NHL 2004 PlayStation 2

Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
Buy On
  1. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    73
    Too much force and not enough finesse - that's the problem with EA's puck offering. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for getting' physical, but not when it comes at the cost of disrupting the natural flow of hockey. [Oct 2003, p.138]

Awards & Rankings

#41 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 38
  2. Negative: 9 out of 38
  1. TylerS.
    Nov 24, 2003
    10
    It's the best game ever.
  2. DanielD.
    Sep 23, 2003
    9
    The game play has improved dramatically... and speaking from the stand point of playing hockey I really appreciate finally being able to move The game play has improved dramatically... and speaking from the stand point of playing hockey I really appreciate finally being able to move the puck where I want! Not where the player is pointed (watch Jagr for a game and you will know what I am saying!)... the AI is smarter and allows you to develope plays rather than just SHOOT/SCORE from the same place over and over. I think this games is just a small step away from being perfect... just make the defensemen skate like defense and not wingers! (and a few more indorsements in the gear to choose for all the real players not just gamers) and a few small touches and it will be the grail... just as long as they don't try to go back to 3D 1st person again!!!! Worth Buying... if you want hockey... not NHL Hitz. Full Review »
  3. Jul 9, 2016
    9
    NHL 2004 introduced a plethora of new features. New leagues were added, these include the Finnish SM Liiga, German DEL and Swedish Elitserien.NHL 2004 introduced a plethora of new features. New leagues were added, these include the Finnish SM Liiga, German DEL and Swedish Elitserien. Don Taylor was replaced by Craig Simpson with Jim Hughson returning as a play by play commentator. The stick handling has been largely improved. The engine has seen a major overhaul as well. Full Review »