Summary: Where to start? the graphics are mostly outstanding. But once you get past that (and it won't take long) you'll realize that this is a below average title that spent more time working on the graphics than the game play. There are very few game choices, limited options, the camera angles are horrific and there are almost no extras, which is surprising because of the extra power the 360 brings, one would think that EA would have come out strong and WOWED us.
Summary: I bought this game, and it was a complete piece of garbage. It is about as fun to play as russian roulette. Please read the reviews for this game before you try to buy it. The PS2 and regular Xbox version are twice as good. This game was the biggest piece of junk i have ever played. If its graphics werent so good, this game could be mistaken for a sega genesis game. The graphics cant make up for the gameplay though.
Conclusion: Sorry Dale but I cannot fathom your score for NBA Live '06. To rate it as a game as a whole I do not see how you can give it a positive score or rating. You even mention all the missing features! I've played both NBA 2k6 and NBA Live 06 enough to provide a good comparison. Here's the real review. The game has cool sweat. Player models look good for the most part except for the super skinny guys. Some player head sizes look off, as seems to be typical of EA sports games.