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XboxGame Chronicles (Nov 08, 2005)
NHL 2K6 for the Xbox is as good as it gets for videogame hockey, at least until the Xbox 360 arrives later this month. For hockey lovers who won’t be advancing into that next generation this is by far the most realistic and the most rewarding hockey game in town.
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XboxGamer 2.0 (Sep 16, 2005)
All things considered, NHL 2K6 is an excellent follow-up to last year's therapeutic installment of the NHL 2K franchise. It's not perfect, but when you add up the rule changes, the vastly improved gameplay, the bug fixes, and the $20 price tag, it's impossible not to recommend this game to anyone who loves the sport of Hockey. NHL 2K6 is a shining example of everything a sports game should be, even with the loss of Sega and ESPN.
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XboxGaming Age (Oct 11, 2005)
If you want a simulation, you can play NHL 2k6 right out of the box for a while, make slider tweaks (just tweaks, not overhauls) over time and be extremely happy. If you want games that end 10-8, just play the easy level. And 2k6 is still offered for the unbelievable price of $20, as opposed to the $50 price tag on the competition. Sports gaming is on the brink of a new age with the coming of new consoles, so here's hoping the 2k series continues to raise the bar by producing the best game on the market, as they have - again - with NHL 2k6.
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XboxGameSpy (Sep 20, 2005)
Despite a less than stellar online interface, NHL 2k6 continues Take-Two's streak of impressive sports titles. Hockey fans anxious to return to the ice will be more than satisfied by the experience that NHL 2k6 offers. Last year, Take-Two won the Stanley Cup of NHL games hands down. With NHL 2k6, Take-Two is on its way to win the championship one more time.
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XboxDarkstation (Sep 06, 2005)
NHL 2K6 is a good game that improves upon an already great game last year. It has some new features along with some old that really make this one of the best twenty-dollar games of the year. If you want to play some great hockey with a low price tag, then I would highly recommend NHL 2K6 as this is a fun game that has a lot of fun features that will last you till next year.
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XboxZTGameDomain (Nov, 2005)
2K sports really outdid themselves this year. They managed to take a hockey game that was phenomenal last year, and actually make changes and additions that brought more to the game rather than take away. Unlike many sports games that add a few gimmicks, bells and whistles and call it a new game, 2K worked on improving already solid AI and gameplay. What they were left with is a hockey game that is nonstop excitement, fun, and realism. The twenty dollar price tag, and excellent gameplay make this a must buy title for hockey fans and for sports gamers that may not usually purchase hockey titles. Trust me, you will have hours of enjoyment with this game. The NHL is back baby, and I couldn’t be happier.
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Xbox 360GameCell UK (2006)
NHL 2K6 is the best ice-hockey game I’ve played to date and one of the most enjoyable sports game I’ve played since Smash Court Tennis and the Pro Evo series. Even if you don’t know much about ice hockey it doesn’t really matter, just get it, stop drooling and have a lot of fun skating around and starting the occasional fight!
90
PlayStation 2GameSpy (Sep 20, 2005)
Despite a less than stellar online interface, NHL 2k6 continues Take-Two's streak of impressive sports titles. Hockey fans anxious to return to the ice will be more than satisfied by the experience that NHL 2k6 offers. Last year, Take-Two won the Stanley Cup of NHL games hands down. With NHL 2k6, Take-Two is on its way to win the championship one more time.
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XboxTalkXbox (Sep 29, 2005)
It’s refreshing to see sports games like NHL 2K6, and it’s nice to know that there are developers such as Visual Concepts and Kush Games out there that actually care about releasing a different game each year. Although NHL 2K6 doesn’t add much in the line of playable modes, it improves itself as a whole making its already substantial amount of playable content more playable. ProControl and On-The-Fly Coaching are ground-breaking innovations. And as mentioned before, they’ve allowed for innovation without forcing you to break the bank to experience it. When you nestle this with the $19.99 price-tag, you have yourself a winner.
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PlayStation 2GameZone (Oct 04, 2005)
The true joy of this game, though, comes when you launch into the season or franchise and start working your way through a grueling schedule. The anomalies of the sport, injuries and team chemistry, make this more than just a reflexive outing, but a cerebral one as well. Toss in Pro Control and On-The-Fly coaching and you have a game that sparkles.
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XboxMygamer.com (Feb 19, 2006)
NHL 2k6 puts 2k Sports back on top of hockey this year. Its excellent gameplay distant it from the other hockey games and the great level of control over the players separates it from the past years of the series, and offers an immensely improved experience. The sheer level of detail sets this game apart from almost any other sports game in the current generation. 2k6 is definitely the best hockey game of this year, and at the low price of $20, even mild hockey fans should pick this one up.
87
XboxIGN (Sep 07, 2005)
This is an amazing hockey game at any price, but the new features, including momentum and icon passing, make it not only the best but most realistic game on the market. Graphics didn't make a huge leap, but that's what the 360 is all about. For now, this is the best game and the best value... and isn't that what it's all about?
87
PlayStation 2IGN (Sep 07, 2005)
This is an amazing hockey game at any price, but the new features, including momentum and icon passing, make it not only the best but most realistic game on the market. Graphics didn't make a huge leap, but that's what the 360 is all about. For now, this is the best game and the best value... and isn't that what it's all about?
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PlayStation 2Netjak (Nov 04, 2005)
So to wrap it all up, NHL 2K6 is everything a great hockey game should be, but the presentation lacks the luster a license from Hockey Night in Canada should have had. Still, the presentation does not affect the love a true hockey fan should have for this game. All in all, Gary Bettman’s sudden bursts of hockey wisdom mean that, after a long, too warm year off and a possible exclusivity courtship from EA Sports, hockey’s back, NHL 2K is back, and we have the closest attempt yet at recreating the feeling of real hockey because of it. NHL 2K6 rules the ice, anything else is just figure skating.
85
XboxGameSpot (Sep 02, 2005)
While NHL 2K6 is a bit of a downturn for the franchise, it remains a highly enjoyable game of hockey, thanks largely to its stellar gameplay. Sure, not every change made to the system is as useful or fun as it could have been, but the underlying engine is just as realistic as it has ever been. And, some changes--like the new passing system and play-calling--add even more depth to the package. Between this and the plethora of available features, it's really tough to argue with what NHL 2K6 offers, especially for its $20 price tag.
85
XboxDeeko (Sep 25, 2005)
With added control, extra game modes and a deep franchise mode, NHL2K6 is a steal for the price. For $20, you can check, deke, pass, save and shoot your way to the record books. Your quest for the cup awaits, and even Thrasher fans have a chance to win it all.
85
XboxGame Over Online (Sep 27, 2005)
As the final horn sounds, the NHL 2K series continues to play like a champion. The new additions to NHL 2K6 more than make up for the loss of the ESPN license and the new NHL rules are well implemented, with the exception of the salary cap, or lack thereof. With sharp gameplay, polished game modes, a great presentation, and a price tag of only $20 USD, hardcore fans need look no further for their hockey fix.
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Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine (Jan, 2006)
In addition to this outstanding new feature, Kush has tightened up the gameplay (such as tweaking the realism of the player movement). It may not have the pretty face of other Xbox 360 games, but when's the last time you saw a hockey player that had all of his teeth? The gameplay is all that really matters.
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Xbox 360Extreme Gamer (Nov 15, 2005)
So if you just have to have a Hockey game for the 360, this is your only choice. Is it worth the investment at it's hefty price if you owned it for the original Xbox? That is a hard question to answer, depends if you want to be going back and forth between old Xbox and new to get your fix. In the end it is still the great NHL experience you have come to expect from 2K sports!
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PlayStation 2Game Over Online (Sep 27, 2005)
As the final horn sounds, the NHL 2K series continues to play like a champion. The new additions to NHL 2K6 more than make up for the loss of the ESPN license and the new NHL rules are well implemented, with the exception of the salary cap, or lack thereof. With sharp gameplay, polished game modes, a great presentation, and a price tag of only $20 USD, hardcore fans need look no further for their hockey fix.
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PlayStation 2GameSpot (Sep 02, 2005)
While NHL 2K6 is a bit of a downturn for the franchise, it remains a highly enjoyable game of hockey, thanks largely to its stellar gameplay. Sure, not every change made to the system is as useful or fun as it could have been, but the underlying engine is just as realistic as it has ever been. And, some changes--like the new passing system and play-calling--add even more depth to the package. Between this and the plethora of available features, it's really tough to argue with what NHL 2K6 offers, especially for its $20 price tag.
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Xbox4Players.de (May 02, 2006)
Kein anderer Titel bietet so viel taktische Tiefe, so viele Steuerungsfinessen, so viel Simulationsflair und so viel Umfang - wer seine Euros hier investiert wird bis Weihnachten glücklich sein. Allerdings sind die Neuerungen gegenüber dem Vorjahr nicht alle so gelungen wie die Torwartsicht samt Reaktionstest: für die Taktik-Konter hat man kaum Zeit, das Icon-Passing kann zu One-Timer-Orgien führen, die Einschüchterungen durch Enforcer wurden schwach inszeniert und haben unrealistische Folgen. Kurzum: Ein gutes Spiel, das nicht ganz konsequent auf den Punkt entwickelt wurde. Für NHL 2K7 wünsche ich mir einfach mehr Feinschliff, weniger technische Fehler in der Online-Lobby und eine Kulisse der nächsten Generation.
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PlayStation 24Players.de (May 02, 2006)
Kein anderer Titel bietet so viel taktische Tiefe, so viele Steuerungsfinessen, so viel Simulationsflair und so viel Umfang - wer seine Euros hier investiert wird bis Weihnachten glücklich sein. Allerdings sind die Neuerungen gegenüber dem Vorjahr nicht alle so gelungen wie die Torwartsicht samt Reaktionstest: für die Taktik-Konter hat man kaum Zeit, das Icon-Passing kann zu One-Timer-Orgien führen, die Einschüchterungen durch Enforcer wurden schwach inszeniert und haben unrealistische Folgen. Kurzum: Ein gutes Spiel, das nicht ganz konsequent auf den Punkt entwickelt wurde. Für NHL 2K7 wünsche ich mir einfach mehr Feinschliff, weniger technische Fehler in der Online-Lobby und eine Kulisse der nächsten Generation.
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XboxTeamXbox (Sep 07, 2005)
This is a simple: if you’re a hockey fan, then NHL 2K6 is a must. At $19.99 its depth cannot be matched and although it is far from perfect, there is plenty to enjoy for both the hardcore and casual hockey nut. The competition can be laughable at anything but the All-Star or Hall of Famer skill levels, but the customization is extensive to meet the needs of any gamer. 2K Sports has delivered yet another solid sports title that can easily be considered the top hockey videogame of the season.
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XboxGame Shark (Sep 26, 2005)
Bugs and roster issues aside, for $20 this is a no-brainer for hockey fans – it's one of the best, if not the best, hockey games of all time and no fan of the sport should miss it.
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XboxDa Gameboyz (Oct, 2005)
I would class NHL 2K6 as more of an NHL 2K5.5, as this game does not improve on last year's version as much as I hoped. The looks are good but they are not a huge step up in terms of graphics and presentation. 2K6 does slip here and there as the menu has taken a step back and at times the commentary is very poor. All is not bad though, as the fun sim orientated gameplay that many have come to love is still intact. New options such as Pro Control and On the Fly Coaching really spice up this latest effort. The sounds that are included in this game are also excellent. Sure, the hardcore fans of the 2K series maybe disappointed at first but after a little time with this game they will soon settle in.
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PlayStation 2Fragland.net (Sep 08, 2006)
As with any game and each edition 2K Sports again delivers a fantastic sports game that manages to kick EA's competition in the ass at a lot of points. With the tweaking of the gameplay options you can even think of it as two games as NHL2K6 quickly changes into a beat'em up that makes that defense look a lot less unbeatable. Tooths flying around and the puck ends up in the goal. Something you don't need anything more.
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PlayStation 2Eurogamer.net (UK) (Mar 20, 2006)
When scoring a goal is as satisfying as getting that last-bullet headshot in Resi Evil 4 or nailing a perfect insane stunt in GTA, you know you're playing a great videogame, not just a great sports game. The loss of the ESPN brand is a blow simply because the gameplay has managed to evolve where the visuals haven't. But despite this, NHL 2K6 is still the most complete, technically impressive and immediately thrilling hockey game on the current generation of consoles.
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Xbox 3604Players.de (May 02, 2006)
Kein anderer Titel bietet so viel taktische Tiefe, so viele Steuerungsfinessen, so viel Simulationsflair und so viel Umfang - wer seine Euros hier investiert wird bis Weihnachten glücklich sein. Allerdings sind die Neuerungen gegenüber dem Vorjahr nicht alle so gelungen wie die Torwartsicht samt Reaktionstest: für die Taktik-Konter hat man kaum Zeit, das Icon-Passing kann zu One-Timer-Orgien führen, die Einschüchterungen durch Enforcer wurden schwach inszeniert und haben unrealistische Folgen. Kurzum: Ein gutes Spiel, das nicht ganz konsequent auf den Punkt entwickelt wurde. Für NHL 2K7 wünsche ich mir einfach mehr Feinschliff, weniger technische Fehler in der Online-Lobby und eine Kulisse der nächsten Generation.
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XboxCheat Code Central (Sep, 2005)
As I mentioned at the beginning of the review, EA's NHL 06 is now a serious contender with this years effort. 2K6 is as strong as it ever was and while it might take vets awhile to get a grasp on the ProControl and other injections, it's still incredibly solid and has lost nothing from last years game. Since both games are value-priced (2K6 is $19.99, NHL 06 is $29.99) it might just be a toss up as to which game you'll hang your skates on.
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XboxAceGamez (Apr, 2006)
I can't really put my finger on what it is about ice hockey that seems to make it so playable within a video game, but once I've started a game on NHL 2K6 I can't seem to put it down until I have had a fight with every team in the United States. What makes it more impressive is that I am far from a hockey fan; in fact, the closest I have ever come to playing is during my days at school when the comprehensive I went to got banned from any future hockey tournaments for letting the tyres down on all the private school minibuses. Therefore, I can only conclude that those ice hockey fans out there will find this game, along with a good dentist to replace their missing teeth, a necessity for anyone with a love of the sport, while even the non-sports fans out there will enjoy the fast and frantic gameplay.
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Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine (Jan, 2006)
I tip my hat to 2K Sports for doing what no one else would with their 360 port of a current-gen game - it added a whole new feature that elevates the title.
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XboxGame Informer Magazine (Sep, 2005)
There's no question about it, when it comes to action on the ice, Kush's game delivers a lights-out blow to EA's. This is the hockey game to get this year.
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PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine (Sep, 2005)
There's no question about it, when it comes to action on the ice, Kush's game delivers a lights-out blow to EA's. This is the hockey game to get this year.
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PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com (Mar 16, 2006)
Si les nouveautés ne sont pas formidables, vous ne trouverez nulle part ailleurs une telle durée de vie pour 40 euros. Doté de bons graphismes et d'une animation alléchante, NHL 2K6 n'a rien à envier à son concurrent direct, NHL 06. C'est en fonction de vos préférences (simulation ou arcade) qu'il faudra donc faire votre choix. Dommage que la bande-son ne suive pas vraiment le reste. Mais à ce niveau-là, c'est surtout du chipotage...
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XboxJeuxvideo.com (Mar 16, 2006)
Si les nouveautés ne sont pas formidables, vous ne trouverez nulle part ailleurs une telle durée de vie pour 40 euros. Doté de bons graphismes et d'une animation alléchante, NHL 2K6 n'a rien à envier à son concurrent direct, NHL 06. C'est en fonction de vos préférences (simulation ou arcade) qu'il faudra donc faire votre choix. Dommage que la bande-son ne suive pas vraiment le reste. Mais à ce niveau-là, c'est surtout du chipotage...
80
When it comes time to rationalize things though, this is the same game as on the current Xbox. The extra $30 for shinier ice, smarter AI, and tweaked goal keeping probably isn't worth it for most NHL fans. Hockey was almost certainly the best represented of the four major sports in video games as far as realism is concerned, and this non-substantial upgrade seems unnecessary. NHL 2K6 is a judgment call purchase even though this is the best hockey video game to date.
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XboxExtreme Gamer (Oct 05, 2005)
NHL 2K6 lives even without ESPN and stands tall becoming another great addition to the 2K6 series. NHL 2K6 isn't totally overhauled which is great. It has been nicely tweaked with a few new features that makes it worthy of a yearly upgrade. Hockey fans pick up 2K6, Who doesn't love a quality game at a low price.
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Xbox 360FZ (May 07, 2006)
Egentligen är det rätt enkelt, gillar du ishockey och tycker att likheten med sportens utövande är viktigare än att det ser likt ut rent visuellt så är Visual Concepts titel en härlig upplevelse. Tar du dig bara över den första inlärningströskeln så kommer NHL 2K6 att växa och bli roligare i takt med att dina färdigheter ökar. I EA:s frånvaro är spelet det självklara valet för alla hockeyälskande Xbox 360-ägare. Vill de emellertid behålla tronen över nästkommande säsong krävs det förmodligen markanta förbättringar på det rent estetiska planet, hur ytligt och trist det än låter.
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XboxGame Informer Magazine (Sep, 2005)
2K Sports would have you believe this year's game is a significant step forward for the series due to all the additions. An yes, the on-the fly coaching, icon passing, and intimidation via enforcers are cool. However, it's not light years from last year.
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PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine (Sep, 2005)
2K Sports would have you believe this year's game is a significant step forward for the series due to all the additions. An yes, the on-the fly coaching, icon passing, and intimidation via enforcers are cool. However, it's not light years from last year.
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Xbox 360TeamXbox (Nov 17, 2005)
f you’re an Xbox 360 owner and a hockey fan, unfortunately your options are a bit limited with the launch line-up. While NHL 2K6 is a rock-solid game, it isn’t a next-gen showpiece that many gamers are looking for. The visuals have been upgraded, the gameplay has slightly been tweaked, and it is one of the best hockey videogames to date. It’s a shame that there wasn’t more time to deliver a title that would fully take advantage of the Xbox 360, but this is certainly a solid foundation to build from.
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Xbox 360IGN (Nov 15, 2005)
If you haven't played either of the existing version of NHL 2K6, have already secured an Xbox 360 for next week, and are the biggest fan of hockey of all time, then you might want to pick this up. Otherwise, you should wait until next year. The graphics in NHL 2K6 are weak compared to what they could have been. It was certainly welcome to have an additional and entertaining game mode, but the goalie control feels clunky and unrefined. If anything, this game shows that the NHL 2K6 series could be heading in a very interesting direction in the future, but is still a good distance away. For now, the game feels like a transition step between current generation and the generation to come, and is a mashing together of a few new graphical details, a new mode, and then all the content from the old generation.
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PlayStation 21UP (Sep 06, 2005)
I really hope that the 2K team can step it up for the Xbox 360 version and especially for next year's titles - while 2K6 is an excellent game, it's not much different from 2K5, and EA's NHL series is rapidly gaining ground.
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Xbox 360GameSpot (Nov 21, 2005)
NHL 2K6 on the Xbox 360 does not bear quite the same resemblance to its NBA counterpart, which was also recently released just prior to the system's launch. Whereas 2K Sports went to a great deal of trouble to overhaul that game's graphics and animations, that level of effort isn't nearly as apparent in this port. The requisite smoother-looking, somewhat more detailed player models, ice, and whatnot are all on hand, but even with this game running in HD, it's tough to say that this is the next generation of hockey gaming. In fact, the only thing that separates this version of the game from the Xbox and PlayStation 2 versions is a solid new iteration of the goalie control feature implemented this year--well, that and its $60 price tag, three times what you'd pay on the other two platforms. Still, there aren't any other hockey games available for the Xbox 360 this year, and the gameplay is still as fantastic as it's ever been.
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Xbox 360Game Freaks 365 (2006)
If you're looking for a hockey game this holiday season, NHL 2K6 is the one you'll want to pick up. It's a lot of fun to play an despite unimpressive graphics and boring commentary, the Crease Control, intelligent A.I., and highly entertaining multiplayer are worth the time. However, I wouldn't recommend buying the game at $60--wait until a price drop or a used copy of the game, because that price point is simply far too high.
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XboxGameDaily (Sep 09, 2005)
So, to cap it off, NHL 2K6 is a considerable purchase for hockey fans everywhere, especially at the $20 price tag that the series is once again sitting at. But you can't help but notice the flaws that hold it back from being a "must-have" title like last year's, especially with the lack of roster update and the presentation flaws. There's still time to fix the mistakes, though. After all, if the real sport of NHL can recover, so can the digital one.
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Xbox 360Video Game Talk (Feb 06, 2006)
Outrageously, the price for this rendition of NHL 2K6 is $40 more than its counterparts on the Xbox and the PS2. In terms of features added, there is almost no reason for the difference in price except to piggyback on the high prices of actual next generation games. Ultimately, the game is worth playing but not at full price. For hockey fans everywhere, wait for this title to hit the $30 range before picking it up for your shiny new Xbox 360.
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Xbox 360Gameslave UK (May 13, 2006)
EA's NHL 06 was heavily ramped for arcade lovers, and the usual array of simulation details in its gameplay were abandoned in favour of insanely inflated score lines and non-stop action. It duly failed to inspire. While NHL 2K6 is still a better game in terms of justly portraying the hockey experience, and certain (token) elements have been added, the series is starting to betray signs of stagnancy. The current generation of consoles may have seen the last of their great ice hockey games, and the Xbox 360 version, while supplying a decent enough experience, fails to achieve true next-generation status and offers virtually the exact ice hockey package for a markedly larger price tag.
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XboxWorth Playing (Oct 31, 2005)
Oh how the mighty have fallen. I never would have predicted that NHL 2K6 would get checked over the boards and onto the bench in such a grandiose fashion. The NHL 2K series, which in my opinion had a stranglehold on NHL games for so long, seems to have been done in by the loss of ESPN sponsorship as well as a completely inexplicable complacency in the department of upgrading and redesigning the game. Apparently, 2K Sports was completely content to rest on their laurels during the NHL off-season. It almost seems as if they were not expecting to make an NHL game this year, and once the NHL announced its return, they slapped a new badge on an old game and presented it like the new kid on the block. They might have gotten away with it too, had not EA Sports gone to work and produced what is probably the best hockey simulation since Sega's NHL '95.
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Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com (Apr 28, 2006)
Très intéressant sur 128 bits, le titre de 2k Sports ne justifie à aucun moment sa différence de prix, bien au contraire. Plusieurs modes de jeu sont passés à la trappe et la réalisation graphique est plus que décevante.
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Xbox 360Totally Gaming Network (Jun 19, 2006)
Okay now it really is time to close. NHL 2K6 is the only Ice Hockey game out there and whilst there is a huge amount of game content to sink your teeth into, and coupled with the fact that the game actually plays pretty well. It’s biggest let down is its looks and I will stand by my statement in that, it matters not how fine the gameplay is, if the game does not look good then I am not going to want to play it. The Xbox 360 is a showcase for visual beauty and well NHL 2K6 is nowhere near the mark when compared to other sports games out there. Nice try – but no first prize.
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PlayStation 2The Video Game Critic (Feb 28, 2006)
NHL 2K6's action is generally fast and smooth, but more often than not there are unsightly stutters in the framerate. The pixelated, 2D crowd could also use some work, and the commentators are so low-key that it sounds as if they're reading off cue cards. I was initially intrigued by the "party mode", but its mini-games are uneven in quality and the load times between them are painful. NHL 2K6 isn't a bad game per se, but I definitely have to give the edge to NHL 06 this year.
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Xbox 360PlayDevil (Aug 29, 2006)
NHL 2K6 is not a very good game; it is also worse than the NBA 2K6 in almost every category. I did spend more time with it, but I guess that probably has more to do with the fact that I prefer hockey to basketball than anything else. With NHL 2K7 looking like a much better game, and with its release being only just over two/three months away, I would really recommend waiting for the new version unless you absolutely must play some hockey on your 360. Even then I would recommend almost any other game on the system in front of it.