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NBA 2K6 360 Review - -

Gameplay 8.9
Graphics 8.9
Sound 8.8
Value 8.8
Distributor: Take2 Interactive
Review Date:
May 2006
Tory Favro


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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.

The 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 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 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.



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