NHL 2004 is one of the best hockey games ever!
I have a Game Cube. NHL 2004 is one of the best games on a current-gen console. EA Sports really did a great job with this game. The graphics are solid. The player faces are pretty good. Player models are outstanding and life-like. The ice shine with light reflections. The sound is good. You can here a player get crushed against the boards, or here a slapper get rocketed of a stick. The commentary is great with Jim Houston and Craig Simpson. They make a great play-by-play duo, although Jim Houston may over exaggerate player's names sometimes. But that won't matter. The game play is solid with physical play, a smarter A.I., and great controls. The right-analog deking control is great. There is two-button passing. A solid dynasty mode is featured as you can be a G.M. The create a player mode is also good. Create a team mode is outstanding as you get to pick logos, seat colors, and much much more. Overall, this just may be the best hockey game for a current-gen system!!!