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XboxGameSpy (Oct 05, 2005)
The NBA 2K series is my Madden, and I couldn't be happier with this season's offering. Shoot Stick perfectly treads the line between appeasing veterans and newbies, and further improves already-legendary gameplay. All the little digs I've had on the series in the past (freethrow shooting, for example) have vanished, and it's the prettiest hoops game on the market. I'd hate to be responsible for what Visual Concepts does to follow this one up. I really can't imagine a better basketball sim than NBA 2K6.
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PlayStation 2The Video Game Critic (Dec 10, 2005)
With NBA 2K6, 2K Sports clearly went well beyond the call of duty, making this the basketball game to own this season.
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PlayStation 2GameSpy (Oct 05, 2005)
The NBA 2K series is my Madden, and I couldn't be happier with this season's offering. Shoot Stick perfectly treads the line between appeasing veterans and newbies, and further improves already-legendary gameplay. All the little digs I've had on the series in the past (freethrow shooting, for example) have vanished, and it's the prettiest hoops game on the market. I'd hate to be responsible for what Visual Concepts does to follow this one up. I really can't imagine a better basketball sim than NBA 2K6.
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XboxGame Vortex (Dec 02, 2005)
Bottom line, if you’re a basketball junkie looking for a videogame fix, NBA 2K6 is the game for you. Even though we’re witnessing the end of the Xbox era, 2K Games definitely offers up some intense action that is worth the price of admission.
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XboxGamersMark (Oct 20, 2005)
The 2K basketball series has recently suffered through a couple years worth of disappointing times. Last year’s NBA 2K5 offering looked initially promising but was quickly sunk by obvious bugs that made for some lackluster play, leaving many to wonder if there actually was a QA department at Visual Concepts at all. EA also made a power play in the interim to lock up the ESPN brand for their games. Things were certainly looking down for the former undisputed king of video game basketball. Yet this year, it’s like night and day. I have never seen a sports franchise make as big of a turnaround as VC has pulled off for this installment of NBA 2K6. Apparently mixing in some of the NFL 2K5 team and former Inside Drive staff has done wonders for the game’s quality.
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PlayStation 2GamersMark (Oct 20, 2005)
The 2K basketball series has recently suffered through a couple years worth of disappointing times. Last year’s NBA 2K5 offering looked initially promising but was quickly sunk by obvious bugs that made for some lackluster play, leaving many to wonder if there actually was a QA department at Visual Concepts at all. EA also made a power play in the interim to lock up the ESPN brand for their games. Things were certainly looking down for the former undisputed king of video game basketball. Yet this year, it’s like night and day. I have never seen a sports franchise make as big of a turnaround as VC has pulled off for this installment of NBA 2K6. Apparently mixing in some of the NFL 2K5 team and former Inside Drive staff has done wonders for the game’s quality.
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Xbox 360Gamesmania.de (May 22, 2006)
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.
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XboxGamesmania.de (May 22, 2006)
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.
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PlayStation 2Gamesmania.de (May 22, 2006)
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.
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Xbox 360Game Chronicles (Jan 05, 2006)
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.
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Xbox 360Gaming Age (Dec 05, 2005)
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.
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XboxGame Chronicles (Nov 07, 2005)
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 on the Xbox whether you are playing 5-on-5 in a stadium or just mixing and matching your perfect pick-up game at the local park.
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Xbox1UP (Oct 06, 2005)
And it begins on the court. Just play a few quarters and you'll quickly notice a much smarter (and more realistic) A.I.; the Kings' Peja Stojakovic will work off screens and drain three-pointers while the Heat's Dwyane Wade will drive the lane for the bucket. 2K6 also introduces some easy-to-master gameplay tweaks, including right analog stick shooting (which makes sinking jumpers just feel right) and controlling two players at once with a few simple button presses. From an audiovisual standpoint, this game sends it home with authority. Arenas full of electricity replace last year's sterile venues, and when it comes to graphics, I challenge you to find a better-looking sports sim from this generation. Its version of franchise mode is even entertainingly interactive; you can now put your players through minigame-esque training drills to improve their skills. Now next year, just toss in a slam-dunk contest and three-point shoot-out like NBA Live's....
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PlayStation 21UP (Oct 06, 2005)
I'm a hardcore basketball fan, so 2K6 had me immersed immediately. The upgraded graphics help, but it's the ingenious shot stick that really dominates the feel of the game. Pull down on the right analog stick and release at the apex of the shot for a jumper or free throw; hold down the Aggressive button (formerly known as Turbo) in conjunction with the stick when near the basket and you'll perform a layup or a multitude of different dunks, depending on the direction of the stick. It's a control style we haven't seen in any other hoops title.
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Xbox 360Operation Sports (Dec 30, 2005)
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.
90
XboxIC-Games (Jun 10, 2006)
In fact the only thing that bothered me from the many, many components of this game was when you’re given a free throw and the ref throws you the ball far too fast at your head! Even if he’s right next to you! He really tries to decapitate you… Watch out for it. That was the single flaw I could find, from what was otherwise an utter joy to beat my housemate at. I really urge you to play this.
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XboxKombo.com (Oct 04, 2005)
In the long run, 2K6 offers a lot. With a new year comes a new and improved system in general. Impressive graphics keep everything quite fresh, from the ballet moves across the court to the customized character creations through the 24/7 mode. Although 2K6 doesn’t offer the moves found in the more arcade-like NBA Street, it definitely comes close. The easy way to learn dribbling and shot stick makes it very fun to pull off moves on friends and A.I alike. Putting aside that NBA Live 06 and 2K6 were released simultaneously, 2K6 stands up for itself for those looking for the ultimate combination of street and pro ball.
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XboxGameZone (Oct 07, 2005)
With little changes in the overall design or gameplay, the improvements introduced in NBA 2K6 make for an amazing basketball game any b-ball fan or any sports fan in general should own. It certainly does outshine EA Sports’ NBA basketball game in so many ways. Don’t get me wrong, NBA Live 06 shows off some great moves but in the end its style and substance that will win you over and this one has plenty of both. I highly recommend you purchase this one.
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XboxOperation Sports (Oct 13, 2005)
NBA 2K6 is by far the best version of what has become the best NBA game on the market. There are still small issues with the AI that holds it back from “must buy” status, but this is a fun game that also delivers a rewarding simulation experience.
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PlayStation 2IC-Games (Jun 10, 2006)
In fact the only thing that bothered me from the many, many components of this game was when you’re given a free throw and the ref throws you the ball far too fast at your head! Even if he’s right next to you! He really tries to decapitate you… Watch out for it. That was the single flaw I could find, from what was otherwise an utter joy to beat my housemate at. I really urge you to play this.
90
PlayStation 2Fragland.net (Apr 06, 2005)
The overload of options, modes and freedom in the Association mode successfully covers the few small flaws of the game under hours of genuine gameplay fun. If you’re looking for the perfect basketball game on the PS2, you’re right on the money with NBA 2K6.
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PlayStation 2Game Chronicles (Nov 06, 2005)
Well, another year, another NBA 2K6 title…but something is missing…. right? Well, gentle reader- you are correct! The monolithic entity known as Electronic Arts bought out the rights to ESPN, at least in relation to videogames. So no more ESPN NFL/NBA, etc. games for a good while. And hey, who can blame them for cracking down on their competition? $20 titles that outperformed Madden and other EA products really hurt their sales. I myself still play both the major 2K Sports titles from a year ago, and will continue to do for some time to come.
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Xbox 360Lawrence (Nov 30, 2005)
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.
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Xbox 360TeamXbox (Sep 29, 2005)
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.
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XboxTeamXbox (Sep 29, 2005)
The absence of the folks at ESPN don’t help the game, and NBA 2K6 tries its best to separate from the pack in other areas, but winds up doing so negatively on occasion. The 24/7 and Association modes both feature a solid amount of gameplay and should each be cherished in their own right. The online play hasn’t changed much since last year but that still puts 2K6 light years ahead of Live 06. The control options work for the most part even if the shot stick does feel fairly foreign at first glance. 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.
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XboxGameSpot (Sep 29, 2005)
NBA 2K6 isn't for the casual basketball fan who doesn't know a pick and roll from picking his nose. The difficulty of the game, and new interface nuances, may be a little overwhelming for someone who's more attuned to something like NBA Jam or NBA Street. But for those looking for a quality simulation basketball experience, NBA 2K6 is a resounding slam dunk and is easily recommendable to any fan of the series or to any hardcore basketball fan in general.
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Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine (Jan, 2006)
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.
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Xbox 360Planet Xbox 360 (May 08, 2006)
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.
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Xbox 360DarkZero (Jun 01, 2006)
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.
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PlayStation 2GameSpot (Sep 29, 2005)
NBA 2K6 isn't for the casual basketball fan who doesn't know a pick and roll from picking his nose. The difficulty of the game, and new interface nuances, may be a little overwhelming for someone who's more attuned to something like NBA Jam or NBA Street. But for those looking for a quality simulation basketball experience, NBA 2K6 is a resounding slam dunk and is easily recommendable to any fan of the series or to any hardcore basketball fan in general.
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Xbox4Players.de (Apr 27, 2006)
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. Drittens kann die Framerate bei Online-Spielen immer wieder auf Diafrequenz einbrechen - der Service inklusive Turnier und Roster-Update ist vorbildlich, die Technik verbesserungswürdig. Trotzdem ist NBA 2K6 derzeit das Maß aller Dinge unter dem Korb: Die Möglichkeit gegen die simulierte KI eines Freundes oder gar die eigene anzutreten ist fantastisch, die Spielmodi reichen mit Liga, Karriere und Streetball bis Weihnachten und außerdem bleibt man dem Simulationscharakter der Vorgänger treu. Freunde von Layups, Hop-Steps und Crossovers werden hier noch nach zig Stunden delikate Feinheiten entdecken. Diese Spieltiefe sichert NBA 2K6 den Goldaward.
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PlayStation 24Players.de (Apr 27, 2006)
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. Drittens kann die Framerate bei Online-Spielen immer wieder auf Diafrequenz einbrechen - der Service inklusive Turnier und Roster-Update ist vorbildlich, die Technik verbesserungswürdig. Trotzdem ist NBA 2K6 derzeit das Maß aller Dinge unter dem Korb: Die Möglichkeit gegen die simulierte KI eines Freundes oder gar die eigene anzutreten ist fantastisch, die Spielmodi reichen mit Liga, Karriere und Streetball bis Weihnachten und außerdem bleibt man dem Simulationscharakter der Vorgänger treu. Freunde von Layups, Hop-Steps und Crossovers werden hier noch nach zig Stunden delikate Feinheiten entdecken. Diese Spieltiefe sichert NBA 2K6 den Goldaward.
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Xbox 3604Players.de (Apr 27, 2006)
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.
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Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine (Jan, 2006)
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.
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Xbox 360Gamer Within (May 26, 2006)
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.
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Xbox 360Gaming Target (Mar 07, 2006)
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.
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Xbox 360Game Freaks 365 (Jan 01, 2006)
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.
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XboxJolt (UK) (Mar 21, 2006)
Some of NBA 2K6’s updates are incremental, while others show a continuing commitment towards maintaining the best NBA video game on the market. After last year’s impressive move whereby 2K Games released NBA 2K5 and its sister games at for a mere £20, this time around we’re afraid it’s back to paying for a full priced title. As we remarked then, though, and can still remark now, if you’re after a comprehensive basketball game then you’re not going to find much better value than this.
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XboxGame Informer Magazine (Nov, 2005)
Even with its most exciting features coming from football, NBA 2K6 remains unbeatable. The competition doesn't even come close to touching this release.
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PlayStation 2GameZone (Oct 17, 2005)
NBA 2K6 is a great game, with a bevy of features and new control elements (for better or worse). And at ten bucks less than its competition, 2K6 still packs the better value. Unfortunately, when compared to the sweet deal for last year’s game, 2K6 doesn’t really warrant the leap in price. The improvements over 2K5 are pretty minimal, which should lead gamers to think a little before plunking down 40 dollars.
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PlayStation 2Jolt (UK) (Mar 21, 2006)
Some of NBA 2K6’s updates are incremental, while others show a continuing commitment towards maintaining the best NBA video game on the market. After last year’s impressive move whereby 2K Games released NBA 2K5 and its sister games at for a mere £20, this time around we’re afraid it’s back to paying for a full priced title. As we remarked then, though, and can still remark now, if you’re after a comprehensive basketball game then you’re not going to find much better value than this.
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PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine (Nov, 2005)
Even with its most exciting features coming from football, NBA 2K6 remains unbeatable. The competition doesn't even come close to touching this release.
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Xbox 360GameSpot (Nov 15, 2005)
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.
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Xbox 360Mygamer.com (Dec 14, 2005)
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.
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Xbox 360Jolt (UK) (May 04, 2006)
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.
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PlayStation 2NZGamer (Aug 04, 2006)
All up it's a solid package and a great answer to the question posed by the critics - how well will it stand up without the ESPN license? A resounding "Very well indeed, thanks" is all it has to say.
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XboxGamer 2.0 (Dec 26, 2005)
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.
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PlayStation 2Gamer 2.0 (Dec 26, 2005)
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.
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Xbox 360TTGamer (Jun 05, 2006)
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.
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Xbox 360Video Game Talk (Feb 10, 2006)
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.
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Xbox 360GamesFirst! (Dec 30, 2005)
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.
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Xbox 360AceGamez (May 12, 2006)
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].
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Xbox 360videogamer.com (May 30, 2006)
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.
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Xbox 360GameCell UK (Jun 01, 2006)
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.
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Xbox 360Boomtown (Jun 14, 2006)
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.
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Xbox 360Totally Gaming Network (Jun 16, 2006)
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.
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Xbox 360GameSpy (Nov 22, 2005)
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.
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Xbox 360GameZone (Nov 26, 2005)
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.
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Xbox 360GamePro (US) (Dec 07, 2005)
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.
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XboxGameDaily (Oct 05, 2005)
NBA Live has the flash but NBA 2K6 has the gameplay, and at the end of the day I want to play the game I just purchased instead of simply watching it. With that being said, this is yet another quality game from Visual Concepts and a must buy for all hoops fans. It does have a learning curve, but I think you'll appreciate all of the different things you can do once you get a handle on the offensive and defensive systems. Exciting to play on both sides of the ball, NBA 2K6 is without question the only b-ball game worth purchasing this year.
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Xboxvideogamer.com (May 30, 2006)
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.
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XboxIGN (Sep 26, 2005)
Graphically, this is a top notch sports title. Players all look identical to their real life counterparts, and at times, 2K6 can be the smoothest, most realistic hoops game on store shelves. With the loss of the NFL series, 2K and Visual Concepts seemed to have more time to definitively enhance NBA, but the gameplay improvements were only moderate. One-on-one and street competitions are more enjoyable than the full court 5 on 5 league games, but any fan of console hoops should enjoy this one.
80
XboxPCMag.com (Jan 18, 2006)
Play traditional NBA games or create and customize (down to designing your own Nike sneakers) a street-baller who's destined for greatness. Shot Stick uses the right thumb stick to control shot timing and angle, and the Aggression button controls the type of shot/dunk performed. One gripe: The precision control that Shot Stick gives sometimes seems outweighed by the difficulties that using the left thumb stick presents for both player movement and jukes. But dual-player control is great for give-and-gos.
80
XboxGamePro (US) (Jan 27, 2006)
NBA 2K6 wasn't content to just sit back and let the game come to it. It's amped up its game this season where it counts-on the court.
80
PlayStation 2Eurogamer.net (UK) (Mar 26, 2006)
Your players might not be wearing diamond teeth, listening to the Kings of Crunk and acting like some kind of Tony Hawk on the court but that doesn't mean NBA 2K6 isn't fast, stylish or prone to showing off. For b-ball heads, it's one of the deepest, most well-rounded and entertaining simulations of the sport on the shelves. You can lose months of your life to it.
80
PlayStation 2videogamer.com (May 30, 2006)
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.
80
PlayStation 2Boomtown (Apr 20, 2006)
Happily, NBA 2K6 continues the series’ legacy of producing the best basketball games around. Everything is solid, fun to play, and there’s lots to it. If NBA 2K6 were a shot, it’d be a three-pointer that gets nothing but net. If you’re after a basketball simulation, NBA 2K6 has no comparison.
80
PlayStation 2IGN (Sep 26, 2005)
Graphically, this is a top notch sports title. Players all look identical to their real life counterparts, and at times, 2K6 can be the smoothest, most realistic hoops game on store shelves. With the loss of the NFL series, 2K and Visual Concepts seemed to have more time to definitively enhance NBA, but the gameplay improvements were only moderate. One-on-one and street competitions are more enjoyable than the full court 5 on 5 league games, but any fan of console hoops should enjoy this one.
80
PlayStation 2PCMag.com (Jan 08, 2006)
Play traditional NBA games or create and customize (down to designing your own Nike sneakers) a street-baller who's destined for greatness. Shot Stick uses the right thumb stick to control shot timing and angle, and the Aggression button controls the type of shot/dunk performed. One gripe: The precision control that Shot Stick gives sometimes seems outweighed by the difficulties that using the left thumb stick presents for both player movement and jukes. But dual-player control is great for give-and-gos.
80
PlayStation 2GamePro (US) (Jan 27, 2006)
NBA 2K6 wasn't content to just sit back and let the game come to it. It's amped up its game this season where it counts-on the court.
78
Xbox 360Gamer 2.0 (Dec 26, 2005)
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.
78
Xbox 360IGN (Nov 15, 2005)
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.
75
Xbox 360PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) (Jun 11, 2006)
NBA 2K6 has improvements in all the right areas, which will please the hardcore basketball fans.
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XboxGame Shark (Oct 27, 2005)
On the whole, NBA 2K6 is a very good game. It should be an instant classic, but the bugs and design oversights keep it from reaching its lofty potential. If you're a fan of 2K Sports, it's a trend that is becoming all too familiar.
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Xbox 360XBox Evolved (Nov 19, 2005)
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.
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Xbox 360Kombo.com (Dec 05, 2005)
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.
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XboxAceGamez (Apr 02, 2006)
If you're a big basketball fan, go out and buy NBA 2K6, because it's a must and officially it's extremely accurate. But if you're not a big fan, it may be worth investing a little money in this title anyway. 2K Games have varied the format and available game modes enough to make it enjoyable to almost anyone, and if you've enjoyed any basketball movies from the past then this title won't disappoint.
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PlayStation 2AceGamez (Apr 02, 2006)
If you're a big basketball fan, go out and buy NBA 2K6, because it's a must and officially it's extremely accurate. But if you're not a big fan, it may be worth investing a little money in this title anyway. 2K Games have varied the format and available game modes enough to make it enjoyable to almost anyone, and if you've enjoyed any basketball movies from the past then this title won't disappoint.
70
PlayStation 2GameCell UK (Jun 01, 2006)
NBA 2K6 is a good-looking basketball game with an intuitive control system and some fun game modes. Casual fans of the game (or NBA itself) may be put off by the tough AI and bias against defence, which seems to mar the great offensive controls put in place this year…
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Xbox 360NZGamer (May 21, 2006)
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.
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XboxJeuxvideo.com (Mar 09, 2006)
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.
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PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com (Mar 09, 2006)
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.
60
Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com (Apr 28, 2006)
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.
60
PlayStation 2Console Obsession (May 01, 2006)
And because of this most will be missing on the only thing that really makes this title worth buying over previous instalments. NBA 2K6 isn’t really worth your time. It’s a little better than previous instalments, but doesn’t offer enough to warrant buying, especially when you can pick up 2K5 for next to nothing.
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PlayStation 2Gamestyle (Aug 01, 2006)
If you’re really into basketball, NBA 2K6 is an excellent choice, and the inclusion of online play only adds to its appeal. For those of us with nothing but a casual interest in the sport, you’re probably better off looking at the likes of NBA Street. Still, NBA 2K6 provides an impressive simulation game, and a definite alternative to EA’s Live series. If you’re a hardcore basketball fan, you’ll garner some enjoyment from the simulation modes and extensive management options. Casual fans however, might as well steer clear.
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Xbox 3601UP (Nov 23, 2005)
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.
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XboxGaming Age (Oct 25, 2005)
NBA 2k6 is far from a perfect basketball game. The matchup problem could be a deal breaker for some, but not everyone. As some things got better, the things that got worse have gotten a lot worse. What's also notable is how much the game has changed in less than a year even though the series had just one more release before a new generation of hardware became standard. If the big issues can be fixed for the Xbox 360 version, look out. This could have been a fantastic game.
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Xbox 360EmpireOnline.com (Dec 02, 2005)
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.