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New rules and updated rosters and season schedules feature in this update of the longrunning NHL series, as do many new features.

Deking is now performed using the left analog stick, with swift signature moves of star players that confuse opponents and reward skill. The same stick is used to increase the accuracy when shooting. While preparing for a shot, a bull's-eye appears in the enemy goal and you can quickly move the target to the corners for precision. To add to the individual qualities, statistics such as speed and size are now reflected during gameplay in the players' momentum and turning radius. To get past opponents quickly, you can generate momentum for quick speed boosts.

With the introduction of R.P.M. (Realistic Puck Momentum) dynamics, there is more randomness with the puck, as a shot off the mask can now stun goalies. Another small addition is the deformation of the ice during the match. In the player creation mode, where you can now apply bruises, broken noses, black eyes and scars to your players, the thumbstick is used for "face sculpting" - changing the different features.

All the regular game modes are present, of which the Dynasty Mode from the previous version is the most complete, with scouting and full management options, inside and outside the arena. Contrary to the last game, you can now intervene during simulated AI games and win the match for your team.

The PC, PS2 and Xbox version support online multiplayer games, and as a special bonus, the original NHL 94 game, one of the first in the series, has been included with the PS2 edition.

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NHL 06 Windows and the fighting begins.
NHL 06 Windows Gloves are off...
NHL 06 Windows Puck bounced from the post to goal.
NHL 06 Windows 1st period starting

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GameZone PlayStation 2 Sep 16, 2005 8.8 out of 10 88
PC Games (Germany) Windows Sep 26, 2005 87 out of 100 87
TalkXbox Xbox Sep 13, 2005 87 out of 100 87
4Players.de Xbox Sep 14, 2005 85 out of 100 85
TeamXbox Xbox Sep 08, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxpo.com GameCube 2005 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Sep, 2005 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Informer Magazine GameCube Sep, 2005 7.5 out of 10 75
The Video Game Critic PlayStation 2 Feb 28, 2006 B 75
1UP PlayStation 2 Sep 13, 2006 6.5 out of 10 65

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Server shutdown

On 1st September 2007, EA closed their servers for multiplayer games, for the PS2, Xbox and Windows versions.

Related Web Sites

  • NHL 06 (Official game website)
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