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a game by Visual Concepts
Platforms: XBox 360, XBox, Playstation 2 (2005)
Editor Rating: 9/10, based on 1 review, 2 reviews are shown
User Rating: 9.3/10 - 3 votes
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See also: Sport Games, Sports Management Games, NBA Video Games, Basketball Video Games

Let’s talk about classics. There are games that can leave a mark on the skin of the players; some gamers keep RPGs in their hearts, while others prefer action or platformer games and consider them as the game that changed their life. Then, we have the Sports games. The always-underrated genre that no one (except for their faithful community) appreciates as games that can be part of your childhood but everyone in the world has played at least once. One of these games is NBA 2K6, released in 2005 by EA and set the bar higher for Sports games in terms of quality.

What Does It Feel To Be A Real Baller?

The gameplay of NBA 2K6 is full of interesting mechanics that work together to create a great experience. Every button of your controller does an action; it can either be passing, moving around, or shooting. Well, the game has action buttons that let you modify the intensity your player has to do these actions; with the action button pressed, your player will sprint instead of moving around, will dribble instead of passing, and can do fake moves and feints instead of shooting so you have a lot more dynamism in the gameplay and lets you create more strategies to win.

It can be confusing for newcomers, but as soon as you grasp the fundamentals of the game’s mechanics, you’ll be an unstoppable baller. It’ll take you some practice, though.

Another interesting thing about this game is that teams and players controlled by the computer have personalities. You can see big Shaq and Dwayne Wade as the problematic tandem that dominated the NBA on Miami Heat doing their tricks and having synergy or The Black Mamba blocking and attacking as he used to do, dominating the whole game.

High-Quality Animations

NBA 2K6 is an old game, that’s true, but even back then, it boasted having fluent animations that were totally accurate and worked for every moment of the match. The textures and face scans that worked along these animations made the whole game feel real, which is a big achievement for its time.

The collisions are on point, the players’ animations are accurate depictions of what a real NBA player would do in certain situations, and everything gets wrapped up nicely by the ambiance inside the stadium; the crowd screaming and chanting, the narrators having a great time commenting on the game, and the music chosen to be part of the title are an essential part of the vitality of the title.

Rate: 9/10

NBA 2K6 is a big classic. A game loved by all of those 2K players as it introduced new mechanics and Quality-of-Life changes that changed the whole system and left NBA Live 2006 behind, crowning itself as the best basketball game of that year.


This was the game that give the 2K series a real kickstart and, since then, 2K is the alone banner that represents NBA in the gaming industry.

Pros and Cons


  • The gameplay is very polished and enjoyable
  • The game exudes personality and feels authentic
  • The visuals are excellent for their time


  • It can get monotonous over time

Download NBA 2K6

XBox 360

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
Playstation 2

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

NBA 2K6 is a sports game that will help the player to plunge into the world of basketball and compete against the stellar NBA teams. Coach your own team or choose one of the existing clubs to compete in the NBA championships. Use the best players in basketball to make special signature moves.

Pros of the game:

  • Train and coach your own basketball league or put together a hodgepodge of rookies and sports stars
  • Perform deceptive maneuvers and strategically use players' special moves to win quickly

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