Excerpt: Whether NHL 07 is the x-th version of the z-th sports game, is something I’ll leave to you. In this review we’ll be looking at whether the new control scheme can compensate the lack of new options or possibilities, as like in so many other sports games on the 360, also this title has a bad case of...
Conclusion: Final Thoughts: As a hockey fan, I say this is a must game. As a sports fan, I would have to agree. As a collector, given the age of the game you can easily get it used for under $10 if you look hard enough. As a average game.
Excerpt: I've been playing EA's NHL series since I can remember, even before they dropped the PA from NHLPA, but during the 2003 season, EA dropped the puck so to speak, and Sega was Johnny on the spot with their NHL 2K franchise to check the sports giant on its ass.
Excerpt: Ah, the skill stick, the most innovative addition to video game hockey since the inclusion of the one-timer in NHL 94. Think about it: Now when you score a goal, it's not a canned animation that got the puck in the net, it's your skill with the stick.
Excerpt: With its first entrance of the series onto the Xbox 360, NHL 07 has been adapted by EA Sports to take advantage of the hardware and attract 360 owners back from the 2K Sports series of last year.
Summary: Is there anything right analog sticks can't do? Especially in the realm of sports games, the right stick has become the jack-of-all-trades in recent years, with developers finding all sorts of clever ways to make it emulate moves, passes, shots, hits, and the like.
Pros: The skill stick is one of the coolest innovations of hockey gaming in the last few years, Phenomenal graphics, especially the player models, Great sound effects and commentary
Cons: Defensive play is still not great, Beyond an atrophied franchise mode and basic online play, there's not much in the way of features, Frame rate doesn't run exceptionally high