Summary: Taking the action to the hoop once again,
NBA '06 on the PSP is a solid hoops title with quick, responsive controls,
excellent visuals, and solid gameplay. There's plenty of depth as well, thanks
to the new trading card system that allows you to earn and trade cards with
other players online. NBA '06 also features a number of interesting mini-games
to challenge players, excellent multiplayer modes and all the licenses players
have come to expect.
Excerpt: Now entering it's second season on the PSP, NBA 06 manages to clean up much of what was wrong with last year's version. The most noticeable of these changes are the graphics, which are much sharper and show off much more of the PSP's potential. Player models have been overhauled and now feature more detail, making it much easier to identify your key players by sight (rather than trying to guess and hope for the best). Animations have also been improved.
Excerpt: Developer - SCEA Sports Studio Publisher - Sony Features 1-2 Players Memory Stick Duo – 240 KB Wi-Fi Compatible (Ad Hoc/Infrastructure) Having reviewed Sony's first NBA release on their coveted PSP it was only natural that I get to review their follow up, NBA 06. Something that people will most immediately notice is that the 989 Sports Logo is now missing.
Excerpt: NBA 06 is Sony’s own entry in this year’s crop of NBA games for the PSP, and it holds its own on the court. It comes with a full range of play modes from single games to an entire season, as well as a host of mini-games, so there’s plenty of basketball action here for the NBA fan on the go.
Excerpt: As I mentioned, NBA 06 focuses upon three primary modes: NBA, The Life and Online. While the other features are ones that you might typically expect, The Life is the main thrust of this year’s game, placing you in the shoes of an up and coming basketball star fresh out of junior college. You’ll design the look of your star, known as the “Junco Kid,” with just about every single facet of their appearance before throwing them into the tryouts with your favorite team.
Conclusion: I personally thought the visuals in last year’s game were actually very impressive, although it is hard when there were only a few other games to compare it to. NBA 06 has improved even more of the original game with some much better textures, especially in the character models, which have a ton of detail and just seem very life like especially for the PSP. Another thing I should mention is that the arenas have much more detail and offer up a rich view as well.
Conclusion: While NBA 06 does offer some high points, such as a more sensible control mechanism, improved graphics and play calling, and a quick pace to its gameplay, the flaws in the AI on both sides of the ball make it impossible for us to recommend. It's a better game than its predecessor, which was released as a launch title with the PSP, but that's really not saying much. We'd also liked to have seen a franchise mode added.
Pros: Improved graphics and frame rate, A more sensible shooting mechanic this time.
Cons: Players will pick up their dribbles for no reason, AI is predictable and dumb, No franchise mode, Juke moves are still useless.