ESPN NHL 2K5 is still considered by man to be one of the best games in the series, and debuted on the market at a very favorable price point of $19.99 for consumers ($29.99 in Canada). It was also the last game in the NHL 2K Series to feature the ESPN License, after Electronic Arts purchased the exclusive rights in 2005.
The game featured a number of improvements over ESPN NHL Hockey, including:
- Professional scouting in Franchise Mode
- Online Leagues using ESPNVideogames.com
- Improved Graphics
- Excellent in game presentation
- Improved gameplay
- Sliders for online play
- Adjustable camera settings
- Winter Classic Arena (Edmonton, Alberta)
ESPN NHL 2K5 was met with very favorable reviews for its realistic gameplay, extremely well done graphics/presentation, and plethora of modes and online features.