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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.


NBA 2K6 PlayStation 2 The title screen
NBA 2K6 PlayStation 2 The next screen the player sees shows all the club badges
NBA 2K6 PlayStation 2 The game starts with licensing information
NBA 2K6 PlayStation 2 Before the player gets to use the main menu this pops up

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The Video Game Critic PlayStation 2 Dec 10, 2005 A 100
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Oct 05, 2005 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Game Chronicles Xbox 360 Jan 05, 2006 9.2 out of 10 92
IC-Games PlayStation 2 Jun 10, 2006 90 out of 100 90
Planet Xbox 360 Xbox 360 May 08, 2006 8.7 out of 10 87
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Sep 29, 2005 8.6 out of 10 86
GameSpot Xbox 360 Nov 15, 2005 8.3 out of 10 83 Xbox 360 May 30, 2006 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 Jan 27, 2006 4 out of 5 80
AceGamez PlayStation 2 Apr 02, 2006 7 out of 10 70


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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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