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The Madden series returns for another year with Madden NFL 2005. Besides the usual roster updates, the major gameplay changes in this iteration mostly concern defensive play. There are also expansions to the franchise mode and to online modes along various other additions and changes.

Major changes to defensive play include the introduction of the Hit Stick: it allows precise and context-sensitive tackling through the use of the second analog stick. There is now also defensive playmaker control (allowing on-the-fly position changes) and defensive hot routes. The offense was also expanded and now allows for formation shifts on the line.

The franchise mode now features the Storyline Central option, which features an "EA Sports Radio" show hosted by Tony Bruno, featuring news and reports around games and the league, interviews with players and call-ins from fans. There are also newspaper articles (featuring real licensed papers from around the US), emails from players and coaches and more. All of this is accessed through a redesigned interface resembling a PDA. Another new feature is morale for players, which changes throughout the season depending on their contracts, win-lose performance, being benched and more. The draft system has also been revised, and drafting new players can also affect the morale of existing players.

Another new feature is called Create-A-Fan: players can create fans with an editor, having them put on outlandish costumes and then watch them sit in the stadium during a game.

This year's edition is the first to feature online play for the Xbox via Xbox Live and introduces online league play for the first time on both PS2 and Xbox.


Madden NFL 2005 PlayStation 2 It's Pre-Season Week 1 in Franchise mode.<br>The game automatically assigns free agents and then goes on to simulate games before the gamer gets to play Browns vs Titans
Madden NFL 2005 PlayStation 2 The Main Menu. <br>The player in the background moves and uses a juddering effect that is vaguely disturbing. Different players, managers, cheerleaders are shown here
Madden NFL 2005 PlayStation 2 The game pause menu for a full match in Franchise mode
Madden NFL 2005 PlayStation 2 In Franchise mode the gamer can get advice like this on the upcoming game

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Alternate Titles

  • "疯狂橄榄球2005" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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User Reviews

I'm stuck on this one! PlayStation 2 Condemned (76)

Critic Reviews

Stuff Magazine PlayStation 2 Aug 11, 2004 9.5 out of 10 95 PlayStation 2 Nov 11, 2004 9.5 out of 10 95
GameZone Xbox Aug 27, 2004 9.5 out of 10 95
Wham! gaming PlayStation 2 Aug 22, 2004 9.3 out of 10 93
Worth Playing PlayStation 2 Aug 31, 2004 9.2 out of 10 92
Lawrence PlayStation 2 Aug 19, 2004 90 out of 100 90 Windows Nov 02, 2004 90 out of 100 90
Game Freaks 365 Xbox 2005 8.5 out of 10 85 Xbox Sep 17, 2004 17 out of 20 85
Game Revolution GameCube Aug, 2004 B+ 83


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Linebacker Ray Lewis completed the 2004-5 season and Pro Bowl without suffering a major injury or being involved in an "off-field incident". He did however have a personal low tackle/game ratio and for the first time in his nine year NFL career, did not have an interception (he had six in 2003-4).

Ray's Ravens missed the 2004-5 playoffs after winning the AFC North in the previous season.


  • GameSpy
    • 2004 – #6 Xbox Game of the Year
    • 2004 – #7 PS2 Game of the Year
    • 2004 – Xbox Sports Game of the Year
    • 2004 – PS2 Sports Game of the Year

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