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Gamesmania.de (92 out of 100)

Wer die NBA mag, wird dieses Spiel lieben. Nie wurde die amerikanische Profiliga glaubhafter simuliert als bei diesem Titel. Sowohl der Spielablauf als auch die Steuerung konnten uns begeistern. NBA 2K6 ist ein Muss für jeden Basketballfan! XBox 360 Besitzer erwerben zudem einen optischen Leckerbissen, alle anderen bekommen das Spiel zum Schnäppchenpreis.

May 22nd, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Game Chronicles (9.2 out of 10)

Visual Concepts continues to make the best sports games on the market and this year they go on to prove that the ESPN license might not be as important as EA had previously thought. Once you get past the lack of overall presentation, you can settle down for the best basketball game in the Xbox 360 launch line-up whether you are playing 5-on-5 in a stadium or just mixing and matching your perfect pick-up game at the local park.

Jan 5th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gaming Age (A-)

I realize there is still room for improvement, but I'm very enthusiastic about NBA 2K6. I think it plays closer to a real game of basketball than anything we've ever seen on the market before. The jump up to the 360 saw a significant visual upgrade from almost photo realistic character models to smooth players animations and flowing uniforms. With the effort EA put out there with Live 06, there's really no competition. NBA 2K6 is the basketball game to own with your new Xbox 360.

Dec 5th, 2005 · Xbox 360 · read review

Operation Sports (9 out of 10)

Despite its few flaws and it's relative lack of "newness", NBA 2K6 offers excellent value - especially in comparison to other sports titles on the Xbox 360 system - and gives the gamer a full-featured product that also happens to be the best professional basketball simulation ever created. If you're not a serious NBA fan, then you may not feel the need to step up to the Xbox 360 version of NBA 2K6; but if you are - then you surely won't be disappointed with your purchase.

Dec 30th, 2005 · Xbox 360 · read review

Lawrence (88 out of 100)

Not everything is rosy with NBA 2K6, however. While the player models look great, it seems like the coaches and fans in the arenas were just ported over from the Xbox and PS2 versions of the game, and there really is no real innovation or evolution of the control scheme or gameplay from the previous versions, either. That being said, there are plenty of different gameplay modes, and there is also solid gameplay surrounding the new next-gen sheen of NBA 2K6. While it does have its faults, it is the best NBA basketball game on Xbox 360 so far.

Nov 30th, 2005 · Xbox 360 · read review

TeamXbox (8.8 out of 10)

It would have been easy for NBA 2K6 to be a jack of all trades while being a king of none but as it stands this year’s game is one of the most solid in the series if gamers can look passed the lack of a license and a few odd AI nuances. 2K Sports delivers the majority of the goods once again, as always the question is “Will anyone actually buy it this year?” Consider this one approved for purchase.

Sep 29th, 2005 · Xbox 360 · read review

Game Informer Magazine (8.75 out of 10)

NBA 2K6 already nabbed my vote for best-playing basketball game of the year, now it snatches my vote for the most impressive 360 sports title as well.

Jan 2006 · Xbox 360

DarkZero (8.7 out of 10)

If you played the same game on lesser consoles (only in the technical sense of the word) then there really is no need to pick up this version as the only update it offers is in terms of eye candy with a graphical sheen. However, if this Xbox360 release is your first chance to play NBA2K6 and are an aficionado of the sport then there is no doubt you should rush to where all good games are sold to pick up a copy. NBA 2K6 is without a doubt the best virtual recreation of the basketball to date; trashing all competition just like Pro Evo does to FIFA each and every year.

Jun 1st, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Planet Xbox 360 (8.7 out of 10)

It has to be said however, that much like it’s cover star Shaquille O’Neal, it’s great game but no longer dominant. Roll on 2K7.

May 8th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Game Informer Magazine (8.5 out of 10)

While EA Sports decided to start from scratch and go bare bones with its first Xbox 360 basketball title, 2K Sports and developer Visual Concepts took the other fork in the road. This game has all the features of the current-gen version, but it also has the same engine, and is more or less the same title. Of course, if you haven't gotten this year's edition yet or are simply looking for sweet graphics, then buying this game is a no-brainer.

Jan 2006 · Xbox 360

Gamer Within (8.5 out of 10)

Without a doubt, NBA 2K6 could be the best basketball simulator yet. If you already have the PS2 or Xbox version there is no real reason why you should get this one beside better graphics and sound. This game speaks to all walks of life, if you like to be in control you'll love the Association mode or if you want to get back to where basketball began, play in the street mode and show off your skills. The graphics and sound really draw this version apart from its previous counterparts, being able to see the sweat dripping off faces and being able to here the commentators and the crowd perfectly show the power of the 360. 2K sports has put forward the best basketball title yet and this will certainly be hard to beat with its limitless gameplay and great multiplayer function.

May 26th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gaming Target (8.5 out of 10)

With the Xbox 360 being a brand new piece of hardware, developers must become accustomed to new technology. Creating the next-gen 2K6 was certainly a new adventure for the people at Visual Concepts, and they met such challenges with great perseverance. First-entry sports games on a console are normally inferior products plagued with bugs and problems. NBA 2K6 really does not have any major encumbrances, and is a game that garners precise controls, visual intricacies, and enough modes to keep players interested. NBA 2K6 is, without question, the rookie of the year. It will be interesting to see how well this rookie will improve his game for next season.

Mar 7th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

4Players.de (85 out of 100)

Herrlich anzuschauen, taktisch tief und kaum zu stoppen - das ist das beste Basketballspiel auf dem Markt! 2K Sports zeigt der dunkenden Konkurrenz von Electronic Art, wo der Sporthammer hängt. Endlich gibt`s auch auf Microsofts neuer Konsole adrenalinhaltige Athletik in prächtiger Kulisse ohne Slowdowns - in der Redaktion jagt gerade ein Spiel das andere. Trotzdem reicht es nicht für höhere Wertungsregionen. Denn auch das Team von Visual Concepts hat die Xbox 360 noch nicht voll im Griff: Erstens ist die Korbjagd z.B. im Detail und beim Drumherum vom Trainer bis zum Cheerleader lange nicht so ansehnlich wie in NBA Live 06 - hier ist man etwa auf einer Stufe mit PS2 und Xbox. Zweitens entlarven die Zeitlupen auf allen Plattformen böse Clippingfehler, die Zweifel an der Kollisionsabfrage aufkommen lassen; auch so mancher Automatismus in den Bewegungen wirkt noch nicht ganz natürlich.

Apr 27th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Game Freaks 365 (8.5 out of 10)

I must applaud Visual Concepts for a job well done on their Xbox 360 basketball debut. NBA 2K6 does have a few flaws, and it's not as easy to pick up as some other basketball games, but once I learned how to play and play well, I couldn't put the game down. Whether you're playing the 24/7 Mode and trying to develop a rising star or you're managing a team in The Association, you should have a great time with this game. Of course, if you've picked it up for other consoles already, you might want to skip on buying the 360 version--but don't skip on trying it or renting it, because you'd really be missing out.

Jan 1st, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

GameSpot (8.3 out of 10)

NBA 2K6 brings everything that made the game so great on the Xbox and PlayStation 2 to the Xbox 360, with the same excellent control mechanics and challenging AI, due to realistic player and team tendencies. You also get a full-featured product complete with a franchise mode, online play, and the 2K series' signature 24/7 mode. The primary attraction to this particular version of the game is its sharp-looking player models and visuals, though you need a fancy TV set to see them in all their glory. If you have the proper equipment, though, NBA 2K6 for the Xbox 360 offers the best graphics and gameplay combination you're liable to find in a basketball game.

Nov 15th, 2005 · Xbox 360 · read review

Jolt (UK) (8.2 out of 10)

The Xbox 360 is no doubt the best format to play the game on, with sharp visuals and a surround-sound crowd that really draws you into the action, but it just doesn’t have that made-for-next-gen feel, and if you aren’t using HDTV, the difference is even less spectacular. If you’re looking for an Xbox 360 basketball title though, and haven’t yet played NBA 2K6 on another format, then this is the one to get.

May 4th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Mygamer.com (8.2 out of 10)

Though editing options fall short of what would be a must-have basketball title, NBA 2K6 is arguably the best sports title for the 360 right now. As a whole NBA 2K6 is the basketball game that every sports fan should have. In a launch of some half completed or lackluster titles, VC brings depth and quality to a game that deserves its $59.99 price tag.

Dec 14th, 2005 · Xbox 360 · read review

GamePro (US) (4 out of 5)

With stiff competition in the NBA games arena from EA's long-running NBA Live franchise, NBA 2K6 puts up a tough fight with gorgeous character models, deep franchise mode and gameplay options, and a silky-smooth shooting control scheme. Though a few weaker points keep it from reaching amazing new heights in the B-ball genre, NBA 2K6 remains a fine example of what a high quality multiplayer launch title can be.

Dec 7th, 2005 · Xbox 360 · read review

GameZone (8 out of 10)

If you go into this game with the mindset that it should completely scream next- generation, then you might be a little disappointed. However, if you think of NBA 2K6 as more of an upgrade rather than an evolution, you’ll probably be very happy. It may not be the best-looking Xbox 360 basketball title, but it’s definitely the most realistic, and the most rewarding in the end.

Nov 26th, 2005 · Xbox 360 · read review

Games TM (8 out of 10)

In fact. the game's only real limitations are its similarities to its current-gen brethren. Aside from looks, it's an almost identical experience, even down to the incidental animations and cut-scenes. However, that doesn't stop it being a near--flawless representation of the sport and a wonderful way to show off the power of your new Xbox 360. Funny looking cameraman and all.

Dec 29th, 2005 · Xbox 360

GameSpy ( )

However, if you already own NBA 2K6 on another system and are happy with what you have, you're only missing eye candy here. As sweet as that candy is, I don't know if you want to pay at least $360 to get a taste. I'm personally very glad 2K Games ported it; the fact that I've shunned my Xbox version's saved games should tell you something about its merits. However, with no gameplay advancements and a high price tag, it's definitely not for everyone.

Nov 22nd, 2005 · Xbox 360 · read review

360 LIVE (8 out of 10)

Dem ausgeklügelten Gameplay, tollen Spielermodellen und vielen Spiel-Modi steht ein Mangel an Neuerungen, etwas altbackene Optik und lange Ladezeiten gegenüber. Wer also ein grafisch wirklich nach Next-Generation aussehendes Spiel haben will, nimmt »NBA Live«, wer eine klasse Basketball-Simulation braucht, der greift hier zu.

Jan 2006 · Xbox 360

Totally Gaming Network (8 out of 10)

Moans aside with the achievements and the little gripes with the game, summing up NBA 2K6 is a superb game of basketball. The last time I had played a basketball game was on the Sega, and I had been very dubious about playing this game. But that said within minutes of playing I was having a wild time and this game really is worth owning and experiencing. It has looks appeal; it has sound appeal and a huge amount of longevity with the title, I really have only slightly scratched the surface on what you can do in this game. If you are simply looking for an additional 1000 points then rent the game as you can get them in less than one hours gameplay, but if you are a true basketball fan then this title is certainly for you – so buy, buy, buy…and get ready to set that hoop on fire.

Jun 16th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Boomtown (8 out of 10)

I’d encourage those of you sitting on the fence to pick it up as a rental and try it out, and as for the rest of you, well; you’re probably already sitting there with a smug, knowing look on your face.

Jun 14th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

videogamer.com (8 out of 10)

NBA 2K6, like its predecessors, delivers a solid simulation basketball game that's worth picking up if you've got a hankering for the sport, not to mention the fact that's it's incredibly affordable.

May 30th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

AceGamez (8 out of 10)

NBA 2K6 isn't the kind of sports game you can approach without any experience and expect instant results. It's not even the type of game that you can have copious amounts of fun with even if you do know what you're doing! What it does offer though, is a fine balance of playability and realism, and if those are the two things you're looking for in a basketball game, then 2K have got it right and this game is for you. Take it online to play strangers, keep it offline to play with mates, single player modes galore, NBA 2K6 for the price is a gift for any self respecting NBA fan. However, if you prefer a bit of outstanding gameplay in the form of another sports package, check out NHL 2K6. Either way, you're simply spoilt for choice, thanks to the hottest Xbox 360 sports publisher at the moment, 2K Games! [Hear hear! And let's not forget true classic Amped 3 either folks! Amp-Ed].

May 12th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

GamesFirst! ( )

NBA 2K6 is an example of quality attention to detail. And even though there's no real change--excepting graphics--between the current gen and the next gen, it stands as the best basketball game on Xbxo 360. Getting March Madness early? NBA 2K6 might just be the cure.

Dec 30th, 2005 · Xbox 360 · read review

Video Game Talk ( )

Looking ahead, NBA 2K7 has the potential to be one of the most complete basketball games on the market assuming Visual Concepts can actually recreate basketball in the high definition world and setup a basic achievement system. The foundation NBA 2K6 has created is one that can be built on in a number of ways. I highly recommend this game to any basketball fan that wants the most complete basketball title on the Xbox 360, but don't be under the illusion that it will impress anyone visually. Pick up this title when it hits the $40 range.

Feb 10th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

TTGamer (8 out of 10)

When it comes down to it, NBA 2K6 360 is a port of the 2K6 title seen on the Xbox and PS2 that features some major graphical enhancements, but when you look at most other sporting games on the 360, this is probably a good thing. If you already have NBA 2K6 on an older console and aren't totally driven by graphics, then you can probably live easy skipping on 2K6 360 and just waiting for 2K7, but for those 360 owners new to the series, or for those who sold their Xbox to get a 360 and just want some great basketball gameplay to make 2K7's release come sooner, you won't find a more complete NBA game out there. What 2K6 360 lacks in innovation coming onto the new console it certainly makes up for in content. Hopefully for 2K7, however, 2KSports can start to take stability and bugs slightly more seriously, as it is an issue seen in many of their games of late.

Jun 5th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

GameCell UK (8 out of 10)

Overall NBA 2K6 is a fun and easy to get in to game but with a lot to master. Always great to play it with a friend. Great looks, sound and presentation add up to a good experience.

Jun 1st, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gamer 2.0 (7.8 out of 10)

NBA 2K6 has made vast improvements to its gameplay without actually sacrificing anything that would take away from the value of the game. But be warned here, the game isn’t for everybody. If you’re a bit new to basketball games, or the game of basketball itself, this game isn’t for you. This is for the true NBA fanatic, and you can only truly enjoy it if you know your way in and out of the NBA what with all the changes that occur and whatnot. But if you’re willing to have a challenge, the rewards to be earned in NBA 2K6 are well worth the risk.

Dec 26th, 2005 · Xbox 360 · read review

IGN (7.8 out of 10)

In the end, NBA 2K6 is a solid basketball title that really rests on the laurels of its predecessors. Even though the game can look absolutely amazing at time, it's still, at its heart, the same exact game that we saw in the current generation. While 2K6 was a very good game on those consoles, we want to be blown away by our next-generation games. Someone who already owns the current-gen version will be hard pressed to drop $59.99 on this version, but those new to the series may want to look into it. It's still the best basketball title on the 360. Unfortunately, that isn't saying too much.

Nov 15th, 2005 · Xbox 360 · read review

PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) (7.5 out of 10)

NBA 2K6 has improvements in all the right areas, which will please the hardcore basketball fans.

Jun 11th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

XBox Evolved (7.4 out of 10)

NBA2K6 is a solid title that doesn’t really stretch the limits of what the Xbox 360 can do, but it still has a pretty good presentation. The actual players themselves are noticeably different from the Xbox counterpart, but they don’t look as good as that “other” Xbox 360 basketball game out right now. So if you haven’t bought a basketball game this year, are buying a Xbox 360, and wouldn’t mind spending an $60 for it, then you should definitely pick this title up, as it has the most substance, and presentational balance so far.

Nov 19th, 2005 · Xbox 360 · read review

Kombo.com (7.1 out of 10)

In the long run, NBA 2K6 won’t be a game that will be necessarily remembered as great, but right now, if you want a basketball game for the 360, go ahead and get this. It’s better than NBA 2K6 from a gameplay standpoint and the different modes will have you being able to play this for a long time.

Dec 5th, 2005 · Xbox 360 · read review

NZGamer (6.9 out of 10)

With plenty of Basketball games available on every console, NBA 2K6 does little to stand out, except being the first on the 360. Hopefully we will see a full-blown next gen only basketball game in the near future. The high learning curve makes this a title best left to fans of the sport.

May 21st, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (12 out of 20)

La progression entamée par la série ces dernières années subit un léger coup d'arrêt avec NBA 2K6. Trop peu de nouveautés et une ambiance graphique à revoir font que l'on se retrouve plutôt déçu par ce titre censé être l'épisode de la confirmation. Il aurait fallu un gameplay plus intuitif et plus varié pour que le petit dernier de 2K Sports parvienne à nous séduire davantage.

Apr 28th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

1UP (C+)

But here's the thing: The game is practically a carbon copy of the current-gen edition. Seriously, now I know why the words "Xbox 360" are scribbled on the score overlay--it's almost the only way to tell that you're playing a supposedly enhanced version of NBA 2K6. Sure, the close-ups look better than the older games', but they don't even compare to Live's spot-on player models. Nothing about this one screams--or even whispers--"next-gen." And when you can pick up the PS2 or Xbox installment for $20 less (and, mind you, not have to worry about scratching up enough coin for a new console), you've got little reason to play on this hardwood.

Nov 23rd, 2005 · Xbox 360 · read review

EmpireOnline.com ( )

Viewed on a normal telly, though, NFL 2K looks exactly like the versions available on current generation consoles, and although the lightning-paced action and superb sense of control still make it one of the most engaging basketball sims around, 2K certainly isn’t worth its absurd price tag.

Dec 2nd, 2005 · Xbox 360 · read review

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Critic reviews added by Patrick Bregger, Big John WV, Tim Janssen, Jeanne.