Metascore
66

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
Buy On
  1. 70
    While the game's is an improvement over the 2004 edition, it's still not quite up to snuff.
  2. PC Gamer
    64
    Pretty, mindless action that only superficially resembles hockey. [Holiday 2004, p.98]
  3. games(TM)
    60
    This is EA's take on NHL action as it's always been, rejigged with improved animations and new moves so it's inevitably the best version yet. [Nov 2004, p.119]
  4. Computer Gaming World
    50
    NHL 2005's real merit lies in its online play and the new Free4All mode; the raw power and speed of the single-player game is way overdone. [Jan 2005, p.107]
User Score
4.5

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 36
  2. Negative: 20 out of 36
  1. JimH
    Dec 4, 2009
    8
    The gameplay and graphics are very good. Yes the AI is very aggressive but with a little practice you can learn to control the puck in the The gameplay and graphics are very good. Yes the AI is very aggressive but with a little practice you can learn to control the puck in the zone and make plays. Don't care about Create A Player, and think it's a little (or a lot) pathetic so many do, BUT would like to see league wide stats and that song title thing is annoying. Full Review »
  2. DM
    Dec 4, 2009
    8
    Like the pace, the physics, and the fact that you have to keep moving your feet and thinking one step ahead, just to be able to put it all Like the pace, the physics, and the fact that you have to keep moving your feet and thinking one step ahead, just to be able to put it all together once in a while, just like the actual game of hockey at a high level. I don't care about 'create a player', get over yourself already, I would like to see player stats for the league overall not just team x team and had a problem with theoff season team management, never did get my rookies signed and free agents on my team had outrageous demands,. Also it would've been nice to have the AHL teams included so you manage your farm team to. Overall though, despite some menu probs especially when manually changing lines, the gameplay is real good, I liked it alot! Full Review »
  3. JustinK.
    May 17, 2005
    7
    Nice graphics, but I too want to know what the hell happened to create-a-player.