Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 95
    The defensive improvements alone are worth the price of admission, but when you add to that the expanded franchise mode, you realize just how different this year's game not only looks but feels.
  2. 95
    Once you get sucked into Franchise Mode, you very well might not make it out.
  3. While there are lots of competitors, there quite simply just isn't another football game that stands up to the standard Madden sets. If you love the NFL, you'll love Madden 2005.
  4. With the lackluster control pad support/implementation aside, if you're a PC gamer wanting NFL action, Madden 2005 is the game to get as there literally is no contest, but don't think EA take it easy because of this, as Madden 2005 is the PC's best yet by far.
  5. 90
    It's not the best-looking of the football titles out there, but it's the most fun to play and compete with. Maybe next year they'll nail the visual category as well, but as long as the game keeps playing as well as it does, there's no reason to really trip over it.
  6. In many ways, Madden 2005 is just a bit too much like last year's Madden for comfort--but it's still a truly excellent game of football all around.
  7. The new defensive controls make it a must-buy (for those with a dual-analog pad). [Holiday 2004, p.108]
  8. One quibble comes with the ugly texturing of the player models - perhaps a hangover from the console versions, or maybe just misjudged artistic direction. Either way, they need fixing. And that's about that. [PC Zone]
  9. A little too much like last year’s game...However, its defensive gameplay mechanics are more than enough to warrant that this is a must-play game if you’re into football, and it’s a lot more user-friendly than ESPN is.
  10. You don't need a barnburner system to get all of Madden's eye candy. [Holiday 2004, p.86]
  11. Still great fun, but do you really need to buy it again? [Jan 2005, p.90]
  12. Just because it's the only big-budget PC football game on the market is now excuse for complacency. [Dec 2004, p.79]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Aug 15, 2014
    I played Madden on the Sega Genesis since 1993 and switched to the PC version when it first came out. This was the one that killed my enjoyment of it. They turned all the play action passes into pitchbacks. I hate pitchbacks. Full Review »
  2. Laurence
    Sep 20, 2004
    Great game. Deep game. Superficially it doesn't look like alot has been added. The games start and end with the same animation sequences. Everything has been enhanced though. Player models are better than last year. Additions on the defensive side are more realistic. Blocking physics are more realistic in that the defenders can shed blocks quicker. The in-game cut scenes have been changed and enhanced to add drama to the games. Madden and Michaels roles have to be expanded and enhanced. Buy it! Full Review »