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  • Summary: ProControl - Play like the pros with our revolutionary icon-based passing system. All-new combo passing and shooting controls let you queue up give-and-go attacks, tic-tac-toe passing, puck cycling, behind the net plays and more. PureMotion Animations - Hundreds of new NHL-caliber animations to feast your eyes on including spectacular saves in goal by Marty Turco. On-The-Fly Coaching - Play your style of hockey at both ends of the ice by calling team strategy during the action. Crash the net, screen the goalie and pinch defensemen on offense. Then, counter the attack by clearing the crease, clearing the zone, or setting up a break out for an offensive rush. Enforcer System - Throw opponents off their game by bringing out your checking line. Now, bigger and more aggressive players weigh into the outcome of a game as much as your leading goal scorers, as physical play will lower opponents’ performance ratings. Maximum Goaltending - Take matters into your own hands by utilizing your right analog stick to make quick, intuitive saves when it counts the most. [2K Games] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. The lack of a good range of game achievements, the occasional lag and the only slightly above average graphics is about all that I could complain about, but when you put that next to clever AI (that can skate backwards, by the way), icon-based passing, Enforcer players, goalkeeper perspective and commentary better than I've ever heard in a sports title and the complaints are pretty trivial in comparison.
  2. A solid game for the Xbox 360. It was an incredibly solid game for the original Xbox. Just keep in mind that you’re not getting a huge update from the game since the graphics are marginally better than the Xbox version.
  3. Everything about this game is really nice, yet it feels like a current generation game with a higher resolution.
  4. I haven't enjoyed a hockey game this much in a long time (it's just cheaper on the original Xbox). [Jan 2006, p.48]
  5. If you have an Xbox or PS2, save yourself the pricetag of a brand new game and pick up a version that's frankly just as good and holds greater value. If you just have the 360, you can go ahead and pick this game up, but don't count on it to blow your mind.
  6. Disappointing that the 360 edition isn't visually distinct from the last-gen versions. [Issue #3]
  7. This game could've been so much more had Kush Games been on their game, driving with the kind of innovation that they put into the goalie control feature. But it comes up giving us the short end of the hockey stick.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 7 out of 14
  1. Apr 6, 2012
    This game should only be played for the easy 750 and Pain in the ass 1000. You can get NHL 10 for the same price, or slightly more expensive. Everything about is dated the game also freezes a lot, that it would probably be **** to play when the game was released. Expand
  2. GaryP.
    Jan 6, 2006
    This game is the best hockey game ive ever played. Everything is good, the rosters are updated with crosby, ovechkin, phaneuf, carter etc., the gameplay is awsome, it has a new goalie control feature which is awsome, and the only downside to me is the graphics could be a little better. Expand
  3. FrankS.
    Apr 23, 2006
    Really, the best nhl game ever, nhl 2006 is so arcade now, if u liek simulation (real life play) buy this game!
  4. BruinsFan247
    Mar 14, 2006
    I only it gave it a four because its only a online game. Thats right, you heard me. If you start a franchise mode, somwhere down the line it will corrupt on you and stop you from pregressing any futher. After a franchise game, between the post game and the franchise menu the loading screen freezes, everytime! They refuse to fix this problem or even acknowledge it. I will never buy another Take-Two title again. Expand
  5. LateZ.
    Jul 7, 2006
    Nice graphics, and player look to behave just like in real life, BUT: I'm not very fanatic hockey game player, but still I won my second ever match 11-6 in the hardest difficulty with Capitals! I don't have to use the 90% sure shot to the top of the goal, but I just wanted to try how much I can score with a cheap trick. Collapse
  6. MatthewK.
    Dec 8, 2005
    I hate this game, I hate it on xbox and I hate it even more on xbox 360. Sure the animation and graphics are sweet and well done, but the game play still sucks and boring and well crap. I wish they would have kept it like espn 2k5, but no they did not. I wished espn would take back this game but they cant becouase they sold it to Ea but anyway I hate this game with passion. Expand
  7. CoreyF.
    Mar 9, 2006
    This is by far the worst hockey game EVER!!! I mean how you can you release a game that was not even tested way to many gameplay bugs, and the add your own music feature doesn't even work correctly. I think 2k said hey we can just throw a couple new video shots in, add some code so it plays on 360 and up the price. If you do not have this game don't buy it, if you have it my appologies. I for one will rent next years version before getting shafted again. Expand

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