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NHL 2005 (Windows)

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Description

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 Dallas attacking
NHL 2005 Windows Audience cheering
NHL 2005 Windows Before world cup match begins, flags are raised to the roof.
NHL 2005 Windows Players entering arena

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The Press Says

Gamesmania Sep 24, 2004 91 out of 100 91
GameStar (Germany) Oct, 2004 91 out of 100 91
PC Action Oct 06, 2004 88 out of 100 88
PC Games (Germany) Oct 04, 2004 86 out of 100 86
IGN Sep 20, 2004 8.3 out of 10 83
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Oct, 2004 81 out of 100 81
Joystick (French) Oct, 2004 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Sep 20, 2004 7.9 out of 10 79
Jeuxvideo.com Oct 04, 2004 15 out of 20 75
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jan, 2005 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

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Trivia

In early August 2006, EA closed their servers for multiplayer games, for the PS2, PC and Xbox versions.
The Ring Hawk (654) added NHL 2005 (Windows) on Sep 17, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Corn Popper (69497)