NHL 06 GameCube
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  • Summary: The EA Sports hockey franchise returns with a host of new features in NHL 06. You can carefully place your shots and time your dekes with the new "skill stick" system. More-realistic physics have you adjust to a player's speed and size as you navigate the ice. In addition to NHL stars, you can create your own player or team from the ground up and lead them through an NHL season. NHL 06 also includes both online and offline multiplayer game modes. Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. The addition of some gameplay moves, the fast-paced gameplay and stellar presentation assure that fans of the series won't be disappointed.
  2. Adds welcome realism without sacrificing intutive control. [Dec 2005, p.116]
  3. NHL 06 is as good as it gets in console hockey.
  4. 06 just doesn't do anything significant for the franchise, as it just adds some ancillary features that are neat to have but don't ultimately change the face of the game, leaving some of the most important (and, in some cases, most flawed) aspects of it practically in stasis.
  5. Somebody at EA needs to stick a post-it note on the producer's door that reads "Dynasty Mode." It's a mess. I recommend the developer focus most of their attention in the coming year to that aspect of the game because I can't recommend this franchise to hardcore hockey fans until they do.
  6. In fairness to EA, hockey may be the most difficult sport to translate to a video game. But if you are looking for an accurate hockey experience, I suggest season tickets.
  7. 60
    It's a different style of game than previous versions, one that dumps some of the innovations from earlier titles in favor of crowd-pleasing simplicity.

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  1. DallasP.
    Dec 28, 2007
    Finally, an EA hockey game that is fun again. Takes over NHL 2K3's spot as best hockey game on the Gamecube. Graphics (except for crowd faces) are great. Appears to be no slow down during gameplay. It's not easy on medium level which is nice. They handle speed bursts nicely in that the burst speed and resulting fatigue are adjustable which means you can eliminate someone just pressing speed burst all the time. Definitely worth checking out if you are a hockey fan. Collapse