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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Play Magazine
    100
    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 best computer hockey game ever, period. More visually sleek and refined than previous versions, NHL 2004 has new dynasty mode, international leagues, and an enhanced fight system, all of which elevate it to benchmark status.
  3. The deep content NHL 2004 offers, coupled with its minute-to-learn lifetime-to-master gameplay make it a must-have for hockey fans.
  4. Despite a few glitches--some which are quite glaring--the latest NHL is the finest, and certainly the most challenging, NHL to date, and it's a real step forward from last year's rather complacent "NHL 2003."
  5. 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.
  6. 85
    Delivers a much more authentic representation of the fastest game on ice and this is reflected in its tight checking action (low-scoring games are now the norm) and truer-to-life gameplay mechanics.
  7. PC Gamer
    67
    All of the money management amounts to nothing, because the ongoing saga of a single-player dynansty is built on a foundation of unrealistic and unsatisfying gameplay. [Holiday 2003, p.97a]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. Jul 26, 2018
    10
    It's 2018 and this pc hockey game is still the best, has a huge online community and 2 still very active and prestigious online leagues (EMLHIt's 2018 and this pc hockey game is still the best, has a huge online community and 2 still very active and prestigious online leagues (EMLH since 2006, join us on vikfe.blog.cz ;) Expand
  2. MaxL.
    Jan 2, 2004
    10
    I like the songs,the gameplay is great,and i love the dynasty mode.
  3. ShawnJ.
    Oct 7, 2003
    10
    It's awesome.
  4. OglethorpO.
    Aug 29, 2004
    10
    Best sport game ever! The Dynasty mode is fantastic! Only minuses are that the game is too easy after playing it constantly for almost a year Best sport game ever! The Dynasty mode is fantastic! Only minuses are that the game is too easy after playing it constantly for almost a year alraedy. And the music could be a lot better. But still I'll give it 10 points! Expand
  5. TimH.
    Oct 9, 2003
    9
    Really good. Just a couple quirks. Dynasty mode is pretty sweet. The music gets old fast. Shya.
  6. AndreasS.
    Oct 15, 2003
    8
    The game is the best ice hockey game ever. And I like the Dynasty mode but, the game dont take so much of the computer It worked on my 3 The game is the best ice hockey game ever. And I like the Dynasty mode but, the game dont take so much of the computer It worked on my 3 years old computer, I also think that it was good that they finaly toke with Elitserien, SM- Liga and the German league. The way they move is much more real and the goalie learn where you use to shoot. Expand
  7. KuunoK.
    Nov 19, 2003
    0
    Awful game. EA has lost their ability to make games, every year they release the same boring awful sport series. But what can you do, people Awful game. EA has lost their ability to make games, every year they release the same boring awful sport series. But what can you do, people buy EA's bad products instead of boycotting the whole company. EA , give us some value for our money, START MAKING GAMES! Expand

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