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ESPN NBA 2K5 isn't backing down from anyone. Having built its rep on solid basketball fundamentals, this season's revamped software engine tightens up its game another notch. Oh yeah, that $19.99 price tag is pretty darn aggressive, too.
For those looking for a variety of online modes, great graphics, and technically accurate five-on-five play, ESPN 2K5 is the only way to go. I forgot to mention that ESPN 2K5 is also the official game of cheapskates, since it’s only twenty bucks! I don’t know how and frankly, I don’t care how ESPN Videogames manages to makes such good games at bargain basement pricing. ESPN NBA 2K5 smashes the perception of quality associated with full priced titles, and easily shows that great graphics, gameplay, and Live action can be snagged for less than the cost of hot dog and coke at an actual NBA game.
Je hoort het al, ESPN NBA 2K5 is ook dit jaar weer een knaller van formaat. De vlotte gameplay en een lange lijst aan gamemodes zorgen ervoor dat je je geen enkel moment meer verveelt achter je Xbox! Jammer genoeg moeten we het wel stellen zonder Xbox Live support; vrienden zoeken is de boodschap! Tevens is het goedje ook te verkrijgen aan de democratische prijs van 30 euro. Niet twijfelen, haal hem nu!
The changes are not as drastic this time around, but Visual Concepts' efforts are just as praiseworthy. This is still the best playing, most rewarding, and realistic basketball game that money can buy.
Basketball is definitely one of the most difficult sports to recreate in video games. It's stop-start, high scoring, slow and then quick paced, and the physical contact can play havoc on the physics. The game's plays are simple, continuous, yet deep. It's a reactive game, and its fans know exactly what it looks like. This year ESPN is taking their plucky but determined series in another head-to-head showdown with sports leader EA, but this year they've got some new moves and a very attractive price point.
Basketball is definitely one of the most difficult sports to recreate in video games. It's stop-start, high scoring, slow and then quick-paced, and the physical contact can play havoc on the physics. The plays are simple, continuous, yet deep. It's a reactive game, and its fans know exactly what it looks like. ESPN is bringing its plucky series into another head-to-head showdown with sports leader EA, but this year, they've got some new moves and a very attractive price point.
In the ongoing war between ESPN Videogames (formerly Sega Sports) and EA Sports, one battleground that remains a hotspot of contention is the hardcourt. Basketball videogames have been notoriously lackluster when compared to the authenticity and real-life representation of their gridiron counterparts, but both the NBA 2K and NBA Live franchises have come a long way, baby. These two combatants add a bit more firepower to the war in the way of new features, improved graphics, and tweaked gameplay, but when the smoke has dissipated and the casualties tallied, which one of these games will be waving the white flag?
So who wins this year's Battle of the Basketball Stars? Well, it's too close to call. While EA's series definitely has its strong points, ESPN NBA 2K5 has better graphics, AI, and that highly addictive 24-7 mode. If they can improve on the additions to the franchise mode and put more of an emphasis on defense (especially if there's a defensive monster on the cover!), the series might reign supreme for many years to come.
Mit ESPN NBA 2K5 hält die NBA Einzug auf der heimischen Spielkonsole. Auf diesem Spiel steht nicht nur NBA drauf, es ist auch eine gehörige Portion NBA-Atmosphäre drin. Die detaillierte und stimmungsvolle Inszenierung lässt die Herzen der Sportspielfans höher schlagen. Wer den Sport mag, sollte unbedingt zugreifen!
Rounding out the gameplay highlights are the pressure/tempo strategy settings. 24/7 is back and still brilliant, but I'm undecided about player personalities in The Association mode, which can be unbalanced. On the other hand, simulating games via Full Authority is a lot of fun, and I suggest you take advantage of it, just like this title as a whole.
Was soll das denn? Kein Online-Modus? Als NBA2K4-Veteran, der letztes Jahr noch kräftig über Xbox Live dunken konnte, ist das eine richtig bittere Pille. Schließlich durfte man nicht nur mit den Mavericks, sondern auch mit seinem Streetballer online auf Punktejagd gehen. Dieses Jahr bleibt nur in Europa alles offline - arrgh! Aber dafür hat Sega nicht nur den Franchise-Modus kräftig aufgemotzt, sondern auch das Spielgefühl verbessert: weniger Monsterblocks, mehr Finessen hinten wie vorne. Es hakt zwar immer noch bei Dribblings und die Pässe könnten etwas mehr Drucksensitivität vertragen, aber der Ball fliegt dieses Jahr noch einen Tick authentischer Richtung Korb. Wir ziehen in der Gesamtnote ein paar Prozente ab, denn das Ruckeln in den Wiederholungen, das optisch schwache Publikum sowie einige üble Clippingfehler standen schon letztes Jahr auf der Kontraliste. 2K5 ist dennoch die beste Basketball-Simulation am Markt. Und das zum Sparpreis. Zugreifen.
Like its football and hockey brethren, which arrived earlier this year, ESPN NBA 2K5 has shipped to stores at a bargain price of $20. And, once again, developer Visual Concepts has delivered a product that resembles anything but a budget game. ESPN NBA 2K5 delivers a fantastic simulation-style basketball experience that is graphically appealing and chock-full of content.
No hoops game has ever gotten everything right. Some may have good flow, but bad AI, others might have great control but weak presentation and graphics. The quest for the perfect or even near-perfect basketball game is one Visual Concepts has pursued for the past six years. This year's attempt, ESPN NBA 2K5 is a confounding mix of good, bad, and just plain stupid. Like Charles Barkley, the 2K series remains great, but is still lacking that elusive championship ring.
The ESPN sports games were very alluring this year. The $20 price tag certainly screamed "try me!" even for those who do not typically play games in that particular genre or subgenre. Making it even more attractive is when you check out the weekly circulars only to see that Best Buy or Circuit City is selling the game for only $15. Such was the case with me. As soon as Best Buy lowered the price to $15 one week, it was just too tempting to resist.
Some folks are earnest EA fans, and will stick by EA products no matter what they see from the competition. Even if you're one of those people, you'll have to admit how unbelievably gorgeous the new ESPN NBA 2k5 is. The game is just amazing to look at, and a testament to the progress of video game technology over the past few years. ESPN's football title beat EA's graphically this year, and its hoops game is no different. Unfortunately, with all the attention on visuals, ESPN didn't do enough else with the title to truly make it stand out. The new NBA Live gave us a slam dunk contest that everyone loves -- and is reason enough to buy the game -- but all you're getting from 2k5 is solid (but standard) gameplay. Not a bad thing mind you, but we were hoping for more.
It’s my understanding that NBA commissioner David Stern is a wise man. He can tie a tie and wears glasses, both of which are objective signs of intelligence. The man can read, people. He can read words, decipher their meaning, process their intent and even respond through a series of vocal grunts.
So what to make of ESPN NBA 2K5? Well, it imitates basketball pretty well and at its budget price-point it's certainly worth a look ahead of EA's NBA Live 2005. There are some minor niggles (such as the lack of online play in this European release) and overall it doesn't feel as solid, polished or generally as good as its NFL stable mate, but with the official NFL license vanishing on a cock-horse to EA Land, Visual Studios may well put more of its obviously talented team to work on the next NBA game and this will be a good thing for those of you who "get" this basketball thing.
ESPN NBA 2K5 a certainement les qualités nécessaires pour clôturer l'histoire de la série en beauté et s'imposer comme l'épisode le plus abouti en termes de simulation. Les nouveautés de gameplay bienvenues apportent de nombreux plus au niveau du réalisme et l'équilibre entre l'attaque et la défense est suffisamment bon pour obliger le joueur à un minimum de jeu placé avant d'arriver à enchaîner les points. Evidemment, on pourra regretter l'absence de mode en ligne et le sur-place de la réalisation (surtout sur PS2). Mais le prix doux du titre combiné à son incroyable durée de vie lui garantiront à eux seuls les faveurs des amateurs de basket qui y trouveront de quoi s'occuper tout l'année durant.
For now, "NBA 2K2" on the defunct Sega Dreamcast remains the best basketball game ever created. At the rate this series is going downhill, it looks like the threat level is minimal to its title. Though the other games in this years ESPN series are certainly worth the $20 price tag, this is not. Fans of the sport have nothing to celebrate about.