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: 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: Fans of the 2K brand of hockey have gotten pretty used to the franchise consistently pushing upward in terms of quality in recent years. The series hasn't really had an off year since 2K2, and the last two games--the first and last two to bear the full ESPN license--were absolutely superb. As with all things, though, change is inexorable.
Pros: Gameplay engine continues to be the most realistic out there, New passing and play-calling systems are fantastic additions, Great in-game visuals, Franchise is the deepest and most enjoyable it's ever been, Game's still only $20, Game's still only $20
Cons: Menu systems are confusing and ugly, Commentary is a big step down from previous years, A few bugs and glitches mar an otherwise excellent experience, New goalie controls aren't useful
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.
Excerpt: ESPN NHL 2K5 was the best hockey video game last year, hands down. The main reason: gameplay. NHL 2K6 carries on in that tradition. It accurately simulates the game of hockey due in large part to a multi-layered control scheme (7 to 8 pages worth in the game's manual). This season, a new Pro Control feature has been added, allowing the player to activate a series of passing and shooting combos by clicking down on the right thumbstick, targeting a teammate, and pressing...