NHL 2004

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NHL 2004
NHL 2004 Coverart.png
The cover art, featuring Dany Heatley
Developer(s) EA Black Box
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Series NHL series
Platform(s) GameCube, Xbox, PlayStation 2, PC
Release date(s)
  • NA: September 22, 2003
  • EU: October 3, 2003
  • EU: October 10, 2003 (GC)
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer, online multiplayer

NHL 2004, developed by the EA Black Box studios, is an ice hockey video game. It is the successor to NHL 2003. The game adds 3 European Elite Leagues: Germany's Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), Sweden's Elitserien (SEL), and Finland's SM-liiga.

Features[edit]

The game included many improvements to its gameplay (more realistic puck and rebound control and better checking) and game modes (a completely reworked franchise mode renamed "Dynasty"). In addition to the gameplay improvements, one particular non-gameplay improvement was added. When a team wins the Stanley Cup Finals, a large-scale celebration ensues. It included players skating around the ice holding the Cup over their heads. This then led to the common snapshot of the team and the coaches that holds true in the NHL. A "secret" song (Shatterday by Vendetta Red) plays while the animation shows the stats of the players in the picture, ending with the captain. Because of these additions, it was praised as one of the best games in the series to date.[1] The Dynasty Mode, regarded by many gamers, still has its flaws - trades were very difficult to accept, and only allows the player to manage the team at the maximum of 20 seasons.

Another new feature of NHL 2004 was allowing the player to select when to fight, where previously it had been a somewhat random occurrence. When two players' names flashed onto the bottom of the screen, accompanied by the word "Fight!" and a bell sounding, the person playing the game could push a button to begin a fight, or hold off until a later time. Furthermore, goaltenders were able to fight however, goalie fights appear to be completely random, as the names of other players are shown at the bottom of the screen, however, a goalie fight can be triggered by beginning the fight while the goalie has control of the puck; also, goalies are not thrown out of a game for fighting; in real life, goaltenders who fight are given both a major for fighting and a minor for leaving the crease, resulting in game misconducts for both combatants. The game however contained a glitch. On breakaway plays a player can maneuver the deke analog stick for an automatic goal. By the time EA Sports heard news of the glitch hundreds of thousands of units had been shipped around the world. The Create a team feature allowed the player to create a new NHL team and put it in the game and the player could choose between NHL jerseys as the team's uniform.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
GC PC PS2 Xbox
EGM 7.33/10[2] N/A 7.33/10[2] 7.33/10[2]
Game Informer 9/10[3] N/A 9.25/10[4] 9/10[5]
GamePro 4/5 stars[6] N/A 4/5 stars[6] 4/5 stars[6]
Game Revolution B+[7] N/A B+[7] B+[7]
GameSpot 8.6/10[8] 8.8/10[9] 8.8/10[10] 8.6/10[8]
GameSpy 4/5 stars[11] 4.5/5 stars[12] 4/5 stars[13] 4/5 stars[14]
GameZone N/A N/A N/A 8.9/10[15]
IGN 8.8/10[16] 8.8/10[1] 8.8/10[16] 8.8/10[16]
Nintendo Power 3.8/5[17] N/A N/A N/A
OPM (US) N/A N/A 4/5 stars[18] N/A
OXM N/A N/A N/A 8.6/10[19]
PC Gamer (US) N/A 67%[20] N/A N/A
Playboy 88%[21] 88%[21] 88%[21] 88%[21]
Aggregate score
Metacritic 85/100[22] 87/100[23] 85/100[24] 85/100[25]

The game received "favorable" reviews on all platforms according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[23][25][24][22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Boulding, Aaron (September 26, 2003). "NHL 2004 Review (PC)". IGN. Retrieved June 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c EGM staff (October 2003). "NHL 2004". Electronic Gaming Monthly (171): 138. 
  3. ^ Reiner, Andrew (October 2003). "NHL 2004 (GC)". Game Informer (126): 131. Archived from the original on April 21, 2008. Retrieved June 23, 2015. 
  4. ^ Reiner, Andrew (October 2003). "NHL 2004 (PS2)". Game Informer (126): 121. Archived from the original on April 21, 2008. Retrieved June 23, 2015. 
  5. ^ Kato, Matthew (October 2003). "NHL 2004 (Xbox)". Game Informer (126): 138. Archived from the original on April 21, 2008. Retrieved June 23, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c Air Hendrix (September 23, 2003). "NHL 2004 (GC, PS2, Xbox)". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 8, 2005. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c Ferris, Duke "G-Wok" (October 16, 2003). "NHL 2004 Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Navarro, Alex (September 22, 2003). "NHL 2004 Review (GC, Xbox)". GameSpot. Retrieved June 23, 2015. 
  9. ^ Goble, Gord (October 6, 2003). "NHL 2004 Review (PC)". GameSpot. Retrieved June 23, 2015. 
  10. ^ Navarro, Alex (September 24, 2003). "NHL 2004 Review (PS2)". GameSpot. Retrieved June 23, 2015. 
  11. ^ Fischer, Russ (October 9, 2003). "GameSpy: NHL 2004 (GCN)". GameSpy. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  12. ^ Mahood, Andy (October 27, 2003). "GameSpy: NHL 2004 (PC)". GameSpy. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  13. ^ Fischer, Russ (October 9, 2003). "GameSpy: NHL 2004 (PS2)". GameSpy. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  14. ^ Fischer, Russ (October 9, 2003). "GameSpy: NHL 2004 (Xbox)". GameSpy. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  15. ^ Valentino, Nick (October 1, 2003). "NHL 2004 - XB - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. Retrieved May 12, 2016. 
  16. ^ a b c Boulding, Aaron (September 26, 2003). "NHL 2004 (GCN, PS2, Xbox)". IGN. Retrieved June 23, 2015. 
  17. ^ "NHL 2004". Nintendo Power. 174: 146. December 2003. 
  18. ^ "NHL 2004". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 121. October 2003. 
  19. ^ "NHL 2004". Official Xbox Magazine: 80. October 2003. 
  20. ^ Morris, Dan (December 25, 2003). "NHL 2004". PC Gamer: 97. Archived from the original on March 15, 2006. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  21. ^ a b c d "NHL 2004". Playboy: 37. October 2003. 
  22. ^ a b "NHL 2004 for GameCube Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 23, 2015. 
  23. ^ a b "NHL 2004 for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 23, 2015. 
  24. ^ a b "NHL 2004 for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 23, 2015. 
  25. ^ a b "NHL 2004 for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 23, 2015. 

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