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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 overThis 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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 0 out of 28
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Arthur
    Apr 29, 2005
    10
    I got this the day it came out for $15. I thought it was just okay at first, but the 24/7 mode plus a great franchise mode and very realistic I got this the day it came out for $15. I thought it was just okay at first, but the 24/7 mode plus a great franchise mode and very realistic gameplay that will grow on you quickly, it might be the best money a basketball fan could spend. Expand
  2. BigA.
    Dec 26, 2004
    10
    Awesome game. Addicting gameplay and sweet graphics. Sure it has some glitches, like on the in-bound pass when for some reason the ref gives Awesome game. Addicting gameplay and sweet graphics. Sure it has some glitches, like on the in-bound pass when for some reason the ref gives it to the player but the player won't catch it, doesn't detract from the fun. There's one thing I'd like to see next year though- more logos for the create-a-team feature! Expand
  3. BobM.
    Feb 1, 2005
    10
    I would have given this game a 10 without any doubts but the graphics arent as good because the camera not low to the floor like NBA live I would have given this game a 10 without any doubts but the graphics arent as good because the camera not low to the floor like NBA live 2005. The extras you can do are awesome such as franchise mode or picking your players shoes. Expand
  4. BryanW.
    Oct 1, 2004
    9
    Imagine 2k5 for basketball and you have a pretty good approximation of what you will get. After waiting years for a basketball video game Imagine 2k5 for basketball and you have a pretty good approximation of what you will get. After waiting years for a basketball video game that offers a simulation feel and is FUN to play, I've finally found it. The only thing I can honesltly say that it's missing is the VIP, that would be a great addition. Gameplay is solid, and having the ability to customize so many of the gameplay settings to fit what ever style of Ball you want to play is huge. In my opinion NBA 2k5 is the perfect compliment to NFL 2k5, and for $20 bucks, you gotta get it. Expand
  5. Uter
    Oct 8, 2004
    9
    While it's not quite at the level of polish that the nfl series, this is still a very excellent game. The graphics are noticeably While it's not quite at the level of polish that the nfl series, this is still a very excellent game. The graphics are noticeably improved from last year. Expand
  6. Buried-In-The-Box
    Oct 5, 2004
    9
    Just like the other Sega sports games this year, this one is way past the competition. Graphics, gameplay and presentation easily beat Just like the other Sega sports games this year, this one is way past the competition. Graphics, gameplay and presentation easily beat EA's update of 2000's Live game. Stick with Sega this year. They are the new king. Expand
  7. idk
    Jul 20, 2005
    6
    Dont get this game, ea does a better job of creating more control, better yet, just wait for the xbox 360 and get nba live 06-next gen.

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