• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Sep 30, 2004
Metascore
83

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. 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]
  3. 90
    While EA's series definitely has its strong points, ESPN NBA 2K5 has better graphics, AI, and that highly addictive 24-7 mode.
  4. If you crave strategy and challenge, get this. [Dec 2004, p.79]
  5. 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.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21
  1. Jan 19, 2014
    5
    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-gameThis 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 »
  2. Nbalive
    Sep 10, 2005
    1
    6 reasons why espn nba 2k5 sucks 1. you could never block when someone does a three pointer 2.the dunks are gay and cheap 3. way!!!! to easy 6 reasons why espn nba 2k5 sucks 1. you could never block when someone does a three pointer 2.the dunks are gay and cheap 3. way!!!! to easy 4. whenever you block the cpu you dont hear anything 5. the songs sucks with wannabees 6. the fans all look the same. Full Review »
  3. Danny
    May 28, 2005
    2
    Is the game fun to play? Maybe. But when it comes down to it - It is WAY too easy to make inside shots... it doesn't matter how many Is the game fun to play? Maybe. But when it comes down to it - It is WAY too easy to make inside shots... it doesn't matter how many people are in your face, if you throw up a shot with a good player it will go in - Too hard to drive around players - WAY too many steals - It doesn't seem to matter whatsoever how open/covered a player is whenever they take a three pointer If you want to just have fun and play then this game is fine i'm sure... but if you're looking for a realistic experience than this is about as far away from reality as you can possibly get. Horrific. Full Review »