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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
GamersMark Xbox Oct 20, 2005 9.3 out of 10 93
Game Chronicles Xbox 360 Jan 05, 2006 9.2 out of 10 92
1UP PlayStation 2 Oct 06, 2005 A- 91
GameSpot Xbox 360 Nov 15, 2005 8.3 out of 10 83
GameSpy Xbox 360 Nov 22, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
XBox Evolved Xbox 360 Nov 19, 2005 7.4 out of 10 74 Xbox 360 Dec 05, 2005 7.1 out of 10 71
AceGamez Xbox Apr 02, 2006 7 out of 10 70
1UP Xbox 360 Nov 23, 2005 C+ 58


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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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