Online play is simply not a component if you don't have a PS2, so multiplayer is strictly an on-the-couch affair. Granted, that's a lot of fun, with options for split-team play amongst a group of four, as well as the standard one-on-one mode. The wide camera angles serve really well here, keeping the action full-on and fast paced. It's remarkable that EA has managed to catch up to the incredible effort from Sega in a single generation, and if it weren't for an overly trying physics engine on the ice, the two would be in a dead heat. Even so, NHL 2004 is a highly impressive game, recommended for detail-oriented fans and lovers of hockey in general.