NHL 2K6 PS2 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.5
Graphics 8.6
Sound 7.0
Value 8.2
Distributor: Take2
Classification:
PG
Review Date:
April 2006
Reviewer:
Andrew B

8.3

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NHL 2K6

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 give-and-go attacks.

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!






 
 



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