NHL2004 Demo / UPP 03-04 news…

To all hockey gamers out there, the NHL2004 demo is now available at the following link: ftp://ftp.ea.com/pub/easports/demos/

I’ve played it and it is an AMAZING upgrade from last year!!


As for my ULTIMATE POOL PREVIEW 03-04, Thanx to Trademan, Mikster & DG it is now officially available on the HTR frontpage.

I’d just like to let you know that it will be updated frequently so you’ll just have to update your version right before your pool for an even better accuracy. (an updated version is already available right now!)

Thanx to all of the 200+ members of the site who already requested it, I would never have thought of a reaction that big! I was honestly hoping for a 20-25 person asking for it, no more..

It all started out 3 years ago because I wanted to have something more accurate to help me out with my pools (cause I’m a pool/statistics maniac!) but I would never have thought I could help so much people at the same time.

thank you very much for all the great comments you’ve all sent to me so far, they mean alot to me!


UPP 03-04

34 Responses to NHL2004 Demo / UPP 03-04 news…

  1. dkball7 says:

    Lint is the man!

  2. mikster says:


    And, congratulations, you did a splendid job and it was a certain hit.

  3. Kewl says:

    I’m going to buy ESPN 2K4 for the Xbox. PC gaming sucks, IMO.

  4. Cyrax89 says:

    Wow that was cool. First time I ever played a nhl game on my pc and the score showed that. The ducks killed me.

    I thought this game would suck because all the ea nhl games have in the past 4 years but it was real good.

    Maybe I’ll buy it for my pc now.

  5. dkball7 says:

    buy it for console its probably much better

  6. Cyrax89 says:

    I think I would rather get it for pc, I have so many nhl games for my consoles already, and I could play it online too.

    Anyways the last 4 ea games were a little cartoonish and this one seems better. I don’t know how they will look for the consoles but if their like this one then that will be good.

  7. ranger_fan says:

    I just got ESPN NHL Hockey and played the demo. There is little comparison in the gameplay. EA only excelled in the fight department. Anyway I just played air hockey and lost 7-5 on ESPN NHL Hockey. I scored on myself 2x lol, just like in real life. Trust me go with ESPN NHL Hockey.

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  9. SkilledCenter9 says:

    All P.C NHL games suck!

    PS2 is the way to go when you wanna play a good game. the best game from last year in my mind was NHL HITZ 2003….amazing graphics and un matched control of the players that makes the EA series look like a joke…. this season their expanding tho and instead of playing 3-3 it will be your traditional 5-5 hockey which will be good only if they keep the flavour i love so much in 2003!!

    but anyways nice article nice to see someone looking at the entertainment aspect of our game!

    – Cya!

  10. great_one98 says:

    GETTING IT ON MY XBOX! I’m not buying any of that espn crap or sega crap. I’m sticking with ea sports cause 2004 was made in VANCOUVER!

  11. Montrealsdogg says:

    i find the gameplay to be a dramatic step back from the 2003 game… but the game looks good.

  12. Foam_Bullet says:

    yuck, games on ps2 suck, xbox is the way to go. The graphics are 10X better then ps2. And also ea is the best. Sega, 989, Microsoft, they all suck at making sports games. EA IS DA BOMB!!

  13. dkball7 says:

    I agree. I am only getting it for console because I have found that the console’s graphics are a little smoother than those on the pc. Tell me if I’m wrong about this since I have only played NHL 2000, and the 2004 demo on my pc.

  14. dkball7 says:

    The gameplay is definitly not “a step back”. It is a step foward, but since demos usually arn’t as good as the real thing I wouldn’t accuse the game of anything just yet. Wait untill the real thing comes out.

  15. dkball7 says:

    (try telling that to ranger_fan)

  16. dkball7 says:

    I think you’re getting paid to do this.

  17. Cyrax89 says:

    Yah your right about the graphics but the demo is set to low graphics and you can’t change them in the demo. The screen res is 800 by 600, if the demo let you change that then they would look alot nicer.

  18. titans says:

    I must be the only person here who doesn’t play video games.

  19. Lint07 says:

    By the way, just wait and see the DYNASTY MODE!!


    I just had a goalie fight playing the demo…AWESOME! Giguère left his net and jumped on Brodeur! WOOOOO!!!

  20. Kewl says:

    No most gaming sites and magazines give ESPN the higher score usually 8 out 10.

    Plus if you have an Xbox you have to go with either ESPN or Rivals. Cause NHL 2004 isn’t live enabled.

  21. Kewl says:

    I’ll stick with my Xbox, I can talk to people when I play them online. 😛

  22. Kewl says:

    I’m sorry to say, but EA games don’t look better on the Xbox. They are just ports, same graphics and all.

    If you like EA so much you better go and buy a PS2 cause it’s online enabled on the PS2 and not on the Xbox.

    Sega right now owns the title as the best hockey game maker for realism.

    How do you know Microsoft sucks at making hockey games, they haven’t even put out their debut one. Jeesh.

  23. Nemix says:

    I hear mentions of ESPN hockey..perhaps graphically however for the annoucers better at calling a football game.. Id pass simply on that note.. They are awful .. Least Jim Hughson can follow the game and that is the voice on the EA series

  24. mattf says:

    thanks a lot for posting the demo, it was awesome! i CANNOT FU*KING WAIT FOR THIS! i’ve been counting down the days for awhile, SEPT 21 WOOHOO!

    can’t wait to downloa…uhh..i mean ‘buy’ this game! yes, buy it!

  25. FNGretzky says:

    Before you buy EA’s NHL 2004, make sure you try ESPN NHL Hockey.

    IGN.com and Gamers.com have both gone on the record to say it’s the best hockey game they’ve ever played on any game system.

  26. FNGretzky says:

    Wow! What a crappy reason to pick a game!

    I hope you don’t have XBox Live, because NHL 2004 is only online for the PS2.

    As far as ESPN being crap? Check out the videogame sites, they’ll set you straight.

  27. FNGretzky says:

    IGN.com=9.3 out of 10

    Gamers.com=9 out of 10

  28. rangerfan2000 says:

    Played that demo last night, there are some things I didn’t like about it and some things I will like about it. The Dynasty mode with the salary caps is a good idea, FINALLY they have it for their hockey games. This is a big plus, as they only concentrated on their football and baseball games in this aspect. The controls were so-so. I had to play with a keyboard since I don’t have a controller and I could not figure out which button was the speed burst button for the life of me. I am sure the full version will allow you to customize the conrols and what button is what, as usual. The goalie fighting.. eh, not agreeing with that totally. There is usually an aspect of the game that gets out of hand with these EA Sports games and the goalie fighting will probably be one of them. If they give you the option to disable goalie fightning, that is better then.

    As for those who like X-Box or PS2 better, that’s their own opinion. I like PC better because you don’t have to pay for extra services to play online and there are lots of little goodies you can download from sites like NHL Depot. Stuff like a complete roster update (including minor leaguers and rookies), add-ins to the game, different jerseys, different sticks and skates per player, etc. Yes, it gets very much so into detail. It’s well worth it. If you have the correct graphics card (such as a GEForce 4 or something similar) then you won’t have to complain about graphics at all. But I know how some of you feel about PS2 and X-Box, oh and supposedly ESPN NHL Hockey for this year is really worthy buying, unfortunately it’s only out for PS2 and X-Box! Those of us with a Gamcube must suffer for a little bit 🙁

  29. TC_4 says:

    I didn’t download the demo because you don’t get a very good look at the game. I would like to know if they’re going to have some features back like adjusting the Captain’s and Assistants, player editer(nothing drives me more nuts then some player having a breakout year, and still sucks on the game). And I hope they changed the commentators. I like Jim Hughson, but I HATE Don Taylor. Since when does a color man crack jokes all game long, like let’s get it a LITTLE more real boys!!!

  30. mattf says:

    what i really liked about this demo (after playing 5 games already) is the gameplay improvements from 2k3.

    the skating is so much better, the powerstops and fluidness of players skaing backwards on defence and making forwards making slick cuts while stickhandling is unbelievable. player skates are also different i noticed, so i guess no need to dl skatepacks from nhldepot!

    the only thing i find pressing is the game interface, even though its basically unrelated to playing the game it looks kind of crappy. and i also found heatley pretty ugly (intro video). that gave me nightmares

  31. swedishvoice says:

    Well Blomman makes an editor program for al EA NHL games.

    I make uppdates ia I scan pictures of new players, read stats on team sights and edit the game…

    E-mail me with Q’s


  32. ranger_fan says:

    I’m getting paid to say my preference? Hey man give ESPN NHL Hockey a try. I am just very upset with EAs hockey games. They had no competition and they just started to suck. All they did was updated the rosters. I mean I loved ’93-95, ’96 was ok, but then they have sucked. I wish I was getting paid. Perhaps I’ll send them an aplication. Will you be a reference?

  33. Enigma says:

    “E.A. sports; it’s in the game” (but not his teeth)

  34. Lint07 says:

    Blomman wonh’t do it for 2004. They changed the rosters codes and he doesen’t have the time anymore…

    It sucks real bad, I know.

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