Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. A smooth flowing basketball game, complete with a huge franchise mode and Live online play.
  2. 90
    While the EA game is solid, it just doesn't stack up with 2K6.
  3. Rock-solid gameplay engine artfully recreates the college hoop experience.
  4. College Hoops 2K6 is does almost everything well, providing a high-maintenance Legacy mode for the sim-obsessed and a sturdy online mode for those who just want to rip up the courts with their favorite college team.
  5. 85
    Greg Gumble and Clark Kellogg do a nice job with postgame highlights and their "Selection Sunday" show lends real NCAA flavor to the proceedings. In the booth, Vern Lundquist and Bill Rafferty do a solid job of keeping commentary interesting.
  6. 83
    A dream for simulation basketball fans. The deep Legacy mode and great broadcast presentation will keep you coming back deep into March.
  7. It's not the prettiest looking game, but College Hoops 2K6 still delivers where it counts, as a deep and accurate simulation of NCAA basketball.
  8. There are only two college basketball games available, EA's or 2K's. The latter costs less and plays better, so the choice is pretty clear.
  9. Easily the best college basketball game of the year and one that every college hoop fan needs to own.
  10. The new gameplay features and impressive depth make this year's College Hoops the best so far in the series.
  11. The defensive steal system just doesn't feel right, and the interaction animations between players can produce some funky results. [Jan 2006, p.138]
  12. Rounded out by strong play-by-play announcing, good A.I. on both sides of the ball, and solid visuals, 2K6 is your best bet for college hoops this year. [Jan 2006, p.74]
  13. With the depth of the legacy mode, the replay value is huge.
  14. 80
    A solid and engrossing basketball game that may lack the high quality presentation and panache of EA's NCAA franchise, but holds its own with an engaging and fairly deep set of options and selectable play modes.
  15. 80
    One thing 2K Sports continually proves, however, is that it can bring the game even when it doesn't look as sharp as the competition.
  16. A thunderous b-ball effort that's almost every bit as good as its NBA brethren. The modes will have you tunneling for hours of enjoyment, and the gameplay is smooth like butta.
  17. Pitting 2K's college game against EA's is a close call, but ultimately I suppose that this game's better price and A.I. give it the edge. Someone needs to fire the coach before it's guaranteed a tourney berth, though.

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