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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, 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] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. It’s definitely recommended if you didn’t pick up the game for current-generation consoles.
  2. On the sports side of things, this baller is hands-down the most visually stunning game at the 360 launch. Actually, it's the only one that truly looks "next-gen."
  3. It's hard to recommend NBA Live 06 for purchase just yet. It's almost certain to be a must-buy monster in future years when the exploit is fixed and the feature set is restored, but you'll have to decide if a drop-dead gorgeous game with only a season mode is worth your 60 bones in the meantime.
  4. 65
    Graphically it's certainly a next-gen title, but graphics alone don't make a game worth buying. There are very few additions in terms of gameplay and the lack of a Franchise mode really does hurt its lifespan.
  5. NBA Live 06 has a lot in common with your favourite supermodel, or at least the perceived stereotype - it looks absolutely stunning, but is lacking in depth.
  6. 60
    Basketball fans looking for the best rendition of the sport should let NBA Live 06 dribble through their fingers and score a copy of NBA 2K6 instead. Next year’s battle will hopefully be more competitive.
  7. Don’t expect any sort of deep managerial options, because all you get is the bare bones trade/sign/release functionality. No team practice, no hiring and firing of coaches, and no scouting at all. It’s like playing through the ‘98-99 lockout season, and it’s simply not deep enough for a next-gen game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 4 out of 6
  1. JeffA.
    Jul 4, 2006
    10
    Graphics that are so good it's like watching NBA on TV. Why spend money on an Xbox 360 to play last generation graphics. The control, commentary and sound as top notch. There is no way any user should rate this game under 7. I doubt they even own the game. Superb game. Get it. Expand
  2. PattyP.
    Jan 9, 2006
    8
    I honestly hated this game at first but give it a shot and you'll have a realistic experience. Play this game if you want to experience what the NBA is really like. YES 2k6 is a lot more fun but I'd still reccomend both games. Play through a few games and you'll have a blast. Expand
  3. MarcD.
    Mar 26, 2006
    4
    Beneath the pretty face...is a soul as black as night. This game is devoid of any gameplay worth mentioning. When it boils down to it...the visuals (the game's only strong suit) suffers from a horrific framerate. A true crime to the genre and gaming in general. Expand
  4. JesseS.
    Jan 29, 2006
    2
    graphics look great. game is pure garbage though. get 2k6 if you want a fun and great loking game.
  5. JamesC.
    Dec 29, 2005
    1
    this game was terrible in my opinion. I bought it because i thought it would be better than 2k6. It is one of the worst games i have ever played. Graphics dont make up for how much they took out of the previous models. Expand
  6. BryanMcCann
    Nov 5, 2007
    0
    Jeff A is so a Ea emploey. did you even look at steve Nash I call that crap. and the game play is just crap two buttons one for dunks other for shot crap! and people who should make shots don't. just don't get this and what I hear is 07 and 08 are just as bad. I wise sega aka 2k would get the NBA liccense just like Ea got the NFl. then we would not have to play crap like this. Ea is good at madden, 2k is good at basketball and baseball. so EA quite making basketball games! Expand