Welcome back sports fans to another season of NBA! Whilst many
gamers think that a new game every year simply constitutes a new
lineup and possibly new uniforms etc, Iím pleased to say that this
version of the popular series is well worth spending your clams on.
Shot Stick -- Control the direction of your shot with the right
analog stick. Pull off runners, fade-aways, finger rolls and
dunks with a flick of the stick.
Dual Player Control -- Set teammates into motion for alley-oops,
give and gos, or to hit an open man for a 3 point play with the
touch of the d-pad.
Strip n Rip System -- Direction specific stealing controls let
players anticipate passes by jumping into passing lanes to
deflect or intercept a pass, as well as, strip the ball from a
player driving to the hoop or a player with weak hands coming
down with the rebound.
V.I.P. Systemô -- After your game, save your friends' profiles
to compete when they're not available! Learn their tendencies,
moves, & logic for more heated battles. Get the upper hand in an
online tournaments by downloading other players' VIP profiles.
The Cribô -- New to NBA 2K6 this year, you can now earn crib
credits with every game you play to deck out your crib, buy
music, or play mini-games.
24/7: Road to the EBC -- Take to the streets of Harlem in the
Entertainer's Basketball Classic to play against NBA players and
Def Jam Celebrities including Red Man, Method Man, Flavor Flav,
and many other special guests.
The Association -- The deepest franchise in the business just
got deeper. Take total control of your NBA franchise by hiring
your own coaching staff, scouting top draft picks year-round,
developing individual player' skills with multiple in
game-drills, and optimizing your team chemistry with team
workouts. With continuous stat tracking including league
injuries, trades, winning streaks, league leaders, playoff
races, and post season awards - you will never be uninformed.
Control of the title has also been upped (from previous versions on
other consoles) to the point that you can have massive amounts of
control over your player and the way that you can generally manage
the game. I actually found that it took longer to learn the subtle
nuances of this game, in particular the use of the right stick to
make your shot. The level of interaction with this stick means that
you have to really pay attention to what you are doing. Moving the
stick in one direction will allow you to make that shot, moving it
another means you are headed for the fade away.
This added use of the right stick can also be used in defence as
well, although unless you really make the effort there is a good
chance that you are going to just be following the action down the
court and hoping for the best. You can use the stick to go the slap
on your opponents hand and try to punch the ball away from them.
Once again you are really going to have to get the hang of how full
on this game is.
The artificial intelligence is this title is something that you will
have to really keep an eye on as these guys have been programmed to
mimic their real life counterparts to a point that itís scary. The
title has been really looked after in terms of authenticity and you
will find that many of the teams actually perform in a similar
manner to that real life teamís behaviours which will benefit fans
of the game who take note of these things.
Going deeper into the game is the Franchise mode which lets you take
over the running of a team and also helping with the selection of
rookies and making sure that they fit into the team okay. This level
of management is something that possibly only the uber geeks will
get into, but itís really neat that itís been included. Also
featured is a mini game that is played out with a card type
interface to determine the outcomes of single games. I found that a
bit hit and miss, not because it didnít work, I just didnít enjoy it
NBA 2K6 also is playable online and was a great deal of fun to play
a quick game or 10 with other people from around the planet. It was
the single player or just hacking around with a friend that I found
to be the most rewarding overall though.
For those of you who find this type of thing important, the title
has all the trappings of the real NBA and major sponsors and the
like are fully represented in all their glory. I like the fact that
they are featured as it helps with lending an air of authenticity to
the game and also helps stadiums look like the real deal too.
Ultimately this is a game for someone who is prepared to put the
time in and really loves their basketball enough to be bothered to
learn all the moves that you can do. The sheer level of attention to
detail demands nothing less than this. I think that it might
alienate some casual gamers but greatly reward those for whom it is
intended. This is an extremely solid package from start to finish
and will be a great addition to your collection.