ESPN NHL 2K5 Xbox

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Aug 30, 2004
Metascore
88

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
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  1. Play Magazine
    100
    Let me get it out in the open right away - ESPN NHL 2K5 may be the best hockey game you'll ever play. [Dec 2004, p.103]
  2. A visually appealing, nice sounding, smooth-playing version of the NHL. It has just enough simulation mixed with just the right dash of arcade to make it the best hockey effort we've seen on the Next Gen consoles.
  3. Released in August, prior to the NHL lockout, ESPN NHL 2K5 is as close as you're likely to get to the real thing this year.
  4. 92
    Harder hits, smarter AI, better gameplay, a deeper Franchise Mode, and online leagues? Yeah, there's a lot going on this year to be happy about. It's not all perfect -- in fact, there are a few things I have major issue with -- but overall NHL 2K5 is the only hockey game you need.
  5. netjak
    92
    The game has sped up considerably, allowing for a much more exciting flow to the game. The goalies have been made more realistic, as opposed to the brick walls standing in front of the goals in last year's game.
  6. Some presentation aspects may have been rushed for the sake of the game's release (in time for the World Cup, Go Canada Go!!), but it's still a great package. Once again, ESPN is hanging with EA right at the top.
  7. When you combine the depth of gameplay, breadth of modes and quality of delivery with the salary-cap friendly $19.99 price tag, it's easy to see how ESPN NHL 2K5 stays on top of its division.
  8. The default difficulties are done so well that you'll have to play a lot to even consider going into the slider screen.
  9. An incredible hockey package that's filled with more game modes than you'll probably know what to do with. And once again they've orchestrated the best hockey gameplay you're going to find anywhere.
  10. GamePro
    90
    Despite the shortcomings, ESPN NHL 2K4 is the Cup champ because it really plays and, aside from the rather sluggish-moving players, feels like a hockey simulation should. [Dec 2004, p.144]
  11. ESPN NHL 2K5 isn't the perfect hockey experience but it's damn close, especially with the gameplay touch-ups that make it a much better game and the visuals to make you long for hitting the arena and feeling the cooling power of the ice.
  12. AceGamez
    90
    The best in its genre - period. There's something on offer for everybody, it's great for the serious hockey fan, it's fantastic if you have a few mates around to play in party mode or even buzz in on the trivia games and it's even soothingly, surprisingly good fun for the casual gamer.
  13. The controls are perfect for a hockey game while also only being as difficult as you want them to be.
  14. Sega Sports went out of their way to lovingly craft an excellent piece of software, and at the price it just can't be beat.
  15. Offers the most realistic and comprehensive game of hockey you'll find on any platform. With a stellar gameplay balance, huge number of features and a lengthy list of improvements over last year's title, it's safe to say that ESPN NHL 2k5 is a must-own game for any fan of hockey.
  16. Pelit (Finland)
    90
    A hockey simulation for game consoles that is too much like its predecessors. The online leagues are welcomed but the franchise mode needs improvement. [Jan. 05]
  17. Regarding clean-cut, vibrant visuals, ESPN 2K5 is by far the best looking hockey game to date and it's nice to have the adjustable zoom camera back.
  18. New features for 05 have made the game deeper and offered a more balanced gameplay engine.
  19. More of an evolutionary product than a revolutionary one in the series.
  20. Official Xbox Magazine
    87
    In no way has the gameplay quality suffered in order to get this game on shelves for a mere $20. In fact, it's become better overall, amidst a couple of steps back and a few more forward. [Oct 2004, p.78]
  21. 85
    If you like the big hits, then you're going to love ESPN NHL 2K5 as it keeps it realistic, but still makes it incredibly fun as you line up your opponent and knock him out of the rink.
  22. The best virtual experience of hockey to date.
  23. 85
    The additions of the Party Mode and Dream Team Mode, along with the actual gameplay tweaks are enough to make this the strongest hockey title ever.
  24. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    83
    For me, the big thing is feeling like I'm actually on the ice. ESPN's physics and skating put me there. "NHL 2005" is too stiff compared with the flow in 2K5. [Oct 2004, p.99]
  25. The basic hockey in the game is just fantastic and a joy to play, It's just a shame that the rest of the game doesn't meet the standards of the game play.
  26. ESPN is a top-shelf pick that has an unrivaled franchise mode, but the gameplay doesn't have the hard-hitting finesse of EA's "NHL".[Sept 2004, p.103]
  27. 80
    Where the game will put a huge smile on your face is in the number of mini-games you'll be able to play.
  28. Ditch the party mode and skybox games, concentrate on the actual game itself. The ESPN franchise is for sim fans. If I wanted all the extra stuff, I would buy EA sports or NHL Hitz.
  29. 80
    EA's game may be slightly deeper from a control perspective, but it's not as much of a blast to play. Between the classic ice and addictive battle mode games, we're more than willing to substitute this game for the real thing, if need be.
  30. 80
    May not be perfect, but it's a definite improvement over 2003's game and you simply can't beat the price.
  31. Although there is no online play, deep and lengthy modes such as Season, Franchise and Dream Team will keep you busy.
  32. Xbox Nation Magazine
    70
    Like a supermodel who's missing a leg - beautiful, but not entirely functional on the catwalk. [Oct 2004, p.94]

Awards & Rankings

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#50 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
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#53 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2004
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Dec 4, 2011
    10
    A marvel answer to sport games or games in general.A game starts with a feeling,yes a feeling you have then it evolves to what is happeningA marvel answer to sport games or games in general.A game starts with a feeling,yes a feeling you have then it evolves to what is happening within the game.Game play,graphics,replay value,presentation,bla,bla,bla,bla.Ok true, but when you get the chills from a game like when you first fell in love then you know you have a gem in front of you,a diamond.A game that is so authentic of the sport of hockey that it will be in your xbox 2 generations of consoles from then.Xbox 360 then 720,whatever but you will remember what made you fall in love with the game of hockey,fan or not.Kid you not people,BRILLIANCE! Full Review »
  2. ArnieG.
    Aug 22, 2005
    10
    My favorite sporting game as of right now, most people don't like it the first few times they play but fall in love with it afterMy favorite sporting game as of right now, most people don't like it the first few times they play but fall in love with it after repeated play, smoke a fat one and get ready for some speedy hockey action. Full Review »
  3. FinnishFan
    Aug 9, 2005
    10
    As realistic as it can possibly be! This is hockey at it's best! ESPN NHL 2K5 beats EA's NHL 2005 hands down! Very enjoyable, very As realistic as it can possibly be! This is hockey at it's best! ESPN NHL 2K5 beats EA's NHL 2005 hands down! Very enjoyable, very playable, this is true hockey! Full Review »