Summary: This current installation of the NHL franchise is, for the most part a solid game, with familiar controls and management options. My one beef is the AI: I had fun playing the game on every setting up to, but not including difficult. Playing on this setting sapped all the fun out of the game! You could be playing as one of the best teams in the league against, say, the Florida panthers or Columbus bluejackets, outshoot them 10 to 1, and still be losing 2-0!
Summary: First off, allow me to say that with NHL 2005, you have to be ready for arcade style hockey. Having played this series since it's inception in 1992 on Genesis, I knew what I was getting into, especially considering that the series has been pretty much unchanged in 4 years. I'm a pretty hard core hockey fan, and I'm more into simulation based games. Having said that, I am having a lot of fun with NHL 2005.