Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 100
    This year's game clears up almost any blemishes that may have carried over through the years, and perfects the package in a way that blew my socks off.
  2. It gets even better with the new feedback system that has been implemented. At the conclusion of each game you play online, you can either rate your opponent positive, negative or neutral.
  3. 2K Sports fully justifies the shift from budget to full-price for this NBA title with a deeper franchise mode, solid controls and much improved AI.
  4. NBA 2K6 just proves that you can improve on a series that already comes close to perfection.
  5. 90
    The most realistic basketball game on the market. It's an accurate representation of the sport and captures a lot of the intangibles extremely well. It's got enough gameplay available to keep both the arcade and simulation contingents happy.
  6. 90
    The remedy to a lot of gamers out there that want the control of "NBA Street" but the entire NBA roster and the pro ball experience.
  7. There are so many nuances to the look of this game; it'd be a feeble task trying to list them. Needless to say, it's stunning.
  8. Definitely the best basketball game available. Give-and-go passing system is a big step forward and the shot stick helps score easy baskets. Unfortunately, the camerawork is not on the same level with the other aspects of the game. [Feb 2006]
  9. While the tweaks to isomotion and shooting are the most obvious improvements made to an already solid basketball simulation, it's the leaps forward in artificial intelligence that ultimately define NBA 2K6's quality.
  10. Some great gameplay innovations and the standard offering of online play are hampered only by a few AI missteps and some problematic animation sets. The 24/7 and Association modes join together to offer a solid amount of gameplay for fans of any brand of basketball.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. MattZ.
    Nov 10, 2005
    Well i can only speak for the gameplay when playing on the season mode but once again sega sports is too arcadish for me. I didnt have much of a feel of a simulation game because i can dunk or drive to the hoop almost any play. Really that one error alone is a huge error to me which dropped 4 to 5 points off of my ranking. Other than that the gameplay is good and i'm sure the online is a blast. I'm going to have to rent Live 06 which will hopefully give me a little more realistic gameplay. we'll see. Full Review »
  2. KwameO.
    Oct 20, 2005
    I like 24/7 mode and association.i love the crib,but it should be bigger.also,reverse steering on 24/7 mode is stupid.i also like create team and player, and the game producer teams.cheat-vcteam. Full Review »
  3. ColbyC.
    Oct 11, 2005
    I bought EA Live the day it came out, played it, hated it, and ended up buying 2k6 as well. Overall this game is much much better than Live, but it still does have a few problems. I really hate the shot stick, and wish it would have the option of the old juke moves with the right thumb stick. But overall I really like this game and will continue playing it instead of Live. Full Review »