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. There has been a real effort to significantly
improve the look of the series, both in player animations and general
polish given to the whole thing.
Released on both the PS2 and XBox, we found that the
PS2 version did suffer from some frame issues at times when the action
heated up. This wasnít enough to detract too much from the overall game
but still worthy of a mention.
Control of the title has also been upped 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
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 that much.
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
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.