• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Sep 30, 2004
Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
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  1. An incredibly sold game. The on-court action is on a par with NBA Live and for the price £19.99, you can’t really go wrong. The atmosphere of the arenas and the passion of the fans is there, the gameplay is there, and a huge chunk of addictiveness is certainly there.
  2. It might not be a slam dunk, but NBA 2K5 is as sweet as the swish of any three pointer.
  3. It doesn’t take too long to get the hang of things, and while more professional moves will take practise, feeling like each match relies on you isn’t too far away.

Awards & Rankings

30
48
#48 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
69
#69 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 38
  2. Negative: 7 out of 38
  1. May 5, 2018
    8
    There was so many cheese moves in this game, at this point NBA Live was still better than 2K as far as gameplay.
  2. Jan 19, 2014
    5
    This game has an extensive feature list and good franchise mode, but is held back by a poor free throw shooting mechanic, and awful in-gameThis game has an extensive feature list and good franchise mode, but is held back by a poor free throw shooting mechanic, and awful in-game difficulty shifts. During the 1st quarter on the default 'Pro' difficulty you may make 60% of your shots, and go ahead by 5.. but then, in the second quarter, the game screws you by making you miss wide open shots while a 65 overall PF from the other team is lighting you up with 3's. It's silly, and frankly ruins what would have been a great entry into 2K's much revered 2004 sports game line-up. Full Review »
  3. Nbalive
    Sep 10, 2005
    1
    6 reasons why espn nba 2k5 sucks 1. you could never block when someone does a three pointer 2.the dunks are gay and cheap 3. way!!!! to easy 6 reasons why espn nba 2k5 sucks 1. you could never block when someone does a three pointer 2.the dunks are gay and cheap 3. way!!!! to easy 4. whenever you block the cpu you dont hear anything 5. the songs sucks with wannabees 6. the fans all look the same. Full Review »