Excerpt: The key to a solid hockey game lies in its gameplay mechanics. Simulating the sport in an accurate and exciting fashion is paramount and unfortunately for Gretzky NHL 06, it gets tripped up right from the opening faceoff. Simply put, the game is too fast. It feels like somebody has inputed a code to give all the players on the ice permanent speed boost. And it's not even a fluid flow to the game, it's more of a herky jerky experience.
Conclusion: The commentary in the game is more or less useless. Everything is off by several seconds which will likely annoy players. Players will make a pass only to hear they made the pass several seconds after the fact. It’s just weird. The audience sound effects are as basic as they come as well. One question players will come to ask themselves is “where’s the music?” That’s actually a very good question.