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.