22 September 2003 Worldwide
28 September 2003 Europe PAL
22 September 2003 USA NTSC
Game Mode(s) single / multiplayer
multiplayer: common screen number of players 1-8
It's been called the Fastest Sport on Earth -- and the faster the players, the tougher the contact. NHL® 2004 brings professional hockey to life like never before, with crisp passes, searing slap-shots, and a variety of new ways to check your opponent to regain control of the puck. With the addition of international leagues and a Dynasty Mode™ that lets you build a powerhouse, NHL 2004 is the hockey fan's dream come true.
# Key Features for 2004: Hard Hitting NHL Action: It’s more physical than ever before, with new Bruise Control™, an all-new fighting system, more realistic player collisions, and powerful visuals such as popping helmets and breaking glass.
# Total Control on the Ice: Total player control allows you to direct 2-button touch sensitive passes anywhere on the ice, call team strategies on the fly, and aggressively tie up opponents against the boards and in front of the net.
# Go Deep Into Dynasty Mode: Take on the role of GM for up to 20 seasons, drafting and trading players, negotiating contracts, and managing the financial bottom line of your franchise. Earn valuable experience points to upgrade your GM office and/or purchase improvements to staff and facilities, thus improving your team’s on ice performance.
# All-New Elite Leagues: 39 new international teams from Germany’s DEL, Sweden’s Elitserien, and Finland’s SM-Liga.
# Enhanced EA SPORTS™ Online: Compete in one-on-one or all-new on-line tournament games, and chat in-game with EA SPORTS Talk.
# New EA SPORTS™ Bio: Unlock special rewards in NHL 2004 by playing multiple titles, including Madden NFL 2004, NBA Live 2004, and much more.