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NBA 2K6 Reviews (Xbox)

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GameSpy (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.
Game 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.
GamersMark (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.
92 (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.
Game 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.
1UP (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....
IC-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 (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.
GameZone (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.
Operation 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.
TeamXbox (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.
GameSpot (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.
85 (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.
Jolt (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.
Even with its most exciting features coming from football, NBA 2K6 remains unbeatable. The competition doesn't even come close to touching this release.
Gamer 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.
GameDaily (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.
80 (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.
IGN (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 (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.
GamePro (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.
Game 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.
AceGamez (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.
65 (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.
Gaming 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.