Tuesday, November 22, 2005


Launch day ends with the fourth outstanding game I've played today. NHL2K6 isn't quite as flashy as NBA2K6 in terms of detailed player models, but the game is outstanding. The animation is tremendous, the A.I. opponent plays at a high level, and playing a game (with some minor slider adjustments) feels amazingly real.

One thing in particular that stands out: puck physics. The speed of the puck feels entirely accurate as well as its movement, and it's a real pleasure to something so important (and often overlooked) modeled so closely.

The gameplay is also tremendous. I saw an amazing variety of A.I. behaviors in just one game.

Announcing is nowhere near the quality of NBA2K6, and the polish is definitely not as high graphically, but what a game of hockey.

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