The champion of video game hockey is back!
NHL 2K6 continues its legacy as the #1 rated and now #1 selling NHL game
with more control, more emotion and more detail than ever before. Take
command of tape-to-tape passing, behind-the-net plays and precision
Dominate the ice with
NHL caliber goaltending, skating, checking and puck handling with the
deeply enhanced animation system. Featuring all-new presentation
elements, commentary and cut-scenes, NHL 2K6 brings the ice to you.
The NHL fever once again
returns on the PlayStation 2 with NHL 2K6 and promises gamers another
exciting season of the national hockey league. Although the 2K series
took a back seat with gaming giant Electronic Arts, EA Sports, the
developers have once again gone back to the drawing boards in order to
keep this title competitive and extremely entertaining.
In its basic essence, NHL 2K6 is an arcade hockey game that pits the
player and their team against an onslaught of NHL greats. Apart from a
variety of different gameplay modes, the game features an innovative
control system that feels perfect on the PlayStation 2 Dual Shock
controller and whether your a newbie or seasoned gamer, this game will
easily be picked up by all.
For those die hard
gamers, the franchise mode has once again returned and to make things
even more competitive, the game also boats the official NHL license. The
strange but compelling control stick also returns again in this
incarnation that basically has the player moving the right analogue
stick that is akin to moving your hockey stick.
However, you donít have
to use it, so it doesnít cause too much of a problem, unless you knock
the stick accidentally. The new ProControl system provides icon-based
passing from the off, and also allows you to set up give-and-go attacks,
which is a superb bonus when youíre running a two-on-one play.
And to sum up the
control system of NHL 2K6, it's actually probably the best damn hockey
game that I have played in a long time that had everyone at the offices
of impulsegamer going nuts playing the VS mode.
Probably the most
noticeable aspect of the game are the new and improved graphics with all
characters moving with a human like grace. With that said, players can
trip, slip and slide gracefully on the ice. The background environments
have also received a new face list that look as realistic as possible,
although not as awe-inspiring as the EA Sports series on the XBox 360
but just as good, in its own PlayStation 2 way.
The only downside to the
graphics are the two dimensional crowds that really should of gone to
greener pastures. However, one cannot help but be impressed at the
reflective ice surfaces and realistic player movements.
The soundtrack of NHL 2K6 is great but unfortunately the wooden
commentary and lackluster crowd effects makes the gamer wonder just what
on Earth is wrong with the crowd. With that said Bob Cole and Harry
Neale return to commentate the title that is actually quite amusing
because the two commentaries sometimes don't mix.
In conclusion, NHL 2K6
is a rather entertaining hockey game that is unfortunately filled with
some poor commentary programming but for those that need a hockey game,
this could be title for you. Check it out!