: This game really isnt THAT different that nhl 2004 (which i absolutely loved by the way)...a few things changed like now the scores are more realistic, you can do the open ice control thing, etc...but overall, there isnt a HUGE change, which disappointed me. When you see the trailers on commercials or online the game looks amazing, but i just dont find that when i am playing it.
Summary: The way this seems is that I am the first person since buying the game to review it. Well, let me just say this, the game is frustrating. Let me go over the good qualities first. As peoiple mentioned before, they added new cutscenes, intros and end-game video that makes the presentation of the game look solid. However, the difference between this and NHL 2004 is everything else that makes NHL 2005 extremely frustrating. Gameplay.
Summary: every year since 2001, ea has been putting out the same game over and over again. this game looks to be no different. sure there are new intros, cut scenes, and goal celebrations, but the gameplay looks exactley the same. dull and completely non-challenging. they give you the "big deke" button that, when you use it, makes the defender freeze up everytime and everytime you just blow right by. ea needs to take a look at espn and take notes.
Summary: Since 1991, when NHL Hockey came out for the Sega Genesis, I have eagerly awaited EA Sports fantastic hockey series to arrive in stores. To this day I still think NHL '94 is by far the most fun of the entire series to play. I have owned NHL Hockey(GEN), NHL 93(GEN), NHL '94(GEN & SNES), NHL 95(GEN), NHL 96(GEN), NHL 97(PS), NHL 98(PS), NHL 99(PS), NHL 2000(PC), NHL 2001 (PC), NHL 2002 (PC), NHL 2003 (PC), NHL 2004 (PS2).
Excerpt: As someone who is not a massive fan of watching Ice Hockey (The pucks too small to see on the T.V) , I purchased NHL 2005 as part of a 3 for 2 offer a couple of years ago. It is quite a unique game as it was made for a season that never took place due to a players strike. Personally I found the game quite frustrating as it is quite difficult to score a goal (due to the size of the goal and keepers), which led to many games being dominated and still losing.