NHL 2005 PC

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. 83
    If you're more into the strategy of real hockey—the poke checks, the traps, the dumps, the dekes -- then you'll either have to try to design this game to fit your tastes (which can be frustrating) or go elsewhere.
  2. The only ice hockey game worth giving a flying puck about.
  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 and online play could have been implemented better.
  4. AceGamez
    80
    People who are looking for a fast sports game can't go wrong with this, but those wanting to upgrade might want to rent it first to see if it's worth their hard earned pennies.
  5. This is still a solid game of hockey, but it isn't the most realistic or best-playing NHL title out there, and as such, it shouldn't be your first choice for one.
User Score
4.5

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 24
  2. Negative: 15 out of 24
  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.