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. I would have to say the game is challenging enough for a person entertained for a long enough period of time.
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: 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: 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.
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. The reason behind this has always been to try to give the player more freedom of control over what they're doing, rather than relying on canned animations via button presses.
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
Conclusion: When it comes to hockey games the choice is rather limited with only two real main competitors and EA were the first to hit the next generation market with their popular NHL 07 . Is it worth it anyone who is not a huge fan of the sport.