Conclusion: NHL 2K7 is a decent addition to the 2K sports range, and a title with core gameplay so pure that it easily overcomes any hint of a problem. The focus on cinematic in-game presentation is undoubtedly a success, and with features like this being added every year, it seems that Visual Concepts are on the way to becoming one of the best sports game developers in the business.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Ice hockey games don't seem to have changed over the last million years, and this is still the case with NHL 2K7 - the main change comes not in the integral play structure, but in the presentation mode. This tells you something. As a full price release this would be a waste of time, but as a budget game it's a solid, fun investment. EA take note for the next 48 footy games you put out in the next eight hours.
Excerpt: NHL shoots its way on the PlayStation 3 and takes the franchise to the next evolutionary stage with its improved gameplay and unique control system that will let players take command of tape-to-tape passing, behind-the-net plays and precision give-and-go attacks in one of the most exciting hockey games to date... NHL 2K7 is here!
Excerpt: Despite the lessened popularity surrounding the sport of hockey in the U.S., hockey video games still sell pretty darn well, and 2K Sports has a very solid NHL franchise. Their last few installments have felt a little too similar to one another, but we had heard a great deal about 2K7 before its release on the PS3. And after diving in and flying around on the ice for quite a while, we've concluded it's well worth the money for any ardent hockey fan.
Excerpt: Short of, say, an arcade basketball game, few sports have made the leap from real to digital recreations as wholly intact and intuitively as hockey. Maybe it's because the game itself isn't terribly hard to understand. Take seven guys, throw skates on them and have them push a little rubber disc with a stick past a huge dude guarding a sizeable goal.
Summary: 2K Sports' NHL 2K franchise made its next-generation debut a couple of months back on the Xbox 360 with NHL 2K7. If you want to get technical, NHL 2K6 was on the 360 as well, though that game was a glorified port of that year's Xbox game. 2K7 finally delivered a game that felt like it belonged on the new generation of consoles, especially in the realm of presentation.
Pros: Cinemotion brand of presentation is a unique and enjoyable alternative, Great looking player models and animations, and fantastic looking ice, the same deep, engaging gameplay the series is known for, lots of available features, both offline and online, Some new Sixaxis tilt control features that are relatively amusing
Cons: Core gameplay has changed little since last year's game, A few ugly animations
Excerpt: Game On! The blurb on the box calls NHL 2K7 ?The Premier NHL game for the Playstation 3? And to be fair, they are not wrong. Since this is the ONLY NHL game on PS3. This will change however when EA throw thier hat into the PS3 ice hockey ring(or should that be rink!). So currently . 2K rule the ice! Like NBA 2k7, the graphics are better than the 360 version?but unlike NBA, only just!
Pros: The best looking NHL game ever.Interesting use of sixaxis controller.
Cons: Cinemotion score.Still too hard to score a goal.
Excerpt: You may have recently read a review for 2K’s other big sports game on this very site. In the review I stated that the game was “ another fantastic addition to the now long running series ” and made numerous mentions of the game being very deep and realistic. That was an NBA game and this is an NHL, one so of course there are differences between the two games but seeing as both games were created by Visual Concepts you’d expect some sort of gameplay similarities between...