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  • Summary: This year's installment in the ESPN NBA series features a host of gameplay improvements. Now a player's ability and physical makeup determine how fast he can run up the court on a fast break, how well he can cut to the basket off his opponent, and more. IsoMotion2 gives you more control over dribbling moves and makes it easier to handle overaggressive ball handlers. Develop your created player's career in a revamped 24/7 mode, or take on your friends in new multiplayer games. Expand
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  1. 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]
  2. 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.
  3. All said, NBA 2K5 is the best basketball game on the market. Period. NBA team comparison: 2003-2004 Detroit Pistons – Does what it needs to do to get it done. Teamwork and fundamentals give this game the championship it rightfully deserves.
  4. Wisely staying away from being a full on sim, NBA 2K5 features incredibly slick gameplay, intuitive action and - most importantly - delivers a fantastic game of Basketball that dumps on EA's recent effort from a great height.
  5. There are many features here to keep you entertained while going solo but if you're looking for a multiplayer friendly game, ESPN doesn't really deliver.
  6. 2K5 looks better, moves better, and controls more intuitively than EA's hoopster. [Dec 2004, p.158]
  7. With top-notch graphics and a mostly solid game of basketball that rewards practice and knowledge, ESPN NBA 2k5 is loads of fun.

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  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
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