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  • Summary: It's more physical than ever before, with new Bruise Control, an all-new fighting system, more realistic player collisions, and powerful visuals such as popping helmets and breaking glass. Total Control on the Ice: Total player control allows you to direct 2-button touch sensitive passesIt's more physical than ever before, with new Bruise Control, an all-new fighting system, more realistic player collisions, and powerful visuals such as popping helmets and breaking glass. Total Control on the Ice: Total player control allows you to direct 2-button touch sensitive passes anywhere on the ice, call team strategies on the fly, and aggressively tie up opponents against the boards and in front of the net. Go Deep Into Dynasty Mode: Take on the role of GM for up to 20 seasons, drafting and trading players, negotiating contracts, and managing the financial bottom line of your franchise. Earn valuable experience points to upgrade your GM office and/or purchase improvements to staff and facilities, thus improving your team?s on ice performance. All-New Elite Leagues: 39 new international teams from Germany?s DEL, Sweden?s Elitserien, and Finland?s SM-Liga. Enhanced EA SPORTS Online: Compete in one-on-one or all-new on-line tournament games, and chat in-game with EA SPORTS Talk. New EA SPORTS Bio: Unlock special rewards in NHL 2004 by playing multiple titles, including Madden NFL 2004, NBA Live 2004, and much more. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Not to be outdone, EA Sports has upped the ante with NHL 2004 and it truly has left me speechless. What am I so excited about? One word - Dynasty Mode... For hockey fans, this is a no brainer. [Sept 2003, p.88]
  2. The truth is that simulation freaks who want their hockey tough and real could do no better. Arcade lovers should probably look elsewhere.
  3. It's true that NHL 2004 is a tougher game to get involved with compared to past versions of the franchise. But, with more leagues (including elite world clubs), more players and new enhanced moves, there is plenty here for fans to enjoy, if you have the stamina to master it all, that is.
  4. While the game moved from the arcade feel to more a realistic feel, the impressive graphics remain.
  5. 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.
  6. Difficult on anything but the easiest setting. You can't go five seconds without getting crushed by the opposition...It has the right mix that will win over hardcore hockey fans. [Oct 2003, p.38]
  7. 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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 36
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 36
  3. Negative: 9 out of 36
  1. SergeiM.
    Sep 22, 2003
    10
    THE BEST THERE IS!!!!!!!
  2. TravisC.
    Dec 5, 2003
    10
    This game was better than i could imagine.
  3. TylerS.
    Nov 24, 2003
    10
    It's the best game ever.
  4. JaredM.
    Oct 12, 2003
    9
    This game is the best of all the NHL games but not quite perfect. It needs better commentary. Gameplay is great and Dynasty Mode kicks A$$. I This game is the best of all the NHL games but not quite perfect. It needs better commentary. Gameplay is great and Dynasty Mode kicks A$$. I recomend this game above all other hockey games ever made. Online mode is probably my favorite feature to it. Now quit reading this and go buy it! Expand
  5. ChrisA.
    Jan 4, 2004
    8
    This game was great except for a few things all real hockey players icluding myself would fix. First the glass...i mean every hit This game was great except for a few things all real hockey players icluding myself would fix. First the glass...i mean every hit doesn't break the glass! Or every other shot! Graphics were good except the faces on the NHL players. Didn't look anything like Chris Chelios or Joe Sakic! Also in Dynasty the SCORING WAS INSANE. You don't see 17-14 as a final in the NHL. O boy! And after you have played three games in your season, most players have already scored 17 goals. There on the way to swipping away The Great One's records. Better than ESPN Hockey though...wait next year for hockey games. Expand
  6. DannyR.
    Sep 21, 2003
    7
    This is a pretty good hockey game but just doesnt seem to come close to ESPN NHL hockey.
  7. JohnC.
    Sep 22, 2003
    0
    Very sad... So FRUSTRATING.

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