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We have just posted our NHL 2K6 review. Find out what Clay Shaver has to say about it.
"I remember yesteryear. It was a simpler time. iPods were the size of index cards instead of business cards. Jennifer still loved Brad. Everyone still loved Raymond. And the United States was dealing with a war on foreign soil that politically divided the nation. It was a different time. Large groups of Canadian, American, and European men would spend countless hours on a frozen floor, playing a game called hockey in a league called the NHL. Oh, the memories. I still remember those good old days. Good old 2004."

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# 1 bigmoe @ 10/03/05 11:47 AM
havent picked up this gem yet ,and its a no-brainer with steves review & price tag. was going to pick up NHL & NBA 2k6 but after seeing the pics of the 360 game i dont know if i should hold out and purchase 360 along with these 2 new gems...i guess throw in the new madden also if i can get my hands on the new box...didnt preorder since i was going for the ps3 but now thats out the window...oh well..great review steve !
 
# 2 ChiTownKid @ 10/03/05 02:01 PM
He fails to mention any of the bugs in the game, some of which are rather serious. If he played "60+ games", I find it hard to believe that he hasn't encountered any of them.

NHL 2K6 is a very good game, but it's not a 5/5.
 
# 3 sdrotar @ 10/03/05 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by bigmoe
havent picked up this gem yet ,and its a no-brainer with steves review & price tag. was going to pick up NHL & NBA 2k6 but after seeing the pics of the 360 game i dont know if i should hold out and purchase 360 along with these 2 new gems...i guess throw in the new madden also if i can get my hands on the new box...didnt preorder since i was going for the ps3 but now thats out the window...oh well..great review steve !
FYI - Clay wrote the review. I can't remember the last time Steve wrote a review, but it's been years. OS is certainly Steve's baby, but he doesn't do everything around here.
 
# 4 sdrotar @ 10/03/05 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by ChiTownKid
He fails to mention any of the bugs in the game, some of which are rather serious. If he played "60+ games", I find it hard to believe that he hasn't encountered any of them.

NHL 2K6 is a very good game, but it's not a 5/5.
Well, I know that Clay prefers to review the game itself, not engage in a bug hunt. Besides, if he did that, I don't know what our Forum members would have left to talk about!

In all seriousness, though, OS awards a 5 when the game is - as we state - "A rare and singular achievement in sports gaming. A "must-buy" for any serious gamer."

Clay believes that NHL 2K6 fits that profile, and deserves such a rating.

But as with all video games, your mileage may vary, of course.
That's why we minimize (unlike many other sites) the emphasis on scores. They're simplistic and often misleading - and readers often obsess over a subjective number instead of focusing on the content.

As Managing Editor, I've made it clear over the years that I'd like our emphasis to be on content, not score. Our intent is to help consumers make an informed, intelligent decision based on as much in-depth information as we can provide.

We're wholly independent. We don't want to or need to float up high scores to curry favor with certain developers, and of course, we all have our preferences. We don't mind if people disagree with a review, because that's not why we write them. We write them to ensure that our readers get an unvarnished look at titles they might be interested in - all from the perspective of a hard-core sports gamer like themselves.

I'm confident that we're doing that better than we ever have. Thanks for reading and for posting.
 
# 5 bigmoe @ 10/03/05 03:54 PM
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Originally Posted by sdrotar
FYI - Clay wrote the review. I can't remember the last time Steve wrote a review, but it's been years. OS is certainly Steve's baby, but he doesn't do everything around here.

OK...misread it...great review Clay ! give credit where credits due..right
 
# 6 VeNOM2099 @ 10/04/05 12:38 PM
I don't mean to be critical, but that review was fairly simplistic. It wasn't "bad" by any stretch, but I just felt there could've been more said. Like the new backwards skating function, laying the stick on the ice, maximum goaltending, team specific play styles. The review could've also spent more time going over the sweet new animations that actually affect the gameplay, like the new passing and wrister animations, how the hockey sticks actually bend when shooting, how players shift their weight when changing direction, etc...

He called "Pro Controls" and the "Enforcer" system MAJOR additions, and I certainly agree that they're important additions. But they're mostly frosting on the cake. The real MAJOR components are the subtle little nuances that make NHL 2K6 the BEST PLAYING Hockey simulation ever released so far, like those I mentioned above.

Mleh... Maybe I'm just to grumpy in my old age...
 
# 7 PdiddyPop @ 10/04/05 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by GenericLogin
I've got to agree that the 5/5 is quite off. 2k6 is a great game - but according to your explanaitions of what each number is - I'd say 2k6 is more like 3. Lots of room to improve, fans will likely enjoy it - but there are certainly going to be people who won't be able to overlook some of the major flaws.

Just wondering, but how can someone's opinion on a game be off? Are you that person, and if not how can they rate something and be wrong? It's their take. You give it a 3 and Clay gives it a 5. I think it's easily a 4 but could easily be a 5. Which Clay gave it. But to say it's off on his own take of the game I just don't understand. Just like the bug hunters wanting to kill "creditablity" of a game's score. If you like the game buy it, but if you don't then don't.
 
# 8 bigmoe @ 10/04/05 03:59 PM
wow.....you guys are really nick-pickin at the guy...so many say its the best hockey game ever yet the guy cant get it a 5..come on
 
# 9 PdiddyPop @ 10/05/05 01:33 AM
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Originally Posted by GenericLogin
There's a difference between opinions and facts.

NHL 2k6 has tons to improve on. It still has a lot of annoying bugs. etc, etc.

I can understand opinion. But giving it 5/5 meaning it's a once in a lifetime game? I don't see how that can be - when there are clearly so many problems. Freezing again. CPU taking massive amounts of slapshots, totally passing up shot chances, not shooting on breakaways, etc, etc. The list goes on.

Opinion doesn't count there - those items listed automatically rule out a 5 with the way Operation Sports has it defined.

In that case no game ever will be 100% bug free. Ask any of the guys that post on here that develop and see thats the case. IMO it's the best hockey game ever made. Of course it will have bugs its a video game for goodness sakes. Some people have too high of standards seriously.
 
# 10 Shaver @ 10/05/05 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by GenericLogin
I think it's the best hockey game made too.

But how is asking for a game without a dozen extremely obvious problems having too high a standard?

asking for a company to actually do some testing and fixing of bugs and glitches isn't asking too much.

Don't be so blind. I think NHL 2k6 is great - but it has some major problems that pretty much gouge you in the ****ing eye if you play just a few games.
I've chosen not to respond up to this point, but posts like this leave me no choice. So, let me say it once...very clearly...

I DID NOT EXPERIENCE ANY SIGNIFICANT FLAWS OR BUGS IN THE 60 GAMES I PLAYED WHILE PREPARING THIS REVIEW.

Period.

You know why I didn't see pucks go through the back of the net???? Because I'm not stupid enough to shoot the puck from behind the net!!! People who did that were "bug hunting" and looking for flaws. My game never froze. I never didn't make it to the face-off circle.

What the hell do I have to benefit from lieing about that? Or leaving it out of the review? VC doesn't pay me.... In fact.... No one does!!!!

Get over yourselves and let it die. Hate the game if you will. Hate the review. But, don't question my integrity!
 
# 11 VeNOM2099 @ 10/06/05 10:28 PM
That's the one bad thing about assigning a "score" to a review of a game. Invariably, you're going to have those who think in terms of NEGATIVE aspects being the deciding factor that brings a game's score down be in direct contrast to those (like Clay) who would rather see it as the POSITIVES boosting a game's score.

Seeing as how the POSITIVES far outweigh the NEGATIVES in NHL 2K6, the score is pretty believable. And as has been mentioned several times already, nowhere does it say that a score of 5/5 is merited of only flawless games. It means that the sum of the experiences you'll get from such a game make it a must buy.

That's it.
 
# 12 Blooz17 @ 10/11/05 03:35 AM
Ive had and seen some of the so called bugs, freeze, faceoffs and such and still think this game is the best hockey game out there. Like Venom said, it comes down to how you view things that determine your opinion in this game and every other game for that matter. To each his own, i suppose.
 

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