Having played both now, they're both really good games, but I think I like Madden just a little but more. Mostly because the one thing EA Sports has a grasp on that Sega does not is the little things that perfectionists like me look for.
GAMEPLAY: Both games LOOK great and play well, although I like the fact that controlling around in Madden is a little more fluid than the controls in 2K5 are. The one thing I don't like about running the ball in 2k5 is that it just feels really clunky. Plus the coverage is such that it's a lot harder to get yards after a catch.
Plus on top of that the hit stick on Madden is addictive as hell. You know that you're taking a chance by wanting to completely lay someone out but you can't help but do it anyway.
FRANCHISE: I haven't really gone all the way through a franchise cycle on Madden, but the news features do bring something to the table, even though the SportsCenter segments on 2K5 is slightly better in doing the same thing. But I really don't like the way the draft is set up for 2K5...that carries a lot, since that's one of my favorite aspects of any franchise mode.
LITTLE THINGS: I know this is a small thing, but one thing that irked me about ESPN is that playing as the Dolphins, and if you're playing with one contoller and one player, you cannot make Miami wear the white unis at home for day games. You CAN, but the AI doesn't adjust the other team to wear their color jerseys. Whereas in Madden you can set both teams any way you like. The custom jersey option is still a waste, though. Unless you're with Cleveland and don't have to worry about helmet logos. Also, I hate how there's no SAVE GAME IN THE MIDDLE option or even an eject button. Things like the GAME EJECT option are the values on which this country was founded on.
Overall, ESPN is a great game, and I understand why some people like it better than Madden. However, since the graphics/gameplay/presentation are a near-push, Madden wins on intangibles. At least to me, anyway.
I agree about 2K5's running game, that's the main drawback to me. It gets annoying when I try to move diagonally and the runner ends up heading straight towards the sideline in the middle of the run. It's like I have to call direct north-south runs right up the gut every time if I don't want a problem.
One thing that's bothering me about Madden and NCAA both is the change they made when you jump to a different defender after the ball is snapped. I believe that with the 2004 games they said that you no longer jump to the closest defender, but instead to the one with the "best chance of making a play". I don't know what their "best chance" criteria is, but I've lost count of the number of times that I've jumped to a player who was in no position to do anything except pile on a tackle after the receiver catches the ball.
But that aside, Madden is my pick. Hopefully they'll start to improve on the game presentations, because ESPN is really blowing them away on that one.
Originally posted by Guru ZimRe: changing the colors in 2k5
Can't you just move your controller to the other team, change the jersey, then move back to the team you want to play? I've never changed the jersey on purpose, but I know it can be done.
Zim is right. Dunno what it is on the PS2, but on the XBox just move the controller icon to the other team and press the white/black button to cycle through the jerseys.
For some reason the controller icon does not move on the user select screen. It might be because I only keep one controller in the portal, but it goes either to the user team or the middle but that's it.
Originally posted by Guru ZimCan't you just move your controller to the other team, change the jersey, then move back to the team you want to play? I've never changed the jersey on purpose, but I know it can be done.
Originally posted by Blanket JacksonFor some reason the controller icon does not move on the user select screen. It might be because I only keep one controller in the portal, but it goes either to the user team or the middle but that's it.
You can move the controller icon to change the opposing teams colors in Quick Game mode. As far as I can tell, you can't do anything to the opponent's jerseys in season mode.
Considering the Devil from Devil World is appearing as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, I wonder if this title will find its way to the U.S. as a VC Import release. I'll admit, my interest is slightly piqued.