Madden NFL 2005

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Madden NFL 2005
Madden NFL 2005 Coverart.png
Sony Playstation 2 cover featuring Ray Lewis.
Developer(s) EA Tiburon
Budcat Creations (PC)[1] Exient Entertainment (DS/GBA)
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Series Madden NFL
Platform(s) Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo DS, Windows, Game Boy Advance, Tapwave Zodiac
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer, online
Distribution DVD-ROM, Nintendo optical disc

Madden NFL 2005 is an American football video game that was released from August to November 2004. It features former Baltimore Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis on the cover. Al Michaels and John Madden return as game commentators. The game is the first Madden game to feature Xbox Live. It was the last Madden game to play on the PlayStation, and the first Madden game to play on the Nintendo DS as a launch title.


  • Create a Fan
  • Hit Stick
  • Create a Player
  • Create a Team
  • "Enhanced" graphics
  • "Enhanced" gameplay
  • Franchise Mode
  • Play Now mode
  • The Tony Bruno Radio Show (weekly show featured in Franchise mode)
  • Team relocation
  • Stadium Upgrades and Renovations
  • Set ticket, concession and parking prices
  • Online Play
  • "TV" Commentary by Al Michaels and John Madden


Madden NFL 2005 Soundtrack[2]
Artist Song
Alter Bridge "Open Your Eyes"
Chevelle "The Clincher (Alternate Version)"
The D.O.C. vs Earshot "The Madden Re-Match" - "It's Funky Enough" vs. "Wait"
Earshot "Wait"
Faith No More "From Out of Nowhere"
Franz Ferdinand "Take Me Out"
Green Day "American Idiot"
Hazen Street "Fool the World"
The Hives "Two-Timing Touch and Broken Bones"
Hoobastank "Same Direction"
Jazze Pha "Da Heavy Hittas"
JR Ewing "Time to Get Dirty"
Midtown "Give It Up"
The Mooney Suzuki "Alive and Amplified"
New Found Glory "This Disaster"
Ozomatli "Saturday Night"
Strata "Piece By Piece" "Go!"
Wylde Bunch "Last Day of School"
Yung Wun "Yung Wun Anthem"
Yung Wun featuring DMX, David Banner, and Lil Flip "Tear It Up" (Not in PC version)
Z-Trip featuring Soup of Jurassic 5 "Listen to the DJ"


Review scores
Publication Score
GameSpot 9.0 out of 10[3]
IGN 9.5/10[4][5]
Metacritic 91/100
Team Xbox 9.2/10[6]
Operation Sports 8/10[7]
GameZone 8.8/10[8]
1UP A[9]

The game received positive reviews upon its release, with the game frequently being compared to its competitor ESPN NFL 2K5. The game has also been heavily criticized for its questionable soundtrack, which was a common recurrence throughout the series. GameSpot gave the game a 9/10, praising the tackling animations, but questioned the game's soundtrack. In one of the more critical reviews, Operation Sports game the game an 8 out of 10, criticizing the game's poor rushing game. GameZone's grade for the game was an 8.8, giving positive reviews about the gameplay, but cited the redundancy and similarity to Madden NFL 2004 as an issue. IGN gave the game a 9.5/10 grade, praising the graphics, presentation and gameplay, but questioned the sound.[citation needed] The site also called it the 98th best PlayStation 2 game due to its AI quality and graphics. The staff also claimed that it beat out ESPN NFL 2K5 due to EA's video game exclusivity deal with the NFL.[10]

ESPN NFL 2K5 was the first in the 2K series priced at $19.99 the day it shipped, much lower than market leader Madden NFL at $49.99. This greatly reduced Madden sales that year; one EA Sports developer recalled that "[i]t scared the hell out of us".[11] EA reduced Madden NFL 2005‍ '​s price to $29.95. In December 2004 EA Sports acquired an exclusive rights agreement with the NFL and NFLPA to be the sole creator of NFL video games.[12]


  1. ^ "GameZone: Madden 05 PC". GameZone game listings. 
  2. ^ "Madden NFL 2005: Soundtrack Revealed - Xbox". 2004-07-01. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  3. ^ August 6, 2004 1:52PM PDT (2004-08-09). "Madden NFL 2005 Review". Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  4. ^ "Madden NFL 2005 - PC Review at IGN". Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  5. ^ "Madden NFL 2005 - PlayStation 2 Review at IGN". Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  6. ^ "Madden NFL 2005 Review (Xbox)". 2004-08-09. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  7. ^ "Madden NFL 2005 Review (Xbox)". Operation Sports. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  8. ^ Intergi Entertainment (2004-08-22). "Madden NFL 2005 - GC - Review | Review". GameZone. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  9. ^ "Madden NFL 2005 Review for PS2 from". Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  10. ^ "Madden NFL 2005 - #98". IGN. Retrieved 2013-12-06. 
  11. ^ Bissell, Tom (2012-01-17). "Kickoff: Madden NFL and the Future of Video Game Sports". Grantland. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  12. ^ Cobbs, Chris (2004-12-15). "Electronic Arts Scores Nfl Exclusive". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 

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