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2K's long running basketball franchise, this one features the obligatory roster updates as well as an updated control scheme such as utilizing the analog stick to pass, shoot and even dunk. The turbo button has been eliminated, but players can now choose how to adjust their players aggressiveness in the game to determine how they will play.

It also features many NBA players such as Shaquille O'Neal, Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire along with many others. It also feature "The Crib", similar to Madden's apartment, where players can unlock and buy items to place in their apartment, upgrading as they progress through the game. There are also the regular game modes such as exhibition and even a franchise mode where players can control everything, from hiring new players, coaches and even scout out players.

The Xbox 360 features the V.I.P. feature, where players can view and even download their profiles to compare and compete against each other. It also features the commentary of Kevin Harlan and Kenny Smith.


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GameSpy PlayStation 2 Oct 05, 2005 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100 Xbox May 22, 2006 92 out of 100 92 PlayStation 2 May 22, 2006 92 out of 100 92
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Sep 29, 2005 8.6 out of 10 86
Video Game Talk Xbox 360 Feb 10, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
AceGamez Xbox 360 May 12, 2006 8 out of 10 80
IGN PlayStation 2 Sep 26, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Boomtown Xbox 360 Jun 14, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Totally Gaming Network Xbox 360 Jun 16, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Game Shark Xbox Oct 27, 2005 B 75


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  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – #6 Xbox Game of the Year
    • 2005 – Xbox Sports Game of the Year
    • 2005 – Xbox 360 Sports Game of the Year
    • 2005 – PS2 Sports Game of the Year

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