NHL 06

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NHL 06
NHL 06 Coverart.png
North American cover art for PS2
Pictured: Vincent Lecavalier
Developer(s) EA Canada
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Series NHL series
Platform(s) GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) NA 20050906September 6, 2005
EU 20050916September 16, 2005
EU September 23, 2005 (GC)
JP September 21, 2006 (PS2)
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer, online multiplayer

NHL 06 is a hockey-simulation video game that was released in September 2005 with a North America-wide TV campaign proclaiming, "The Rush is Back!". The game features a slight graphics improvement and the return of the Create-a-Player feature, which was notably absent from NHL 2005. The complete redesign of this feature was based on EA Sports' Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 and subsequent installments, allowing for much more complex changes in a player's appearance than simply eye or hair color. This is the first NHL game to be rated ESRB E10+ and PEGI 16+, and the last game featured on GameCube.

Features[edit]

Team features[edit]

The game also includes HC Davos from Switzerland to go along with the European Elite Leagues. Due to the lack of the IIHF license, the game does not include real team jerseys for national teams or the World Cup of Hockey. Instead, the World Cup of Hockey is now known as the "EA Sports World Tournament". This also means that the national team jerseys were modified by substituting the team logos with flags and randomizing jersey designs. However, there are two backgrounds in the menus showing a bench with Canada in their real jerseys and a goaltender in the real Finland jersey, even though the USA logo is still visible on the USA helmets and Russia's jersey script logo can be also seen on Russia's ice rink.

Addition of NHL '94[edit]

The developers of the game placed a surprise in the PlayStation 2 version; playing NHL 94 is an option, and it appears the same as it did when it was originally released, including the appearance of the since-relocated Winnipeg Jets, Hartford Whalers, and Quebec Nordiques.[1] The game did not feature the original rosters.

Covers[edit]

Current Philadelphia Flyers and former Tampa Bay Lightning centre, Vincent Lecavalier, is featured on the cover in North America, and in Nordic countries, current New Jersey Devils forward, and former Chicago Blackhawks left winger, Tuomo Ruutu, is featured.

Notable players not in NHL 06[edit]

NHL 06 was released earlier than expected to boost sales against Take Two Interactive's NHL 2K6 and competing Gretzky NHL games.[citation needed] Because of this, the 2005 draft class is not included in NHL 06 by default. These players include some of the faces of the league such as Mike Richards, Sidney Crosby, and Alexander Ovechkin.

Soundtrack[edit]

NHL 2006 Soundtrack
Artist Song
American Head Charge "Loyalty"
Animal Alpha "Bundy"
Avenged Sevenfold "Bat Country"
Beatsteaks "Atomic Love"
Billy Talent "Red Flag"
Bullet for My Valentine "4 Words (To Choke Upon)"
Fall Out Boy "Our Lawyer Made Us Change the Name of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued"
Institute "Bullet-Proof Skin"
Kaiser Chiefs "Saturday Night"
Mando Diao "Down in the Past"
OK Go "Do What You Want"
Pennywise "Knocked Down"
Rock 'N' Roll Soldiers "Flag Song"

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PS2) 79.67%[2]
(Xbox) 78.85%[3]
(GC) 78.68%[4]
(PC) 76.82%[5]
Metacritic (Xbox) 79/100[6]
(PS2) 78/100[7]
(GC) 78/100[8]
(PC) 77/100[9]
Review scores
Publication Score
EGM 7.33/10[10]
Game Informer 7/10[11]
GamePro 4/5 stars[12]
GameSpot 7.6/10[13][14]
GameSpy 4.5/5 stars[15]
(GC) 4/5 stars[16]
(PC) 2.5/5 stars[17]
GameZone (PS2) 8.8/10[18]
(Xbox) 8.4/10[19]
IGN 8.5/10[20]
Nintendo Power 8.5/10[21]
OPM (US) 3/5 stars[22]
OXM 8.8/10[23]
PC Gamer (US) 80%[24]
Maxim 7/10[25]

The game was met with slightly positive reception upon release. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 79.67% and 78 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version;[2][7] 78.85% and 79 out of 100 for the Xbox version;[3][6] 78.68% and 78 out of 100 for the GameCube version;[4][8] and 76.82% and 77 out of 100 for the PC version.[5][9]

References[edit]

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  8. ^ a b "NHL 06 for GameCube Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "NHL 06 for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  10. ^ EGM staff (October 2005). "NHL 06 (GC, PS2, Xbox)". Electronic Gaming Monthly (196): 114. 
  11. ^ Reiner, Andrew (September 2005). "NHL 06 (GC, PS2, Xbox)". Game Informer (149): 96. Archived from the original on October 31, 2005. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  12. ^ The Enforcer (October 2005). "NHL 06 (GC, PS2, Xbox)". GamePro: 102. Archived from the original on October 31, 2005. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  13. ^ Navarro, Alex (September 8, 2005). "NHL 06 Review (GC, PS2, Xbox)". GameSpot. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  14. ^ Navarro, Alex (September 23, 2005). "NHL 06 Review (PC)". GameSpot. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  15. ^ Tuttle, Will (September 21, 2005). "GameSpy: NHL 06 (PS2, Xbox)". GameSpy. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  16. ^ Tuttle, Will (September 21, 2005). "GameSpy: NHL 06 (GCN)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on December 1, 2005. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  17. ^ Accardo, Sal (November 16, 2005). "GameSpy: NHL 06 (PC)". GameSpy. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  18. ^ Bedigian, Louis (September 15, 2005). "NHL 06 - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on December 31, 2008. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  19. ^ Hobbs, Ronnie (September 25, 2005). "NHL 06 - XB - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on May 25, 2009. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  20. ^ Clayman, David (September 8, 2005). "NHL 06". IGN. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  21. ^ "NHL 06". Nintendo Power 198: 116. December 2005. 
  22. ^ "NHL 06". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 90. September 2005. 
  23. ^ "NHL 06". Official Xbox Magazine: 84. September 2005. 
  24. ^ "NHL 06". PC Gamer: 62. October 2005. 
  25. ^ Semel, Paul (September 6, 2005). "NHL 06". Maxim. Archived from the original on October 1, 2005. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 

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