Excerpt: Hockey videogames have been around for quite a while, and despite many minor improvements over the years, better graphics can only add so much to the same basic idea. However, every once and a while a game comes along that helps redefine a genre.
Summary: Taking the mound for a new season, Sony's
989 Studios have created their finest baseball title to date in MLB 2006. With
many new features and improvements to the gameplay and interface, this
installment is deeper and more challenging than previous titles. The pitching system has undergone a
dramatic improvement, allowing for more precise throws, and the fielding system
feels much more natural as well.
Excerpt: One thing that Gretzky NHL doesn't skimp on is game modes. There are single games, franchise, practice, a full online support, and Wayne Vs. Wayne mode. A full AHL license has been included in the game, so if your dream has been to take your local AHL team (Go Norfolk Admirals!) all the way, you finally get your chance. You can also unlock some jerseys and a few special players by completing challenges during the course of play.
Summary: Every year at about this time a 989 Sports representative calls or emails me and tells me about how this will be a rebuilding year for its franchises. This has happened for the past three years now and we’re still waiting for the results of this so-called reclamation project. It’s taken awhile but we’ve finally seen the fruits of these labors and for the first time in nearly a decade, it’s safe to call a 989 Sports game a solid effort, instead of just another...
Excerpt: Last year's MLB 2005 was not that spectacular of a baseball game, and I have never been a fan of 989 in general as far as sports games go. After completing my first exhibition game, my opinion on both the franchise and the game house changed completely. The game looks good and plays great and the amount of detail in between is very impressive.
Conclusion: Itâ€™s good, itâ€™s just not the best and 99% of the gaming population only has time for one baseball title per year. I look forward to next yearâ€™s offering from 989, because they really do have a great foundation for a solid franchise.
Excerpt: MLB 2006 has a robust list of features including: exhibition, home run derby, online, season, franchise, and career modes. Casual players will probably want to play the game's season mode since it allows you to focus on playing a season, while not overloading you with other management tasks - though you will still perform some of the functions of the general manager.