NHL 2005

Game review by
Liz Perle, Common Sense Media
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Fun, but it isn't just the puck that gets hit.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Players can beat the living daylights out of each other and do.


Fighting is one of the features.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that despite the game's E rating, there is tremendous violence (duh, it's hockey) as players challenge other players to accept a fight. Should a player agree to the challenge, carnage ensues (bloodless but still they beat the living daylights out of each other).

User Reviews

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Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008

Very fun gaame

Like all NHL installments the game is an excellent representation of the sport. The graphics on this game however for the players were a bit cheezy and without... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bymsp23 April 9, 2008

What's it about?

In addition to 30 NHL teams and players, NHL 2005 boasts 39 teams from the Swedish, Finnish, and German Elite Leagues as well as an additional 21 international teams.

Players can pick their face-off style, their teams, and who they want to be. The game lets a player learn to set ticket prices and call players up from the minors.

Is it any good?

It's hockey. What do we expect? There's violence, punching, everything but blood. But if you avoid that part of the game, you have an exciting game that is well constructed and enjoyable.

It's too fast-paced for younger kids and even young teens will find the GM managing aspect a bit challenging. Overall, this game is easier to play for younger kids than the EA football games, and kids have more control over the puck. Players younger than 10 will find that the easiest thing to do is just slap at the puck and occasionally another player. But older teens will enjoy this particularly fast-paced and well-designed game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the role of violence in hockey and why they think hockey, more than any other sport, is so violent.

Game details

  • Platforms: Xbox
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: EA Sports
  • Release date: September 30, 2004
  • Genre: Sports
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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