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, PS2, PC
Release date(s) NA September 14, 2004 (PC)
NA 20040920September 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, the successor to NHL 2004, is a hockey video game released in 2004.

Features[edit]

Improvements/flaws[edit]

NHL 2005 features Open Ice Control, which according to EA allows better control, including moving players without the puck and also a complete World Cup mode where each team can be created from scratch. For the first time, the user was 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 hadn't perfected the new create-a-player interface, which would have allowed for far greater customizability than what was previously available.

Other information[edit]

NHL 2005 is also EA's only NHL PC game that lacks the ability to view league-wide statistics when playing in season mode. Vancouver Canucks captain Markus Naslund is featured on the cover, except in Finland where Olli Jokinen is on the cover. NHL 2005 is also the first EA Sports NHL title to be online enabled for the Xbox system.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (Xbox) 77.15%[1]
(GC) 76.71%[2]
(PS2) 76.54%[3]
(PC) 66.60%[4]
Metacritic (Xbox) 77/100[5]
(GC) 75/100[6]
(PS2) 75/100[7]
(PC) 66/100[8]
Review scores
Publication Score
EGM 6.33/10[9]
Eurogamer 6/10[10]
Game Informer 8.5/10[11]
GamePro 4/5 stars[12]
Game Revolution B[13][14]
GameSpot 7.9/10[15]
GameSpy 4/5 stars[16][17]
(GC) 3.5/5 stars[18]
(PC) 1.5/5 stars[19]
GameZone (PS2) 8.8/10[20]
(GC) 8.4/10[21]
(Xbox) 8.3/10[22]
IGN 8.3/10[23]
Nintendo Power 3.7/5[24]
OPM (US) 3.5/5 stars[25]
OXM 8.5/10[26]
PC Gamer (US) 64%[27]

The game was met with positive to average reception. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 77.15% and 77 out of 100 for the Xbox version;[1][5] 76.71% and 75 out of 100 for the GameCube version;[2][6] 76.54% and 75 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version;[3][7] and 66.60% and 66 out of 100 for the PC version.[4][8]

References[edit]

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

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