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- Open Ice Control Seamlessly switch between players with or without the puck with the push of a button
- total player awareness make saucer passes just before the blue line
- the world cup of hockey take part in this year's world cup of hockey featuring teams from usa, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Russia, and more
- The World Cup of Hockey: Take part in this year's World Cup of Hockey featuring teams from USA, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Russia, and more .
- All-New Skating Engine: Glide then use explosive speed to get to the open ice -- now you have more puck-handling and turning control.
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- Open Ice Control: Seamlessly switch between players with or without the puck with the push of a button.
- Total Player Awareness: Make saucer passes just before the blueline, call in a second defender on a 2-on-1, or fire off wrist shots at the perfect angle.
- Face-Off Playbook: New playcalling system allows you to choose offensive and defensive face-off strategies every time the whistle blows.
- The World Cup of Hockey: Take part in this year's World Cup of Hockey featuring teams from USA, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Russia, and more.
- All-New Skating Engine: Use explosive speed to get to the open ice with more puck and turning control.
- EA SPORTS Free4All: One net, one goalie, and every man for himself.
Top Customer Reviews
But overall, I'm having fun playing this game.
This game will grow on you if you just give it a chance. Understand: this is not NHL 2K5 -- don't expect that! NHL 2K series still needs improvement, it is not perfect. NHL 2005 is unique and addicting if you want to play the role of GM and take control of every aspect of the game.
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. So, when I got home I erased my 2004 rosters off of my memory card and started updating NHL 2005 rosters right away (yes, I'm a loser...but I like my rosters updated to the minute..I do this for MLB and NBA also.)
After all that updating, I noticed that you couldn't create players, which ticked me off a little. From the main menu for the Dynasty, I sensed something was wrong. Then, I started a dynasty with my beloved Rangers and within a minute of the game starting I was furious, and by the end of the 3rd I was totally depressed.The game controls are rubbish! Shame on EA for putting out such poor product!
There's no NHL Hockey for real, and most likely lost for the season, but now I can't even play video game hockey on my ps2 unless I play 2004 again (but like I said, I erased those rosters) so I'll scratch that. All I can do now is turn to the dark side (ESPN) for hockey...but I don't know if I'll do that or not. I despise ESPN. Spend your $50 on something that will benefit you.
Gameplay. I actually think this is a step down from NHL 2004. The biggest thing that has boggled me is all the checking. We aren't talking like throw someone into the boards checking but open ice tear your head off checking. I didn't buy this game to play NHL Hitz. Secondly, the change player mechanics are occasionally delayed and sometimes the player you end up activating is the one that is behind the play taking you completely out of any control you may have over it. Defenses suffer big time, a goalie with a 93 rating should not be giving up 6 goals a game and flopping all over the place, he should be smarter than that.
The franchise mode is missing a lot from last year, no real way to keep track of the league leaders in any category, just player stats on your team. Not like NHL 2004 was any better when you could check league leaders and see that while your best guy has 90 points to end the season, Jagr and Kovalchuk had 90 points by the 30th game of the season. The e-mail is an interesting touch. Injuries..... my God the injuries. Two games into the franchise I have already lost my captain and my best player for at least a month a piece because of this new NHL Hitz style gameplay. Not only are the players greedy, but NHL 2005 makes them look like pansies to boot.
So in conclusion, if you enjoy the EA series and are willing to try and learn this game, then go right ahead. But it seems that NHL 2005 is alot of frustration waiting for someone to slam thier controller against a wall.
The first things that I noticed up front about this years version of the game is the updated realism. No doubt, the EA Sports company canvassed the hockey fan gamers' opinions and did their best to accommodate their requests.
The first new addition to the game is the upgrade to the arenas. The design team licensed 28 out of the 30 NHL arenas along with several European sites. The game's programmers did their best to capture the realism of each arena. For whatever copyrighted reason, the Fleet Center in Boston and the on the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY aren't named. Also, the efforts for realism is found in the 600 players' images scanned in the game. The players actually look like the players! Also, If that wasn't cutting edge realism, they updated the season and dynasty modes. As a GM, you get all the updates via a special e-mail screen and league news in a fax wire. The last thing they issued was the mini-game mode called "free 4 all". You can play as your favorite NHL all-star against 3 others in a time limit mode or quickest player to x number of goals. It's a silly little challenge especially when they use the "big head" option. It looks like a bunch of bobble heads playing hockey.
Of the new additions to the game this year that I like, I am glad they did something more with the International teams. You can now play a season in World Cup 2004. They did a great job using the World Cup logo and incorporated the on-ice design in the game. Secondly, the rosters are very well updated, but a few adjustments were needed to reflect the off-season free agent signings.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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... Read morePublished on July 28, 2010 by Mike
I was a big fan of 04 so I was excited when this came out. I traded in 04 n got this. BIG MISTAKE. Play control really isnt that great, there is often a delay between pushing the... Read morePublished on November 1, 2005 by Bradley Dixon
I'm not sure if I like it that much or alot because first of all, the players movements are a little too fast. Read morePublished on September 28, 2005
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. Read morePublished on August 12, 2005 by What Up
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... Read morePublished on January 22, 2005 by Bryan
After the sad outings the last few years with this title, why would I or anyone go out to pick up this one? Well, I didn't. Read morePublished on January 9, 2005 by Nemo
I have been a loyal player of the EA sports NHL series for 12 years. Don't waste your money on this one. Read morePublished on October 17, 2004 by Damon W. Jensen