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SeasonTicketHolder 07-30-2004 09:33 PM

Just bought espn 2k5
 
Wow this doesn't even compare to madden... I couldn't pass it up, it was only 16 bucks. I can't wait for August 12.

redrock-skins 07-30-2004 09:44 PM

We've been discussing it over in the "Madden" forum. I'm curious to know if you've played ESPN before? How does it not compare to Madden? I think this year, both sides will have real good arguments for and against each game. So far some Gamer mags have given ESPN higher ratings and some have gone for Madden. Either way, they are not seperated by much in the ratings.

SeasonTicketHolder 07-30-2004 10:01 PM

Yeah I've played espn before. I don't know, it't just something about the gameplay that doesn't seem as smooth as madden. The tackles, however, are very good in this.

Gmanc711 07-31-2004 12:23 AM

I've been playing 2k5 for about two weeks now. I think the more time that passes, the more I like it. I still think its a quailty game, but I'm still getting Madden.

itvnetop 07-31-2004 08:03 AM

i was a big time madden junkie for many years. but then my friends introduced me to the ESPN series when it was Sega... granted madden has the market cornered on the "intangibles" of the football video game (roster manipulations, salary caps, etc), but i really like playing ESPN's games more nowadays. it just seems like it's using old school hand eye coordination and gameplay. when i go back to madden,the game feels a little slower and the experience is more strategy-based.

skinsfanthru&thru 07-31-2004 10:46 AM

I finally got my own copy last night(and my x-box) and I so far its still every bit as good as when I was playing it at work. Since I didn't do franchise before, I started it last night and the weekly prep work takes a lot of thinking and luck, but it offers some good ideas for helping certain players step up their game. And the graphics r still unbelievable and saw my favorite tackle thus far when arrington grabbed quincy carter, then spun around, and lifted him up a bit before slamming him into the ground. Pure magic and all for 17 bucks.

illdefined 07-31-2004 11:34 AM

i was doing videogame development for a while, and i have NO idea how they got to do those gang tackles...they totally arent scripted, takes every guy there into account (no cutting thru players), so real.

coggs 07-31-2004 05:01 PM

ESPN has passed EA in football AND hockey. I do not play the basketball or baseball games. Last year I was able to get free copies of both EA and ESPN for hockey and football, after a week the EA games were on the shelf collecting dust.

kingerock 07-31-2004 06:14 PM

I test for EA Sports and in all honesty I think both (ESPN and Madden) are worth the purchase this year. I have played much more ESPN than Madden since I've had ESPN longer, but in their own right, both games have great features and replay-ability. If you can, check out both titles.

On a side note, look for the 2006 and 2k6 titles to be beyond imaginable improvements. Competition has a way of helping these game producers become more 'innovative'

johnnyirish 07-31-2004 07:08 PM

I am a madden man--is ESPN good?

coggs 07-31-2004 08:53 PM

kingerock, I'm also interested to see how ESPN's reduced price effects competition.

redrock-skins 07-31-2004 10:29 PM

[QUOTE=kingerock]I test for EA Sports and in all honesty I think both (ESPN and Madden) are worth the purchase this year. I have played much more ESPN than Madden since I've had ESPN longer, but in their own right, both games have great features and replay-ability. If you can, check out both titles.

On a side note, look for the 2006 and 2k6 titles to be beyond imaginable improvements. Competition has a way of helping these game producers become more 'innovative'[/QUOTE]

My thoughts exactly. ESPN is now pushing Madden and vice-versa. Its great to have two great games on the market.

SKINSnCANES 08-01-2004 12:39 AM

the animations are excellent in this years espn game, the problem with them is that they arent smooth in the game.

Take something simple, run down the field straight, then turn left or right. The player stops going forward to change the direction you are running. It really sucks. It makes it hard to run at an angle. I have linemen catch my recieivers just because of this weird way that they piece together the animations.

Comparing 2k5 to madden 04 it definitly has better off field presentation. But for running a team and franchise madden is just hands down better. Hopefully Madden improved their presentation. I know they added stuff to the super bowl, hopefully other stuff got added as well. But either way, those things are only cool for the first few tiems you play. How often do you watch sports center and the halftime show? mabye the first three times then never again? Thats why madden has always been a better game, because they understand whats more importatn to the long term game play.

SeasonTicketHolder 08-01-2004 02:18 AM

[QUOTE=SKINSnCANES]

Take something simple, run down the field straight, then turn left or right. The player stops going forward to change the direction you are running. It really sucks. It makes it hard to run at an angle. I have linemen catch my recieivers just because of this weird way that they piece together the animations.

[/QUOTE]

exactly right

skinsfanthru&thru 08-01-2004 10:54 AM

[QUOTE=SKINSnCANES]the animations are excellent in this years espn game, the problem with them is that they arent smooth in the game.

Take something simple, run down the field straight, then turn left or right. The player stops going forward to change the direction you are running. It really sucks. It makes it hard to run at an angle. I have linemen catch my recieivers just because of this weird way that they piece together the animations.

Comparing 2k5 to madden 04 it definitly has better off field presentation. But for running a team and franchise madden is just hands down better. Hopefully Madden improved their presentation. I know they added stuff to the super bowl, hopefully other stuff got added as well. But either way, those things are only cool for the first few tiems you play. How often do you watch sports center and the halftime show? mabye the first three times then never again? Thats why madden has always been a better game, because they understand whats more importatn to the long term game play.[/QUOTE]

I don't know, I think its cool seeing the highlights of other games, finding out injuries, and trades on sportscenter after each game. It is kinda true about the halftime show except when there r a couple plays u wanna see again. I haven't had any problems at running at an angle except after first catching the ball or right after a handoff, but a couple seconds after those types of plays I'm able to make them run at an angle without making a cut.

I might rent madden for a week or 2, but weighing my options of other games that I want, the fact that I've already got a really good football game in ESPN 2K5 for $35 bucks cheaper, and seeing as to how nothing I've seen or read about madden knocks my socks off, I'll see my normal $50 towards madden going to something else this year.


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