2K6 is the latest instalment in the ice hockey series
from 2K Sport. This isn't going to go down in the UK as well
as in the USA - mainly because ice hockey doesn't appeal to
that many people over here. That's probably why the US price
tag of $20 (about £11.50) has rocketed up to £30
for the UK release.
have to confess to not being the world's greatest expert on
hockey - I've watched a fair few games, and I know the rules,
but that's about it. I'm certainly not up on all of the players
is usual for review games, we received no instruction on how
to play this game - something that is really essential for
this release as there are so many different elements and gaming
modes to get your head around.
"ProControl" system let's you take command of the
offensive zone with tape-to-tape icon passing, behind the
net plays and precision give-and-go attacks. Display your
raw aggression to maximise the Enforcer System and throw opponents
off their game. The game features all-new presentation elements,
cut-scenes, and commentary from legendary broadcast team Bob
Cole and Harry Neale.
won't take you long will long to dominate the ice with NHL
calibre goaltending, skating, checking and puck handling with
the deeply enhanced animation system. Strong and aggressive
play from the bigger, beefier players on your team increases
your "Enforcer System" rating, throwing opponents
off their game by bringing out your checking line.
"On-The-Fly" coaching features enable you to play
your style of hockey at both ends of the ice by calling team
strategy during the action. And if you want to take the goalie's
job, the "Maximum Goaltending" option allows you
to take matters into your own hands by swapping into the cage
and using the right analogue stick to make quick, intuitive
saves when it counts the most.
overall presentation of the game has improved considerably,
with a fully 3D crowd, the latest player/team stats and highly
realistic NHL arenas enhancing the experience.
you are a true hockey nut then you'll lap this up - although
I don't think that the upgrades, as impressive as they are,
are worth spending £30 on. If this was £11.50
then I'd recommend it like a shot.
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