Poised to defend its title as the number one rated hockey video game, ESPN NHL 2K5 returns to the ice with the confidence of a seasoned veteran. Improved player control, an all-new fighting engine and lightning fast gameplay truly capture the feel and pace of NHL-caliber hockey. Plus, breakthrough new ways to play including online leagues, multi-player mini-games and a deeper franchise mode add endless replay value to an already robust lineup of features. With an exclusive ESPN presentation system - including on-ice play-by-play from Gary Thorne and Bill Clement -- ESPN NHL Hockey 2K5 makes skating with the NHL?s elite a reality! Worldwide scouting, enhanced minor league management and full coaching staff control delivers the ultimate franchise experience. The breakthrough Live Scouting System lets you watch talent in action and run practice drills to learn more about your prospect?s attributes. There is a completely re-designed fighting engine that offers full-movement fighting, including grappling, dodging, grabbing, and multiple punch moves, while improved checks and new contact moves help keep your opponent at bay. And for extra competition the Dream Team Challenge pits you against a ladder of all-star teams hand-selected by the some of hockey?s most colorful personalities. There?s also an all-new Party Mode featuring dozens of multi-player mini-games and challenges, all in the name of becoming King of the Rink. All in all there?s plenty to see and plenty to do.