the game's visuals have undergone some impressive improvements over the
past few seasons, the underlying gameplay has also changed for the better.
With its intuitive controls allowing for better on court action, the game
play is faster and more challenging than previous titles. NBA 06's smarter
AI makes for more competitive and responsive opponents as well, adding to
the authenticity of the experience.
Excerpt: Developer – SCEA Sports Studio Publisher - SCEA Features 1-2 Players Multitap Compatible (1-8 Players) Eyetoy USB Camera Network Adapter (2 Players) Broadband Only Logitech/PS2 USB Headset Compatible Sony's own sports efforts have always struggled against the like of EA or 2K Sports. They have managed to release pretty good games; however they have not been able to reach the pinnacles of perfection that other sports game developers have produced.
Excerpt: When Sony released NBA 06 for the PlayStation Portable a little while back, I was pleasantly surprised on well it played on their handheld device. Then I saw that the game was going to be released for the PlayStation 2 but this wasnt going to be just another ported game, NBA 06 for the PS2 has plenty of new features and this got me excited all over again. Lets take a closer look at NBA 06 for the Sony PlayStation 2. Lets cover some of the features first. ?
Excerpt: Whenever there is a major battle between huge companies, be it Coke versus Pepsi, Ford versus General Motors versus Chrysler, Leno versus Letterman, inevitably there is another competitor in the equation sitting somewhat harmlessly on the side watching the others duke it out. There’s really two choices at that point; throw your hat into the battle or continue to fly a little lower on the radar, develop a brand, build support, and, when you see your chance, pounce.
Excerpt: When Sony took a year off from its NBA Shootout series, they tried to redesign the focus of the title to center around the gameplay and the flow of the sport. It’s an admirable decision; For the most part, sports franchises get a yearly installment that’s little more than a roster update or a moderate adjustment to gameplay.
Conclusion: The music is of great quality and features licensed rap and hip-hop artists. There isn’t much variety in terms of the music, but again, the quality is what counts. The sound effects are all decent for what they do, which is most certainly a plus. One of the most bizarre features missing in the sound department is commentary, a characteristic we’ve come to expect from most sports titles. The player will simply have to listen to all the players and the audience.