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ESPN NHL Hockey
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- Can be played ONLINE
- 1-2 Players. (Multitap up to 8 Players)
- Digital Control
- Analog Control
- Vibration Function
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Watch out for the puck and body checks as you battle your way to the Stanley Cup.
Top Customer Reviews
I was dissapointed by a few things. Puck control. Sorry, but it is frustrating to watch my players skate round and round trying to pick up a lose puck or even ignore it when it's sitting right in front of them. The player will just sit there completely immoble staring at it!!!!! They could have done without the skybox feature. I think it was a great idea to put some of the old uniforms from even defunct teams in the game, BUT FOR CRYING OUT LOUD just let me have 'em. Don't make me go through unlocking them with endless challenges that I have to complete to get to 'em. Ok, that was my rant. In short; Keep Thorne and Clement(greatest play-by-play and commentary in hockey or any hockey game ever!) go back to last years puck control and passing, dump sky box and the challenge features and just give me the past teams and or uniforms. Yea, it's not as good as last years, but still worth when held up to NHL Face Off and NHL 2004.
However, I still feel as if there are a few huge things missing. The online play is horrible. Every game I play seems to have a bad connection,and I'm on a good broadband connection. Also, the goalies are impossible in the higher skill levels. In 2k3 I would win about 75% of the games on Hall of Famer level and now I struggle to get a goal on All-Star. The goalies are too good as you can rattle off amazing shot after amazing shot and still fall short. Even turning down the CPU goalie skill doesn't do much. They have to fix this for next year as the skill levels offer to much of a jump.
Overall I like this game a lot and it's a good improvement from 2k3. Also, ENOUGH WITH THE SHOULDER!!
Graphically, the game looks a tad bit better than EA's NHL 2004. The sounds in the game aren't that great as well as the horrible crowd chants and rink announcer. The only good sounds comes from the play-by-play/color commentating by Gary Thorne and Bill Clement--which is the best I have ever heard (they could mention the "shoulder" a bit less, though).
The gameplay is where this game falls behind EA's NHL 2004. The animation is smooth, but very slow. Trying to perform a hook, poke check, block shot, etc. are animated so slow, that by the time the move is done--it's too late. Minor things like fighting and watching the player skate around can look really bad and silly. Other than that, the action is fierce and quick--which can be good and bad.
Where this game has an advantage over EA's NHL 2004 is in it's roster updates via online. EA's NHL 2004 updates have trades, but never includes rookies or call-ups (I play as the New York Rangers and they have a rookie, Jed Ortmeyer, who has been with the team pretty much the entire season, and isn't on any EA updates. Granted, he isn't an impact player, but that is just an example of how poorly EA's roster updates are). Sega's ESPN Hockey updates are true to the game. Every player that has played on an NHL team this season, is in the roster updates--from one game call-ups, to rookie skaters.
So, if you want a hockey game to hold you over until the next hockey season or until the World Cup of Hockey this summer, I would recommend EA's NHL 2004 over Sega's ESPN NHL 2K4 Hockey if you want a more realistic game of hockey.
But now the bad points: Bad Point #1: INJURIES, INJURIES, $%@# INJURIES. Unlike last year's game, there is no slider for injuries, which is greatly needed due to the frequency and duration of the injuries in this game. I am a huge New York Rangers fan and I am currently playing in Franchise mode (which is awesome) and the injuries are ridiculous. At one point, my top four centers were injured (Lindros, Holik, Nedved and Messier) so I traded and got Marchant and Weight and lost both to injuries. Weight was only out 3 weeks, but 6 minutes into his first game back I lost him for 2-4 months with a knee injury. Come on, this is getting frustrating. These injuries were in addition to Bure, Kovalev, Lacatoure, Leetch, Kasparitis, Poti, Karpa, and a few others. All of them were on the DL at the same time. The only options for injuries are off and on. I like the realism that injuries bring to the game, but injuries happen way too often to be realistic.
Bad Point #2: Goalie passing. Can someone please teach my goalie how to pass the puck to his teammate that is only 5 feet away?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Super hard and challenging game. If you can win against the CPU on Hall of Famer you deserved a medal.Published on February 27, 2014 by Jay Cimoch
The person below who gave the game a 2 out of 5 Star rating is an idiot. Mike Buck, let me tell you personally that you are by far the biggest moron to write a review. Read morePublished on June 19, 2004 by David
This is a great SIMULATION hockey game. If you want to knock people down and fight try NHL Hitz which is also great. Read morePublished on April 13, 2004 by David
First off, let me start out by saying that the online aspect of this game is simply awful. Sega must fix it's network or else be laughed out of the online business. Read morePublished on February 24, 2004
I got this as a christmas gift and was amazed at the game quality. The graphics are awesome. My dad walked into the room on Christmas while i was playing and asked if my home... Read morePublished on January 22, 2004
It's been a while since the online play has worked correctly. The gameplay itself is great. By far the best available, but SEGA needs to get their network fixed.Published on January 20, 2004 by kJ
This game has some of the best graphics I've seen on PS2 yet. I do however dislike the way the controller is set up. I hate having to use the analog to play. Read morePublished on January 5, 2004 by Kristian Pulz
This game is not like any other hockey game. The slapshots are really good. When you play this game, you will enjoy it a lot. Read morePublished on January 4, 2004 by K11al