Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. NBA Live 06 might have an overall prettier package, but I'll take better gameplay and a complete package of game modes over flash courtside graphics any day.
  2. I think it plays closer to a real game of basketball than anything we've ever seen on the market before.
  3. This is the best basketball game in the history of basketball games and you absolutely need to play it.
  4. I cannot say enough about this game. It is hands down the best basketball game I've ever played on any system.
  5. Despite its few flaws and it's relative lack of "newness", NBA 2K6 offers excellent value - especially in comparison to other sports titles on the Xbox 360 system - and gives the gamer a full-featured product that also happens to be the best professional basketball simulation ever created.
  6. But yes, the graphics are better...insanely better. Better to a point that you should trade in your Xbox version to get this if you're getting an Xbox 360.
  7. At times the graphics are flawless, and there is a super-smooth frame-rate, but it’s let down by some basic presentation issues and strange cut scene effects.
  8. With a bit more time and experience, the NBA 2K series will be an unstoppable, next-generation force that cannot be contained, even with the industry’s best D’ing up.
  9. This title, unlike the other sports launch games for the system, really is able to sell itself via its graphics. [Jan 2006, p.147]
  10. NBA 2K6 is, without question, the rookie of the year. It will be interesting to see how well this rookie will improve his game for next season.
  11. NBA 2K6 looks fantastic if you have an HDTV, but the gameplay will seem familiar to you if you've played one of the other versions of the game already.
  12. Beefier graphics and a complete game are nice, but still missing some overall next-gen polish.
  13. Though editing options fall short of what would be a must-have basketball title, NBA 2K6 is arguably the best sports title for the 360 right now.
  14. The Xbox 360 is no doubt the best format to play the game on, with sharp visuals and a surround-sound crowd that really draws you into the action, but it just doesn’t have that made-for-next-gen feel, and if you aren’t using HDTV, the difference is even less spectacular.
  15. 80
    This reality has its ups and downs: there's nothing new besides graphics, but it was a stellar package to begin with, but the online is super laggy.
  16. The decision is a no-brainer for people who don’t already own it on the Xbox or PS2, but for those who have played it before, the slick presentation just might not be enough to warrant an upgrade.
  17. 80
    Though a few weaker points keep it from reaching amazing new heights in the B-ball genre, NBA 2K6 remains a fine example of what a high quality multiplayer launch title can be.
  18. Unlike "NHL 2K6," this one's been visually juiced, and it looks awesome. [Jan 2006, p.48]
  19. It's the same game you've been playing since September but with a prettier graphics engine. But oh is it a joy to watch? [Jan 2006, p.80]
  20. It's the undisputed court king, sure, but alas, also just a mere hefty 'nudge nudge, wink wink' of what we can expect in months to come. [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  21. 80
    Based on features alone, NBA 2K6 is the slam-dunk choice for Xbox 360 basketball. The player graphics are beautiful, with or without an HDTV, and the controls have slightly improved since the game’s appearance on the original Xbox (players can now enter into a defensive crouch by tapping on the left trigger button).
  22. A fine balance of playability and realism.
  23. A solid simulation basketball game that's worth picking up if you've got a hankering for the sport, not to mention the fact that's it's incredibly affordable.
  24. Hopefully for 2K7, however, 2KSports can start to take stability and bugs slightly more seriously, as it is an issue seen in many of their games of late.
  25. With solid Xbox Live play, NBA 2K6 is a professionally rounded off package. Special enough to be the best out there and satisfy the fans, but not friendly enough to encourage most newcomers to take up the challenge, which is a shame as this game deserves all the attention it gets.
  26. The gameplay is tight, the AI of the 360-controlled opponents is excellent. [Issue #3]
  27. 78
    A solid basketball title that really rests on the laurels of its predecessors. Even though the game can look absolutely amazing at time, it's still, at its heart, the same exact game that we saw in the current generation.
  28. This is for the true NBA fanatic, and you can only truly enjoy it if you know your way in and out of the NBA what with all the changes that occur and whatnot.
  29. 75
    NBA 2K6 on the Xbox 360 retains everything that made the previous versions of the game good, but also addresses some of the areas that held NBA 2K5 back. The game looks phenomenal when played on a HDTV, but Visual Concepts will need to address the vast contrast between on court play and the surrounding parts of the stadium in the next version of the game. NBA 2K6 is an absolute must-buy for all serious basketball fans.
  30. It has the most substance, and presentational balance so far.
  31. 71
    If you need one game to get for the launch, NBA 2K6 is the way to go, simply because "NBA Live" is more of a visual presentation with very little substance.
  32. 70
    2K6's biggest setback -- it doesn't have the instant visual appeal, next-gen look, or out-and-out raw emotion that gamers want to see in a next-gen sports game.
  33. The game is practically a carbon copy of the current-gen edition. Seriously, now I know why the words "Xbox 360" are scribbled on the score overlay--it's almost the only way to tell that you're playing a supposedly enhanced version of NBA 2K6.
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Sep 24, 2012
    8
    If NBA 2K6 is a glimpse of what the Xbox 360 has in store, than I'm one proud owner. The graphics are great, although inconsistent, and theIf NBA 2K6 is a glimpse of what the Xbox 360 has in store, than I'm one proud owner. The graphics are great, although inconsistent, and the sound quality makes for a great overall presentation. The physics are definitely the high point of this game and players move unbelievably lifelike. The 24/7 mode tacks on another game in its own rights and association mode is great. The only complaints i have is that the game is littered with bugs and background objects and particle effects look last generation. If your a basketball enthusiast, buy this game! Full Review »
  2. BryanM.
    Oct 22, 2007
    8
    Its a great game for its price. does not have the great graphics that live has but it has the gameplay. and that is what matters in a game.
  3. JobA.
    Apr 27, 2006
    9
    This game is truely incredible.I just cant understand how all these critics are so changable by voting one way from the original x-box This game is truely incredible.I just cant understand how all these critics are so changable by voting one way from the original x-box version and then giving a lower score for the 360 version when there has been nothing but complete improvements on the x-box 360.The game is definetly the best out of all the years from which it started at nba 2k on the dreamcast.I cant say enough good about this game!The only reason why I dont give it a ten is cause there is a few areas that could of been touched up to make it the perfect basketball game but for sure I give it a 9.3. Full Review »