Excerpt: It's about time someone at EA wasn't content with simply releasing a minor update to the NHL franchise � so rather some be news event surrounding the addition of a deke added to the right analog stick it's actually something newsworthy this time. Looking at the differences between NHL 07 and the 2006 version, I actually felt like there was some additional effort put into the presentation of the title, as well as the already deep dynasty mode for those who not only like...
Conclusion: A.I.-controlled teams competing against you, when the A.I. displays perfectly accurate hockey acumen, there are still just as many frustrating examples of A.I. dimwittedness, especially for the men in goal. How an NHL-caliber goalie would allow goals on a regular basis from the blue line, the center-ice line, or even the opposite end’s blue line, I’ll never fathom.
Conclusion: As much as the gameplay feels smooth, the depth is there, the visuals are good, but to make this game worth a purchase this game just doesn’t feel like it has enough good to make it worth even the less expensive $29.99 price tag. If you really want a hockey game, I would say that this is only good for a roster update, and fans who want new should probably look towards the new consoles.
Excerpt: It’s quite likely that a lot of you reading this review have NHL 06 and are trying to decide if you should “upgrade” to NHL 07. Well in short there’s not a lot that’s significantly different in this year’s incarnation of the game. If you like to buy the game every year to have the latest in roster and uniform changes then there’s no reason to hold off on purchasing NHL 07 – it still provides a fast and enjoyable hockey game experience.
Conclusion: The one thing in stealth titles that you always are needing to know is whether or not the enemy can see you or not. In some games there are radars that show the line of sight, and there have been others with other techniques. Well in The Great Escape it’s not so easy figuring out whether the enemies can see you or not. I felt like a lot of the time I was just hoping to get lucky, and the guards would not see me.
Summary: Ambitious and innovative on one hand, while repetitive and inexcusably frustrating on the other. Beautiful graphics and crisp sound effects shadow an underachieving AI and simple and gratuitous ?season mode?. All the emphasis in the game went to a control schematic that you might even find alienating. A decent hockey game, and a good step in the right direction for EA Sports. However, if you?re only going to buy one hockey game for the 2007 year, this shouldn?