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. By manipulating the right analogue stick, you can do circles around your opponents, deke the pants off any goalie, and take the shot.
Excerpt: It’s unfortunate that hockey doesn’t have the American following that football and basketball do. EA Sports and 2K Sports publish some of the most fast-paced and entertaining sports games every year in their hockey franchises. EA Canada decided to implement the now-EA-standard right analog stick control into their NHL franchise, and in some ways, they’ve created one of the best and most fun hockey games ever made.
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. Since then, NHL 2K has successfully defended its position as champions of the virtual ice, but that reign may soon be coming to an end.
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. Per usual, EA provides a glamorous presentation, filled with a variety of flashy movies and hard driving music. It's vastly more appealing than the drab appeal of NHL 2K6. Also, the menu system is simplistic to use and pretty darn smooth looking.