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  • Summary: Gretzky NHL 2005 features players with detailed facial animations that convey the power and emotion of their sport, EyeToy functionality, which allows gamers to put their face into the game and become an NHL player, and breathtaking arenas complete with arena-specific game intros, goal horns and interactive crowds. To challenge the skill levels of all hockey videogame fans, Gretzky NHL 2005 offers an extensive list of gameplay modes including Tournament Mode with customizable tournaments, Franchise (Season) Mode where gamers act as owners, Online Mode with downloadable roster updates and Rivalry Mode, which sets the stage to revisit the ultimate heated match-up time after time. By combining authentic gameplay, intuitive play controls and an enhanced presentation with the fast, fluid, hard-hitting intensity of arcade style play, Gretzky NHL 2005 delivers the look, feel and passion of hockey and provides gamers with a true-to-life simulation. [989 Sports] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. 83
    It's a good blend of fast-paced and sim-style hockey, and it's got plenty of modes to keep gamers busy. While many elements of the game are a bit generic the fact that the gameplay is fun and challenging makes up for a relative lack of personality.
  2. The lack of speed might discourage some from picking up this game, especially with two other alternatives available for the PS2. With a few minor adjustments, Gretzky could become the hallmark of PS2 hockey games.
  3. Gretzky NHL 2005 has taken a giant step forward from previous "FaceOff" games, but it is still falls way short of the competition. With two solid hockey titles already out, Gretzky just doesn't offer anything different to make it worth a purchase.
  4. The bad news is that Gretzky still isn't anywhere near as good as the current crop of competition, and it simply lacks the features and depth needed to be considered one of the big boys.
  5. Those shut-ins or people with a raging case of obsessive-compulsive disorder will be the only ones to accomplish all the tasks.
  6. 60
    While it does offer some features, including the fact that it's the only hockey title with Wayne as a playable skater, the overall gameplay just can't compete with the other two titles due to Gretzky's stiff-looking animations, limited control options, and suspect A.I. [Dec 2004, p.146]
  7. The only way anyone should be fooled into buying this is because of the Great One's name on the cover.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. ChamFong
    Dec 9, 2004
  2. [Anonymous]
    Dec 9, 2004
    This is by far my favorite hockey game!
  3. WayneGretzky
    Mar 31, 2005
    I love this game.
  4. StevenA.
    Dec 9, 2004
    This game has everything that EA and ESPN are missing--a work of art.
  5. JosephM.
    Dec 9, 2004
    I've been watching the reviews for this game come in all over the board. Interesting to see that the highest scores come from reviewers who gave more in-depth analysis. I found that more than half the reviewers missed the point of the rivalry mode. It's not just for tracking 2 team. It's for tracking your game against a consistant advesary, say your roomate, brother, best friend, etc. -JM Expand
  6. Minnie
    Dec 10, 2004
    This game rocks! The best there is out there! GO PLAY IT!
  7. WillyL.
    Dec 9, 2004
    I like the feel. Has lots of potential.