ESPN NFL 2K5

Strategy Guide/Walkthrough/FAQ

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Cheat mode

Select the "VIP Manager" option, then enter one of the following VIP names to activate the corresponding cheat function:

    One million crib points

    Enter "PhatBank" as a case-sensitive VIP name to get one million crib points.

    All crib items

    Enter "CribMax" as a case-sensitive VIP name to unlock all crib items.

    All milestones completed

    Enter "MadSkilz" as a case-sensitive VIP name to have all milestones completed.

Air hockey table

Win the Super Bowl with any team on any difficulty setting to unlock the air hockey table.

Cheesesteak Dome stadium

Defeat Jamie Kennedy to unlock the Cheesesteak Dome stadium.

Dream Superdome stadium

Defeat Steve-O to unlock the Dream Superdome stadium.

Electra Coliseum stadium

Defeated Carmen Electra to unlock the Electra Coliseum stadium.

Funk Field stadium

Defeat Funkmaster Flex to unlock the Funk Field stadium.

Loco Arena stadium

Defeat David Arquette to unlock the Loco Arena stadium.

Easy crib credits

Create a team with very bad players, then play them with a team of your choice. The opposing team will be easy to beat on any difficulty setting.

In franchise mode when you are about to play a game, go to "Gamecast Live". Let it simulate the game, then take control in the fourth quarter before time runs out. You will be credited with everything that happened during simulation, and everything you did while actually playing.

During a game, turn off the penalties and when your on defense, go near the QB on their side. When they snap the ball, sack him for lots of crib credits.

To earn some crib credits, simply browse the game's menus. The best menu is the "Game Manual" in the "Extras". It tells you how to blitz defenders, assign tight coverage, juke, etc.

Note: This trick requires some time, two players, and two controllers. Select a created team or a very good team and a very bad team. Play in quick match with the good and bad team and select "Play". Go to the options menu and change the time from 5 to 10-15 minutes long. Have the second player control the bad team and intentionally lose. Have the good team always choose the Hail Mary and the bad team choose Field Goal Block. Also, always get safeties. If done correctly, at the end you should get 5,000 to 10,000 or more crib credits.

Easy milestone completions

Create a team with 42 of the absolute worst players. Then, make them even worse by selecting each player individually and setting their attributes at 0. Note: This is very time consuming. Then, save the team, load it, and play against them with any NFL team of your choice. Make sure you have the game set to five to eight minute quarters, rookie or higher difficulty setting, and penalties at default (or higher). An easy way to complete the yardage milestones is to run out of bounds at your one yard line and start your play from there.

Easy first down

Select any Hail Mary play. When you hike the ball, wait for the three receivers to be down field, then hold R1 with your QB and run. You should get close to or a first down. This works well if you had a major loss of yards.

Easy sack

To get an easy sack, use the 4-3. Then, go up until you find the play "All Blitz O". Take the left DE and keep moving left until you get past the left OL. After the snap, run towards the QB and you should get the sack.

Turn off all of the penalties (while playing), then on the next play get the defender to go up to the quarterback without touching any of the players. And wait for him to hike the ball. Once it has been hiked, tackle him for a loss of yards.

Easy jukes

Instead of pressing L2 and R2 to juke, use the Right Analog-stick. Move it to the left for a left juke, right for a right juke, up for a stutter step, and down for a "stop short" move.

Easy kickoff

To tackle the receiving team behind the fifteen yard line most of the time, aim your kick all the way up and get a MAX kick, or close to one. Immediately after to kick, press Circle and start to sprint with the player. You should be the first one downfield to tackle the player with the ball.

Easy onside kicks

Move your meter as far right and as high as it can go. Then, barely kick it. Your player should run under it and catch it. However, make sure if you select the player running towards the ball that he does not hit the player on their team -- otherwise it is fair catch interference.

Easy touchdowns

To get easy QB touchdowns, play as the Falcons and use QB Bootleg to the left. If there is a defender to the left, then switch up the play or move a tight end there.

Easy two point conversion

Use a running play that makes the HB go through the middle. If there are DL in your way, press Dive and you will jump over them and get the two point conversion. Additionally, select "QB Draw" or any play where the QB can be immediately run straight through the center from the snap. This will work almost every time. Note: You will have to find which formation it is in. It is different for every team. Make sure your formation has no more than a five man frontline or the defense will throw a center run defense at you most of the time.

Easy celebrity games

Use controller two to prevent your opponent from knowing your plays.

Plow over defender

If you have a power based or balance runner, run towards a defensive player and hold Triangle (shoulder charge) to plow over him.

Always get the ball

Use the following trick to always get the ball start a game. On any play, if your opponent has the ball press Start and go to "Options". Choose "Crib Cheats" and turn on the "Always Fumble On A Tackle" (if purchased) and turn off penalties. When you and your opponent select your plays, go behind the QB, If you touch anyone, you will be flagged. When you tackle him and there is a fumble, recover the ball. When you have to select a play, press Start, go to "Options", select "Crib Cheats" and disable the "Always Fumble" cheat. When you begin the play, your opponent will not tackle you and cause a fumble. Repeat this as desired.

Beat the salary cap

Instead of trying to beat the salary cap with created characters, go to the roster of your favorite team. Find the third string position player, then just edit his name, stats, and appearance. By doing this, your player will be rated 100 overall, but still be paid a very low salary.

Cheap favorite players

Use the following trick to get your favorite or created players on a franchise cheaply. It takes some time, but always works. Select the team that you want to use in franchise mode. Then, make all of the players you want to be on that team have a zero rating by changing their stats. Put all of those players on the team you want to use in the franchise mode. Save this roster or you will have to do it all over again if you make a mistake. You can now set all of the players' stats to maximum if you desired (but it will be difficult to re-sign them). Set the stats however you desire, then go into franchise mode and select that team. All of your favorite players should now be signed for very cheap. However, the years on the contract seem to be random though.

Touchdown pose

When you have bombed on an opponent and have no one around you while running towards the touchdown, slow down (by slightly pushing the Left Analog-stick) and your player will stop at the one yard line and pose before scoring.

Home stadium sounds

Play at either the Falcons or Seahawks home stadium. You will hear bird sounds after a big play. Play as the Denver Broncos. After a big play. you will hear a bronco noise. Play at the Carolina Panthers stadium, after a big play you will hear a panther roaring/growling. Play as the Buffalo Bills, and you will hear a buffalo sound after a big play. Play at Soldier Field with the Bears. On big plays, you will hear a bear growl on the P.A. system.

Defeating celebrity V.I.P.s

When you play against the celebrity V.I.P.s, you can use any crib cheats that you have bought or can turn off all penalties. If you use the cheats, you will not be able to gain any crib credits or milestones. If you turn off all penalties, you will not be able to gain any major milestones (see the specifications), but you will be able to get some of the regular ones. When you defeat the V.I.P., the game will not penalize you, and you will get them on your speed dial and their bonus stadium. When playing without penalties, you can onside kick the ball to your own team by moving the arrow all the way to the left or right and kicking it as soft as possible. Another way of defeating them (even easier) is to just get two or three touchdowns then just wait for the clock to run out; you will not receive a delay of game notice.

Recommended weekly preparations

Monday

    Meeting-- Happy
    Coaching-- Coverage
    Film/ 1/ All QB/ Coverage
    Film/ 1/ All C/ Fronts
    Film/ 1/ All G/ Fronts
    Film/ 1/ All T/ Fronts
    Film/ 1/ All FB/ Fronts
    Film/ 1/ All DT/ Run Blocking Schemes
    Film/ 1/ All DE/ Run Blocking Schemes
    Film/ 1/ All OLB/ Run/Pass Distribution
    Film/ 1/ All ILB/ Run/Pass Distribution
    Film/ 1/ All CB/ Route Combinations
    Film/ 1/ All SS/ Route Combinations
    Film/ 1/ All FS/ Route Combinations
    Film/ 2/ All TE/ Man/Zone Tendencies
    Weights/ 1/ All QB/ Shoulders
    Weights/ 1/ All HB/ Hamstrings and Quads
    Weights/ 1/ All WR/ Calves and Ankles
    Weights/ 1/ All FS/ Calves and Ankles
    Weights/ 1/ All SS/ Calves and Ankles
    Weights/ 1/ All CB/ Calves and Ankles
    Weights/ 1/ All DE/ Hamstrings and Quads
    Weights/ 1/ All DT/ Hamstrings and Quads
    Weights/ 1/ All OLB/ Arms
    Weights/ 1/ All ILB/ Arms

Tuesday

    7 on 7/ 3/ Partial Pads
    Full Drill/ 2/ 1st team/ Partial Pads
    Full Drill/ 1/ 2nd team/ Partial Pads
    Full Drill/ 1/ 3rd team/ Partial Pads

Wednesday

    7 on 7/ 3/ Partial Pads
    Full Drill/ 1/ 1st team/ Partial Pads
    Pos Drill/ 1/ All QB/ Routes and Combinations
    Pos Drill/ 1/ All HB/ The Gauntlet
    Pos Drill/ 1/ All FB/ Run Blocking
    Pos Drill/ 1/ All WR/ Wide Receiver Release
    Pos Drill/ 1/ All TE/ Run Blocking
    Pos Drill/ 1/ All C/ Run Blocking
    Pos Drill/ 1/ All G/ Run Blocking
    Pos Drill/ 1/ All T/ Run Blocking
    Pos Drill/ 1/ All DT/ Get Off The Ball
    Pos Drill/ 1/ All DE/ Get Off The Ball

Thursday

    7 on 7/ 3/ Partial Pads
    Full Drill/ 2/ 1st Team/ Partial Pads
    Pos Drill/ 2/ All OLB/ Beat the Block
    Pos Drill/ 2/ All ILB/ Beat the Block
    Pos Drill/ 1/ All CB/ Backpedaling
    Pos Drill/ 1/ All SS/ Backpedaling
    Pos Drill/ 1/ All FS/ Backpedaling

Friday

    Full Drill/ 1/ 1st team/ No Pads
    Full Drill/ 1/ 2nd team/ Partial Pads
    Pos Drill/ 1/ All QB/ Routes and Progressions
    Pos Drill/ 1/ All HB/ Run Blocking
    Pos Drill/ 1/ All FB/ Tire Relay
    Pos Drill/ 1/ All WR/ Pattern Depths
    Pos Drill/ 1/ All TE/ Tire Relay
    Pos Drill/ 1/ All C/ Run Blocking
    Pos Drill/ 1/ All G/ Run Blocking
    Pos Drill/ 1/ All T/ Run Blocking
    Pos Drill/ 1/ All DT/ Get Off the Ball
    Pos Drill/ 1/ All DE/ Get Off the Ball
    Pos Drill/ 1/ All SS/ Backpedaling
    Pos Drill/ 1/ All FS/ Backpedaling

QB and RD get about 2 to 3 points. FS and SS get about 1 point. No one goes down in points. Turn the injuries down slightly. Sometimes the backups will get hurt here and there. Tweak the drills and film work for your own personal team (like ball reaction instead of backpedaling for the DBs).

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