Conclusion: Although stripped of its sleeper status, Greg Hastings’ Tournament Paintball MAX’D will still lull some of its competitors to beddy-bye with perfectly-functioning and well though out controls, strong online network code and functionality, and a new focus on team control. For $40, Greg Hastings’ Tournament Paintball MAX’D makes the perfect first step for gamers wanting to know what the tourney paintball game hooplah is all about.
Conclusion: If you’re an Xbox 360 owner and a hockey fan, unfortunately your options are a bit limited with the launch line-up. While NHL 2K6 is a rock-solid game, it isn’t a next-gen showpiece that many gamers are looking for. The visuals have been upgraded, the gameplay has slightly been tweaked, and it is one of the best hockey videogames to date.
Conclusion: Difficulty: While the controls get some time to get used to even the hardest setting might be a little too easy for the seasoned hockey gamer. After a few shifts you will learn how to beat the computer very easy. Final Thoughts: While it might seem a bit dated compared to newer releases. Most bargain bins will make it very attractive especially to Gamer Score Mongers who would like an easy 1000 points.
Excerpt: It's always nice to see new features being added to a next-gen game rather than seeing them being taken out. Unlike EA Sports, 2K Sports decided to give 360 fans a reason to purchase the more expensive next generation incarnation. I'm of course talking about NHL 2K6, a prettier copy of the game that, unlike every other sports title on the 360, is chock-full of game modes, updated rosters, and the 360-only goalie control system I was alluding to earlier.
Summary: If you are a huge hockey fan, haven’t bought any hockey game for Xbox in the past year, and you want a hockey game for Xbox 360, this is your only option so I suggest you check it out. If you think you can wait to see truly next-gen hockey, then wait until end of 2006, when developers have had more time to work with the Xbox 360, to deliver a much richer experience. There are a few new additions, but the somewhat bad A.I.
Excerpt: NHL 2K6 is the latest instalment in the best-selling Ice Hockey series and is a must for any fans of the sport or of Ice Hockey videogames. The controls have been improved in this latest version and there is an impressive level of detail and number of features on offer. The game also features plenty of new presentation elements, commentary and cut-scenes, to keep fans of this fast-moving and chilly sport more than happy.
Excerpt: I must admit that I’m not the biggest fan of sports simulator games, being a glutton for punishment, I’d much rather spend my time actually playing the sport for real. You know, running around a mud soaked pitch on a freezing cold winters day, getting soaked to the bone in a pair of shorts and a T-shirt instead of sitting in the comfort of my own home, in the dry, with the heating on, in a comfy chair, with a nice hot cup of tea… wait a minute, what am I talking about?
Excerpt: The champion of video game hockey arrives on the XBox 360 that introduces a plethora of new gaming features to appease even the most ardent of gamers by letting players take command of tape-to-tape passing, behind-the-net plays and precision give-and-go attacks.