NHL 2004 Xbox

User Score
6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 30
  2. Negative: 11 out of 30
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  1. SpinelesenhaeurMax
    Nov 6, 2003
    5
    Bad control....hard to play...it should have arcade mode....i prefer nhl 2k3.
  2. Joe
    Sep 22, 2003
    7
    Managed to try a copy and again, it's fun. But I prefer the realism and nuances of the ESPN games. I've played NHL for years and every year, it's one-timers, moving the goalie across the goal, goalies gloving everything and cartoonish checks. Don't get me wrong, that's a lot of fun. But I get more out of ESPN. I have to worry about positioning and neutral zone Managed to try a copy and again, it's fun. But I prefer the realism and nuances of the ESPN games. I've played NHL for years and every year, it's one-timers, moving the goalie across the goal, goalies gloving everything and cartoonish checks. Don't get me wrong, that's a lot of fun. But I get more out of ESPN. I have to worry about positioning and neutral zone play as opposed to going out and trying to take someone's head off. And the checking is more responsive on ESPN. I don't know, there's more depth and challenge on ESPN's game, and more to enjoy as time goes on. ESPN though is not perfect. It's unnaturally hard at times and the goalies won't push the puck up ice. Collapse
  3. RichardM.
    Sep 23, 2003
    6
    Really disappointed with this year's offering. X Box version just plain sucks Players are missing....rosters arer not updateable online. You are forced into using certain button configurations..even when you customize the control options!! Overall Gameplay Sucks who cares if it has a wicked dynasty mode if the gameplay is no good...not buying this title after my rental goes back..I Really disappointed with this year's offering. X Box version just plain sucks Players are missing....rosters arer not updateable online. You are forced into using certain button configurations..even when you customize the control options!! Overall Gameplay Sucks who cares if it has a wicked dynasty mode if the gameplay is no good...not buying this title after my rental goes back..I think I'll hang on to ESPN this year and hope that EA get's their heads' out of their own asses by next season. I have owned every single EA hockey title since Sega Master System. this wil be the 1st one I'm not buying. WHAT HAPPENED EA????? Expand

Awards & Rankings

#15 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Xbox Nation Magazine
    80
    Pound for pound, it's gritty play - and experience points - propel NHL 2004 to a hard-fought win [over "ESPN NHL Hockey"]. [Oct/Nov 2003, p.97]
  2. Game Informer
    90
    Given how far this franchise has come, however, I've no doubt that the team behind NHL will keep this series out in front of the curve from now on. [Oct 2003, p.138]
  3. Cheat Code Central
    90
    Everything that has been revamped makes me look forward to next year's version and see if they can bring it all together.