Excerpt: NHL 2K6, an introduction. The NHL 2K series (formerly branded as the ESPN NHL 2K series) is arguably the best ice hockey game series there has been. We've reviewed a few versions for both the Xbox and PlayStation 2 and it's fair to say that they've been better than the competition for some while now.
Excerpt: Features 1-4 player offline or online Dolby Digital HDTV 480p 725 blocks I happen to love hockey, so every year when the new slew of hockey games comes out I pay attention. My favorite hockey title of the past few years has been the "2K" series, originally developed by Visual Concepts and most recently done by Kush Games. Last years version melded the ESPN branding into the game giving it a television broadcast feel.
Excerpt: NHL 2K6 on the Xbox 360 does not bear quite the same resemblance to its NBA counterpart, which was also recently released just prior to the system's launch. Whereas 2K Sports went to a great deal of trouble to overhaul that game's graphics and animations, that level of effort isn't nearly as apparent in this port.
Pros: Gameplay engine continues to be the most realistic out there, New passing and play-calling systems are fantastic additions, Franchise mode is the deepest and most enjoyable it's ever been, New goalie control system is quite a bit better than the versions found on other consoles
Cons: Graphical improvements for the 360 are minimal at best, Commentary is a big step down from previous years, A few bugs and glitches mar an otherwise excellent experience, Nothing in particular about this version justifies the sudden price jump from $20 to $60
Excerpt: The graphics aren''t quite as impressive and yet if there was no NHL06 exisiting then one would say wow. The reflections off the ice, the sounds of the skates, the crowd roars and the music make it a really enjoyable game to play.
Excerpt: Hockey has been through some hard times, but we're finally enjoying a year back on the ice. Also returning to the arena is 2K Sports' franchise installment, NHL 2K6. NHL 2K6 makes its way onto the Xbox 360 with a graphical polish and some additions to gameplay. Is this the must own hockey game for the next generation? And can the enhancements made for the 360 version make it worth the 360 price tag? Jeremy has the full review here.
Pros: ups: Improved graphics, new goal defense system, good for the hard core gamer and the casual gamer alike.
Cons: downs: Not enough new to recommend the increased price.
Conclusion: before you release the shot even if you're dekeing all over the place! I kept track of this as I moved through a whole season and I was not impressed. Most games I could lay on 45 – 50 shots, more than half of them excellent scoring chances, and only two or three pucks would actually get by the goalie. And it doesn’t seem to matter who’s in net either!
Excerpt: I'll admit that I haven't played an EA NHL game in a while and have been enamored with the 2k series in recent years, but this year I was excited to finally come back to EA's game with the rumors of it tilting back to the level of glory it had reached in the mid 1990s. For the most part, I found NHL 06 to be a quite solid entry into the NHL game market and with the season back in full swing I really was in the mood to play hockey, and a lot of it.
Excerpt: I remember yesteryear. It was a simpler time. iPods were the size of index cards instead of business cards. Jennifer still loved Brad. Everyone still loved Raymond. And the United States was dealing with a war on foreign soil that politically divided the nation. It was a different time. Large groups of Canadian, American, and European men would spend countless hours on a frozen floor, playing a game called hockey in a league called the NHL. Oh, the memories.