• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Aug 30, 2004
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13

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  1. 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 playable, this is true hockey!
  2. TheGoon
    Sep 10, 2004
    9
    Great overall hockey experience...the one complaint I have is that it's tough to tweak the goalie sliders perfectly...you either get 6-5 games or 1-0 games...unless you shorten the periods...
  3. [Anonymous]
    Sep 9, 2004
    9
    This game is so customizeable, that there's not much you can complain about after taking in to consideration the improved animations and improved defence moves(new). The overall look isn't that different, and the announcers are rather lame. Players names have to be spoken correctly for me to take the announcers seriously, among other things. Anyways, a great buy for the reduced price.
  4. 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 after repeated play, smoke a fat one and get ready for some speedy hockey action.
  5. 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 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 theA 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! Expand
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88

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. More of an evolutionary product than a revolutionary one in the series.
  2. 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.
  3. The best virtual experience of hockey to date.