N.B.: I really only play Dynasty Mode in NHL 2004 [PS2 version], although I sometimes play head-to-head with friends. Below are my frustrations with the game.
- The biggest frustration has to be information on injuries. If you’re simming a season, and you don’t see one of your player’s names pop up on the “Recent Injuries” ticker, you have no idea someone’s hurt. NHL 2003 on the PS2 had a popup screen that told you one of your players was hurt.
- My second beef is partial to the first: the team information screen is now gone. It used to give you a quick look at your team: who was injured and how long they’d be out, who the upcoming opponent was, quick info on your team’s ratings, and team leaders. This screen was scrapped in the current version, and that was a horrible decision! When I mentioned not knowing who was injured, I didn’t know that you also have no idea how long a player will be out. That’s a significant pain in the butt, even if you did see it on the ticker&emdash;you might have not picked the game up for a week, and unless you take detailed notes on your team’s progress, how are you going to remember all the details? Providing this information seems pretty trivial to do, and I have no idea why the screen was scrapped.
- The Progress Reports screen seems to be in the wrong place. It would make more sense to put it on the Coaching Screen, not the GM’s Office screen. The Edit Lines screen is there, and that’s where you determine who will play. Why not have the information on who’s wanting more ice time there?
- Individual player information screens require a lot of scrolling.
- There’s lots of scrolling everywhere. This is most apparent on the trading screen; you have no way to page up and down through players. If you want to trade goaltenders or draft picks, prepare to scroll for a long time.
- The Finances screen should be a two-column screen with a legend at the bottom. The problem is that you have to screen, and if you’re spending at a deficit [which I somewhat routinely do to have a team good enough to make the playoffs], you have to do a lot of scrolling up and down to find the optimal ticket price point to make the most money on a per-game basis. That’s a royal pain in the butt. A two-column screen would be easier to use.
That’s all I have for now. I’m sure that I’ll find more minor complaints later. If you have any, feel free to add them in the comments.