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NBA Live 06

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Xbox
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GameCube
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4.4

User Reviews

Best NBA Live Game on GameCube! GameCube Thomas T (217)

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GameCube 2 4.4
PlayStation 2 3 3.3
PSP 1 4.6
Windows 2 3.9
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Xbox 360 1 3.2
Combined MobyScore 9 3.8


The Press Says

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92
XboxTalkXbox
EA’s NBA Live 06 delivers with its incredible new gameplay feature, Freestyle Superstars. The game focuses on showing a difference between player types aside from merely what position they play. EA has also provided a great boost in visuals, and the addition of an Xbox Live enabled All-Star Weekend is huge. This game is sure to provide hours of fun for many, and I recommend that all NBA fans pick this one up.
91
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Fast pünktlich zum Start der neuen NBA-Saison steht auch das dazugehörige Spiel mit sämtlichen Originaldaten in den Läden. Beeindruckendster Neuzugang von NBA Live 06 ist die gründlich überarbeitete 3D-Engine, die ein zunehmend fotorealistisches Spielerlebnis bietet. Das fängt schon abseits des Spielfelds an. Dort sitzen nämlich erstmals hübsch animierte Polygon-Zuschauer und sorgen für eine wesentlich lebendigere Atmosphäre.
90
XboxIGN
This is my favorite two-player sports game of the year so far. The Superstar moves really change the way you play the game, and for the better, as for the first time in years you can really tell the difference between players like Shaq and Eric Dampier. I also really enjoyed the deep Dynasty mode and Player Evolution. The ability to take a team like the Bobcats, develop your rookies any way you want, and watch as some young shooter off the bench becomes the next Reggie Miller is something that will keep you in the game until the real Bobcats make the playoffs for real.
90
XboxGameSpy
Although there are a few problems with the Freestyle Superstar system, it's still one of the most innovative elements we've ever seen in an NBA game. Being able to dominate players with Shaq or throw cross-court, no-look passes with Tony Parker is a wonderful addition, and it actually makes you feel like you're playing the game with real NBA players, not just a bunch of identical players. It just may be the next best thing to hitting that buzzer-beater in your driveway.
90
PlayStation 2IGN
This is my favorite two-player sports game of the year so far. The Superstar moves really change the way you play the game, and for the better, as for the first time in years you can really tell the difference between players like Shaq and Eric Dampier. I also really enjoyed the deep Dynasty mode and Player Evolution. The ability to take a team like the Bobcats, develop your rookies any way you want, and watch as some young shooter off the bench becomes the next Reggie Miller is something that will keep you in the game until the real Bobcats make the playoffs for real.
90
PlayStation 2GameSpy
Although there are a few problems with the Freestyle Superstar system, it's still one of the most innovative elements we've ever seen in an NBA game. Being able to dominate players with Shaq or throw cross-court, no-look passes with Tony Parker is a wonderful addition, and it actually makes you feel like you're playing the game with real NBA players, not just a bunch of identical players. It just may be the next best thing to hitting that buzzer-beater in your driveway.
90
GameCubePGNx Media
With NBA Live 06, EA Canada has defined the series as even more arcadelike than previous versions. While not a full five-on-five NBA Street, NBA Live 06 features just enough arcade elements to keep the game interesting while still remaining a full blown basketball simulator.
90
PSPGamePro (US)
In NBA Live 06, EA once again strikes sports gaming gold with another solid installment in their powerhouse franchise. As expected, EA crammed all their signature style and high profile pageantry into this portable version with outstanding commentary (by big man Marv Albert), broadcast-like presentation, and rap-tastic soundtrack. While the somewhat pixilated graphics aren't quite up to par with the consloe versions, the visuals still look great. Also featured are a sweet set of entertaining extra game modes like the All-Star Game, 3-Point Shootout, Slam Dunk Contest, Rookie Challenge, and Superstar Challenge (a PSP exclusive mini-game).
90
GameCubeIGN
Remember when Michael Jordan was more than just a bald head? When players like Tom Chambers could dunk from the three-point line and Sir Charles threw down gorilla slams from the free throw line. Those "good old days" of basketball videogames introduced individuality to the genre, separating His Airness, The Glide, and Larry Legend from the role players lucky enough to ever sub in a game.
89
XboxGameZone
One of the most enjoyable games the franchise has produced, NBA Live 06 is just one of those games that does the sport right. With a deep Dynasty mode, loads of addictive game modes and its somewhat solid controls this year’s offering is worth the purchase price. While NBA 2K6 has all the goods this year, this is certainly a game you don’t want to skip. Buy this one right away if you’re looking for a good EA Sports basketball game.
89
PlayStation 2GameZone
EA Sports has done a magnificent job with NBA Live 06, one of the best basketball games to come out this year. While its gameplay mechanics don’t quite come close to capturing the balance between simulator and arcade sports game that NBA 2K6 clearly possesses, this is a solid basketball game that no PS2 owner should miss.
88
XboxTeamXbox
I had a lot of fun playing the dunk contest in NBA Live 2005, but I couldn’t really get deep into the actual games. This is not so in NBA Live 06. I’m thoroughly enjoying the actual season games this time around and I have to attribute most of this love to the Freestyle Superstar system. The graphical upgrade is also a surprising inclusion in NBA Live 06, but one that also changes how I view the genre. With a bit more refinement (and more Xbox love) NBA Live 06 would have been legendary. I’ll happily settle for NBA Live 06 right now, and cross my fingers that EA balls above the rim in the next-gen.
88
WindowsPC Powerplay
Meine Befürchtung hat sich zum Glück nicht bewahrheitet: Die Freestyle-Superstars kippen nicht etwa das Balancing von NBA Live 2006, sondern sind einfach spektakuläre Sahnehäubchen auf tollen Spielzügen. Dank der besseren KI läuft das Spiel gerade bei Fast Breaks wesentlich flüssiger – damit haben die Entwickler einen der größten Kritikpunkte des Vorgängers beseitigt. Als eine der wenigen, wirklich störenden Altlasten hat sich nur die etwas zu hohe Zahl der Offensiv-Rebounds des Computergegners in Version 06 geschmuggelt.
87
Windows4Players.de
Okay, dass es nur in Europa keinen Online-Modus gibt, ist eine herbe Enttäuschung. Und die insgesamt gute Präsentation krankt vor allem auf Konsolen unter leichten Rucklern und Clipping-Fehlern. Auch in Sachen Spielermodelle sowie Zeitlupen hinkt man, den PC ausgenommen, hinter NBA 2K6 her. Kann es sein, dass man sich vor dem Start der Xbox 360 auf den alten Systemen ausruht? Aber selbst, wenn man diese Frage mit Ja beantwortet: NBA 06 macht einfach einen Heidenspaß! Es ist dynamisch, taktisch, packend. Und es fängt den Zauber des Sports dieses Jahr noch besser ein, da Teams und Profis ihrem Charakter entsprechend auftreten. EA geht damit den realistischen Weg konsequent weiter und hat das Spiel mit individuellen Top-Star-Manövern bereichert: Jetzt schlüpfen mächtige Center und eiskalte Scorer viel deutlicher in ihre Rollen. Zwar bietet NBA Live 06 aufgrund einiger automatisiert wirkender Körbe und der Alley-Oops immer noch mehr Arcade-Flair als NBA 2K6, aber es nähert sich an.
86
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Was ist schöner als den Gegner zu besiegen? Ihn zu demütigen! Und dank der extrem stilvollen Superstar-Manöver habe ich dafür mehr Möglichkeiten als jemals zuvor. Blindes Draufloszaubern bringt jedoch nichts, nur überlegte Ballstafetten führen zum Korberfolg – so soll es sein. Ärgerlich nur, dass ich mir mangels Tutorial die ersten wirklich geplanten Superstar-Spielzüge so hart erarbeiten musste. Ändert jedoch nichts am Fazit: Ein Muss für alle Basketballfans!
86
GameCubeN-Zone
Anfangs war ich skeptisch, ob die Special-Moves bei NBA Live 06 nicht einfach nur Freifahrtscheine für schnelle und einfache Punkte sind. Nach mehreren Stunden Spielzeit waren meine Zweifel jedoch zerstreut. Die Freestyle Control macht NBA Live zu einem besseren Spiel: Wer einmal eine Partie Detroit Pistols gegen Phoenix Suns miterlebt hat, weiß, wovon ich spreche: So muss realistischer Basketball aussehen, der die Eigenschaften der echten Star-Spieler berücksichtigt.
86
PlayStation 2Worth Playing
Overall, NBA Live 2006 is far from ground-breaking but still surprisingly fun. Be sure to play on a slightly higher difficulty setting, as the lower-level AI players are too dim-witted. This title is great for multiplayer battles because of the addition of the superstar skills, but aside from that, the game is pretty similar to last year's offering. If you are looking for a completely new NBA experience, this is not the right game for you. If, however, you just want a new game with updated rosters and are curious about the ins and outs of the superstar abilities, then this might be the title for you. NBA Live '95 has also been included on the disc, so there's also something here for retro NBA fans.
86
PSPPSX Extreme
I was disappointed with Madden 06, and that was before I played the very impressive NBA Live for the PSP. The load times are short, all of its big-brothers major features are included, there’s instant replay, and the gameplay is surprisingly tight. Simply put: it’s nearly everything you could ask for in a portable NBA game. Sure, there’s room for improvement, but that doesn’t mean that NBA Live 06 isn’t a darn fine game.
85
Xbox4Players.de
Okay, dass es nur in Europa keinen Online-Modus gibt, ist eine herbe Enttäuschung. Und die insgesamt gute Präsentation krankt vor allem auf Konsolen unter leichten Rucklern und Clipping-Fehlern. Auch in Sachen Spielermodelle sowie Zeitlupen hinkt man, den PC ausgenommen, hinter NBA 2K6 her. Kann es sein, dass man sich vor dem Start der Xbox 360 auf den alten Systemen ausruht? Aber selbst, wenn man diese Frage mit Ja beantwortet: NBA 06 macht einfach einen Heidenspaß! Es ist dynamisch, taktisch, packend. Und es fängt den Zauber des Sports dieses Jahr noch besser ein, da Teams und Profis ihrem Charakter entsprechend auftreten. EA geht damit den realistischen Weg konsequent weiter und hat das Spiel mit individuellen Top-Star-Manövern bereichert: Jetzt schlüpfen mächtige Center und eiskalte Scorer viel deutlicher in ihre Rollen. Zwar bietet NBA Live 06 aufgrund einiger automatisiert wirkender Körbe und der Alley-Oops immer noch mehr Arcade-Flair als NBA 2K6, aber es nähert sich an.
85
PlayStation 24Players.de
Okay, dass es nur in Europa keinen Online-Modus gibt, ist eine herbe Enttäuschung. Und die insgesamt gute Präsentation krankt vor allem auf Konsolen unter leichten Rucklern und Clipping-Fehlern. Auch in Sachen Spielermodelle sowie Zeitlupen hinkt man, den PC ausgenommen, hinter NBA 2K6 her. Kann es sein, dass man sich vor dem Start der Xbox 360 auf den alten Systemen ausruht? Aber selbst, wenn man diese Frage mit Ja beantwortet: NBA 06 macht einfach einen Heidenspaß! Es ist dynamisch, taktisch, packend. Und es fängt den Zauber des Sports dieses Jahr noch besser ein, da Teams und Profis ihrem Charakter entsprechend auftreten. EA geht damit den realistischen Weg konsequent weiter und hat das Spiel mit individuellen Top-Star-Manövern bereichert: Jetzt schlüpfen mächtige Center und eiskalte Scorer viel deutlicher in ihre Rollen. Zwar bietet NBA Live 06 aufgrund einiger automatisiert wirkender Körbe und der Alley-Oops immer noch mehr Arcade-Flair als NBA 2K6, aber es nähert sich an.
85
GameCubeGamesmania
Auch wenn ich mir nie ein komplettes NBA-Spiel live im TV ansehen würde und mir persönlich Eishockey als US-Sportart sympathischer ist, hat mir NBA Live 06 dennoch einige schöne Spielstunden beschert. Die zum Teil überragende Präsentation, die vielen spannenden Spielmodi und das glaubhafte Agieren der KI-Gegner auf dem Platz lässt einen jederzeit gerne zum Basketball greifen. Die Steuerung wirkt allerdings leicht überladen und zu allem Überfluss wird mein geschätztes PS2-Pad am PC nicht unterstützt, auch ein Onlinemodus wäre wünschenswert gewesen. Trotzdem ist NBA Live 06 eine runde Sache und kann jedem Sportfan nur wärmstens empfohlen werden.
85
XboxGamesmania
Auch wenn ich mir nie ein komplettes NBA-Spiel live im TV ansehen würde und mir persönlich Eishockey als US-Sportart sympathischer ist, hat mir NBA Live 06 dennoch einige schöne Spielstunden beschert. Die zum Teil überragende Präsentation, die vielen spannenden Spielmodi und das glaubhafte Agieren der KI-Gegner auf dem Platz lässt einen jederzeit gerne zum Basketball greifen. Die Steuerung wirkt allerdings leicht überladen und zu allem Überfluss wird mein geschätztes PS2-Pad am PC nicht unterstützt, auch ein Onlinemodus wäre wünschenswert gewesen. Trotzdem ist NBA Live 06 eine runde Sache und kann jedem Sportfan nur wärmstens empfohlen werden.
85
PlayStation 2Gamesmania
Auch wenn ich mir nie ein komplettes NBA-Spiel live im TV ansehen würde und mir persönlich Eishockey als US-Sportart sympathischer ist, hat mir NBA Live 06 dennoch einige schöne Spielstunden beschert. Die zum Teil überragende Präsentation, die vielen spannenden Spielmodi und das glaubhafte Agieren der KI-Gegner auf dem Platz lässt einen jederzeit gerne zum Basketball greifen. Die Steuerung wirkt allerdings leicht überladen und zu allem Überfluss wird mein geschätztes PS2-Pad am PC nicht unterstützt, auch ein Onlinemodus wäre wünschenswert gewesen. Trotzdem ist NBA Live 06 eine runde Sache und kann jedem Sportfan nur wärmstens empfohlen werden.
85
WindowsGamesmania
Auch wenn ich mir nie ein komplettes NBA-Spiel live im TV ansehen würde und mir persönlich Eishockey als US-Sportart sympathischer ist, hat mir NBA Live 06 dennoch einige schöne Spielstunden beschert. Die zum Teil überragende Präsentation, die vielen spannenden Spielmodi und das glaubhafte Agieren der KI-Gegner auf dem Platz lässt einen jederzeit gerne zum Basketball greifen. Die Steuerung wirkt allerdings leicht überladen und zu allem Überfluss wird mein geschätztes PS2-Pad am PC nicht unterstützt, auch ein Onlinemodus wäre wünschenswert gewesen. Trotzdem ist NBA Live 06 eine runde Sache und kann jedem Sportfan nur wärmstens empfohlen werden.
85
PSPJeuxvideo.com
NBA Live 06 est une vraie bonne surprise. Non pas qu'on s'attendait à un titre annexe mais la performance des autres versions ne présageait pas forcément du meilleur. Pourtant, on a là un titre incontournable pour la PSP qui procure un grand plaisir pour les fans et que les néophytes adopteront certainement très vite. C'est indiscutablement l'un des meilleurs jeux de sport de la console de Sony.
84
XboxLawrence
EA has probably produced the best Live installment in the series, but that doesn't mean they've made the best basketball game or even touched the potential the series has. There are still some major kinks that could be addressed but perhaps I'm being a bit too picky. After all, it's the most fun and most energetic basketball game out there. It'll be interesting to see what steps EA takes next year, but for now, I'm just going to enjoy owning people in the paint with my overpowered Shaq.
83
Xbox1UP
NBA Live 06 is best played amongst a group of friends looking to kick back for some b-ball fun without having to worry too much about realism or depth. The Superstar control sets will ensure that each game has a lengthy highlight reel while keeping the gameplay fast and fun. Fundamental issues with the game and its key features keep it out of the upper echelon of basketball titles.
83
XboxGameBump/Gaming Horizon
Despite the addition of the Freestyle Superstar system, NBA Live 2006 doesn’t do much to distinguish itself from its previous versions. For fans of the series, though, don’t let that discourage you from getting the game. By all means, even if it’s just that addition, playing with the superstar skills is pretty fun, and changing them and experimenting to see which ones fit your style of play is very satisfying. The online matches are also highly entertaining as well. I just hope that with the upcoming next-gen versions of Live approaching, EA does something to spice up a series that’s starting to get a stale.
83
XboxArmchair Empire, The
The new graphics engine is anything but impressive and the A.I.-assisted defense could be smarter, but NBA Live 06 still can claim to be ( arguably) the best NBA basketball video game title versus NBA 2K6. Fans of the EA style of sports gaming will be once again thoroughly enjoy shooting the rock with NBA 06, while the smaller majority may prefer NBA 2K6. Still, it’s safe to say that despite not being an unbeatable dynasty amongst NBA video games anymore, NBA Live 06 still provides the deepest NBA basketball gaming experience around, and the many different online offerings via Xbox Live will be especially attractive to online sports gamers looking to satisfy their basketball jones in cyberspace.
83
XboxUGO (UnderGroundOnline)
NBA Live 06 continues the tradition of a solid EA Sports basketball franchise. There are still some small issues to contend with, but the game is good enough to overshadow most of them. The Freestyle Superstars are a nice addition to the gameplay, and online dunk contests will always be fun. It is another step forward for the NBA Live series. Now I can't wait to see what they do with a next gen system!
83
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Het blijft natuurlijk 'meer van hetzelfde', maar EA Sports heeft NBA Live wel precies daar verbeterd waar we het het liefst hadden.
83
PlayStation 2PSX Extreme
NBA Live 06 is a good game, but there's not enough new content to wholeheartedly recommend it as a purchase unless you haven't bought an NBA Live game in a few years. The freestyle superstar moves are nice, but the other new stuff, like hiring staff, online dunk contests, and the inclusion of NBA Live 95 aren't worth shelling out fifty bucks for if you own last year's game.
83
Xbox 360PGNx Media
EA Sports’ perennial basketball franchise makes a next-generation appearch. NBA Live 06 for the Xbox 360 includes a brand-new graphics engine and some next-generation features that truly make you feel like the next generation is upon you. Unfortunately, some concessions were made to get this game available in time for launch, so you’ll miss some expected features like a franchise mode.
82
PSP4Players.de
Ganz klar: Die Größe der PC- und Konsolenvorlagen erreicht NBA Live 06 auf Sonys Handheld nicht. Dazu fehlen euch einfach die Möglichkeiten, das Spiel noch mehr nach euren Vorlieben zu gestalten statt euch einfach in eine feste Abwehr zu stellen und auf Möglichkeiten zum Schießen zu warten. Gutes Stellungsspiel wird aber belohnt und die Freestyle-Moves der Superstars sorgen auch hier für fernsehreifes Basketball-Feeling. Wären alle Modi aus den Stubenhocker-Vorbildern vorhanden und hätte EA der Steuerung mehr Feinheiten verpasst, hätte auch die PSP-Fassung den Award abstauben können. So bleibt ein guter Sporttitel, dem es im Abschluss an spielerischer Tiefe mangelt.
81
PSPGameZone
NBA Live for the PSP is a no-brainer, especially for hardcore basketball fanatics. Although displaying its fair share of problems, the overwhelming fun factor of the game more than overshadows the lack of realism.
80
PSPGamesmania
Wer unbedingt auch unterwegs Basketball spielen möchte macht mit NBA Live 06 auf der PSP nichts verkehrt. Wie schon bei der Umsetzung von FIFA 06 hat es EASports geschafft, alle wichtigen Details der Konsolenfassungen auf den Handheld hinüberzuretten. Abstriche muss man lediglich bei der etwas pixeligen Grafik und dem fehlenden Dynastie-Modus hinnehmen. Doch für ein Spielchen zwischendurch macht auch die neue Superstar Challenge durchaus Spaß. Ich persönlich zocke NBA aber lieber weiterhin auf einem großen Bildschirm.
80
PlayStation 2UOL Jogos
No final das contas, fãs de basquete e apreciadores de "NBA Live" terão na edição "06" um prato cheio, de vida útil bastante longa - o suficiente até a próxima edição. De qualquer forma, já não dá mais para "esconder a sujeira debaixo do tapete", por menor que esta seja. Sem dúvidas, a série precisa se "modernizar" mais dentro das quadras para manter a sua hegemonia.
80
XboxGame Over Online
While NBA Live 06 makes a couple of steps forward with the Freestyle Superstar Controls, it manages to make a couple steps backward at the same time. The fact that these abilities literally take over and unbalance the game, as well as show up the flaws that the game had from last year makes the title an adequate upgrade for the hardcore fan at best, a mild improvement at worst.
80
XboxGame Chronicles
Electronic Arts shows no sign of slowing down as they gobble up anything that gets in their way on the road to total console supremacy. And with the NFL license in the bag, it’s only a matter of time before they take over basketball too. So while I would recommend the 2K series over the EA series just about any day of the week, it would be disingenuous of me to claim that the NBA Live series hasn’t managed to improve with each iteration, finding new innovations to make the experience interesting for those who have yet to be pulled in. NBA Live 06 is hardly a slam dunk, but considering the game’s features as a whole, it’s at least a pretty good lay-up.
80
WindowsUOL Jogos
No final das contas, fãs de basquete e apreciadores de "NBA Live" terão na edição "06" um prato cheio, de vida útil bastante longa - o suficiente até a próxima edição. De qualquer forma, já não dá mais para "esconder a sujeira debaixo do tapete", por menor que esta seja. Sem dúvidas, a série precisa se "modernizar" mais dentro das quadras para manter a sua hegemonia.
80
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Le bilan est positif mais le faible nombre de nouveautés fait cruellement défaut à la franchise NBA Live. Ce ne sont finalement que quelques détails qui différencient ce volet de son aîné, même si ces derniers sont bien incorporés et fort appréciables. Mention spéciale aux graphismes qui sont d'une rare beauté.
80
PSPDigital Press - Classic Video Games
The lackluster mess that was NBA Live 06 on consoles becomes a solid piece of work on the PSP. The feel, style, and gameplay are all different from the home console versions, and if there's ever been a game that needs to stray far, this is the one. In almost every category, Live 06 handheld tramples the home versions.
80
XboxFragland.net
Apart from this little side note, NBA Live 06 is better than its predecessor and fans of arcade gameplay will really enjoy the new freestyle superstars. However you’ll have to see for yourself if you want to spend your money on this or rather save it for a more beautiful and probably better Xbox 360 version.
80
PlayStation 21UP
NBA Live 06 is best played amongst a group of friends looking to kick back for some b-ball fun without having to worry too much about realism or depth. The Superstar control sets will ensure that each game has a lengthy highlight reel while keeping the gameplay fast and fun. Fundamental issues with the game and its key features keep it out of the upper echelon of basketball titles.
80
PSPG4 TV: X-Play
Given the title’s fast-moving feel, we’d hoped for a lot more out of the online game. While ad-hoc connections proved to be perfectly workable, EA has once again compromised a game’s online performance with terrible lobbies, lag and an excruciating registration process that requires a $2 fee to avoid spam ads from ESPN. Lame, lame, lame. How many times can we say it? One more: lame.

Don’t let that steer you away from Live, though. One more botched online attempt from EA isn’t enough to damn an otherwise entertaining game of hoop. Even without a deep Dynasty mode (we really expect it next year) this is easily the best basketball available on a handheld.
80
GameCubeGameSpy
Although there are a few problems with the Freestyle Superstar system, it's still one of the most innovative elements we've ever seen in an NBA game. Being able to dominate players with Shaq or throw cross-court, no-look passes with Tony Parker is a wonderful addition, and it actually makes you feel like you're playing the game with real NBA players, not just a bunch of identical players. It just may be the next best thing to hitting that buzzer-beater in your driveway.
80
PSPYahoo! Games
NBA Live 2006 isn't the perfect game for serious NBA fans who dig stat-tracking more than slam-dunking. It is, however, a great game for someone searching for a good looking, fun and portable game of basketball.
80
PSPGameSpy
EA's NBA Live franchise has always been a highlight for basketball fans. The extra features introduced this year give fans even more reason to hit the virtual hardtop. By moving the game to the PSP, EA managed to keep most of the console experience intact and give gamers a robust basketball experience that fits nicely in the palm of their hands. If you're a fan of the game, this is by far the best portable experience you'll find to date.
80
WindowsJeuxVideoPC.com
Joyeux anniversaire NBA live ! Cela fait désormais 12 ans qu’est sorti le premier opus de ce fameux jeu de basket. Douze années durant lesquelles Electronic Arts n’a cessé de convaincre, au gré d’améliorations progressives. Cette année déroge quelque peu à la règle dans la mesure où les nouveautés n’y sont pas légions ; cependant, cet opus 2006 n’en demeure pas moins excellent…
78
PSPIGN
All things considered; NBA Live 06 is one of the most accessible and fun sports title released for PSP to date. The transition from console to handheld left only a few compromises, none of which hurt the fluidity of gameplay. You'll recognize most of the same animations and player models if you're familiar with the console version, and arcade-style basketball experience translates perfectly to the PSP. The loss of Dynasty mode is countered by the PSP exclusive Superstar Challenge, but the multiplayer features are a little subdued. Steve Kerr and Marv Albert provide entertaining in game analysis, despite a downsize in their library of comments and anecdotes. Any fan of the console NBA Live franchise will certainly enjoy its slimmed-down portable counterpart.
77
XboxGameSpot
While NBA Live 06 does its best to put a new face on its game with the new superstar abilities and tweaks to its franchise mode, the series as a whole still feels stuck in neutral, like LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers. And both are still waiting to get to the next level... Thankfully, the core gameplay is solid enough that Live 06 is still recommendable to hardcore hoopsters looking to get a jump start on the upcoming NBA season. Those who appreciate the game's arcadelike feel will probably enjoy the superstar abilities a lot, as they are great fun to watch and they bring the game ever closer to an NBA Street look and feel. But for those who want more of a simulation-style game or for those who are looking for more of an evolution from recent iterations of NBA Live, you're probably not going to find what you're looking for in this year's game.
77
PlayStation 2Game Over Online
While NBA Live 06 makes a couple of steps forward with the Freestyle Superstar Controls, it manages to make a couple steps backward at the same time. The fact that these abilities literally take over and unbalance the game, as well as show up the flaws that the game had from last year makes the title an adequate upgrade for the hardcore fan at best, a mild improvement at worst.
77
PlayStation 2GameSpot
Those who appreciate the game's arcadelike feel will probably enjoy the superstar abilities a lot, as they are great fun to watch and they bring the game ever closer to an NBA Street look and feel. But for those who want more of a simulation-style game or for those who are looking for more of an evolution from recent iterations of NBA Live, you're probably not going to find what you're looking for in this year's game.
77
GameCubeGameSpot
While NBA Live 06 does its best to put a new face on its game with the new superstar abilities and tweaks to its franchise mode, the series as a whole still feels stuck in neutral, like LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers. And both are still waiting to get to the next level... Thankfully, the core gameplay is solid enough that Live 06 is still recommendable to hardcore hoopsters looking to get a jump start on the upcoming NBA season. Those who appreciate the game's arcadelike feel will probably enjoy the superstar abilities a lot, as they are great fun to watch and they bring the game ever closer to an NBA Street look and feel. But for those who want more of a simulation-style game or for those who are looking for more of an evolution from recent iterations of NBA Live, you're probably not going to find what you're looking for in this year's game.
77
GameCubeGame Over Online
While NBA Live 06 makes a couple of steps forward with the Freestyle Superstar Controls, it manages to make a couple steps backward at the same time. The fact that these abilities literally take over and unbalance the game, as well as show up the flaws that the game had from last year makes the title an adequate upgrade for the hardcore fan at best, a mild improvement at worst.
76
PSPGameSpot
Despite the fact that we didn't get as much mileage out of online multiplayer as we hoped, NBA Live 06 for the PSP offers a good arcade basketball experience. Season mode, all-star weekend, and the superstar challenge should keep basketball fans busy for a while, and longtime fans of the NBA Live series will definitely appreciate that this portable version stays very true to its roots.
75
GameCubeJeuxpo.com
NBA Live 2006 se veut toujours aussi exhaustif. Concrètement il s'agit d'un très bon jeu de basket, la référence sur le support.
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PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Le bilan est positif mais le faible nombre de nouveautés fait cruellement défaut à la franchise NBA Live. Ce ne sont finalement que quelques détails qui différencient ce volet de son aîné, même si ces derniers sont bien incorporés et fort appréciables. Les fans pourront se jeter dessus mais les hésitants devront attendre la performance de NBA 2K6 avant de faire leur choix.
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XboxJeuxvideo.com
Le bilan est positif mais le faible nombre de nouveautés fait cruellement défaut à la franchise NBA Live. Ce ne sont finalement que quelques détails qui différencient ce volet de son aîné, même si ces derniers sont bien incorporés et fort appréciables. Les fans pourront se jeter dessus mais les hésitants devront attendre la performance de NBA 2K6 avant de faire leur choix.
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GameCubeJeuxvideo.com
Le bilan est positif mais le faible nombre de nouveautés fait cruellement défaut à la franchise NBA Live. Ce ne sont finalement que quelques détails qui différencient ce volet de son aîné, même si ces derniers sont bien incorporés et fort appréciables. Les fans pourront se jeter dessus mais les hésitants devront attendre la performance de NBA 2K6 avant de faire leur choix.
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GameCubeGame Informer Magazine
EA is definitely focusing on an area of the sport that I feel that all developers should be, but the series has fallen far behind NBA 2K6 in nearly every category.
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XboxGame Informer Magazine
EA is definitely focusing on an area of the sport that I feel that all developers should be, but the series has fallen far behind NBA 2K6 in nearly every category.
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PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
EA is definitely focusing on an area of the sport that I feel that all developers should be, but the series has fallen far behind NBA 2K6 in nearly every category.
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XboxExtreme Gamer
In NBA Live 06, there are so many modes to play. and I found that if you got tired of playing the season, you can always go to one of the other game mode to change things up a bit. I really think EA did a great job on this game, and I found it was like watch a really NBA game on TV. Recommended.
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Xbox 3601UP
So in short, Live 360 has more flaws than 2K6 360. Fact. But it also is far more ambitious and is the first game in a long time to take large steps towards making basketball games as a whole better. There's nothing at all safe about this game, and as a result the finished product is raw, unpolished and lacking depth -- but it's also one of the most "next-gen" and exciting games you can play right now on 360. Live 360 is something new and feels like what you should be getting when you buy a next-gen game. Once this game gets polished over the next few years, it's scary how good it could be.
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Xbox 360Fragland.net
NBA Live 06 is the successor of 2005's edition and there's little new to be told about it. It's a good basketball game, looks fantastic (at least on a hi-def TV), but the gameplay does have some drawbacks here and there. If you have a similar game that you're satisfied with, or you've got last year's edition and no HD-TV, then there's little reason to go running to the nearest shop. Hardcore NBA fans may not agree though, and who am I to contradict them?
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Xbox 360Planet Xbox 360
Even though this game shows sparks of brilliance I don’t necessarily recommend the purchase of it due to the short list of features and slow pacing. However it’s those sparks of brilliance that can very well turn this NBA Live franchise into a juggernaut of a NBA sim in a year or two down the road. So hold off on your purses and check books ladies and gentlemen, and watch the development of this franchise closely in the following years.
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PlayStation 2Game Freaks 365
In conclusion, NBA Live 2006 isn't a bad basketball game, although there are a lot of things that fail to impress and could have been much better if they were given more time. EA Sports needs to work on slowing down the gameplay and improving dramatically on the graphics engine before the 2007 season rolls around next fall. I'm not sure which I'd recommend this season between Live 06 and Sega's NBA 2K6, as I haven't played 2K6, but pass on buying Live 06; try a rental.
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GameCubeGame Freaks 365
In conclusion, NBA Live 2006 isn't a bad basketball game, although there are a lot of things that fail to impress and could have been much better if they were given more time. EA Sports needs to work on slowing down the gameplay and improving dramatically on the graphics engine before the 2007 season rolls around next fall. I'm not sure which I'd recommend this season between Live 06 and Sega's NBA 2K6, as I haven't played 2K6, but pass on buying Live 06; try a rental.
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WindowsGame Freaks 365
In conclusion, NBA Live 2006 isn't a bad basketball game, although there are a lot of things that fail to impress and could have been much better if they were given more time. EA Sports needs to work on slowing down the gameplay and improving dramatically on the graphics engine before the 2007 season rolls around next fall. I'm not sure which I'd recommend this season between Live 06 and Sega's NBA 2K6, as I haven't played 2K6, but pass on buying Live 06; try a rental.
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Xbox 360Game Chronicles
Most people think that since I was born and raised in Indiana that I have the sweat of NBA players flowing through my veins. And while I did play a bit of basketball in junior high, I can’t really claim to be as big a basketball fan as most Hoosiers. For instance, the only thing I can tell you about the Pacers is that Reggie Miller is the king of three-point shots, and that their televised home games preempt my episodes of Smallville on the WB.
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XboxX-Power
Onze basketbalfanaten mogen zich weer gelukkig prijzen, want NBA Live 06 levert niets aan kwaliteit in. De ‘Freestyle Superstar’-feature is een leuke toevoeging en zorgt voor steeds meer gelijkenissen met de sterren zelve, maar zoals ik al eerder zei is het ook een beetje teveel van het goede. Deze NBA Live leunt meer naar arcade toe , wat zo zijn voor- en nadelen heeft. Ook het gemis van online Xbox Live-support – die vorig jaar wél aanwezig was – betreuren wij ten zeerste. En ja, ook de graphics zijn niet wat we van EA gewoon zijn. Hopelijk spaart EA dit alles op voor de next-genversie van NBA Live 06, die in de loop van december zal verschijnen op de Xbox 360. Absolute fans moeten zeker niet twijfelen om deze game in huis te halen. Andere liefhebbers moeten maar eens goed nadenken en misschien wachten op de Xbox 360-versie van deze NBA Live 06.
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XboxAceGamez
I'm a big fan of playing basketball and I am useless at football - but in the gaming world I would much rather play Pro Evo 5 than NBA Live 06. It's a decent attempt, but it lacks what it used to have, and if you own the 2004 or 2005 version then just stick with them and trade the appropriate players to the correct teams (although it may take some time to do this, it will save you a quiet a few pennies and a lot of disappointment.) What I really want to see is the Pro Evo equivalent of basketball games - soon, please!
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XboxKombo.com
There’s a lot to expect from two titles with the same game play, same graphics and same ideas (see the dribble stick). Unfortunately, it imitates the features in 2K6 a great deal. In the end, the replay value is all that matters. NBA Live gives the essential ‘alive’ feeling that most sports games have. The players and controls are very intuitive and the plethora of game modes make this a very interesting title, even more so for tournaments. In the long run NBA Live unfortunately doesn’t stack up with the amounts of moves and 24/7 mode that takes a good portion of 2k6. Still, it is not a terrible game, and it’s definitely worth checking out.
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Xboxvideogamer.com
While EA is clearly shying away from a realistic take on the sport, Live 2006 is one of the better entries in the series with the superstar mode being by far its biggest highlight. And even with its fair share of shortcomings, Live 06 is a big enough leap from its predecessors to warrant a look. So, whether you're a veteran of the sport, like yours truly, or a casual newcomer, Live 06 is right up your alley.
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GameCubeGame Informer Magazine
Still, it verges on the farcical when you see a guy try to dunk from the three-point line. It also throws the animation and collision system into arrears as it tries to keep up. Fundamentals, people. Fundamentals.
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XboxGame Informer Magazine
Still, it verges on the farcical when you see a guy try to dunk from the three-point line. It also throws the animation and collision system into arrears as it tries to keep up. Fundamentals, people. Fundamentals.
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PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
Still, it verges on the farcical when you see a guy try to dunk from the three-point line. It also throws the animation and collision system into arrears as it tries to keep up. Fundamentals, people. Fundamentals.
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Windows1UP
NBA Live 06 makes some interesting and appealing strides forward for the veteran franchise. Unfortunately, no matter how you look at it, play it, or even think about it, its gameplay still won't make you feel like you're playing pro basketball. But-and this is an important distinction-it does an amazing job of portraying pro basketball. Arenas feel vibrant and alive, populated with realistic-looking fans and lifelike coaches stalking the sidelines. The player models look even more amazing, with realistic faces and fluid, athletic animations.
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WindowsGameguru Mania
So, is NBA Live 06 worth buying? Well, despite the flaws, the game is fairly fun to play ... for a day or two. Then you start thinking if you couldn't have done better with those 40 bucks!
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Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
You could have a worse time than banging the boards with NBA Live, but this offering does nothing to service fans. If anything, Live serves up an alley-oop pass for NBA 2K developers Visual Concepts to dunk home with its superior franchise.
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PlayStation 2Gaming Age
I still would like to see the series evolve a bit more and go back to games like Live 98 when it comes to realistic gameplay pacing and physics. I hope that with the release of the next generation systems and the power they possess, we will see the NBA truly come to life. For now, NBA Live 06 provides a fun and explosive game for fans who want to just run and gun to the hoop, with all the over the top moves and flare that go with such a title.
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GameCubeGame Revolution
NBA Live 06 is fine, decent, entirely competent, but who wants that again? We want bite, and even though this game has Marv Albert, it barely manages to break last year's skin. It retains its spot in the starting five, but this baller's lack of innovation puts its job in jeopardy.
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Xbox 360Gaming Target
Xbox 360 owners who are also sports fans should be in gamer heaven because when it comes to major sports titles, companies have all the bases covered… Well, all the bases except for baseball. EA Sports dominated launch day with football, soccer and golf, while 2K Games took care of hockey and snowboarding. Both publishers put out their own basketball games too, the only sport to see competition on the system’s first day. Even though EA’s NBA Live and 2K’s NBA 2K6 are based on the same sport, their next-gen debuts are fairly different. Live 06 is a lot like the rest of EA Sports’ lineup: stunning, but stripped of modes. 2K6, on the other hand, surpasses Live’s feature set but it’s not as flashy. For early adopters that want to impress friends with the finest next-gen graphics, it’ll be a tough choice between looks and longevity.
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PSPPlayLipse.fr
Pour un premier essai sur PlayStation Portable, la franchise d’Electronic Arts s’en tire plutôt bien. Proche de la version PS2 sur de nombreux points, notamment techniques, ce NBA Live 06 est un jeu de basket tout ce qu’il y a de convenable. Reste que les puristes auront du mal à avaler certaines faiblesses de gameplay et d’IA, ainsi que la disparition du mode online. A acheter en connaissance de cause donc.
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Xbox 360games xtreme
NBA Live 06 really should have shined brighter than anything, but it is seriously marred with missing features and clunky animations. The graphics engine is superb and the presentation is top notch. But the game suffers over LIVE and also the lack of the franchise mode, proper replays and the awful shooting method conspires to drag the game down into the ranks of the mediocre. The AI is fairly good although your team AI seems a little bit lax, while the computer opposition AI is fairly sharp; again this feels as if this section of the game was rushed along with several other things.
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Xbox 360Play.tm
Overall NBA Live 06 is a mixed bag. Graphically it's certainly a next-gen title, but graphics alone don't make a game worth buying. There are very few additions in terms of gameplay and the lack of a Franchise mode really does hurt its lifespan. To sum up, NBA live 06 feels like a rushed title, and there are better all round games in the series. For this reason it's only really recommendable to hardcore fans of the series who want to experience next-gen basketball action.
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Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Séduisant au niveau du gameplay, excellent graphiquement et accompagné d'une très bonne bande-son, NBA Live 06 aurait pu être un des gros titres du Line-up de la Xbox 360. Seulement voilà, à force de consacrer tous ses efforts au même endroit, on en oublie le reste. Alors qu'ils auraient dû bénéficier d'une version au moins aussi complète que les autres, les joueurs 360 se retrouvent avec un jeu superbe mais au contenu plus que succinct et inacceptable pour une série d'EA.
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Xbox 360GameSpot
NBA Live 06 can be considered, in a lot of ways, the first true next-generation basketball game. The game engine has been rebuilt from scratch, and the game does indeed make a great first impression on high-definition screens, with excellent-looking player models and courts. Unfortunately, that great initial impression fades gradually the more you play. Though NBA Live 06 is still a fun basketball offering that's noticeably slower and more simlike than recent entries in the series, it falls short of its promise. Flaws like poorly blended animations, an erratic frame rate, a horribly flawed free-throw-shooting mechanic, and the lack of a franchise mode combine to keep NBA Live 06 from being the great basketball game it could have been.
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Xbox 360Kombo.com
Until Live on the Xbox this past year I was a 2k only baler but Live 06 on Xbox changed my view. So my excitement for a next gen version was extremely high. EA promised a more in depth game that brought us right into the action. Instead, we got a graphics display of what the 360 can do and what EA sports didn't do. Live feels like a major step back in the wrong direction and feels about as shallow as a kiddy pool. But not all is lost, previous versions showed that EA knows the gameplay aspect and I am sure that next years version will double-team players with great gameplay and amazing visuals. Untill then ,stay far away from Live 06. Its gameplay gets uglier then a Pistons Pacers match-up.
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XboxGameDaily
Enjoying NBA Live 06 is really a matter of taste. If you're not down with actually thinking while playing videogames and you don't want to work for your points then you'll probably enjoy this game, and don't think for a second that I'm hatin' on Live and I plan to sing NBA 2K6's praises. 2K Sports' game is definitely a better product when it comes to gameplay, but I have issues with it as well. EA tried to best the competition with innovative features, but like last year, its shot rimmed out.
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Xbox 360Totally Gaming Network
Those who love the sport may be happy to wait for the ESPN game but EA veterans will know what to expect here - a glitzed-up version of the original XBox game but with the same old gameplay problems. The glitchy and horribly laggy Live does no favours either. Disappointing.
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Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
Player detailing and movements are greatly improved, but the series' problematic "dunce AI" is still ever-present. In the end, this game feels like a demo.
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Xbox 360GameZone
NBA Live has been a staple in EA Sport’s catalog of sports titles for some time now, and the 2006 entry to the franchise marks its debut on Microsoft’s next generation console, the XBox 360. While NBA Live 06 launched with the XBox 360, the game was actually released on other current generation consoles a few months ago at a $40 price point. Unfortunately, for those holding out for the $60 360 iteration, the game doesn’t exactly deliver the next-gen basketball experience that they’d hoped for. Instead, NBA Live 06 on the XBox 360 is somewhat of a rushed chop job, with fewer features than it’s current generation counterparts. The Dynasty mode is gone, as are the slam-dunk contest and the innovative freestyle superstar controls. For those looking to get the next-gen basketball game, you’d be better off waiting for Live 07.
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Xbox 3604Players.de
Erst der Absturz von FIFA 06. Jetzt springt NBA Live 06 hinterher. Hallo EA? Wie kann man seine Sportspiele so schlampig auf eine neue Konsole bringen? Das Basketballspiel, das uns auf PC und Konsolen noch begeisterte, entsetzt auf der Xbox 360 mit unverschämt starken Rucklern, einer schrecklichen Kameraführung sowie einer regelrechten Kastration in Sachen Umfang und Spielmechaniken: Was bringt mir der fotorealistischste Shaquile O'Neal, wenn er wie in Slow Motion durch die Arena schleicht und ich den Ball nicht sehe, den er gerade fängt? Kamera und Technik sind eine Katastrophe. Was bringt mir ein neues Freiwurfsystem, wenn man dafür all die Star-Bewegungen opfert? Warum gibt es keine Dynasty und kein All-Star-Weekend mehr?
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Xbox 360IGN
Kwame Brown in a box. That pretty much sums up Live 360, a game that might have the look of a #1 pick, but just doesn't have what it really takes to be a champion. This is a game that has seen the most disappointing, perplexing transformation from current to next gen, as EA Sports inexplicably decided to take out everything that made the Live series a million seller in favor of sweat and midgets.
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Xbox 360Game Freaks 365
Overall, NBA Live 06 still isn't on par with other basketball games. The gameplay still needs a few touches, there obviously needs to be more to do in the game, the glitchy animations and stuttery frame rate both need to be fixed, and I hope I never see such bad camera angles again. Even with these gripes, if you liked NBA Live on other consoles, I'd recommend that you rent Live 06 for the Xbox 360 to see the beginning of the next generation for this franchise.
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WindowsGameSpy
NBA Live 06 isn't a terrible game, and it really depends on what you want out of a basketball game as to whether or not you're going to enjoy it. Hardcore simulation fans really need not apply due to the broken rebounding model. But if you want a lot of high-flying sizzle in your hoops game and you don't care about the other minutiae, then by all means pick it up. Just don't expect a lot of authenticity.
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Xbox 360Video Game Talk
NBA Live 06 is a shallow experience that is doubtful to last for more than a rental period. The lack of established features, the mistake-inducing camera angles, and the embarrassing achievements are the worst flaws in the game. The idiotic free throw system doesn't help either. EA Sports picked the pockets of new Xbox 360 owners at launch with this incomplete game. I can't recommend this basketball title to anyone, especially with feature rich NBA 2K6 available for the Xbox 360. Go pick up NBA 2K6 if you really need a basketball title or wait to see if EA Sports figures out how to create a worthwhile game in the 07 version.
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Xbox 360Pro-G
There are always a few launch games that rely on their graphical superiority to push sales. Take NBA Live 2006 for example. It's a solid title right? Hell I gave the current-gen versions a respectable score of 7. There were plenty of gameplay modes, dynamite superstar moves, and my personal favourite: the Slam Dunk Contest. What more do you need?
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Xbox 360GameSpy
Let me start by saying that, since the first NBA 2K on Dreamcast, the Visual Concepts-developed series has been worlds ahead of any other hoops game on the market -- NBA Live included. However, I will concede that Live 06 has taken several strides to be more competitive with 2K's stellar efforts. At least, it took those strides in other iterations of this series, because the 360 version has received a full lobotomy.
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Xbox 360Armchair Empire, The
At the end of the day, you can probably just wait until next year’s NBA Live 07 to get a full package of b-ball, because NBA Live 06 just isn’t worth your time.
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XboxOperation Sports
In the end, however, there is no way I can suggest that any person pay $60 for this game. The most I would pay for this game is $25, and that’s if I had a little money to throw around. If you need a NBA Live game, I suggest that you buy the Xbox or PC version instead. If you need a basketball game for the Xbox 360, I would suggest picking up NBA 2K6. Still, graphically this game is almost perfect, and with slider tweaks, NBA Live can be made into a decent basketball game. Hopefully, EA will focus on the gameplay and adding features in future versions - starting ASAP. With some work, next year's version can have more than just a pretty face.
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Xbox 360Digital Press - Classic Video Games
The changes to the Live series here are promising, and the potential for the next few years is here. NBA Live 06 however is unfinished, lacking, and unable to break away from the arcade fest it's always been. This never should have been released without basic features we began to expect from sports games 10+ years ago.
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GameCubeDigital Press - Classic Video Games
If you've heard "wait until next year" for multiple EA Sports games this year, there's a reason for it. This years run is just terrible, and there's no reason or excuse for it. It's obvious this current run of consoles is no longer the company's focus. NBA Live 06 proves that.
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XboxGaming Nexus
NBA Live 06 is still a very arcade like game that relies heavily on guard play a little too much. There's still that horrendous rebounding issue and the addition of Freestyle Superstar mode makes some players score too easily. The on court action has improved a little bit but its' still pretty lacking. While the game will surely sell on name value alone, I can't recommend the game too much to basketball fans looking for a good solid representation of the game.
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Xbox 360Game Revolution
Sensing a theme here? NBA Live 06 looks great – I will give it that – and it's nice that EA tried to build a new team rather than just play it safe and port over their old game like NBA 2K6, but maybe that was a better idea after all. With a slew of annoying omissions and flaws, NBA Live 06 is proof positive that the new generation should really stay in school.