Excerpt: Despite being invented nearly 150 years ago by a bunch of British soldiers on a frozen Canadian harbour, not many people in the UK have any idea what ice hockey’s all about, so Take 2’s NHL 2K6 might take a bit of working out. Newcomers unfamiliar with a world of slap dumps, dekes, flip passes, and poke checks, where teams are called franchises and games are played with a two inch thick chunk of frozen vulcanised rubber, could struggle to stay on their feet.
Excerpt: While EA is in no uncertain terms, king of the annual update, 2K games are marking a play for a corner in the market. Unfortunately for 2K, EA have already snatched the British monopoly with boxing, golf, rugby and most importantly football, well and truly covered. This simply leaves the market of vague and essentially American sports to play with.
Excerpt: It's hard to imagine that there are still other sports developers out there in this EA world. Think about it. You've got a competing publisher that's already bought out the ESPN licence, you can no longer develop football games, and that publisher still has enough money left over to acquire the rights for every other sport out there, including water polo, badminton, and heck, even touch football. You'd think it would be a bit of a downer for 2K Sports right?
Conclusion: The in game action is quite good, the individual player control is excellent and the controls that allow you to change the team’s direction on the fly is quite cool. You can direct assistance to weak positions, or change up the type of power-play strategy with a quick directional push – it’s a good way to change up a power play if you can’t quite seem to score.
Excerpt: Again, since the days of the Dreamcast, the NBA 2k series has been at the pinnacle of basketball simulations. No other title made defence so important, and provided such a feeling of accomplishment when you jumped to block that game-winning shot. The sixth iteration is what we’ll look at today, in a match that promises a stack of new features and some heated exchanges in the paint. Initial impressions will be good, as the interface contains a great deal of polish.
Excerpt: Ever since the days of NFL 2k for the Dreamcast, the 2kx brand of sports games have been a more-than-pleasing alternative to the behemoth that is the EA Sports range. EA got the upper hand when it comes to the NFL, by tying up the contract ‘ forcing NFL 2k6 into retirement. But fear not, NHL 2k6 and NBA 2k6 are here for your sporting pleasure. This year’s edition of the ‘World’s Coolest Sport’ comes with a plethora of new additions, both good and bad.