Unfortunately, NHL 2K6 barely seems like a next-gen game. The graphics are cleaner and slightly prettier than the last-gen versions, but there's no wow power here - you wouldn't be surprised to see this game running on Xbox. And the announcing remains terrible; not only is the pacing choppy, but the calls are often inaccurate, and the guys mispronounce the names of players. Mute button, please.
So NHL 2K6 won't blow you away with next-gen razzle-dazzle, but some of us just have to get our hockey on, and if that's you, you won't be disappointed that it's the only game in 360 town.