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Edited by pizzasheets

woa. very sneaky to publish this during a upf!

Posted by Darek006

I'm doing the tootsie right now!

Posted by Vinny

Sorry for the audio junk! Looks like the streaming software was gaining everything up again so, it gets real clippy in spots. You know, because of EXCITEMENT!

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Posted by ll_Exile_ll

I just realized something, now that Alex is in quick looks we may actually start to get somewhat competent sports game coverage. More informed sports game quick looks without losing sports Vinny at his finest? Count me in.

Posted by csl316

This isn't random at all!

Posted by mrcraggle

@vinny: This is the kind of audio quality that makes EVO hype the best. Blown out mics = excitement!

Posted by Jackhole
Posted by MithrilMojo

David Arquette wants his royalty check.

Posted by Mr_Creeper
@vinny said:

Sorry for the audio junk! Looks like the streaming software was gaining everything up again so, it gets real clippy in spots. You know, because of EXCITEMENT!

The EXCITEMENT is exciting! Keep 'em coming, Giant BEAST.

Posted by DukesT3

Still the best modern nfl football game.

Posted by WiqidBritt

I still play this game sometimes, though it makes me wish I still had the old Xbox with my music on it. The stadium music editor might be the best thing ever.

Posted by MikaelBoogart

EXCITE!

Posted by That_Lamer

@vinny said:

Sorry for the audio junk! Looks like the streaming software was gaining everything up again so, it gets real clippy in spots. You know, because of EXCITEMENT!

What are you talking about, Vinny? You're just extremely dedicated to matching the audio quality of 2005, in commemoration of the 10 year anniversary of ESPN NFL 2005.

Edited by TheKing

Still better than any Madden game ever made since.

Also, the 2004 Jets made the playoffs and that Jets helmet could not look anymore wrong.

Posted by Slab64

Posted by beeryayghost

Man. T.O. was on this cover. That Eagles team was something special. Wish we won a couple of chips.

Posted by MikaelBoogart

See now this is a goddamn sports video game ass game.

OFFENSE. DEFENSE. OVERALL.

That's all you need.

Posted by ninjalegend

I did not play it as much the year it come out as I did the year after. My roommate was a huge Madden fan. When Madden 2006 come out, he had joined the correct side. Curse you, EA exclusivity deal.

Posted by CustomOtto

@slab64 said:

Is the other guy playing pool at the end Ryan Hurst?

Posted by IggNight

Man, that fake field goal. So good! I am really enjoying all this Giant Bomb East content. Great work guys.

Posted by GorillaMoPena

Man. T.O. was on this cover. That Eagles team was something special. Wish we won a couple of chips.

I got real worried that TO was going to drag the Eagles the beat the Patriots on a broken leg

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Posted by KaneRobot

Should've played the Xbox version, the custom soundtrack integration in this (and NBA 2k5 was faaaaantastic.

Posted by Outrager

@vinny: This is the kind of audio quality that makes EVO hype the best. Blown out mics = excitement!

Maybe for the phone camera stuff, but the main stream has some pretty professional headsets.

Posted by Slab64

Bearing in mind that I care not a whit about football....I would go to a football game with Alex in a heartbeat.

Posted by Vinny_Says

dat 4:3 tho

Awesome stuff NY, love to see more random stuff like this. Maybe get better mics though...

Posted by Rafaelfc

This is the Death Magnetic of Giant Bomb streams! Clipping like a mofo!

Posted by WINGMAN

I hate watching Vinny play sports games, however glad to hear Alex knows quite a bit ... now if only they can team him up with someone else that shares his same knowledge I'd actually take the time to watch sports related videos on Giantbomb.

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Posted by huser

Alex. Real talk. I DEMAND you make people sit there and watch you draft shit for hours. I'd make them sit through dozens of hours of recruiting in NCAA football, but that might not be your thing.

Posted by HarryPowers

Anyone remember the Sports Anomaly podcast? "Ya gotta play defense."

I'll see myself out thank you.

Posted by SpunkyHePanda

David Arquette? Now this is a video game.

Posted by Driam

The audio clipping in this video is horrendous.

Posted by falling_fast

fortunately, i like lo-fi sounds!

Posted by AV_Gamer

It's sad how this game can still compete with the latest Madden, even with the new graphics upgrade. And the exclusive deal should have never happened. Imagine how great football games would be today if their were competing developers trying to perfect the sport. Where now starting to see the same laziness with the MLB The Show series, now that MLB 2K has been disbanded.

Edited by falling_fast

maybe it's because of vinny and alex in part, but this game actually seems... good? and i really don't like the madden games. this has actual personality to it, and it doesn't seem to have needless complexity.

Edited by HurricaneIvan29

For those of you guys that aren't familiar with sports games, this was widely accepted as the best football game for quite some time (when the sliders were properly adjusted). Better than almost all xbox 360 madden installments through 2013. I think 2013 finally surpassed 2k5.

It was the Battlefield 2 of sports games, where Madden was the CoD.

Posted by Hailinel

The football game so good that Kotaku editors banned users for bringing it up in their comments sections on Madden all the time. (I wish I was joking, but it was sadly not the case.)

Posted by NathanXplosion

God I loved the 2K NFL games.

Posted by ConduitFourSale

I can't believe how well this game holds up 10 years later. What an annoying video though...eek.

Posted by TruthTellah

I appreciate the retro vibe with Vinny using authentic 1890s phonograph cylinders to record the audio.

Edited by TruthTellah
@hailinel said:

The football game so good that Kotaku editors banned users for bringing it up in their comments sections on Madden all the time. (I wish I was joking, but it was sadly not the case.)

Oh goodness, I can hardly remember the time when Kotaku used to ban people. I can imagine many from Deadspin had a good time messing with people in those articles.

Posted by LegendaryChopChop

lol Alex complaining about the Patriots "losing quality players" when they've been arguably the most consistent franchise in the NFL since Tom Brady took over.

I always love when Giant Bomb does sports, keep these going and happy 10th anniversary NFL 2K5, you were the best football game for at least 7 years after your prime.

Posted by supergg2k

I was very happy to learn that this is backwards compatible on the 360. Still the best football game ever!

Posted by iMort

My love for this game cannot be expressed in words.

Posted by mrcraggle

@outrager said:

@mrcraggle said:

@vinny: This is the kind of audio quality that makes EVO hype the best. Blown out mics = excitement!

Maybe for the phone camera stuff, but the main stream has some pretty professional headsets.

I'm talking old-school EVO

Posted by tread311

It's a damn shame they didn't get a chance to make one of these for the 360/PS3 era(APF doesn't count). Minus the terrible secondary play, 2K5 played a great game of football.

Edited by MocBucket62

I had a lot of fun playing this game on the XBOX and the crib feature was pretty sweet. Great video too, but Vinny is clearly the Les Miles of video game football.