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  • Summary: To enhance gameplay and provide gamers with an authentic yet unique simulation, MLB 2006 has integrated new features, including the all-new Branch Point Technology (BPT), which provides seamless fielding transitions, smooth base running, and fluid transitions while in a run or a slide.To enhance gameplay and provide gamers with an authentic yet unique simulation, MLB 2006 has integrated new features, including the all-new Branch Point Technology (BPT), which provides seamless fielding transitions, smooth base running, and fluid transitions while in a run or a slide. Additionally, MLB 2006 incorporates new fielding and pitching interfaces to challenge the skill levels of all baseball videogame fans. A brand new Fielding Zone Marker brings the player's attributes together with the user's skill level, so gamers will truly have to make the play, while the new Pitcher Confidence feature binds player rating attributes with a gamer's skill level in order to determine a users ability to hit spots in the strike zone. A new Franchise Mode includes an all-new Player Morale System that tracks player morale on every level and applies it to the player's day-to-day performance, and the new Career Mode lets gamers play from the player's perspective and control their own destiny from the start to the finish of their career, based on their on-field performance. [SCEA] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. The new Pitcher Confidence Meter adds a psychological twist: paint the corners a few times, and your control grows sharper...but if you're consistently outside, your insecurity will sink you—just like in the bedroom!
  2. A whole other ballgame that not only looks great but plays like a game worthy of giving this year’s "MVP Baseball" and "MLB 2K" game a run for their money.
  3. Such a solid and comprehensive product that you just may want to make it your baseball video game of choice this season, particularly if you enjoy franchise-style modes.
  4. The career mode is a great addition to the series and the gameplay is definitely picking up some steam.
  5. 80
    MLB's fielding model exhibits smooth animations and transitions into secondary animations. Guys throw across their body, take their crow hops, and dig balls out of the dirt. It's all über-realistic looking and complements the pitcher/batter duel perfectly.
  6. I especially like the whole manager/teammate interaction. It was a nice touch. [Apr 2005, p.76]
  7. A game on the verge. It's impossible to ignore all of its shortcomings, some of which are very significant, but if they can ever be addressed, Sony and 989 will have a top notch game on their hands.

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  1. johnminerva
    Jul 20, 2005
    10
    mlb 2006 was the greatest game until i farted it smelt so bad that the game broke. billberries were flying everywhere so i past out because itmlb 2006 was the greatest game until i farted it smelt so bad that the game broke. billberries were flying everywhere so i past out because it smelt soooooooooooo bad i woke up a week later and found out billberries come from the foreign green plum mixed together with a weird blend of red grapes and ummm..............................and wait 1 sec (laughter in backround) blue green....... blue green (more laughter) blue green b..banapples which come from apples and bananas Expand
  2. BuckN.
    Apr 10, 2005
    10
    Finally a real manage only mode!
  3. JamesP.
    Mar 19, 2005
    10
    My wife hates this game because I play it so much. I have never played a game as much as this one. It picks up right were 2005 left off. Only better.
  4. BrandonC.
    Jul 19, 2005
    10
    This game has many great ways to play. The game deserves a 10 because it is tastier than any other billberries games. This game is theThis game has many great ways to play. The game deserves a 10 because it is tastier than any other billberries games. This game is the tastiest. Mmmm. Billberries! Billberries come from japan and are made out of green grapes and sour plums! Happy playing and billberries day to all! Now you know what billberries are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  5. KeithL.
    Apr 13, 2005
    9
    MLB 2006 is a very good game. The graphics are well done and the game play is completely immersive. The control take a bit of getting used MLB 2006 is a very good game. The graphics are well done and the game play is completely immersive. The control take a bit of getting used too and some of the game play mechanics good improved to give the player more control (i.e. base running), but it's really fun and you feel like your actualy playing a real baseball game. Both the Season and Career modes are fun. In the season modes you're basically worried ust about winning. In the Career mode you focus mainly on improving your game and advancing in the league. I intentionally signed up with a team I didn't want to be a part of just so I could force a trade with the team I want. Plus, I thought it might be easier to get on a "weaker" team. I don't know if this is true, because some waker teams have tought requirements, also to make the team. The game has some minor "bugs". One, it freezes on occassion, so save often. Also, you can reduce freezing by setting diagnosis on prior to inserting the disk (don't reset PS2, hit circle, circle, then "X" to enter and select read disk). Also, I heard disabling "tips" helps reduce frezing. One thing that I found also, if youlet the game do it's thing (i.e. cut scenes, etc) and not tery to advance the game to fast by constantly pushing "X' to move the game along, this hepls too. I found the game would freeze when I pushed it along. If you're looking for a good badseball game, this one is it. It's a thinking man's game, not a kids arcade game. I've been playing it for hours and haven't really played another game since I got it. Expand
  6. Deesto
    Apr 3, 2005
    8
    Right up there with the other two major baseball releases of the year. Two small problems and one omission keep it from rising to the top of Right up there with the other two major baseball releases of the year. Two small problems and one omission keep it from rising to the top of the crop: - Gameplay is a bit glitchy - Controls are glitchy as well at times, particularly when fielding. - Finally, MLB 2006 contains zero "mini-games", so if you're into quickies and not full, blown-out games, seasons, careers, or franchises, this one's not for you. Expand
  7. MikeJ.
    Mar 13, 2006
    8
    I love the game-play but the throwing is dicey and the batting is uncomfortable. Why not use the left analog stick for batting control since I love the game-play but the throwing is dicey and the batting is uncomfortable. Why not use the left analog stick for batting control since you have to use X or square to hit with? Collapse

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