Conclusion: It was only a certain amount of time before EA Sports finally put the biscuit in the basket with one of their most complete installments in the long running franchise. NHL 2004 is going by the slogan “painfully real hockey,” and these three words represent this game to a tee.
Conclusion: If you eat, sleep, and breathe hockey then chances are you’ll purchase a copy of NHL Rivals 2004 just on principle; that’s what I’d do. That being said, Rivals 2004 isn’t able to come close to the level of hockey that their competition has managed this year and being a new franchise mirrors an...
Excerpt: “Sound the alarm, EA. The NHL franchise needs help – now.” – NHL 2003 review, Digital Sportspage, November 2002 That was the final line of my review of NHL 2003, probably the low point of console hockey for EA Sports.
Excerpt: NHL Rivals 2004 like Top spin is Microsoftâ€™s first voyage into the online Hockey arena for the Xbox. NHL Rivals is what Microsoft hopes will counter Segaâ€™s ESPN NHL Hockey (formerly NHL 2K4).
Excerpt: When “NHL Rivals 2004” from Microsoft arrived at my “Hockeytown” address for review, I had high hopes. I love Hockey. “Rivals” coverboy Steve Yzerman is not only my favorite hockey player ever, but one of my favorite athletes in the world.
Excerpt: Not having grown up near an icy pond, or even anywhere near cold weather, I've had to observe the grace and beauty that is hockey from afar. Well, I guess the days of longing for the slick stuff are now over, with the release of NHL Rivals 2004.
Summary: Winter…it’s cold. It’s miserable. It gets dark early, and you have to shovel snow(well at least those of us in the Midwest have to deal with these things). The only real saving grace about winter is the fact that it’s hockey season. Hockey has to be the most underappreciated sport in the world.
Conclusion: For all of NHL’s advancements and polish, I just couldn’t get over the fact the fun factor has dropped way off in favor of realism – my biggest problem with NHL 2004. You’ll notice this immediately with the absence of Don Taylor doing the color work, and any amusing banter whatsoever between John...