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NHL 2K6 Reviews (Xbox)

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Game 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.
Gamer 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.
Gaming 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.
GameSpy (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.
Darkstation (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.
ZTGameDomain (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.
TalkXbox (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.
88 (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.
IGN (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?
GameSpot (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.
Deeko (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.
Game 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.
84 (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.
TeamXbox (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.
Game 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.
Da 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.
Cheat 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.
AceGamez (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.
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.
80 (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...
Extreme 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.
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.
GameDaily (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.
Worth 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.