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The next instalment of the ESPN series arrives on your console but will it stand up to the ever-growing might and popularity of its EA Games counter part?

The sport that has more snap, crackle and pop flies back into every wide receiver

ESPN NFL 2k5

 

ESPN NFL 2k5

ESRB: Everyone - E
Platform: Xbox
Category: n/a
 
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The next instalment of the ESPN series arrives on your console but will it stand up to the ever-growing might and popularity of its EA Games counter part? The sport that has more snap, crackle and pop flies back into every wide receiver’s (Gamers) waiting hands yet again, a game known as ESPN NFL 2005. Finally after how many years of consecutive annual sports title ESPN NFL 2005 brings some relatively new graphics with the 2005 title and necessary improvement long overdue on all the annual titles. (Fresh air at last… wait… ah look at my shoe. What’s that…?!) Although improved graphically it’s by no means anything that could have been great in comparison to other games. It still does the job of relieving the steam from our fuming heads which were just completely and totally sick of the same old thing, mind, so not all bad… just the bare bones update thrown in to keep kids happy. Some more good new cinematics before and during game are a class act; there truly is nothing quite like Chris Barmen introducing the match up and giving you a slight insight into your favourite teams’ recent performance. To build up tension the addition of the shots where the fans produce a comment on the game really does work and gives the game a true to life feel. Unfortunately for anyone new to American football a lot of practice may be in order and many lonely nights with your playboy… cough… eh, I mean playbook. Lucky for the n00bs there is plenty of tutorials in practice to make you a true Madden. Once mastered, the controls can allow the player to strategically break down the opponents defence or pure and simply out-manoeuvre them in style (And how!) with spins, shimmies, or just using your arm as a shield to deflect opposing players’ faces. All this seems as if this is just too good to be true but wait here’s ‘the zinger’ - gameplay is too linear and lacks the fluidity to boot the limited gameplay. Ohh well… ESPN NFL like all other American sports games; multi-player is quite sexual, to say the least. (Mmm… Sex… ehh, err, ohh, are you still here?) Players may find they have lost a couple of weeks and are putting future days of life at risk by playing with a group of friends, or just any hobo they happen to find on the street, as even the smell of the hobo can’t and won’t stop you from blistering your fingers. Otherwise try the ‘alternative’ way to play football, with NFL’s 1st person football, a refreshing and odd way to play a sports game. Sadly ‘that baby had too much pop’, and 1st person fails before it even started. With lots of unlockables at your crib for lifetime playing, or just playing for the fun, ESPN NFL 2005 will not disappoint either way, being a worthy king of NFL sure to sack EA’s Madden from behind its strong defensive line of previous titles. A definite buy for any NFL fan.






 
 

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