Excerpt: We have got to admit that we aren’t too fond of the glorified game of Rugby that the American’s like to call Football. The warped rules are horribly daunting and the amount of stoppages do nothing but slow the pace of the game down. Reviewing ESPN NFL 2K5 was quite a task for us then and despite our dislike of the sport we have tried our best to be as fair on the game as we possibly could.
Excerpt: EA's impending exclusivity deal with the NFL is bad news for pretty much everyone in the industry. It's bad news for developers who make American Football games because most Americans don't want a game without real stats and players. It's bad news for developers who don't make American Football games because it puts EA in an increasingly indomitable position in the industry and sets dangerous precedents for other forms of license snaffling.
Excerpt: It had to happen eventually and the time has unfortunately arrived. Yes, this is the last in a line of sports videogames that has kept this reviewer (and millions of fans) enthralled for six years since the first iteration for Sega’s ill-fated Dreamcast back in 1999. Unlike other franchises, each new version in the NFL 2k range has shown considerable improvement or provided a stack of new features which were generally enough to warrant another purchase.
Summary: ESPN NFL 2K5 is a very good American Football game and whilst it fails to match this years Madden it offers a fantastic value for money. You're getting a solid game for less than £20 and although they've fixed most of the problems from last years effort they seem to have created some new ones in the process. If you're looking for a decent game without shelling out another £30 for a slightly altered Madden then you can't go wrong here.
Excerpt: A good friend once said to me that you should always keep things simple, especially if you know nothing about the matter at hand. All I really know about American Football is there seems to be an advert break every few seconds, the players run into each other from squat positions after said break, one guy runs back a bit with the ball before throwing it to another guy 30 feet in front of him, who gets mauled into the ground before the next ad break.
Excerpt: ESPN NFL 2K5 provides all of the features you've come to expect in a current football game. The game is online, and features leagues as well as downloadable rosters. Unfortunately there have been large amounts of people unable to compete online due to incompatible rosters and other major issues. Celebrating ESPN's 25th anniversary, there are 25 scenarios representing the greatest games and scenarios in football the last 25 years.
Conclusion: So overall I think ESPN NFL 2K5 is now my favourite NFL game, with its great TV-style presentation, excellent graphics, decent commentary and all at £20 it’s just the logical choice. Too bad this will likely be the last one in the series now that EA have snapped up the exclusive rights to the NFL and ESPN.
Pros: Looks great, sounds great, plays great., All official., The VIP., £20!!!