NHL players are not made overnight, as the various skills hockey players acquire are learned through many years of intense development. The same can be said for NHL championship teams-- finding what combination of players and abilities work best together on the ice gets you that much closer to the Stanley Cup. The two newest Franchise features in NHL 2K6 – Practice and Team Chemistry – demonstrate the importance of training on off-days to enhance skills and finding the right chemistry between players to maximize playing effectiveness on the ice.
In NHL 2K6, Franchise mode players can take advantage of off-days by conducting several different types of practice. In Individual Practice, gamers can select specific team members to work on different areas like Shooting, Stick Work, or Defense, as well as set the intensity of each exercise (higher intensity gives a bigger skill bonus but also increases player fatigue). Scrimmages can be conducted to improve chemistry between teammates and experiment with various line combinations; winning a Scrimmage will not only improve Team Chemistry, but will also make a bonus drill available that can potentially reduce team fatigue.
Team Chemistry is measured throughout the season. The coaching staff of a franchise will regularly give a detailed report on the chemistry for every line. Depending on the skill of staff, they can also provide chemistry ratings for upcoming opponents, as well as offer suggestions to improve your own team’s ratings. In addition, gamers can tinker with different players on various lines on their own to see which combinations yield the highest result. No other hockey game delivers the importance of Franchise player and team development like NHL 2K6.
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