Conclusion: Serious Sam 2 takes itself about as seriously as a Conan O’Brien sketch, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing as long as the humor pays off. Sadly, it never quite happens in this case. The enemies and weapons provide a nice variety to the gameplay, and the addition of online playability and vehicular mayhem to the mix makes for a much more attractive package- that is- if players can handle the hiked price point.
Conclusion: As an inaugural visit into next-gen hoopdom, NBA 2K6 is quite a treat. Yeah, VC needs to work on overall presentation and how to get a bit more visual oomph out of their new graphics technologies. Once they do, look out below, for they’ll be dunking on the competition hard. Great gameplay has already arrived on the parquet in NBA 2K6 , and should serve as a solid foundation for 2K Sports’ future Xbox 360 efforts.
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: Even playing the game straight out of the box (no updates) it ran without any glitches or bothersome controls, so it'd make a decent game if you're looking into starting basketball games, but are wary of the sport itself. The only reason I'll leave this at two stars is because it's definitely not a game you'll want to play for the next three years; if you like it, it'll leave you wanting a newer, more beautified b-ball game, and if you hate it, you'll reluctantly finish...
Summary: NBA2K6 is a solid title that doesn’t really stretch the limits of what the Xbox 360 can do, but it still has a pretty good presentation. The actual players themselves are noticeably different from the Xbox counterpart, but they don’t look as good as that “other” Xbox 360 basketball game out right now.
Pros: Great replay, the best Xbox 360 basketball game right now.
Cons: Could look a bit better, strange glitches sometimes.
Excerpt: Basketball fans get ready for some slam-dunking action with the 2006 version of the NBA series when it hits the hardwood. NBA 2K6 offers the most detailed, comprehensive and all-round fun basketballing videogame experience yet. The game boasts a whole range of new features including the ‘Shot Stick’ ability to control the direction of your shots with the right analog stick.
Conclusion: At the end of the day Xbox 360 owners could do much worse than Saints Row . The amount of fun-filled gameplay that it delivers is worth the price of admission, and that’s not even factoring in the multiplayer playability or the Hollywood production values. The visuals hit a few bumps in the road, but it’s not enough to significantly detract from the overall fun factor.