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Universal acclaim- based on 87 Ratings

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  • Summary: ESPN NFL 2K5 kicks off the football season with an improved ESPN presentation, a variety of player moves, and more. Now you can perform all-new moves during an entire season, while earning points to customize your crib with different items. The game also features new modes, including ESPN 25th Anniversary mode, where you can play in classic NFL situations over the past 25 years. First-Person Football mode returns with new camera switching, improved audio, passing control options, and more. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 42
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 42
  3. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. You just never know how the AI will react, but at least they do take the timeouts and run the hurry up offense when they are down. It doesn't play dumb. In fact, the AI will go into a no-huddle offense, just to throw you off occasionally. How cool is that!!
  2. Sure, there are thousands of die-hard Madden fans who will remain in denial and line-up for their copy of "Madden 2005" like the Lemmings they are, but anyone who plays ESPN NFL 2K5 will know the truth after their very first game.
  3. It trounces "Madden" in nearly every in-game and out-of-game aspect. And since "Madden" is a newbie to the Xbox Live arena, ESPN's Live support, replete with fully customizable leagues and comprehensive player profiles, it is simply unmatched.
  4. 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.
  5. My jaw dropped when I saw the Raiders white road jerseys, the shadows and player models and even the animation. This game looks absolutely stunning and is the best looking football game have ever seen.
  6. Plain and simple, ESPN NFL 2K5 is Sega's best football game to date.
  7. 80
    NFL 2K5 has leveled the field of play significantly with its wallet-friendly price and killer presentation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 72
  2. Negative: 2 out of 72
  1. Bob
    Jul 22, 2004
    10
    This game is amazing! The control is sharp, the interface even sharper and the graphics could cut diamond. The new features patched every hole in last year's release. The graphics in this game are truly stunning! The VIP system is pure genious and the new Crib features add to the replayability of the game. $20 and you have the best football game ever made? God I love Sega! Expand
  2. Jan 18, 2014
    10
    Still the best football game to date. To think that this came out 9 years ago for only 20 dollars... wow.
    Graphics were ahead of its time.

    Gameplay wasn't the best, but for 2005, it was fantastic.
    CPU AI and teammate AI was more intelligent than any Madden.
    ESPN presentation, pregame-halftime and postgame show, player interviews and Sportscenter weekly wrap ups still = the best presentation in a sports game.
    Even though the announcers are fictional, they are still great.
    The "Crib" is still one of the coolest features in a sports game... if only 2K would add that to NBA 2K...

    All in all, the greatest football (and maybe sports) game ever.
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  3. Timm
    Jul 28, 2004
    10
    Where else can you get a new released game for $20 that is as high quality as this one. Thanks ESPN for saving video game football!!!
  4. Matt
    Mar 7, 2005
    10
    One of the best football games ever made. its a shame we probably won't see this game next year due to EA buying the nfl license for 5 years.
  5. SamF.
    Jun 4, 2006
    10
    This game has so much to offer. I loved this because all the modes and controlls were spectacular. You can never get bored of this game it's absolutely worth a buy. So exit this get youre shoes on and get this game! I'm not kidding! Expand
  6. Psymons
    Sep 5, 2004
    9
    All hail the new king. Everyone I have talked to about this game bashes it due to the fact that it threatens their beloved Madden. This game is more fun, realistic looking and the AI seems to be a step ahead of Madden. Expand
  7. TimJ.
    Aug 1, 2004
    3
    This is a very pretty game. It has outstanding graphics and presentation, combined with a very nice sound package. As such, playing this game for the first time is very enjoyable. But the more and more one plays it, the more glaring the gameplay issues are. This game has very poor gameplay and it sacrifices strategy, playcalling, and general realism for video game skill. The notion of two opponents trying to tap A the fastest, with the faster tapper able to complete a tackle or break a tackle, is an affront to football video game strategy. Expand

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