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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,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. Even though NBA Live 06 apparently uses a new rendering engine, the graphics are pretty average.
  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: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 7 out of 17
  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 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. Jan 3, 2011
    8
    Great game with the only bad part being is that sometimes when you make the hoop it doesn't record the new basket for a point. Still very funGreat game with the only bad part being is that sometimes when you make the hoop it doesn't record the new basket for a point. Still very fun and I'd suggest it for any Basket-ball fan. Expand
  5. AhmadA.
    Dec 23, 2005
    4
    its graphics and gameplay are very slower it should have improved from live 05 I rather enjoy playing Live 05.
  6. CarlosM.
    Oct 2, 2005
    4
    EA sports must have paid off IGN to recieve that good of a rating. Their writer is either high on EA or doesn't have a clue about EA sports must have paid off IGN to recieve that good of a rating. Their writer is either high on EA or doesn't have a clue about basketball. If youre looking for a street style arcade you might as well play EA's NBA Street(by the way the first one is the best). But if youre looking for a realistic basketball game then shoot for NBA 2k6. I was in disbelief when i read IGN's reviews of the games...while EA uses a gimmick Freestyle Superstars, that may be fun to watch but impossible to stop, 2k6 uses player and team tendencies. You can watch the Suns, amare and nash, use the pick and roll to destroy you, Marbury isolate constantly, the spurs and pistons playing stifling D and crashing the boards.The AI is much better in the game on offense and defense. Although it may take longer to get useto 2k's controls, its far more rewarding. 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 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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