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"Each team fields a full nine players, which can either be hand-picked or randomly drafted from the pool of available characters. Some specialize in hitting, some in pitching, and some in fielding, and each character has their own special pitch should you decide to send them to the mound."
- Blitz: The League Preview (Xbox)
"The game begins by allowing you to set up your team. This goes from picking the logo (there's a vast array of pre-made logos, which stylistically resemble NFL teams' even if they're all fabricated by Midway) and adjusting its colors to customizing the uniform design and even the appearance of specific players. Blitz: The League lets you get really hands on in naming your team and managing its look. This will be carried over to the online game, too. A player who puts a lot of effort into personalizing his team will instantly have cachet on the field; a guy who put forth little skill into it will be shown to be the poser he is."
- L.A. Rush Preview (PS2)
"The first thing I noticed is that L.A. Rush has absolutely the arcadiest racing controls in recent memory. Forget the fine tuned, unforgiving finesse of Gran Turismo. Drop any expectations of Project Gotham's sensitive hybrid arcade/sim responsiveness. Hell, Burnout and Ridge Racer aren't this simplistic and twitchy. The cars, no matter what make, rocket around the tracks at a breakneck pace and are so responsive things do not seem in the least realistic; fortunately for the game, it very much works."
- Gretzky NHL 06 Screenshots (PSP)
"Gretzky NHL 2006 introduces an all-new Wayne vs. Wayne mode where gamers earn "99 Time" and can temporarily activate Gretzky to go six-on-five against opponents or alternately defend against him when an opponent activates 99 Time."
- NBA 06 Screenshots (PSP)
"The one and only Shaquille O'Neal was out at the 2K Sports headquarters for some motion capture and more. Here's a quick teaser at what went down."Make sure you check out both clips.
"Offering true hockey fans what no other hockey videogame can, Gretzky NHL 2006 is the only game designed with insight from “The Great One.” Due to hit stores in October, Gretzky NHL '06 for PSP is set to retake the virtual ice with the right combination of an authentic hockey simulation and arcade elements to appeal to the casual gamer and the hard-core hockey fan."
"Sony has revealed five new screenshots of 989 Studio's NBA 2006 for the PSP. The game sports motion-capture data from professional basketball players, minigames, a trading card system, wireless infrastructure gameplay, and 41 authentic NBA teams. Be sure to check out our preview after viewing the screens. Enjoy."
GD: "What can you tell us that will be different with this year's version of Gretzky over previous editions?"
David: "There are lots of great improvements and additions in this year's version of Gretzky. We've added all new modes and improved on every element of the game. First and foremost, I should mention Wayne vs. Wayne mode. Wayne vs. Wayne is a very fast, arcade-style mode in which users are rewarded for good play with "99 Time". When you acquire enough time you can activate Wayne as a skater for your time for the amount of time that you have earned."
"On top of this, there's the rumor that the price will once again be in the $20 range, making this the affordable bargain for all kinds of hockey players out there. Hey, with its huge online options, its robust presentation, and the new gameplay quirks, who would turn it down? NHL 2K6 looks to be a dominant player in the field this year, and, in a matter of weeks, we'll see how it masters the ice."
"In a nutshell, WWE Day of Reckoning 2 is bound to be one behemoth of a wresting game. Featuring over 40 wrestlers, intricate gameplay, a deeper story mode and better graphics, GameCube fans have something to look forward to. And the fact that there will be a fascinating total of 21 modes of play including Steel Cage, Triple Threat, Tag Team, Bra and Panties and over a dozen more, it seems like THQ is about to unleash a force to be reckoned with."
"Those disappointed in NCAA Football 2005 should be happy with 06, and though it's not the best NCAA game yet, it's still a damn good game. It might be the only college football game in town, but then again, it's pretty much always been in a class of its own."
"Shaquille O'Neal is one of the most dominant, skilled and exciting players in the NBA," stated Erik Whiteford, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports. "His name is synonymous with basketball and winning. His great passion for the game and drive for excellence has made him a force on the court and a leader on every team he is a part of, including 2K Sports. We're thrilled to be working with Shaq on NBA 2K6."
"NBA 2K6 will be the best basketball game on the virtual court, and it's no secret I like to play with the best - and that's 2K Sports," stated Miami Heat Center Shaquille O'Neal.
O'Neal has had an exceptional NBA career, earning countless accolades for his superior talent and contributions to the game of basketball. He has been selected to participate in 12 NBA All-Star Games, is a three-time NBA Finals MVP and a two-time regular season scoring champion. In 1996, O'Neal was also selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.
In conjunction with the cover athlete, 2K Sports is proud to announce new additions to post play in NBA 2K6 - with new animations and gameplay inspired and co-created by Shaquille O'Neal. These enhancements offer players a more realistic experience while "in the paint," featuring authentic NBA-motion captured moves like drop steps, head fakes, skyhooks, and the infamous fade away shot. NBA 2K6 will also feature new post specific moves including steals from post defenders and weak side blocks, adding a new layer to the defensive post game.
NBA 2K6 delivers the most authentic NBA experience as gamers can elevate their level of play by utilizing the innovative V.I.P. System(TM) to challenge profiles of friends and other NBA 2K6 gamers across the country. With online play and unrivaled franchise control, NBA 2K6 will be the most comprehensive and feature rich NBA video game released to date.
NBA 2K6 will hit courts in Fall 2005 for PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and the Xbox 360(TM) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
For more information, log onto http://www.2ksports.com
"Expanding upon the best-selling 5-on-5 basketball simulation on PSP, NBA '06 for PSP incorporates all-new game design, animations, and mini-games for gamers to play anytime, anywhere. Supporting up to two players via ad hoc or infrastructure mode, NBA ‘06 for PSP offers the chance to play any of the 41 authentic NBA teams, including six National Basketball Development League (NBDL) teams. Two new mini-games, HORSE and Dodgeball, allow players to step away from traditional 5-on-5 play and engage in some classic schoolyard battles."
TheManRoom: "One of the key yet sometimes overlooked features for a basketball game to succeed is the ability to play tight, realistic defense. What have you done in NBA ‘06 to achieve this?"
C.J. Connoy: "On ball defense has been overhauled in NBA ‘06. When designing the game, we decided that the current NBA game status quo was about the “brick wall” or “ole!” solutions to basic defense. Either the ball handler is stopped cold or he flies right by. The real NBA is neither of these. We came up with a concept we call, “Skitching.” True defense is about preventing a ball handler from getting to his desired spot (for a jumper or seam to attack the basket)."
"NCAA Football 06’s refined approach seems to cater most to the hardcore college football fan rather than the casual sports enthusiast. If your definition of getting dressed up for the weekend is applying face paint, slipping on a licensed sweatshirt, and draping a team blanket over your back, then NCAA Football 06 has more than enough school spirit to keep you glued to the screen until the final corporate-sponsored bowl game."