User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 50
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 50
  3. Negative: 11 out of 50

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  1. Uter
    Oct 14, 2003
    4
    Of all the NHL games you could own this year this is definately the worst. I give it a 4 b/c there's really no reason to play it, even though it's not completely terrible.
  2. Pat
    Sep 23, 2003
    2
    Worst NHL Ever would have given it a 0 if not for dynasty mode
  3. AndyD.
    Oct 3, 2003
    1
    Well, its better than last year, but thats not sayin much. this game is garbage. dynasty mode is cool, but whats the point if the game itself sucks. And the commentary. my god, were they trying to make it the most annoying, worst commentary in the history of video games. if you have ever played hockey for real, DONT buy this game. it will only result in you saying the phrase "thatsWell, its better than last year, but thats not sayin much. this game is garbage. dynasty mode is cool, but whats the point if the game itself sucks. And the commentary. my god, were they trying to make it the most annoying, worst commentary in the history of video games. if you have ever played hockey for real, DONT buy this game. it will only result in you saying the phrase "thats retarded" over and over again. in conclusion: buy ESPN hockey. Expand
  4. JohnC.
    Sep 22, 2003
    0
    Very sad... So FRUSTRATING.
  5. APlayer
    Sep 23, 2003
    1
    If your into hooking and holding and very slow gameplay this is the game for you. You you are a long time fan of the EA Hockey titles this game will disappoint you. Peace Out
  6. JustinW.
    Sep 23, 2003
    1
    This game sucked. Never before have I been so hyped up to be let down. DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!
  7. MikeA.
    Nov 16, 2003
    0
    Horrible! these hockey games keep gettin worse ,no fun whatsoever. everything about this game blows. very frustrating that hockey games have gotten this bad.
  8. Johnnycelebrity
    Sep 12, 2003
    1
    If your a huge fan of hockey, if you like to play hockey videogames, then you'll love to HATE this game. I threw my copy on my neighbours roof after 3 hours of play. This game flat out sucks.
  9. MikeA.
    Nov 16, 2003
    0
    Horrible! these hockey games keep gettin worse ,no fun whatsoever. everything about this game blows. very frustrating that hockey games have gotten this bad.
Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Does a fantastic job for the hardcore hockey fan with endless hours of play in Dynasty mode, but it can’t quite match the competition when it comes to delivery and mechanics... Despite its small faults, NHL 2004 is still one hell of a hockey game.
  2. 88
    Mimics the real thing more than ever and therefore the joys of the sport are found in big hits, near misses and brilliant scoring opportunities that barely miss lighting the lamp. If you can get over the fact that scoring is going to be reserved only for those that deserve it.
  3. 80
    Some of its ideas are brilliant innovations, some are wisely appropriated standards, and some just flop - but the overall result is fun, action-oriented, authentic hockey with a few troubling flaws.