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'NBA '06' (PSP) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 27, 2005 @ 10:28 a.m. PDT

NBA '06 for PSP expands the franchise by featuring numerous gameplay advancements including enhanced Artificial Intelligence (A.I.), shooting mechanics, player animations, and new mini-games to create the most action-packed, realistic basketball experience to date for a portable device.

NBA '06 for PSP introduces two new mini-games, HORSE and Dodgeball, to accompany the existing selection of games including the PlayStation Skills Challenge, Own the Court, and 3-Point Challenge. HORSE and Dodgeball bring fun and classic schoolyard action to the PSP, adding to the more traditional basketball mini-games normally found. Additionally, gamers will have the option to play each mini-game as a ladder challenge, where the goal is to beat progressively tougher opponents to move up the ladder and ultimately earn special rewards. With new shooting mechanics, 60 FPS gameplay, and online capabilities, NBA '06's mini-games are fast-paced and deliver unique gaming action on the go.

Supporting up to two players via ad hoc or infrastructure mode, NBA '06 for PSP runs at a solid 60 FPS to deliver the most action-packed, realistic basketball experience to date for a portable device. New tandem animation technologies are implemented to produce ultra-realistic player interactions and motion capture data from professional basketball players delivers smooth gameplay and lifelike player movements. Two new mini-games, HORSE and Dodgeball, add a new dimension to the standard mini-game set available. Additionally, an all-new trading card system provides gamers an opportunity to capture freeze-frame shots of their favorite drives, shots, passes, and dunks as virtual cards to keep and share with others.

NBA '06 for PSP implements a trading card system where players can take highlight plays captured as virtual cards and keep them as collectibles or share with other gamers. A new ladder challenge is also available, allowing players to compete in a mini-game or exhibition mode series in an attempt to reach the top of the ladder and earn special virtual trading card rewards.

Further enhancing the intense NBA action, NBA '06 for PSP supplies all-new offensive maneuvers, including the ability to add spin moves and pump fakes during shots, and the option to "turbo" move a character around the court with the press of a button. Upgraded A.I. provides gamers with four simplified play-calling commands tied to each directional button position including set pick, send cutter, post-up, and run baseline. In addition, gamers will have two options available for shooting: the default "hold and release" mechanic and the "clutch shooting" option.

Officially licensed by the NBA and NBDL, NBA '06 for PSP is prepared to deliver the ultimate basketball experience anytime, anywhere.

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