Weak lay up rather than resounding dunk.
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Much like Jordan, EA Sports' "NBA Live" series still has some life in it despite showing its age.
While entertaining game play, solid audio and new Free Style Superstar moves standout in "NBA Live 06", the game is hampered by dated graphics, game play irregularities and technical glitches.
"NBA Live '06" falls considerably short in the visuals department. The player models in "NBA Live 06" are weak and look dreadful close up, especially during pre-game introductions. Player's heads in the intros are disproportionately large for their bodies, giving them an alien look.
The game play suffers from an inordinate amount of missed dunks and lay ups. Also, players taking shots in the paint often shoot the ball against the back of the backboard resulting in an out of bounds call. "NBA Live 06" crashed my PlayStation 2 while loading before a game about once ever five times. That's an alarming rate for any game this late in the PlayStation 2's run.
"NBA Live '06" is saved by fun pick-up-and-play game play. Detailed dunk and shot animations, especially for Free Style Superstars, also add to the mix nicely.
The "NBA Live" series has taken a page out of its history to give NBA superstars player specific abilities to help them stand out from the pack. Free Style Superstars like LeBron James and cover boy Dwyane Wade have offensive moves that can't be pulled off by the Fred Hoiberg's of the NBA. They're are six different types of superstars, including scorers, high flyers, power players, play makers, sharp shooters and defensive stoppers. While some super star moves are more effective than others, they all vastly improve the authenticity of the game play.
While a regular player will attempt conventional shots near the basket, scorers like Tracy McGrady find creative ways to get their points by reversing the ball, going behind your back and switching hands. Play makers like Jason Kidd dish no-look and behind-the-back passes on command. Power players like Shaquille O'Neal go strong to the basket with new power dunks over the opposition in the paint.
Freestyle Superstar moves are easy to pull off, highly entertaining and usually result in highlight reel buckets.
Dynasty Mode has been given a boost in "NBA Live '06". Assistant coaches effectively train and build up players abilities throughout the season. Signing a good scout can be the difference between grabbing the next Allen Iverson in the NBA draft or getting saddled with a 7-foot bust.
NBA All-Star weekend returns with the rookies game, 3-point shooting contest and an improved slam dunk contest. The slam dunk contest comes off well, especially with witty commentary from TNT's Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith.
Broadcast veteran Marv Albert and newcomer Steve Kerr handle the broadcast duties during normal game action. Albert is solid and Kerr does a decent job of adding flavor.
"NBA Live 06", which is rated "E" for everyone, has had its price pushed back up to $49.99 this year on the Play Station 2, Xbox, and PSP. The GameCube and PC versions are still $39.99.
Free Style Superstar moves and a deep Dynasty mode will keep you entertained in "NBA Live '06" if you don't mind aging graphics and technical glitches marring your gaming experience. Despite its warts, "NBA Live '06" is as good a basketball game as you'll find on the shelves this season.