Chris The Rock Posted August 20, 2004 Report Share Posted August 20, 2004 I've long been a fan of Sega's football releases, and this year's is by far the best. It's nice to finally see the game getting its props from the reviewers. I've also enjoyed Madden football since the very first release on the Genesis in 1990. If it had not been for the fact that Madden wasn't available on the Sega Dreamcast, I may never have played another football game (although I did enjoy 989 sports NFL Gameday series in the late 90's). In 2001, I bought Madden 2002 and really enjoyed it, although it was different from the feeling of the NFL2K series. After getting Xbox, however, I have owned Sega NFL games exclusively. With the low price on 2K5 this year, I decided that I'd splurge and get both Madden and ESPN 2K5, but instead of getting them both on the Xbox, I got the Collector's Edition of Madden for the PS2, mostly because of the extra features. After playing both (although admittedly, I've played quite a bit more ESPN 2K5), I can say that without a doubt - that I enjoy ESPN 2k5 more than I enjoy Madden. Madden looks, feels, and in my opinion - plays - more like "a game" and less like real football. Oh, yes, I know there are exceptions to this, but I calls 'em as I sees 'em. And I suppose it's a good idea for a video game to behave like a video game. I will say, though, that it is nice to have both. And I'll also say it's nice to be able to have them on different systems, in different rooms of the house. It's much easier to enjoy the games for what they are, rather than constantly comparing them to each other. If there were one perfect football game this year, I imagine it would be a combination of these two games. I really like the ease of Madden's Playmaker and Hit Stick controls. I also like all of the mini-games, tutorials, and extras that Madden packs in, especially in the Collector's Edition. However, no better feature has ever been introduced than the new VIP system in 2k5. I can't wait to see how that feature gets better over the years. The Graphics and Sound in 2k5 also leave little room for improvement, and are far beyond what Madden has to offer. (Especially the wretched commentary in Madden! Egch!) At the end of the day, the perfect game this year (in my opinion) would be 80% 2k5, 20% Madden. Maybe 70/30. Since this board is mostly free of fanboys, I'll bet we could have a good discussion. That is, if we're not already sick of hearing this elsewhere. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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