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EA SPORTS Open Ice Control adds a new dimension of realism to the gameplay experience. With new five-man motion capture technology, utilize the entire ice surface by simultaneously controlling players without the puck. With tons of new features, and the World Cup of Hockey, NHL 2005 is the hockey experience that is easy to play, but hard to master.

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New EA SPORTS Open Ice Control allows players to execute offensive plays such as Give-and-Go's and breakaway passes or call for a defensive double team with the touch of a button. A completely overhauled skating engine captures both the explosive speed of offensive skating and the surgical precision of backwards defensive movement.

EA SPORTS Dynasty Mode goes even deeper with a new, easier to navigate interface, and more interactive GM/owner relationships, including a deep new e-mail system.

NHL 2005 also delivers all the action of the World Cup of Hockey, with International Teams and venues from North America and Europe. In addition to all 30 NHL teams, NHL 2005 includes 39 teams from the Swedish, Finnish and German Elite Leagues, as well as 21 International teams

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  • Open Ice Control: Seamlessly switch between players with or without the puck with the push of a button.
  • Total Player Awareness: With more player awareness than ever before, make saucer passes just before the blueline, call in a second defender to break up a 2-on-1, or fire off wrist shots at the perfect angle on net.
  • Face-Off Playbook: New playcalling system allows you to choose offensive and defensive face-off strategies every time the whistle blows.
  • The World Cup of Hockey: Take part in this year's World Cup of Hockey featuring teams from USA, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Russia, and more .
  • All-New Skating Engine: Glide then use explosive speed to get to the open ice -- now you have more puck-handling and turning control.
  • EA Sports FREE4ALL: One net, one goalie, and every man for himself. Up to four can play and the one who scores the most wins.
  • Personality-Driven AI: All-new AI recreates the play styles and personalities of the biggest names in the game.
  • Dynasty Mode: Gamers take on the role of a GM managing every aspect of their team's 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.

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Apr 22, 09 2:13am
my cousin loves it NHL2005
Fallen Master
Jun 14, 06 3:52am
My brother doesnt take care of my games that he likes. NHL2005
Oct 2, 05 11:03pm
added 16 new screenshots
Oct 22, 04 6:03pm

Overall the gameplay in this game is awesome, it has changed a bit from the past...

Oct 13, 04 11:28pm
added 4 new screenshots
Mario Man
Oct 11, 04 8:25pm
Sep 29, 04 6:51pm

Over all the game is pretty good the graphics are great and the open ice conrtol...

May 20, 04 10:31am
added 5 new screenshots
May 20, 04 10:16am
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Release Dates
  • North America:
    • Sep 20, 2004 (PS2)
    • Sep 14, 2004 (PC)
  • Europe:
    • Sep 24, 2004 (PS2)
    • Sep 3, 2004 (GC)
  • Australia: Sep 3, 2004
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