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  • Summary: OPEN ICE CONTROL: Seamlessly switch between players with or without the puck -- call for passes, tell a teammate to shoot, set up a vicious one-timer, or call for a defensive double-team on the fly with the push of a button. TOTAL PLAYER AWARENESS: With more player awareness than ever before, make saucer passes just before the blueline, call in a second defender to break up a 2-on-1, or fire off wrist shots at the perfect angle on net. FACE-OFF PLAYBOOK: New playcalling system allows you to choose offensive and defensive face-off strategies every time the whistle blows. Plan an attack in your opponent's zone or protect the net right before the puck drops. THE WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY: Take part in the excitement of this year's World Cup of Hockey event featuring teams from USA, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Russia, Czech Republic, and Slovakia playing in authentic European and North American venues. ALL-NEW SKATING ENGINE: Glide then use explosive speed to get to the open ice -- now you have more puck-handling and turning control. A refined backwards skating system also allows for unprecedented defensive precision and control. THE DRILL: The intensity explodes off the ice with The Drill -- one net, one goalie, and every man for himself. Up to four can play and the one who scores the most goals wins. ENHANCED EA SPORTS ONLINE: Make a run for the Stanley Cup™: in the world's largest online competition, complete with leaderboards, downloadable rosters, and improved cheating countermeasures. [EA Sports] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. The “Open Ice Control” that the developers implemented in NHL 2005 really expands the entire gameplay, since it adds more strategy to every play that you might go through.
  2. The lax AI from last year's game has been stepped up...An improved Dynasty Mode and the inclusion of the World Cup of Hockey round out this great hockey title. [Sept 2004, p.84]
  3. 83
    If you're looking for a raw, wide-open experience with lots of arcade elements, NHL 2005 is for you...If you're more into the strategy of real hockey—the poke checks, the traps, the dumps, the dekes -- then you'll either have to try to design this game to fit your tastes (which can be frustrating) or go elsewhere.
  4. 80
    Comes up like the Calgary Flames - a very close second - because "ESPN NHL 2K5" is the better game due to its overall complete package. [Dec 2004, p.146]
  5. While EA has been able to make some improvements to their franchise, they just haven’t done enough to keep up with the ice maniacs over at ESPN.
  6. The players look great, but there's too much hitting, too much speed, and too little hockey. [Oct 2004, p.99]
  7. 60
    The bar has been set higher by "ESPN NHL 2K5," whose presentation, sense of realism, and play modes simply outclass, outshine, and outperform those found in NHL 2005.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. ThomasW.
    Jan 15, 2005
    10
    I love this game because you can be toronto and trade some of there better older players who have a large salary and get younger bergeron guys or ryders and the computer will trade for the older guys even if they retire in a couple of years so you get the deal, try getting younger players with lots of potential say at least 90 and are fast and have some agressiveness and you can sign them for cheap at least until the get good after a couple of years in the dynasty mode. Expand
  2. WiLd4JokEr
    Sep 20, 2004
    10
    I had 2004 NHL EA sports. I switched to ESPN 2k5, I didn't like it first but after a while, it's awesome. Pens suck but... go PENGUINS!!
  3. Yo-yoma
    Jul 22, 2004
    10
    Go Blue Jackets!
  4. LinoG.
    Sep 27, 2004
    10
    This game is, without question or hesitation, the premier hockey title on the market. The gameplay is tight, the visuals are incredible, and the overall value is priceless. If you love hockey, get this game. If you want a watered down, less impressive game of ice, go elsewhere. Expand
  5. TonyB.
    Jan 2, 2005
    9
    Awesome game.Theonly problem I have are the goaltenders are too good for the reast of the players.the goalies arent very realistic they stop everything in the hardest setting. Expand
  6. KevinS.
    Jan 17, 2005
    9
    I have to say that the 04 version blew. It was kiddie almost but espn redeemed themselves with this one. Someone mentioned the goalies stopping everything, that's true and it's not very realistic but i love the game. Robert Esche plays like an all-star. Expand
  7. SamiS.
    Dec 23, 2004
    6
    Espn nhl2k5 is the best hockey game ever make..........i have been playing hockey at live and videogames allmoust my lifetime(29yrs)so i have quite good wiew this games.Ea sports nhl2005 is fun to play and dynasty mode is fabulous,but game realistic sucks and it meens me more than dynasty mode.Everyone should try play espn hockey and you will see the differents,goals wont come so easyly and you really have to learn play the game,before you can beat the hardest level. Expand

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