• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Nov 9, 2004
Metascore
66

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic 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. If they continue to plug forward we could be looking at a future dominator in the sports gaming genre on the Playstation 2 and a sure front runner for the next system from Sony.
  3. With so many modes, online play and unlockables which includes the great one himself, you'll have so many virtual seasons on your hand that you won't even miss the real season.
  4. 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.
  5. The sound effects fail to evoke any emotion, and don't really live up what is going on visually. The announcers do a decent job of portraying the game but don't particularly stand out either.
  6. A good start. The AI needs to be tweaked, and the controls fine-tuned. The game also needs to work away from one-time shots off the pass having a higher chance of scoring than breakaways.
  7. 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.
  8. Gretzky 2005 has some really good ideas but the game just doesn't have enough fine-tuning to really make a great game.
  9. If you want a somewhat mindless hockey game with a nice arcade emphasis, or if you just have an overwhelming passion to give Wayne Gretzky a bit of your cash, then Gretzky NHL 2005 deserves a look ' otherwise, stick with the better contenders on the ice.
  10. Overall, the game doesn't look bad, but it loses it in the details.
  11. Ultimately, Gretzky is like a hockey player's smile: genuine, but with a few teeth missing, who also happens to be standing next to two supermodels. [Holiday 2004, p.94]
  12. 70
    And the online play and Franchise mode are limited compared with the competition. But for a relaunch of an old, broken-down series, it's a screaming slap shot in the right direction.
  13. 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.
  14. A decent attempt by 989, but the play just doesn't stack up to the lofty standards set by EA and ESPN. [Jan 2005, p.125]
  15. Though it has a lot of potential, Gretzky NHL 2005 falls short, especially in a genre that’s still competitive.
  16. Those shut-ins or people with a raging case of obsessive-compulsive disorder will be the only ones to accomplish all the tasks.
  17. 60
    While there are some nice, new touches -- most notably, the improved controls -- the game's lack of depth and less-than-cutting-edge presentation make things seem incomplete.
  18. When you get past the poor AI, the messy controls and the poor recreation of the sport, you have the foundation for a very decent hockey game.
  19. 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]
  20. 60
    Has all of the right ingredients for a successful hockey title, but it falters where it matters most: solid gameplay. The graphics and camera angles don't help draw you into the rink as much as the excellent sound and atmosphere, and the action seems to cater more to hockey newbies rather than hardcore veterans.
  21. Even the greatest hockey player ever couldn't help 989 find its much-needed groove. [Jan 2005, p.85]
  22. While the shot aiming is smart, the shooting meter is funky - you have to use timing to ensure the biggest blast. [Jan 2005, p.111]
  23. Its presentation doesn't stand out, its gameplay doesn't deliver like it should, and its fun is limited. The legend deserves a little bit better than this, and, hopefully, next year, he'll get it.
  24. The only way anyone should be fooled into buying this is because of the Great One's name on the cover.
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. WayneGretzky
    Mar 31, 2005
    10
    I love this game.
  2. Minnie
    Dec 10, 2004
    10
    This game rocks! The best there is out there! GO PLAY IT!
  3. JosephM.
    Dec 9, 2004
    10
    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 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 Full Review »