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Does this year's game win the Stanley Cup or get locked out?
What are you looking for in a hockey game? If you're looking for a raw, wide-open experience with lots of arcade elements, NHL 2005 is for you. It has lots of immediate pick-up-and-play potential for those just acquainting themselves with the sport, or for those who like their hockey big, fast and bloody. 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.EA is well-known for delivering some of the most well-rounded sports games on the market. But in this case, although a lot of the other pieces are in place -- Franchise, modes, and presentation -- the final product is a little light on gameplay. It doesn't bring enough to the rink to compete with ESPN NHL 2K5, a product that shipped first and costs $30 less.
Great menus, tons of modes and excellent features. Where are the extras and unlockables, though?
Good face models, better animations than in years' past and general polish make this a nice-looking game.
Average commentary is outshined by great hockey and crowd noise, and a good (if limited) slate of music.
Too much emphasis on hitting, not enough focus on the little things. Luckily, scoring is down. Arcade-style fans will be pleased by the style of play, purists might not be.
Lasting Appeal (8/10)
Great Dynasty, online play for PS2 and Xbox and the excellent Free-4-All Mode will keep you coming back.