Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
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  1. But I can tell you that it's an upgrade from the Xbox version, as it should be. It looks better, and it plays better now that the fielding works correctly now.
  2. Overall, MLB 2K6 is a worthy replacement to the beloved MVP MLB franchise. While there are some occasional hiccups and glitches and the fielding is off, these are all issues that can be ironed out over the next year - the game is still pretty fun to play.
  3. Is MLB 2K6 close to perfect? No. It’s far from it. Beneath the little kinks, however, there is a solid, fun baseball game to be played and, in the end, isn’t that what we all want?
  4. New pitching and hitting dynamics make this a fun romp, but its next-gen worthiness is in question.
  5. The replay value isn’t very high for casual fans of the sport, and I suspect not even hardcore fans will spend copious amounts of time with the title.
  6. Sure it’s packed with drool-worthy game modes, interesting new features and a slick presentation but it’s plagued by flaws too hard to ignore and visuals just not good enough to make this a game worth buying.
  7. A solid baseball game and it's been beefed up in the audio/visual departments for the Xbox 360. It's not big on frills but it is loaded with modes, including online play.
  8. 70
    Inside Edge is the most significant addition to the game, and we hope to see scouting play a part in the genre in the future. But control problems with baserunning and fielding, along with a lack of general polish, keep 2K6 from being the great game it's trying to be.
  9. 70
    Deep statistics are offset by a clunky interface. A deep career mode is offset by annoying seasonal goals. Hi-res graphics are offset by frame rate issues. Great musics and stadium songs are offset by flimsy on-field sound effects.
  10. Official Xbox Magazine
    Though you don't get much for your extra $20, the slight gameplay tweaks make the 360 version of MLB 2K6 the best choice if you've got both systems. [Jun 2006, p.78]
  11. Game Informer
    This version is certainly a little easier on the eyes, but it never really gets the bat squarely on the ball with the gameplay that is delivered. As a Cubs fan say, maybe next year. [Jun 2006, p.115]
  12. As a game, MLB 2K6 feels more than competent, but it fails to excel. Much like last year’s Cubs, it has its shining moments, but in the end you’re left with the distinct feeling that it could have been so much more.
  13. The apathetic presentation and a slew of gameplay bugs make it hard to enjoy Major League Baseball 2K6, which is otherwise a deep and feature-rich baseball simulation.
  14. Where the game has been severely improved over its last title on the Xbox, on a next-generation system, the hardware is not effectively utilized to make this game a viable choice over its cheaper Xbox cousin.
  15. 60
    Playing against a real person, the strength of the pitcher-batter face-off carries the game; playing alone, you're more likely to send this one down to the minors before the end of the season.
  16. This remains a game with an awful lot of potential, but not much execution. It's still glitchy - this review doesn't cover more than a fraction of the issues I've seen - but underneath it all is a set of baseball ideas and mechanics that could easily produce a fantastic game in the future.
  17. The graphics are sub par and the audio is nothing special; coupled with the occasional graphical glitches and bugs, the game ends up looking like it wasn’t finished.
  18. If you own either of [the console versions], you’d have to be crazy to buy this game for the 360, because all you get for the extra twenty dollars are some disappointingly jaggy graphics.
  19. If you only have the Xbox 360 as your console, MLB 2K6 does play a fairly solid game of baseball, provided you have all your sliders in place. But for me, the best baseball game again this year is still 989's "MLB 06: The Show."
  20. Activating the showboating feature gives you the chance to make a spectacular behind-the-back catch of a routine fly ball, but...the joys of fielding end there. When you aren't overrunning the ball, you're stuck in molasses trying to turn back to get it.
  21. 40
    A severely flawed game that could have been far better had it undergone further testing. The freeze bug is absolutely crippling and has even caused retailers like EBGames and GameStop to reduce the amount of money they'll offer for the game in trade-in value.
  22. What we basically have here is a glossed-over version of the game with very little addition and a $20 price drop, not to mention some horrible freezing problems that send this game to the showers.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 38
  2. Negative: 21 out of 38
  1. D.J.L.
    Mar 9, 2008
    The game is pretty good and the graphics are a tidbit over average. The whole baserunning/wild throw thing is a problem, but the fact that theThe game is pretty good and the graphics are a tidbit over average. The whole baserunning/wild throw thing is a problem, but the fact that the teams have a full roster gives it a boost. There are too many made up players, but some are 2K employees, such as Umrao Mayer, Butch DeBerry, and Kelson Hootman. The fact that you can change a player's stats is a pro and con. Pro: You can make players who're good now but totally sucked in the game (ie Jacoby Ellsbury, Troy Tulowitzki, Stephen Drew, Josh Bard) good. Con: You could make your team amazingly awesome and all the other teams really sucky. Then when playing, it'd be no fun. Rhetoric online feature's also pretty cool. I'd give it a 7.7 or 7.8, so I just rounded up to 8. Full Review »
  2. BryanMcCann
    Sep 18, 2007
    the only thing i hate is the batting formate. I think it sucks. it is hard to get a home run and why is Barry bonds not in this game or 07sthe only thing i hate is the batting formate. I think it sucks. it is hard to get a home run and why is Barry bonds not in this game or 07s verson. o and bonds was in the 04 verson and more just not in 2ks versons. so that is not the reason Teej C. Full Review »
  3. BrandonL.
    Jul 1, 2007
    I think the game is o.k besides sides the stupid anti-bonds situation and the baserunning.