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ESPN NFL 2K5

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ESPN NFL 2K5 has a ton of new features for the new season.

To start off, the ESPN presentation has been greatly expanded. Chris Berman, who did voiceover for the half-time show in 2K4, returns for this season. Instead of just voice, there is a virtual Chris Berman, who does an introduction to each game, a half-time report, and a post-game show. To illiustrate certain points, he uses replays from each game. Every move you pull off of every quarter of every game is saved and used in these replays (Xbox only). Suzy Kobler gives reports from the sideline.

One new feature is the V.I.P. system, which keeps track of how you play the game. If you pass 80% of the time, and run 20% of the time, your V.I.P. profile will reflect this. At a later time, you can play against your V.I.P., and the AI will play as if it were you.

ESPN celebrates it's 25th anniversary this year, and as such, a special 25th Anniversary Mode has been added. This mode allows you to play moments from classic football games, including The Heidi Bowl and The Immaculate Reception.

The Crib has an overhaul this year. Instead of earning specific items by completing tasks, you earn points, which you can use to buy items of your choice. New to the Crib is a dart board, as well as a phone, which you will use to answer calls from celebrities. You may get a call from Steve-O, Carmen Electra, Jamie Kennedy, David Arquette or Funkmaster Flex, challenging you to a game.

Franchise mode also gets an overhaul. New to 2005 is the ability to schedule weekly preps for your team. You can choose to have players work out, play practice games, watch tapes, all in an effort to gear your team up for the next game.

ESPN NFL 2K5 can be played over Xbox Live, with future support for leagues. The game is also "always connected", as long as you have an internet connection. This allows it to keep buddy lists up to date, see friends, receive requests, all the time, whether you're actually playing an online game or not. Roster updates will be available in the future.

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ESPN NFL 2K5 Xbox In-game
ESPN NFL 2K5 Xbox The Crib mode
ESPN NFL 2K5 Xbox Announcing the game.
ESPN NFL 2K5 Xbox Between plays

Alternate Titles

  • "ESPN美国橄榄球大联盟2005" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)

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The Press Says

Gaming Target Xbox Jul 26, 2004 9.5 out of 10 95
GameZone Xbox Aug 03, 2004 9.5 out of 10 95
IGN PlayStation 2 Jul 16, 2004 9.3 out of 10 93
GameSpot Xbox Jul 21, 2004 9.2 out of 10 92
Gamesmania Xbox Feb 21, 2005 91 out of 100 91
Futuregamez.net PlayStation 2 Feb 16, 2005 90 out of 100 90
GotNext Xbox Aug 30, 2004 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Kombo.com Xbox Jul 26, 2004 9 out of 10 90
GameSpy Xbox Jul 30, 2004 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gameplanet Xbox Feb 21, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80

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