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'ESPN NHL 2K5' (PS2/Xbox) New Features

by Judy on July 31, 2004 @ 4:37 p.m. PDT

Several new enhancements can be found in ESPN NHL 2K5's expanded Franchise Mode. The introduction of worldwide scouting offers gamers the most comprehensive options in order to find key players to help build their minor league teams and plan for the future. New, improved minor league management allows the player to develop up-and-coming talent with the help of a full coaching staff. The Live Scouting System gives users the ability to track prospective talent from around the globe in practice drills and games to learn much more about their abilities.

Party Mode introduces 15 unique mini-games for frenetic multi-player fun. Playable for up to four people, gamers compete in several entertaining hockey-based challenges. Mini-games include the scoring fest Free-For-All, In the Zone, Breakout, and many more. All mini-games in Party Mode are playable online for PlayStation2 and Xbox.

The physical intensity of hockey is fully realized with the debut of the Intense Contact Control(tm) system. Gamers can antagonize hockey opponents with quick hooks, bumps, and other contact moves to throw off timing when passing or skating to the goal. Players can also restrict the opposing team's movement, and intimidate adversaries with hard-nosed play.

ESPN Videogames are produced by Visual Concepts, SEGA's sports studio, and are co-published and exclusively distributed by Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. For more information, log on to

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