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ESPN NFL 2K5 - PlayStation 2 (Limited)

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Platform: PlayStation2
  • The games uses advanced new mapping and rendering techniques for better graphics than any previous football game
  • Online living rosters lets you trade players and sign free agents cut by other players
  • Exciting new VIP mode lets players save the profiles of human rivals, then practice against the computer while it plays like their friends -- players can even go online & trade profiles to learn more and improve their skills
  • Use the new Maximum Tackle moves and Quarterback Evade, for dynamic new gameplay on offense and defense
  • Recreate the magic that makes football history, as you play 25 great moments in the NFL

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Platform: PlayStation2
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0002HLKIC
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches ; 5.4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: July 20, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,693 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: PlayStation2

ESPN NFL 2K5 is a football simulation that's more realistic and exciting than anything that's come before it -- right down to the wrap-ups by Chris Berman. Weekly game preparation challenges you to keep your players ready for battle at all times Fantastic ESPN-style presentation, with new cutscenes, coach & fan reactions, loads of commentary and dialogue and more Celebrity voices with realistic dialogue Players can customize sound effects and choose the music in the stadium Control player celebrations in the end zone

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Madden? July 23, 2004
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I picked up NFL 2K5 the other day and I'll have to say that I was thouroughly impressed. Skeptical at first due to my dissapointment with NFL 2K2, i had purchased the last two Maddens because of that. For $20, and all the hype this game was getting I couldn't pass it up.

The game presentation is outstanding. Boomer does a terrific job in pregame, halftime, and postgame shows. The announcing during the game was impressive. I'll have to say that I don't think I'll be muting the announcing in this game, as I have with previous Madden games due to them being so predictable and boring.

Franchise mode gets incrediably deep. You can hold team meetings, schedule workouts, plan diets, study film, etc. You name it you can do it to prepare for the next game. This, however, when this option is turned on can get tedious, long and drawn out at times. However, it really shows you the aspect of what goes on during off field time. Trading, signing gets incrediably detailed with your contracts being very detailed. The only thing I found lacking in the franchise area other than the drawn out weekly preparations, was that I could not be named head coach. I liked in Madden where you could be the coach of your football team, but apparently it is not possible in 2K5 when not in coach mode (I haven't played the game in coach mode yet, so maybe you can there, but I don't know).

Play control is rock solid, as you have much control over your player and players. A neet feature I have enjoyed is being able to not only change the DB coverages, but I can individually change one DB in tight, and another to be off a little bit. Player movement is a little questionable as I find the players in Madden to move a little more realistically in that aspect.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NFL 2k5 vs Madden 2005 Collectors Edition July 20, 2004
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
To be fair, I've been a Madden fan since 1993. I played it on my C64, Genesis, Playstation, PS2 and the xbox and gamecube versions as well(final 2 were not at my house). I hear people talk on here about 2001 and 2002 being the same so the went to Sega. I've also played Sega football games for a long time (since Joe Montana Football in the early 90s on my PC) I've also played the NFL 2k series on the dreamcast. Always seemed more of an arcade type game more then a true sim like Madden. I take issue with people that say NFL 2k series(espn) players look more realistic. Have you seen the way the player walk? There is no looseness. Also there was a comparision between NCAA and NFL 2k? What the heck is that about, it's 2 different types of games, EA's team for NCAA and Madden is separate. There has been slight upgrades in graphics for NCAA 2005 but that's not what I am talking about.

I'm picking up both games because they both offer something different.

Pluses for ESPN football.

1. Breakdown of gameplay is really good.

2. Playbook is deep.

3. Day by day breakdown is cool, TBD how useful this is to the game.

4. Pregame, Halftime and postgame is cool, but takes a lot of time.

5. Cool $20 price tag

Minuses for ESPN football

1. Player movement is questionable.

2. Menus hurt speed of game(I like to just get to the next week.)

3. Crib is just stupid

Pluses for Madden football

1. Deep realistic playbook

2. Coaches and assitant coaches in the game

3. Deepest franchise mode

4. Importing classes from NCAA football is the best.

5. Tony K. radio broadcast(unsure if this is really a plus)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting game at a great price October 20, 2004
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I knew I was going to buy this game the instant I heard the price. $19.99 is a great buy and gives you a great NFL experience.

After owning nothing but EA sports titles, I found the game play on ESPN to be similar to that of Madden. A lot has to do on how you position the slider bars. Defense is still dificult at times and the extreme move button is hard to utilize. On offense, the game play is fun. The running game at times get shut down, but I've broken some long runs. At times, the receivers won't catch a thing.

The game has an incredible amount of features. There are so many items that I haven't had time to get into yet. The franchise mode is fun yet the offseason free agent period and draft are hard to understand because there is no manual or on-screen explanation.

The VIP room is a fun addition to the game as well.

If price is a criteria for you, then definitely pick up this game. I'd buy it even if you can afford Madden. It is a fun NFL game.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great value, but . . . August 4, 2004
By ahw
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
At $19.99, ESPN 2k5 is probably the best football per dollar you'll find this year for Playstation 2. The gameplay is great, I personally think the addition of the charge-up meter for moves is great. Unlike what some reviewers might lead you to believe, you don't HAVE to charge-up to do a spin-move, juke, stiff arm, etc., it just raises the chance of the move being more successful.

The game also comes with a nice football dictionary and guide in-game. The in-game handbook teaches football newbies the strength and weaknesses of all the formations, and explains all the complex football terms that you might PRETEND to know in front of your friends. This lets players who might not be experts of the game choose plays more successfully, especially on defense. In addition, for the first time I've ever seen in a football game, the game allows the defense to see what kind of formation the offense puts up before they choose their play. This is invaluable, because after all, that's how defense is played. And if you're too lazy to read the handbook or choose your plays, there's a (usually) very intelligent "Coach's Pick" that lets the computer suggest a play for you. Great stuff.

However, the game itself does have some significant drawbacks. For one, the computer's clock management at the end of the first half is suspect. They simply do not run the two minute offense at the last two minutes of the half, and they don't run out the clock either. I've seen them run running plays with more than 60 yards to the end zone with :02 left in the half. And the "Coach's Pick" recommended that I go with a more standard defensive formation, as opposed to the more conventional prevent defense in that situation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This game is by far better than madden
This game is by far better than madden. I've played madden on the newer consoles and it just isn't as good as 2k5. There is a reason why madden bought the rights to the 2k series. Read more
Published 8 days ago by craig beal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 12 days ago by RODNEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic Joy
Had this game years ago. Bought it again and it's still just as great as I remember.
Published 19 days ago by Josh Pflugler
5.0 out of 5 stars ... the last madden i ever bought ea sports quality sucks buy nfl 2k5...
madden 25 will be the last madden i ever bought ea sports quality sucks buy nfl 2k5 all you need to do is update rosters on a website and play some real football first of all the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by jerwan lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars nfl by 2k sports
Very fun.!!!
Published 2 months ago by Tatiana
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
all good
Published 2 months ago by TW
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hope they make another 2k football game soon
Published 2 months ago by Darrion
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Did get right game but let me keep the one nd also a refund
Published 4 months ago by Kerry Clauss Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than any Madden.
Best football game ever about!!
Published 4 months ago by D. wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars Great package, great value, deeply flawed gameplay
I'm not giving this a lower rating because I'm a Madden fanboy, like some people. I don't even like Madden. Looking back, I hate what EA did to football games. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sacred Dust
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