Developer: EA Sports
Publisher: EA Sports
Release Date: 09/14/2004
Sony Playstation 2
Open Ice Control: Seamlessly switch between players with or without the puck, call for passes, set up a vicious one-timer, drive the net for a deflection, or call for a defensive double team on the fly with just the push of a button.
All-New Skating Engine: A new skating engine emphasizes gliding and accelerating, capturing the fast pace of hockey. A refined backwards skating system also allows for unprecedented defensive precision and control.
Total Player Awareness: Make saucer passes just before the blueline, call in a second defender on a 2-on-1, or fire off wrist shots at the perfect angle.
Face-Off Playbook: New playcalling system allows you to choose offensive and defensive face-off strategies every time the whistle blows.
EA SPORTS Free4All: One net, one goalie, and every man for himself.
World Cup of Hockey: NHL 2005 features all the teams, all the venues, and all the action of this years global tournament featuring the top eight hockey nations in the world.
Pick up and Play Action: Fast-paced gameplay captures the pacing and flow of pro hockey, providing seasoned players with deep, nuanced gameplay, while hockey rookies are able to quickly dive in with a rewarding, easy-to-learn experience.
Dynasty Mode: Gamers take on the role of a GM managing every aspect of their teams operations, from setting ticket prices to calling up a prospect from the minors. A new PDA and email system streamlines communications and adds new depth to owner/GM relations.
Personality-Driven AI: All-new AI recreates the play styles and personalities of the biggest names in the game.
New Features for Console(s)
XBox Live Enabled: EA Sports has signed a contract with Microsoft to be able to have the online game mode on the Xbox. Each 2005 Sports title from Ea Sports are now Online Compatible.
Playstation 2 Collection Edition More info coming soon!