ESPN NBA 2K5 PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Sep 30, 2004
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 35
  2. Negative: 7 out of 35
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  1. MikeR.
    Oct 4, 2004
    4
    Sucks!! Live is way better no wonder it costs so much less...
  2. JohnB.
    Oct 23, 2004
    1
    Not a lot of fun to play and not a deep career mode. NBA Live is much better.
  3. Kylej.juice
    Nov 9, 2004
    0
    Tihs game sucks . This game has so many gimmicks, fluffs and is not real basketball. It don't have nothing on LIVE. espn is so weak and easy to beat and has no defense its like playing nba jam. I got both of them when i played live it was hard to beat and still is when i played espn i beat the timberwolves pistons lakers and the kings in one day on superstar level. So if want a real Tihs game sucks . This game has so many gimmicks, fluffs and is not real basketball. It don't have nothing on LIVE. espn is so weak and easy to beat and has no defense its like playing nba jam. I got both of them when i played live it was hard to beat and still is when i played espn i beat the timberwolves pistons lakers and the kings in one day on superstar level. So if want a real game with no gimmicks no fluff gat NBA LIVE 2005 NOW!!! If you already got live you know what i am talking about. Collapse
  4. 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 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 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. Expand
  5. 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 4. whenever you block the cpu you dont hear anything 5. the songs sucks with wannabees 6. the fans all look the same.

Awards & Rankings

#42 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
#33 Most Shared PS2 Game of 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. 80
    If you already own "ESPN NBA 2K4" basketball game, 2K5 is probably not worth the dough -- prettier graphics aren't enough. The $20 price tag puts it in reach of most everyone else, though.
  2. The newly enhanced IsoMotion works just a tad better than last year but it still has a way to go, fortunately the rest of the game plays like a dream and the 24/7 Mode is even more awesome than before.
  3. Play Magazine
    83
    It just shies away from greatness given how good last year's game was. [Dec 2004, p.103]