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Once Electronic Arts realized they couldn't compete fairly, they contrived an exclusivity deal with the NFL that effectively put the 2K franchise out of business. It was a slap in the face for football fans, because NFL 2K5 is better than anything EA has ever done - and probably ever will do.
If you keep trying harder, sooner or later, you?ll reap the rewards. Each season, Sega?s ESPN NFL series has been making steady progress in its quest for video-game football stardom. This year, the design guys at Visual Concepts have turned ESPN NFL 2K5 into the most entertaining show in video-game football.
NFL 2K5 not only has the best gameplay, both in accuracy and pure fun factor, but the entire game is wrapped up in an ESPN presentation that is worthy of being watched on Sunday with a group of friends. And your friends are going to have a blast creating their own VIP files then decorating their own Cribs and when they go home you can play their VIP files so you can own them the next time you play together. Simply put, this is one NFL game you won’t be able to put down.
It’s not every day that a game releases for $20 yet has the depth of one for $50, but ESPN NFL 2K5 is that game. Sega certainly took a risk, hoping they’d get enough volume sales to win over Madden fans the next go-round in 2005, and with any hope, they’ll at least get even the most dedicated Madden fan to at least give ESPN a try. With so many modes of play, and all kinds of bells and whistles, this is by far Visual Concepts’ best effort yet. It’s nearly flawless in execution, and thanks to some extremely polished & addictive gameplay and incredible visual presentation, it very well could be the finest pigskin game ever made. Madden may be around the corner, but for $20, you can, at the least, get a great football game to tide you over until then – if not outright win you over to Sega’s side in the process.
One morning, the good folk at Sega Sports awoke and realized that they were sick of being second. EA Sports dominated sales in the sports videogame genre and Sega is simply tired of it. They soon hear that several competitors are dropping their football games this year, choosing to forgo this year to catch up to both Sega and EA. Hooray! They also hear that EA is negating the biggest advantage Sega had last year – they’re going to support Xbox Live. Boo! With a chance to scoop up some loyal NFL Fever fans and a desperate need to gain an edge on EA’s Madden series, Sega decided to go for it on fourth and long and made a gutsy call – slapping a mere twenty dollar price tag on their quality game.
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For a mere 20 bucks, ESPN 2K5 is the best way that any gamer can spend money on a quality title. Deep, customizable gameplay along with a number of innovative features go a long way to giving Madden a run for its money. Football fans of any kind deserve to have this game in their library. Don’t think, just go out and buy it now.
There has never been a better $20 game than ESPN NFL 2K5. End of story. For the price of a two-week rental, you can buy a game that is every bit as deep, feature-packed and addictively playable as Madden. For the price of a night at the movies, you can own a game with great graphics, realistic football action, compelling and revolutionary sports gaming concepts, and an extensive online head-to-head experience. Such value is difficult to come by in the expensive world of console video games, but value is just one of the things that make this year's installment so special.
ESPN NFL 2K5 may not convert the Madden faithful, but for the rest of us, it provides a comprehensive football experience that is engaging enough to keep any football fan glued to his seat for quite a while. Sure, there are some glitches and hiccups here and there, but none are severe enough to spoil the overall experience, and the whole package would be worth purchasing at any price. Given the budget-friendly list price of $20, there is absolutely no reason for anyone with more than a passing interest in football to pass up ESPN NFL 2K5. It may not have the name recognition of Madden, but ESPN NFL 2K5 makes its presence known where it counts: On the field.
So, when all is said and done, and after all the price drop and release date hullabaloo, does ESPN NFL 2K5 manage to come together to make a compelling, quality football game? The answer is an unflinching and resounding "Yes." Don't think of ESPN NFL 2K5 as a budget game, because it's about the farthest thing from the average budget title that you can imagine. If anything, this game should be called the "Steal of the Century," because you're getting all the benefits of one of the best football franchises of all time for an incredibly measly 20 bucks. If this price isn't enough of an excuse to get you to give ESPN NFL 2K5--arguably the best football game on the market right now--a fair shot, then you are out of your mind. As for the rest of you who are not suffering from bouts of insanity, go pick up ESPN NFL 2K5, and do so with the peace of mind that you're getting no less than the deal of a lifetime.
Mit "NFL 2K5" haben Visual Concepts und Take2 wirklich alles richtig gemacht: Präsentation und Spielbarkeit fesseln selbst Football-Hasser binnen Sekunden vor den Bildschirm. Selten ist mir ein Spiel zwischen die Finger gekommen, dass in so kurzer Zeit das Flair eines Live-Football-Spiels derart grandios ins heimische Wohnzimmer zaubert. Tolle Kommentatoren, eine anspruchsvolle, aber niemals unfaire KI und nicht zuletzt viele nette Extras wie der Crib-Bereich oder der ESPN-Modus machen "NFL 2K5" zu dem zweifellos besten Football-Spiel auf dem Markt - vor "Madden NFL 2005"!
At such a small price point, one would expect the game to feature only the basics. Such is not the case; ESPN is loaded with features rivaling that of EA's Madden 2005. Perhaps the most innovative and useful aspect of ESPN comes in the form of the new VIP system. As you play with your VIP profile loaded, the CPU keeps track of nearly everything you do. How often you run, to which sides you run, where you move your defensive players and which players you select pre-snap, the plays you choose, and more. Did a friend just totally destroy you on Xbox Live? Download his VIP profile and practice against it offline and learn all of your friend’s tendencies. You’ll win next time, 100% money-back guarantee.
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If you're brand loyal to the Madden series, it's time to snap out of it. Sega along with Visual Concepts have crafted not only the best looking, sounding, awe-inspiring, feature filled football game of all time, but the best playing one as well. It's even crazier that this game is only $20. DO NOT let the price fool you into thinking this is bargain basement junk. This is a title that should be in your collection immediately with no excuses.
Since I have said everything I can possibly say about this excellent football game, what else is there to say? Well simply put, ESPN NFL 2K5 is a solid football game with everything that is needed to keep a gamer entertained. Plus for a low price of $20 you would have to be insane not to check this game out, at least give it a rent. All in all Visual Concepts made a game that takes Madden on in every aspect and more, and you would be making a big mistake not to take a look at it.
We all love bargains, right? Any time you can get a quality product at a good price, you can walk away from the deal happy. It was no surprise, then, that gamers everywhere were overjoyed when Sega announced that the latest version of their popular football franchise, ESPN NFL 2K5, would be released for a piddling $19.95. There were some grumblings that perhaps the game wasn't as good as previous years, or that Sega was trying to move into the bargain game section. Thankfully, this is not the case, and gamers will be getting a lot of bang for their buck this year.
Last year was hard for some of the long-running football franchises. If you take a look around, you might notice that Gameday and NFL Fever aren't in the running this year -- all that's left are Madden NFL 2005 and ESPN NFL 2005. Visual Concepts, the developer of ESPN, didn't sell half the numbers that Madden did last year, so they're pulling out all the stops for the new game. You're getting better visuals and gameplay tools this year than you did last year. And if that wasn't enough, they're even going as far as slashing the price of the game to $20. So what does this add up to? A great and affordable football game ... that still doesn't beat Madden.
Of course, the big question to all football gamers is: Madden or ESPN? The simple solution: Buy them both if you must, but definitely pick up ESPN for the price tag. I’ve had late fees more expensive than this game, and I also plan on buying Madden 2005 as well. Two superior football games for $70-80 (80 if you buy the Collector’s Edition of Madden on PS2), for most fans, it’s a price worth playing. Get ESPN now and come mid-August, get Madden if you feel you the need.
While ESPN NFL 2K5 doesn’t necessarily make a compelling case for gridiron fans to forgo their annual routine of buying the next Madden game, it does a nice job offering a much cheaper alternative without sacrificing too much quality. It’s just a shame that the online play is broken, though I suppose you get what you pay for after all.
“You shall never criticise the unknown.” That’s what the old school doctor always said to me after the usual “ballgrabbing”. “Take off your pants please”, he deliberately asked. “Hell no”, was my final answer but then he always fooled me with the same trick year after year. He pointed with his greasy fingers to the window and stupid me looked straight at it. Before I could scream out for help I was standing there bare-naked, blowing all the air that was left in my lungs on my wrist. I’ll never forget that dirty doctor, just as I’ll never forget his wise words that I used for my little introduction. The “ballgrabbing” had a purpose and it wasn’t a case of sexual harassment. The guy just did his job, and still…I feel like I have to take back my dignity by writing this review in a rather negative undertone, even though ESPN NFL 2K5 is the best American Football game out there.
MANY PEOPLE WOULDN'T KNOW it here in New Zealand but the NFL season is over. The last game of the season, the Superbowl XXXIX, a fortnight ago put this year's two biggest teams together, the New England Patriots and the Phillidelphia Eagles with the Patriots just winning 24-21. Just in time for the final is Sega Sports' ESPN NFL2K5, the sixth game in the franchise, which was released in the US before the first game last Winter. Sega's NFL 2K games have gone from strength to strength over the years so let's see what has changed this year.
EA's impending exclusivity deal with the NFL is bad news for pretty much everyone in the industry. It's bad news for developers who make American Football games because most Americans don't want a game without real stats and players. It's bad news for developers who don't make American Football games because it puts EA in an increasingly indomitable position in the industry and sets dangerous precedents for other forms of license snaffling. And it's bad news for gamers because it means we're going to see an end to the NFL 2K series of games and they happen to be bloody good.