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
SeriesNHL series
Platform(s)GameCube, Xbox, PlayStation 2, Windows
Release
  • 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 three 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]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
GCPCPS2Xbox
EGM7.33/10[2]N/A7.33/10[2]7.33/10[2]
Game Informer9/10[3]N/A9.25/10[4]9/10[5]
GamePro4/5 stars[6]N/A4/5 stars[6]4/5 stars[6]
Game RevolutionB+[7]N/AB+[7]B+[7]
GameSpot8.6/10[8]8.8/10[9]8.8/10[10]8.6/10[8]
GameSpy4/5 stars[11]4.5/5 stars[12]4/5 stars[13]4/5 stars[14]
GameZoneN/AN/AN/A8.9/10[15]
IGN8.8/10[16]8.8/10[1]8.8/10[16]8.8/10[16]
Nintendo Power3.8/5[17]N/AN/AN/A
OPM (US)N/AN/A4/5 stars[18]N/A
OXM (US)N/AN/AN/A8.6/10[19]
PC Gamer (US)N/A67%[20]N/AN/A
Playboy88%[21]88%[21]88%[21]88%[21]
Aggregate score
Metacritic85/100[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.[22][23][24][25]

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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