NBA Live 06 PlayStation 2

Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
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  1. AceGamez
    70
    It's a decent attempt, but it lacks what it used to have, and if you own the 2004 or 2005 version then just stick with them and trade the appropriate players to the correct teams.
  2. EA's new graphics engine makes a difference too. Things are noticeably sharper and more free-flowing, meaning that the frenetic on-court movement of players doesn't get lost inside your PS2.
  3. The camera doesn't swing around fast enough after a change of possession, causing some turnovers and missed fast-break opportunities. Plus, the dynasty mode, slam-dunk contest, and three-point shoot-out have all basically gone untouched.
  4. It’s fine, decent, entirely competent, but who wants that again? We want bite, and even though this game has Marv Albert, it barely manages to break last year's skin.
  5. For gamers who just want to shoot, slam, and take it to guys in the paint, this game will more than meet your expectations. If you are looking for a game filled with strategy and intense pressure, you may want to get your hoops action elsewhere.
  6. 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.
  7. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    70
    An enjoyable update, but one that only the most ardent of fans will appreciate. [Dec 2005, p.128]
  8. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    60
    One has to wonder if Live 06's mostly cosmetic changes are worth $50 this year. [Nov 2005, p.115]

Awards & Rankings

#57 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18
  1. Nov 18, 2015
    8
    NBA Live 06 continues the tradition of a solid EA Sports basketball franchise. There are still some small issues to contend with, but the gameNBA Live 06 continues the tradition of a solid EA Sports basketball franchise. There are still some small issues to contend with, but the game is good enough to overshadow most of them. The Freestyle Superstars are a great addition to the gameplay, and online dunk contests will always be fun. It is another step forward for the NBA Live series. Now I can't wait to see what they do with a next gen system! Full Review »
  2. Feb 27, 2015
    8
    The players seem disproportional and the game feels really arcadish. But I still had fun in this game! I wish dunking was easier in this gameThe players seem disproportional and the game feels really arcadish. But I still had fun in this game! I wish dunking was easier in this game though, as getting a perfect score in the Dunk Contest is nearly impossible. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »