Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
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  1. Overall, NBA 06 has a lot to offer and plenty of hours of gameplay with the season mode, minigames, online mode and more, but the game just feels incomplete and rushed.
  2. Definitely improved over the launch title, with a number of smoother animations, two new mini-games and simpler gameplay mechanics. However, the sometimes idiotic AI on your team and nonsensical limitations on jukes or cleanly driving to the lane without picking up the ball will make any basketball fan call for a technical foul on this title.
  3. SCEA seeks to bring the fun of the NBA to the PSP, but again misses the mark, with a minimal gaming mode, spotty AI and gaming-style clash.
  4. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Good for a few little bursts. [Jan 2006, p.107]
  5. If the gameplay could match the options of the game, NBA 06 would be a contender for the playoffs.
  6. Game Informer
    It just needs to get its butt back into training camp to iron out the fundamentals of the game. [Dec 2005, p.190]
  7. 60
    What bugs me is this game isn't nearly as deep as the console version. There's no full-blown Story Mode and this is a slight disappointment, as it really could have made this title stand out.
  8. PSM Magazine
    Now that NBA Live's out and on fire, this one's on the trade block. [Holiday 2005, p.100]
  9. Certain aspects of the 06 game have definitely been improved over its forebear. However, the gameplay didn't keep up its end of the bargain, so it's a case of two steps forward and two steps back.

Awards & Rankings

#65 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2005
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. SarkS.
    Jul 6, 2006
    it is something very flawed about a game that has the raptors destroying a all star team by fourty and shaq hitting three pointers
  2. ChadY.
    Jan 31, 2006
    Best basketball game on PSP, solid all around with no glaring flaws.