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NHL 07 review

Feeling neglected amidst the next-gen hype, the current-gen versions of NHL 07 seem like a patched re-release of NHL 06

Pros

  • Analog passing is refreshing
  • Shot-aiming is spot on
  • Easier on the wallet

Cons

  • Few improvements
  • Checking system is clunky
  • Annoying commentary

If the 360 version of NHL 07 is the privileged older child, the current-gen version is somewhat of a latchkey kid, stuck trying to fit into oversized hand-me-downs and feasting on cold leftovers. It%26rsquo;s all part of an unfortunate but inevitable trend - current-gen games are becoming budget titles. That isn%26rsquo;t to say that this is a budget quality game - with NHL 06 as a solid foundation, the current-gen version of NHL 07 is still a great experience, but it didn%26rsquo;t get half the attention that its older sibling did.

The Skill Stick control made it down the line, but only for passing. Moving the right analog stick toward your intended recipient passes the puck, and flicking it toward open ice dumps it. When you%26rsquo;re used to it, it feels comfortable, but no more so than pressing a button. If anything it%26rsquo;s refreshing, and at least gives the feeling that something%26rsquo;s been added.

More Info

GenreSports
DescriptionSharpen up your skates - the coolest sport in the world returns for the 2007 season.
PlatformPS2, Xbox, PS3, Xbox 360, PSP, PC
US censor ratingEveryone
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)