ESPN NFL 2K5 is an American football video game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports and the Sega Corporation. It is a part of the NFL 2K series. The game was originally released on July 20, 2004, for both the PlayStation 2 and Xbox video game consoles. It can now be played on the Playstation 3 backward compatible versions and the Xbox 360 due to backwards compatibility.
The game features a franchise mode with a SportsCenter feature hosted by Chris Berman. He outlines the games of the current week with his co-host Trey Wingo who talks about the latest injuries and free agent deals and trades during the season. Mel Kiper hosts the draft portion of the segment while Suzy Kolber reports from the sidelines There is also weekly preparation for the coming week which allows the player to make decisions on training and preparation. The player can also create his or her own team deciding the team logos (over 10 area available), team name, the teams city, the teams stadium look and build, jersey's and how good the team is. It also has a feature called first-person football, which gives the player the experience on the field looking from the eyes of the players. There is also the traditional create-a-player mode. The NFL 2K series has currently ceased production due to an exclusive rights deal between EA, the NFL, and the NFLPA. This deal is currently being challenged in court meaning 2K Sports could get the NFL rights back and be able to make future NFL games.
Notably, ESPN NFL 2K5 was the first in the 2K series priced at $19.99 the day it shipped (versus EA Sports' Madden's typical new-release price of $49.99).
One of the features in the game is a celebrity game involving Jamie Kennedy, Steve-O, David Arquette, Funkmaster Flex, or Carmen Electra which is initiated by a phone call from one of the aforementioned "celebrities" in the player's custom crib. The player plays against a celebrity with his or her own custom team of Pro Bowlers. The teams the celebrities use are The Buartville Funkmasters, Cincinnati Electra Shock, LA Dreamteam, and the Los Angeles Locos. During the game the celebrities appear in a small box and use trash-talk. If the player wins the game they receive the team's stadium as a playable venue.
Dan Stevens - Play-by-Play Announcer (voiced by Terry McGovern)
Peter O'Keefe - Color Commentator (voiced by Jay Styne)
Suzy Kolber - Sideline Reporter
Chris Berman as Himself
Trey Wingo as Himself
Mel Kiper as Himself
In 2005, the game won the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Interactive Achievement Award for Sports Simulation Game of the Year.
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