NHL 2005 GameCube
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  • Summary: Capture all the speed, finesse, and action of professional hockey with NHL 2005. The game's new EA Sports Open Ice Control lets you execute offensive plays, such as a give-and-go and a breakaway pass, and you can also call for defensive double-teams. Dynasty mode has been enhanced with more interactive GM/owner relationships, including a new e-mail system. NHL 2005 also delivers all the action of the World Cup of Hockey with International Teams and venues from North America and Europe. Expand
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. For the second year running, "NHL" best encapsulates the play and and authenticity of the sport. [Sept 2004, p.103]
  2. Add silky smooth animations and an addictive pick-up-and-play gameplay style and you end up with NHL 2005.
  3. The actual gameplay is pretty solid throughout, the visuals are excellent and the rest of the presentation isn’t too shabby. That said, it doesn’t do anything principally different.
  4. While the control tweaks get props, the defensive A.I. has been cranked up a shade too much.
  5. 70
    The new Open Ice mechanics allow for smoother, wide-open play than previous versions, and the Dynasty Mode is as deep and realistic as any I've ever seen.
  6. The ease of play, with the challenge of a good A.I. creates the perfect balance that not only makes for a realistic competition, but an enjoyable one as well.
  7. 60
    The bar has been set higher by "ESPN NHL 2K5," whose presentation, sense of realism, and play modes simply outclass, outshine, and outperform those found in NHL 2005.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. GeorgeS.
    Dec 11, 2004
    Great dynasty mode, only thing missing is create a player mode.
  2. YiyiY.
    Sep 11, 2004
    It rocks.
  3. JodyO.
    Sep 26, 2004
    Add chainsaws to this game and call it mutant league returns. First time i ever preordered a game and the last time as well. They've been making NHL since the days of sega. How can they get it soooo wrong? Collapse