Excerpt: From downtown! What the hell does that mean? He shoots a three pointer! For all the goodness in the world why? There’s no denying it, Basketball is a simple sport made to sound complicated. Whilst I feel a slight resentment to all things American we can’t help but hold a fondness for the commentators the yanks produce, or at least the shite they come out with. This reviewer remembers playing NBA Jam on his beloved Megadrive as a kid and loving it.
Excerpt: I'm not sure we "get" basketball in this country. We tend to prefer football, which whilst tactical in many ways is more about action and reaction than intricately worked plays. For many of us, basketball is a dunk contest between people with an unfair height advantage but to anyone who takes it seriously, the showboating is a minor part of any game and the real truth of the sport lies in the combination of a quick tactical mind and slick physical execution.
Excerpt: Last year, the ESPN license took over for Sega Sports titles and in my mind, hurt the final product dramatically. However, the 2K5 series of games seem to be the revival of Sega Sports, creating the best football game, best hockey game, and still the best basketball game. While 2K5 still isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t nearly as good as the earlier games in the series, it still brings a fun, realistic feel to the game of basketball.
Excerpt: The final title in this year’s trifecta of sporting goodness from the ESPN range is quite possibly the one that this reviewer was looking forward to the most. Ever since NBA 2k was released for the Dreamcast, the series has shown promise and provided aa solid alternative to the thrills and spills of EA’s NBA Live franchise. This year’s edition promises to go one better and take the crown outright, but that – as always – remains to be seen.
Summary: There's a good amount of changes to this years game and most of them are for the better with only a few lacking any depth or quality. For a sub £20 price you can't go wrong and although it's still rough round the edges the general gameplay is excellent and comparable to anything EA and others have to offer whilst offering better value for money.
Conclusion: Perhaps the most welcome addition to the gameplay is the inclusion of offensive playbooks for each team. Instead of running just basic isolation, post, or pick-and-roll plays, you can assign four different, more complex plays to the D pad. There are dozens of different plays in the game, and they can be as simple as having a post player flash across the lane or as complicated as having a set of staggered screens established to free up a wing player who's coming on a...
Excerpt: Like its football and hockey brethren, which arrived earlier this year, ESPN NBA 2K5 has shipped to stores at a bargain price of $20. And, once again, developer Visual Concepts has delivered a product that resembles anything but a budget game. ESPN NBA 2K5 delivers a fantastic simulation-style basketball experience that is graphically appealing and chock-full of content. Among other things, ESPN NBA 2K5 is easily the best-looking basketball game this year.
Summary: The ESPN range is quickly becoming the must have games for all American Sports fans, they cater for the , and NBA fans amongst us. American sports can be extremely complicated and it seems that the Americans have to have more rules than anyone else. Basketball is probably the most popular of the three American sports and has taken off quite well over here; will you like the game as much as you like the sport?
Conclusion: Ihr sucht ein Sportspiel das euch eine erstklassige Atmosphäre, spannende Duelle und langanhaltenden Spielspaß bietet? Dann ESPN NBA 2K5 mehr als nur eine Alternative zu EAs NBA Live 2005. Ein Trainermodus, ein Managermodus und sogar einen Lebenslauf eines Basketballer auf den Straßen. Mehr Umfang ist bei einem Basketballspiel kaum noch möglich.