Conclusion: Just about every aspect of MLB 2K5 is better than last year’s offering, which was outclassed by the competition. Kush Games knew they would have to come into 2005 with a barrel of steam and no intentions of sliding, which is exactly they did. A few of the quirks from last year’s game that haven’t been touched in MLB 2K5, however, may kick up a cloud of dust for gamers waiting to make the call.
Conclusion: ESPN Videogames proves once again that an unbelievable tight sports game can come to market for a budget price. Is this price point all merely a marketing ploy to lessen the effects of EA coming to Live? Only next year will tell, but for the time being, ENJOY IT! ESPN College Hoops 2K5 would be a solid title, even if it were sold at full price.
Excerpt: Sega's ESPN College Hoops 2K5 has shipped to stores just in time for the start of the 2004-2005 college basketball season. While most of the country only pays attention to the sport for the season-ending NCAA Tournament, the road to the championship is paved with hard-fought wins as early as November and December.
Pros: Great presentation and commentary, Same realistic pacing as ESPN NBA 2K5, Good portrayal of the varied defenses of the college game, Smooth, lag-free online play, Tons of choices in strategy
Cons: Star players and top teams still dominate as in, New free-throw mechanic tough to adjust to