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EA sports long running hockey franchise continues for the 2005 season. This year tweaks features from last year and adds some new enhancements to the game engine.

The graphics have been even more improved from last year. Now the 'cyber players' look so close to their real life counterparts that their hard to distinguish. Player models are updated with more life like skin, hair and features. This includes more facial animations and emotions. The coaches are also redone in this manner. The in-game meanwhile adds a whole slew of new animations, cutscenes, goalie animations and enhancements to the fighting engine.

In the control department, NHL 2005 adds a new feature called Open-Ice control. This feature lets you potentially control players without the puck, set up for picks, double team and more. Shooting wrist shots and slap shots are also now mapped to separate buttons for more flexibility.

The gameplay introduces a new feature as personalities for players. Such that a player like Tie Domi will play more like an enforcer, while Markus Naslund will rely more on finesse and skill. You will be relied on to balance this personalities on each line of a team to create chemistry. The dynasty mode has been redone with a new interface and tweaks. Free Agency and Trading has been tweaked along with the handling of a team. The new system allows you to keep up to date on weekly injuries/streaks reports, letters from your owner, players, etc.

This year adds new modes such as the World Cup tournament and Free-for-All. In Free-For-All players compete 2 on 2 trying to score on the other while also defending. Along with the modes come minor tweaks, such as the options for no touch icing, delayed offsides and shootout options for tied games. The create a team feature remains in this year but create a player didn't make it in. Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson return with commentary.

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NHL 2005 Windows Goalie is ready to play
NHL 2005 Windows Player information screen
NHL 2005 Windows Gloves are off, and the fun begins
NHL 2005 Windows Only one montreal player defending blue line

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PC Action Windows Oct 06, 2004 88 out of 100 88
GameZone PlayStation 2 Sep 22, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88
GameZone Xbox Oct 12, 2004 8.3 out of 10 83
IGN Windows Sep 20, 2004 8.3 out of 10 83
PGNx Media GameCube Nov 01, 2004 8.3 out of 10 83
GamePro (US) Xbox Nov 25, 2004 4 out of 5 80
GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 Nov 25, 2004 4 out of 5 80
4Players.de PlayStation 2 Sep 21, 2004 78 out of 100 78
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Oct 07, 2004 15 out of 20 75
The Video Game Critic PlayStation 2 Mar 29, 2005 B- 67

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In early August 2006, EA closed their servers for multiplayer games, for the PS2, PC and Xbox versions.
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