• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Sep 30, 2004

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. This is still the best playing, most rewarding and realistic basketball game that money can buy. [Nov 2004, p.143]
  2. 90
    While EA's series definitely has its strong points, ESPN NBA 2K5 has better graphics, AI, and that highly addictive 24-7 mode.
  3. 100
    No one's going to beat 2K5 on price, and the game's as tough as nails on the court. [Dec 2004, p.142]
  4. An excellent basketball game. It offers loads of gameplay, solid physics, unparalleled animations, and terrific graphics. It would be a bargain at $50, let alone the $20 it's selling for.
  5. If you crave strategy and challenge, get this. [Dec 2004, p.79]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21
  1. Jan 19, 2014
    This game has an extensive feature list and good franchise mode, but is held back by a poor free throw shooting mechanic, and awful in-game difficulty shifts. During the 1st quarter on the default 'Pro' difficulty you may make 60% of your shots, and go ahead by 5.. but then, in the second quarter, the game screws you by making you miss wide open shots while a 65 overall PF from the other team is lighting you up with 3's. It's silly, and frankly ruins what would have been a great entry into 2K's much revered 2004 sports game line-up. Full Review »