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Generally favorable reviews - based on 51 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 51
  2. Negative: 0 out of 51
  1. The best sports title on Xbox 360 so far. It’s exciting when a company actually uses the year in development to bring us a year’s worth of progress.
  2. It’s a huge, solid package all wrapped up in a slick presentation with enough added features to make it a big step ahead of "2K6."
  3. It is certainly refreshing to have game companies competing without exclusive licenses. It’s great for us and as former Wisconsin and NHL coach Bob Johnson used to say, “It’s a great day for hockey!”
  4. NHL 2K7 represents the best value for money out there, and it plays like a dream. Seriously, you're doing yourselves a disservice by buying all those guns-and-tits games that get hyped.
  5. Control of the players feels very responsive, and every charge and slapshot feels suitably weighty, despite the fact the controller didn’t rumble on Gamestyle‘s first play (even though we thought it did).
  6. With atmospheric presentation that really immerses you into the experience and a huge, deep challenge in single player, plus a variety of modes, offline and on, that are an absolute joy to play with your mates, this is well worth fifty quid of anyone's money.
  7. 90
    If you are looking for a stripped down arcade style hockey game with a gimmicky control scheme, then "NHL07" is your best bet. But if you take your hockey seriously, from coaching strategies, far superior graphics, tighter control, great online play, all the way down to running a franchise, then NHL2K7 is the ticket to buy.
  8. Great gameplay, impressive graphics and fantastic innovations have raised the standard for all sports games. The controls are fantastic with both novice and expert configurations. The graphics are top-notch, and flow smoothly.
  9. 89
    Online, 2K Sports continues to lead the pack with online leagues and franchises and stat tracking. While "NHL 07" features an excellent gameplay innovation with the skill stick, NHL 2K7 is the most complete, all-around hockey title on the 360.
  10. We’re talking tighter controls, interesting features and gorgeous visuals so if you missed last year’s launch title you will find a lot to love about this one.
  11. The sound is shockingly good.
  12. For delivering sheer visual and game play thrills and a solid reworking of its core franchise for the next-gen 360 platform, there's little doubt that NHL 2K7 is a solid, fun, playable title that leads the way into glimpsing the potential of what next-gen sports gaming should look to deliver; not just eye-candy, but better physics, better AI and a better overall experience than current-gen sports games.
  13. It’s simply a real hockey fans dream game.
  14. If you are disappointed with the graphics of this game you will quickly forget about it once you start playing this game.
  15. All things considered, I'd choose NHL 2K7 as the "champ" this year for hockey on the Xbox 360. But NHL 07 is close behind.
  16. As it stands, the only thing NHL 2K7 has over "NHL 07" is the variety of gameplay modes, which for some may be the deciding factor.
  17. NHL 2K7 is the smoothest action you can find unless your watching the boys live. NHL 2K7 is improved over last years Xbox 360 version and the features like Cinemotion add a more depth to the overall presentation.
  18. 85
    While some may argue that it doesn’t feature the same depth of the EA title I found myself enjoying 2K’s offering much more.
  19. The outstanding gameplay mechanics will be familiar to fans of the series, but NHL 2K7 makes important strides in the realm of presentation with this year's 360 offering.
  20. In the end, NHL 2K7 skates circles around the competition, but it still needs solid goaltending before it can make a run for the Stanley Cup. [Oct. 2006, p.102]
  21. NHL 2K7 really is the "Madden of Hockey." Baby steps every year that keeps the franchise moving forward slowly and steadily.
  22. Even though I still prefer the 3/4 view so that I can see my open guys for one-timer setups, the new camera angles literally adds a new perspective of the action.
  23. Cinemotion allows a better view of the action whilst still showing you the ice surrounding you.
  24. The graphics and presentation have had a thorough overhaul ultimately resulting in Cinemotion and the fantastic new camera system. However, the gameplay hasn't had an equivalent change which is understandable.
  25. A great hockey game, but fails to impress. "NHL 2K3" is still the king of the hill. [Oct 2006]
  26. The menus not only seem convoluted, but are very difficult to navigate.
  27. Pretty damn special. [Issue #16, p.66]
  28. While the Pressure Control and drop pass are nice additions to the control scheme, they aren’t as innovative as last year’s Pro Control passing or even Crease Control.
  29. 80
    Though casual fans might initially find the level of control to be more complicated than the average tax code, the best part of NHL 2K7 and the entire NHL 2K series is its depth, from the robust franchise mode to its online play over Xbox Live, fun mini-games, and diverse assortment of bonus content.
  30. 80
    Online is where NHL 2K7 possibly does its best work. Players with the know-how to stop "money" one-timers will put your skating and checking skills to the test.
  31. The franchise and online modes have been touched up, remaining the best in the business; the new Cinemotion gives a major boost to the above average presentation; and while the gameplay isn't significantly new, it still works like a charm, both for arcade players and hockey nuts.
  32. Unfortunately, some elements leave the game somewhat short of what I'd call my personal "next gen" gameplay standards, but overall, NHL 2K7 is still a great game.
  33. 80
    A great addition to the franchise, especially if you're willing to take the time to fiddle with the settings.
  34. While the animations and physics are vastly improved, there’s too little else to like with this series. A general art direction overhaul seems to be in order, plus, a bit of A.I. tweaking could cut down on all-world goaltending occurring on any difficulty level.
  35. Overall, it's a bit of the same old with a few more bells and whistles.
  36. 75
    Solid game of ice hockey that shines brightly in some regards - but it isn't the Holy Grail of universal accessibility we would have liked. It's worth giving this pucker giving a lengthy chance.
  37. NHL 2K7 also wins the face-off of variety, offering a host of different game modes. EA Sports has a cool shoot-out mode and the requisite franchise mode, but little else in terms of creativity.
  38. There are still things to work on for next year, including better control and the play by play, but this game will definitely keep me busy until next year’s game.
  39. 2K Sports insistence on cramming new features in every instalment of this long-running series is admirable, but hopefully next time they will focus on tweaking what they currently have and making the offensive side of the game more fun.
  40. There's at least one thing they haven't improved which they should have done though, and that's your team mates AI, I occasionally found my own team mates crashing in to me, an autosave wouldn't have hurt either, but they're just small niggles really.
  41. NHL 2K7 is a solid game and the new animations help to make it feel more next-gen worthy than last year's entry. However, despite the sheer number of new features, nothing feels particularly groundbreaking.
  42. Much like Sony's old "FaceOff" series, the gameplay itself is super-fast and floaty(by default; sliders let you tweak this), and the skates never really feel attached to the ice the way they should. [Nov. 2006, p.84]
  43. NHL 2K7 never succeeds in rising above being an incremental upgrade over last year’s games.
  44. 65
    EA's NHL effort is masterful, ballsy, and innovative. NHL 2K7 is stale, boring, and predictable.
  45. And 2K7: time to innovate. More is not better at this point. [Oct. 2006, p.106]
  46. The franchise mode is one of the deepest you’ll find and it has extensive online play options. Unfortunately, the on-ice action and sub-par presentation serve to overshadow the good.
  47. I preferred it to older versions of EA’s series, but the new "NHL 07" is clearly better on the ice than NHL 2K7. The AI and the way players interact with each other and the puck are clearly behind EA’s game now.
  48. "NHL 07's" dual-stick control opens a new world of tactics, but NHL 2K7 plays for pure fun and speed. [Nov 2006, p.98]
  49. NHL 2K7 plays a solid game of hockey thanks to a frozen lake’s worth of content, but rough controls, unforgiving AI and redundant tutorial content are the equivalent of thin ice for beginners.
  50. Overall NHL 2K7's new features are a lot subtler than "NHL 07's." In a lot of ways 2K7 is what I had hoped 2K6 for the 360 would have been.
  51. This is exactly the same as last year's version. Ignore the Rivalry and Cinemotion fluff and you'll be hard pushed to spot genuine advances. At least EA pretends to try. [Issue 12, p.99]

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