NHL 2005

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NHL 2005
NHL 2005 Coverart.png
North American cover art for PS2
Pictured: Markus Näslund
Developer(s) EA Black Box
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Series NHL series
Platform(s) GameCube, Xbox, PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows
Release
  • NA: September 14, 2004 (PC)
  • NA: September 20, 2004
  • EU: September 24, 2004 (PC, Xbox)
  • EU: October 8, 2004 (GC, PS2)
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer, online multiplayer

NHL 2005 is an ice hockey video game released in 2004, the successor to NHL 2004.

Features[edit]

Improvements/flaws[edit]

NHL 2005 features Open Ice Control, including moving players without the puck and also a complete World Cup mode where each team can be created from scratch. The user was now allowed to import digitized home arenas for the scratchbuilt teams (the 30 NHL arenas plus Nuremberg Arena, Kölnarena, Stockholm Globe Arena, Helsinki Hartwall Areena and Prague Sazka Arena were available). Additional NHL jerseys and logos were also available including those of the defunct Atlanta Flames, Winnipeg Jets, Colorado Rockies (NHL), Quebec Nordiques as well as the old style Los Angeles Kings, Washington Capitals and Vancouver Canucks uniforms of the 1970s and the 1980s.

The IIHF license which granted the World Cup mode also allowed EA to use real-life international jerseys for the only time (previously released games used unique jerseys designed by the game's staff which only bore a passing similarity to their real life counterparts, so the jersey shows their flag.) The PC version of the game was stripped down to the bare essentials, including the omitting of the create-a-player feature. These omissions were possibly due to the labour dispute that season, but EA explained that they had not perfected the new create-a-player interface, which would have allowed for far greater customizability than what was previously available.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
GC PC PS2 Xbox
EGM 6.33/10[1] N/A 6.33/10[1] 6.33/10[1]
Eurogamer N/A N/A N/A 6/10[2]
Game Informer 8.5/10[3] N/A 8.5/10[3] 8.5/10[3]
GamePro N/A N/A 4/5 stars[4] 4/5 stars[4]
Game Revolution B[5] N/A B[6] B[6]
GameSpot 7.9/10[7] 7.9/10[7] 7.9/10[7] 7.9/10[7]
GameSpy 3.5/5 stars[8] 1.5/5 stars[9] 4/5 stars[10] 4/5 stars[11]
GameZone 8.4/10[12] N/A 8.8/10[13] 8.3/10[14]
IGN 8.3/10[15] 8.3/10[15] 8.3/10[15] 8.3/10[15]
Nintendo Power 3.7/5[16] N/A N/A N/A
OPM (US) N/A N/A 3.5/5 stars[17] N/A
OXM (US) N/A N/A N/A 8.5/10[18]
PC Gamer (US) N/A 64%[19] N/A N/A
Aggregate score
Metacritic 75/100[20] 66/100[21] 75/100[22] 77/100[23]

The game received "generally favorable reviews" on all platforms except the PC version, which received "average" reviews, according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[20][21][22][23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c EGM staff (October 2004). "NHL 2005 (GC, PS2, Xbox)". Electronic Gaming Monthly (183): 99. 
  2. ^ Jennings, Ronan (October 22, 2004). "NHL 2005 (Xbox)". Eurogamer. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Reiner, Andrew (September 2004). "NHL 2005 (GC, PS2, Xbox)". Game Informer (137): 103. Archived from the original on October 2, 2008. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b The Enforcer (December 2004). "NHL 2005 (PS2, Xbox)". GamePro: 146. Archived from the original on February 9, 2005. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  5. ^ Gee, Brian (October 7, 2004). "NHL 2005 Review (GC)". Game Revolution. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Gee, Brian (October 7, 2004). "NHL 2005 (PS2, Xbox)". Game Revolution. Archived from the original on December 2, 2008. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c d Navarro, Alex (September 20, 2004). "NHL 2005 Review". GameSpot. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  8. ^ Tuttle, Will (September 17, 2004). "GameSpy: NHL 2005 (GCN)". GameSpy. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  9. ^ Abner, William (October 12, 2004). "GameSpy: NHL 2005 (PC)". GameSpy. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  10. ^ Tuttle, Will (September 17, 2004). "GameSpy: NHL 2005 (PS2)". GameSpy. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  11. ^ Tuttle, Will (September 17, 2004). "GameSpy: NHL 2005 (Xbox)". GameSpy. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  12. ^ Romano, Natalie (October 7, 2004). "NHL 2005 - GC - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on June 4, 2009. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  13. ^ Knutson, Michael (September 21, 2004). "NHL 2005 - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on December 31, 2008. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  14. ^ Surette, Tim (October 11, 2004). "NHL 2005 - XB - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on May 25, 2009. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b c d Carle, Chris (September 20, 2004). "NHL 2005". IGN. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  16. ^ "NHL 2005". Nintendo Power. 186: 146. December 2004. 
  17. ^ "NHL 2005". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 99. October 2004. 
  18. ^ "NHL 2005". Official Xbox Magazine: 80. October 2004. 
  19. ^ "NHL 2005". PC Gamer: 98. December 25, 2004. 
  20. ^ a b "NHL 2005 for GameCube Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  21. ^ a b "NHL 2005 for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  22. ^ a b "NHL 2005 for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  23. ^ a b "NHL 2005 for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 

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