NBA Live 06 PSP

User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
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  1. MikeC.
    Oct 9, 2005
    9
    EA seems to be getting the hang of coding for the PSP. Load times are minimal, solid framerate & the control scheme seems like a lot of thought went into creating responsive, intuitve controls. The presentation is top-notch, and the gameplay is fun and engaging. The camera angles need some work, as there doesn't seem to be a single choice which provides decent perspective, depth and EA seems to be getting the hang of coding for the PSP. Load times are minimal, solid framerate & the control scheme seems like a lot of thought went into creating responsive, intuitve controls. The presentation is top-notch, and the gameplay is fun and engaging. The camera angles need some work, as there doesn't seem to be a single choice which provides decent perspective, depth and a full view of the court. This may be remedied by playing with the auto-zoom slider, but that remains to be seen. Highly recommended. Expand
  2. FalakD.
    Oct 9, 2005
    10
    If you already have 05' NBA Live for your x box then u gotta get 06' for your PSP. This game is so cool with new trick moves and ALL Star Weekend!
  3. MarcD.
    Oct 11, 2005
    8
    The first game in the Live series that I have enjoyed in years. The PSP version is fast paced and plays well. A fun portable all round.
  4. JimmyJ.
    Dec 2, 2005
    7
    This is NBA Live. The reason I say that is because the game is fun. But it can't compare to the console version of say, NBA 2K2 - 6. I wish they came out with a game for the PSP. I'd buy it in a second. The graphics are pretty good for a handheld game though I must say I think EA's Need for Speed Underground looks better. Which kinda made me mad. that was a launch game. This is NBA Live. The reason I say that is because the game is fun. But it can't compare to the console version of say, NBA 2K2 - 6. I wish they came out with a game for the PSP. I'd buy it in a second. The graphics are pretty good for a handheld game though I must say I think EA's Need for Speed Underground looks better. Which kinda made me mad. that was a launch game. When is the PSP really gonna step it up? I think the graphics coulda been way better. But it is fun, especially if you get online and can scrape some kid in California while you're in Idaho, New York, Florida (does it matter!). So if you need a handheld basketball fix, get Live '06. But if you wanna play a good basketball video game get NBA 2K. Expand
  5. Mike
    Feb 21, 2006
    9
    Game is very good. I love it. I'm not a big basketball fan, but the game is amazing.
  6. ChrisK.
    Nov 14, 2005
    8
    When I first started playing this game, I was only going to rate it a 5 or a 6. However, that all changed when I read on a message board that arcade and simulation modes appear to be reversed. Playing in arcade mode (really sim mode) is a whole new ballgame. The computer actually subs players, its is less of a wide open running match, etc. Defense is still a bit thin but this is the Live When I first started playing this game, I was only going to rate it a 5 or a 6. However, that all changed when I read on a message board that arcade and simulation modes appear to be reversed. Playing in arcade mode (really sim mode) is a whole new ballgame. The computer actually subs players, its is less of a wide open running match, etc. Defense is still a bit thin but this is the Live series which has always focused on offense first. There are some bugs which are annoying, the biggest being frequent lockups during season mode, especially when your team has an injury during a simulated game. Some of the other minor bugs include messed up stats at the halftime highlights screen, getting an assist after a block or steal attempt results in a score by a teammate, and animation sequences that totally take your player out of the game after a blocked shot or steal attempt. What started out being a poor experience turned into some really good portable basketball. Expand
  7. Nov 16, 2012
    8
    Being one of the earlier games you can play on PSP, this is an excellent simulation with everything you can expect from the solid basketball game. I always love to see the game where you can say: "This is great." without having to add "given that it's just a PSP version".

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#49 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2005
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. It's a bit scaled down, and there are some definite gameplay issues I would like to see fixed. But all in all, it's not a bad debut on the PSP.
  2. 80
    NBA Live 2006 isn't the perfect game for serious NBA fans who dig stat-tracking more than slam-dunking. It is, however, a great game for someone searching for a good looking, fun and portable game of basketball.
  3. For better or for worse, NBA Live 06 looks and plays remarkably similar to its home-console cousins, even going so far as to include the new freestyle superstar control features.