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7.1

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  • Summary: Freestyle Superstars: You are in control of the top NBA stars, performing like their real-life counterparts based on distinct character types, including Power, Playmaker, Stopper and more. Authentic 5-on-5 Gameplay: The all-new animation system helps to visually present the up-tempo, fast-break brand of basketball that makes the NBA thrive. Also featured, is an improved transition game and a more physical brand of play with collisions and dunked-on scenarios. New Player Visuals: A new graphics engine now has player models not only playing and acting like their real life counterparts, but looking the part with striking detail and realism. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 90
    This is my favorite two-player sports game of the year so far. The Superstar moves really change the way you play the game, and for the better, as for the first time in years you can really tell the difference between players like Shaq and Eric Dampier.
  2. This is the best offering EA has created in many years. The gameplay isn’t perfect, but the addition of superstar moves makes it extremely entertaining.
  3. NBA Live '06 gives you a helluva good game; solid on both sides of the ball. On the downside, there isn't as much innovation as you might be hoping for.
  4. While NBA Live 06 makes a couple of steps forward with the Freestyle Superstar Controls, it manages to make a couple steps backward at the same time.
  5. "NBA 2K6" is the better game for pure basketball simulation lovers.
  6. An enjoyable update, but one that only the most ardent of fans will appreciate. [Dec 2005, p.128]
  7. Maybe the game should be renamed NBA Live Roster Update as it's basically the same game as NBA Live 05 with the up to date player transfers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 7 out of 16
  1. SeanF.
    Oct 7, 2005
    10
    It is a beast of a game . best nba game by far.
  2. ZackB.
    Dec 3, 2005
    10
    This game is great . like all-star weekend and new dunks. I wish i knew the whole bobcats roster. I don't have the game and it's great.
  3. SherrodC.
    Jul 6, 2006
    10
    I agree. The gameplay is great, and playing the games are just as fun. Manager mode is pretty cool, too. Can't wait for the next game to be even better. Expand
  4. RayH.
    Sep 28, 2005
    5
    This game is so un realistic its streetball on NBA courts. The gameplay is weak.
  5. MikeB.
    Oct 6, 2005
    4
    First off i cant find the right Press Box view like in '05. its fake how i can use D.Wade and jump over people in the key unwillingly. i cant block a shot for nothin cause my guy down low is always being pushed behind the back-board. When using Shaq he never holds his own on Defense cause the guy runs into him and Shaq keeps his hand up and the player gets a three-point play. Shq gets 5 fouls in the first half easy. Whack!!!!!! Defense down in the paint i give it a 2 out of 10. Expand
  6. JayB.
    Nov 4, 2005
    3
    Live 05' was a better game, period. It was more fluid. The new so called freestyle play sucks, especially since you cant just back anybody down they way you used to, they should have left the controls alone. Expand
  7. SMokeD.D.
    Dec 28, 2005
    0
    EA has finally done it! They've have completed making the wrost BBALL Game ever. This game has no Defence, so unrealistic, you can easily score 130+ points and grab only 10 rebounds the entire game, even against the superstar mode com. Do those game makers even understand the Bastketball? Appearantly they only want to make the images pretty, with fancy unreal moves. I am so mad cuz I bought the game and it will stay in a cardboard box in the garage for the rest of my life. Expand

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