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New to this year's version is the "Association", which is a new feature of Franchise mode. With it, Franchise mode features new simulation models and allows you to manage key attributes of your team, such as weekly training and team chemistry.

Franchise mode also gives you the ability to play games on a play-by-play basis, like a management game, while letting you control everything and giving you replays to see what happened.

Control wise, the game features the same Iso Motion as found in last year's title, but also gives you options depending on your player. 2K5 uses a new momentum system which factors the player's ability in deciding what he can do. A short guy, who can't run very fast or jump very high, won't be able to score a lot of dunks.

24/7, the "story" mode of last year's game, has returned with some new features. You get over one hundred new items, a respect system, the ability to play multiplayer games, and new timed mini-games.

Like all of the 2K5 titles, this one has the standard ESPN presentation, which includes camera angles, follow-cams, stat overlays, and running commentary. Commentators include Michele Tafoya, who reports from the sideline, and Bill Walton, a hall of famer, as the commentator.

ESPN NBA 2K5 has online play over Xbox Live (Xbox only), as well as the PlayStation 2's online service.


ESPN NBA 2K5 Xbox Intro
ESPN NBA 2K5 Xbox In-game
ESPN NBA 2K5 Xbox One-on-one
ESPN NBA 2K5 Xbox Making a shot.

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GamerDad Xbox Oct 15, 2004 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
X-Power Xbox Mar 22, 2005 9 out of 10 90 Xbox Feb 21, 2005 89 out of 100 89
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Nov, 2004 8.75 out of 10 88
GameSpot Xbox Oct 01, 2004 8.4 out of 10 84
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Oct 01, 2004 8.4 out of 10 84
IGN PlayStation 2 Sep 28, 2004 8 out of 10 80
1UP PlayStation 2 Nov 10, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Gamekult PlayStation 2 Feb 04, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Xbox Apr 22, 2007 5 out of 10 50


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