ESPN NFL 2K5 PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Jul 20, 2004
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 82 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 82
  2. Negative: 9 out of 82
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  1. May 11, 2013
    10
    The year is 2013 and this game is still amazingly fun. I've played 2k5 for over a thousand hours. I will play against anyone in the known universe. As it stands only seven challengers have ever beat me. The rest of my foes were utterly annihilated.
  2. Apr 22, 2011
    10
    This game defined my LIFE from 2005-2009. Yes, 4 years and this game was my most played game. The controls are excellent (the first and only football game that makes it humanly possible to kick/punt, play defense, or call a **** play), the graphics while far from state of the art don't hinder the game's fun. The mini-games found in the "crib" are fun as hell, and the teams and players wereThis game defined my LIFE from 2005-2009. Yes, 4 years and this game was my most played game. The controls are excellent (the first and only football game that makes it humanly possible to kick/punt, play defense, or call a **** play), the graphics while far from state of the art don't hinder the game's fun. The mini-games found in the "crib" are fun as hell, and the teams and players were APPROPRIATELY rated (3rd string QBs do NOT get an 80 rating, Madden.) I never downgrade to madden after this masterpiece of sports gaming. The only flaw that I found was having to play within punching distance of my older brother. Expand
  3. Nov 13, 2012
    10
    For the time it was the best FB game of all time. Graphically and mechanics have faded away with the times but the presentation is HANDS DOWN the best I have every experienced in a video game and I still wish 2K Sports would bring out another FB game to put Madden in it's place. Come on NFL 2K14!
  4. Mar 27, 2011
    10
    Even after all these years, this stands the time as one of the best football games ever made. The presentation is unparalleled and the game is so packed with features that it still has life nearly 7 years after its initial release. ESPN NFL 2K5 is our generation's Tecmo Bowl.
  5. AnonymousMC
    Mar 7, 2005
    8
    more of the same gam we've seen for years except for some minor improvements.

    lots of little extras and such, training mode is kinda cool.
    if gameplay is what you want though then espn 2k5 is where its at... unfortunately it probably won't be around for another 5 years. heres to hopeing madden gets better with out any competition............
  6. DavidMasters
    Dec 12, 2008
    9
    This is a great game for the football fan. Its not easy to score like most of the older games i played on sega it can be very challenging and addicting for sure! Decent commentary and play by play though some is repeated but to be expected it is a game lol. I enjoy the game it beats madden
  7. [Anonymous]
    Jul 23, 2004
    10
    This game is simply amazing. I have yet to experience a game so well made. The graphics on PS2 are comparable to graphics for other games on XBOX and there is a lot of detail put into this game. This game has gotten a HUGE facelift since 2K4 such as the Franchise mode and the new VIP feature. The VIP allows you to play against different profiles and NFL coaches and it also allows you to This game is simply amazing. I have yet to experience a game so well made. The graphics on PS2 are comparable to graphics for other games on XBOX and there is a lot of detail put into this game. This game has gotten a HUGE facelift since 2K4 such as the Franchise mode and the new VIP feature. The VIP allows you to play against different profiles and NFL coaches and it also allows you to view an offline person's VIP and view their tendencies! I absolutely love this game and apart from some minor glitches, it is perfect. Expand
  8. SmithM.
    Jul 24, 2004
    10
    This game is great.
  9. DieHardMaddenFan
    Jul 24, 2004
    9
    I was about as skeptical as you can get... not Madden & only 19.99? This game HAS to suck right? NO!! I don't know what new additions they made to Madden 2005, but there had better be a TON if they wanna keep up with ESPN NFL 2k5! Believe it coming from a die hard Madden fan... This game is EXCELLENT!! The only flaw with the game I can see is some audio screw ups by the announcers I was about as skeptical as you can get... not Madden & only 19.99? This game HAS to suck right? NO!! I don't know what new additions they made to Madden 2005, but there had better be a TON if they wanna keep up with ESPN NFL 2k5! Believe it coming from a die hard Madden fan... This game is EXCELLENT!! The only flaw with the game I can see is some audio screw ups by the announcers that are only noticible if you're listening for them (wrong name announced made the tackle, etc.) Expand
  10. Gov.Terminator
    Jul 28, 2004
    9
    This goes out to the folks out there giving this game under a 7. Did you guys try out maximum passing? since it is not preset...you have to select it from the "team select menu". Without this feature, the passing game is mediocre, since most of your passes will be dropped. Turn this feature on, and you'll be able to control whether you want to lead your receiver, in any which way. This goes out to the folks out there giving this game under a 7. Did you guys try out maximum passing? since it is not preset...you have to select it from the "team select menu". Without this feature, the passing game is mediocre, since most of your passes will be dropped. Turn this feature on, and you'll be able to control whether you want to lead your receiver, in any which way. Not only does every pass that you throw have your signature on it (since maximum passing allows you so much control), but it makes you earn every catch. running game is hands down better than last years, more moves...monster hits, hit the hole and the field is all urs. I bought this game a week ago and didn't figure out maximum passin till last nite...changed my whole outlook on it. i have to take a point off for recycled commentary and animations...come on sega!!! i know it's only $20 but keep it fresh. Expand
  11. TonyC.
    Aug 4, 2004
    10
    I'm a former Madden lemming that gave ESPN a try last year, it was so good I'm now an NFL 2K... devotee. The fluid animations are so much better than Madden, and the running game is simply awesome. The running is a lot tougher this year compared to last, but all aspects of gameplay are tunable via sliders, so the game can be challenging to the newbie or die-hard pigskin fan. VIP I'm a former Madden lemming that gave ESPN a try last year, it was so good I'm now an NFL 2K... devotee. The fluid animations are so much better than Madden, and the running game is simply awesome. The running is a lot tougher this year compared to last, but all aspects of gameplay are tunable via sliders, so the game can be challenging to the newbie or die-hard pigskin fan. VIP is cool, ever wanted to play the best online player but was too scared to get your butt kicked? or you aren't good enough for him to give you a shot? then just load his vip and play him, you can learn a lot about different strategies. play against yourself to see your weaknesses. It's all about getting better, and who doesn't want to get better? Expand
  12. Dave
    Jul 26, 2004
    9
    I read an article the other day about games getting better without really changing much. Anyway the subject of conversation was EA's NCAA 2005 and it seems to be the curse for many of the EA franchises and even caused me to leave the NHL series behind for ESPN's awesome NHL series. This year the $20 price tag made me take a gamble on ESPN that was totally worth it. I have been a I read an article the other day about games getting better without really changing much. Anyway the subject of conversation was EA's NCAA 2005 and it seems to be the curse for many of the EA franchises and even caused me to leave the NHL series behind for ESPN's awesome NHL series. This year the $20 price tag made me take a gamble on ESPN that was totally worth it. I have been a long time Madden fan, but this year ESPN has made a great football game. Still have to wait and see if Madden has improved or just hidden the same game under new features and cool animations. This is a great game with great graphics and responsive controls and it plays like real football. No up by two tuchdowns and the computer scores 3 in a matter of :40 seconds. Expand
  13. BillK.
    Jul 27, 2004
    10
    I've been playing Madden since the FIRST one came out and I'll probably guy the next one too. I only played Sega's franchise once previously on Dreamcast. Having said that, I was completely blown away at how much it has changed and how good it is. First off, there is an in-game manual among other "books"... football terms, a football primer (MUCH better than the I've been playing Madden since the FIRST one came out and I'll probably guy the next one too. I only played Sega's franchise once previously on Dreamcast. Having said that, I was completely blown away at how much it has changed and how good it is. First off, there is an in-game manual among other "books"... football terms, a football primer (MUCH better than the Madden's explaining just a few plays), a tips section. The game is so deep its ridiculous; there's just so much to do. Obviously there's a deep Franchise mode, and its great that you can prepare/scout all week for each game. I also love the detailed stats (pie charts even!) they give you on your style of play. This ends up being your VIP and when your friends play you can save theirs and practice playing them when they're not even there. The Crib feature is pure genius and gives me far more incentive to keep playing than collecting Madden cards, which I never use anyway. Celebrities calling you at your Crib and challenging you to games (through their VIP) with their own created teams is a fun touch too. Best part about ESPN is it doesn't feel like AI is cheating or letting you cheat. I don't like how Madden has to punish whichever team is losing just to make games close and exciting. That's so cheap. I'd prefer the exciting games just happen. The thrilling comebacks would mean so much more...and in ESPN it feels honest. Now I've knocked Madden in this review and I might end up buying it because I'm a huge football fan, and there are a lot of good features in it. But as of right now it feels like Madden is playing catch-up to ESPN. Also, thank you for making this game $20 and I hope more developers follow suit...another reason ESPN has won me over. Expand
  14. JamesJ.
    Aug 6, 2004
    10
    It's the best football i have ever seen in my whole entire life any foot ball fan must get this game if u dont you are unlucky it is simply to good to pass up this game is ten times better than madden.
  15. VernonB.
    Jul 25, 2004
    9
    ESPN NFL 2K5 totally rocks! The graphics are great, and the espn style presetation is awsome. The gameplay is also good, it does seem a little bit choppy to me. It is very easy to run. Other than that there are some small glitches that I noticed. But no game is perfect.
  16. BretF.
    Jul 21, 2004
    9
    Gameplay is great and easy to learn, the graphics are outstanding, and the presentation is by far the best of any sports video game.
  17. KhrisB.
    Jul 22, 2004
    10
    The best football game ever...hands down a must buy.
  18. Reggie
    Aug 18, 2004
    9
    This game is the best football, I think its even better then NFL Madden 2005 !!! They have all the same stuff. I have Madden and I plan on selling it.
  19. MarcusB.
    Jul 26, 2004
    9
    To all of the whiners who would rather "throw away their money", please shut up. This game, at only $20 is one of the best bargains of all time. I'm sick of crybaby fanboys who always complain about 1)price 2)length of the game 3)how the previous version was better. Maybe Madden will be better, but it is a damn fine game.
  20. Ron
    Aug 11, 2004
    9
    A very polished game. Exciting to play and easy to learn. Seems to play at a quick pace which is nice when short on time. I would have rather seen the video highlights of my game rather than the still shots that are covered during halftime and post game. A superb deal for $20. Having bought NCAA 2005 and now NFL 2K5 leaves me with the impression that this year's spare time will A very polished game. Exciting to play and easy to learn. Seems to play at a quick pace which is nice when short on time. I would have rather seen the video highlights of my game rather than the still shots that are covered during halftime and post game. A superb deal for $20. Having bought NCAA 2005 and now NFL 2K5 leaves me with the impression that this year's spare time will almost all be spent playing 2K5. Expand
  21. TuomasK.
    Aug 15, 2004
    10
    This game owns Madden in any category! Graphics and Gameplay are milestones ahead of ANY EA game! And the price!! 20 BUCKS! If you don't own this, go check your head!
  22. JGamer
    Jul 29, 2004
    9
    I like this game. I wish it was a little easier getting around in the franchise mode, but I wished the same thing for Madden last year. For $20 I recommend it to everyone. I think it is definitely on par with Madden.
  23. BikoG.
    Aug 13, 2004
    10
    After having played both NFL 2k5 and Madden 2005, ESPN truly wins the battle. The realism, graphical smoothness, and new preparation mode clearly outmatches any new feature that madden has brought to the table. Also, NFL 2K5's counterpart to ESPN Basketball's isomotion system makes the game even more spontaneous, allowing a player to perform combinations of jukes, as opposed to After having played both NFL 2k5 and Madden 2005, ESPN truly wins the battle. The realism, graphical smoothness, and new preparation mode clearly outmatches any new feature that madden has brought to the table. Also, NFL 2K5's counterpart to ESPN Basketball's isomotion system makes the game even more spontaneous, allowing a player to perform combinations of jukes, as opposed to the running game of madden, which is slower and less real. The new wrap up tackling system is also another plus, which forces both players to "fight" just like in real life. Rushers can now drag tacklers unlike madden which stops after contact has been made( unless one performs a stiffarm, which is inconsistent in itself). And even though Madden made major leaps in presentation, it still cant compare to the professionalism and reality of the ESPN-based commentary. Overall, both are good football games, but ESPN football takes the cake. And Bob S., jump off the bandwagon; you're making me sick. Expand
  24. JohnT.
    Aug 2, 2004
    9
    Gameplay is fantastic!! And thats all I care about . . . Madden has options galore, franchise etc . . . but when it comes down to pure gameplay and graphics ESPN rules.
  25. AdamC.
    Aug 13, 2004
    9
    This game is so much better than Madden PERIOD!
  26. DevonO.
    Aug 20, 2004
    10
    Great game all around! Superb graphics, realistic gameplay, smart AI, excelent franchise mode. What more do you need?
  27. Mike
    Aug 20, 2004
    10
    Dont bother buying Madden for $50, get this one.. $20 and a better game. Graphics and gameplay are outstanding.. the best football game out there!
  28. SteveM.
    Sep 2, 2004
    10
    Best football game evaaaar!!!
  29. Madden'saGiant
    Aug 9, 2004
    10
    The best thing about this game is that u dont have to listen to john maddens painfully stupid commentary. while the commentary can be a bit repetetive it is not nearly as irritating as madden overstating the obvious. the graphics and the physics are incredible and there are plenty of options to keep the game interesting. plus the sportscenter feature is sweet. ill never waste money onThe best thing about this game is that u dont have to listen to john maddens painfully stupid commentary. while the commentary can be a bit repetetive it is not nearly as irritating as madden overstating the obvious. the graphics and the physics are incredible and there are plenty of options to keep the game interesting. plus the sportscenter feature is sweet. ill never waste money on madden again, even if IT goes down to 20 bux. Expand
  30. JayPM.
    Aug 10, 2004
    9
    The only thing i wish you could change the players uniforms, like spat tape and visiors.

Awards & Rankings

#8 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 37
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 37
  3. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Visual Concepts has done an awesome job of squeezing every ounce of power that the PlayStation 2 has to offer while developing this game. The player’s faces look like their real life counter parts, and everything is smoothly animated.
  2. Deep, customizable gameplay along with a number of innovative features go a long way to giving "Madden" a run for its money.
  3. For all of its excellent modes and gameplay, however, ESPN NFL 2K5's greatest asset comes in the form of its graphics. Hands down, flat out, undeniably, inarguably, this is the best-looking football game ever made.