Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. 80
    The controls are tight, especially shooting. We would like to see the checking system tweaked a bit so players aren't so magnetic. Great puck physics make for exciting, organic goal scoring.
  2. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the versions of NHL 07 not made for the next generation of consoles offer little in the way of new content.
  3. Game Informer
    Regardless of the fact that you can pass now with the right analog, this game is for anyone who yearns for a simpler time when hockey was arcade-like and EA wasn't afraid to hit it on the ice--unlike the next-gen version. [Oct. 2006, p.94]
  4. For those who do have NHL 06, the tweaks to the controls are well worth the price of admission to the next step in this what will be viewed as a storied franchise.
  5. There still are no leagues and at this point in time, that is just plain silly. The gameplay itself when online works well without significant lag.
  6. The hockey season's here again, and the "old" console can still offer something for the fans, albeit with just an updated roster and slightly tweaked controls.
  7. Official Xbox Magazine
    The extra 10 bucks you'll pay to get NHL 07 instead of NHL 2K7 is money well-spent. [Nov. 2006, p.85]
  8. Pelit (Finland)
    Too flawed to be enjoyable. The AI cheats mercilessly, and scoring goals is not much fun, since you can score all of them with just one trick. The vastly different players are nice, though. [Sept 2006]
  9. NHL 07 delivers some great on ice action.
  10. NHL 07 isn't much of an upgrade, save for the updated NHL roster, over its predecessor. And it does still commit a few unforgivable penalties for gamers, particularly the maddening A.I., which at times can be brilliant while at the same time being frustratingly dumb (especially the goalies), allowing ridiculously easy goals from far distances to find their way into the back of the net twine.
  11. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Despite slightly tweaked controls and a few other improvements over "06," it's still the same - for ice hockey fans only. [Nov 2006, p.70]
  12. The graphics might be a little dated, but they still look good. The manual shot aiming works like a dream – the puck always goes where you want, and the targets that appear in the net make it especially intuitive for newcomers.
  13. The action can be hard to follow, but fans will appreciate the realism.
  14. NHL 07 is more or less a replicate of last year, only with minor changes. However, its still the same old fun that we've known since 1992.

Awards & Rankings

#44 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2006
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Sep 21, 2011
    this is the best sports game I ever played ever. I love it and it rocks. Why don't people love it?
  2. JaromirJ.
    Dec 16, 2006
    The game has good graphics, but it's very hard to play. Where's the turbo button!!!!!!
  3. AlexO.
    Sep 18, 2006
    It's the usual story with this franchise. Good presentation and graphics, but poor gameplay. I don't really get why they can't It's the usual story with this franchise. Good presentation and graphics, but poor gameplay. I don't really get why they can't get it right after so many releases. This year the goalies can't save much of anything - 8 games into the season and my kiprusoff has a 71% save percentage and is 6-2. Although I think the goalie ai is improved from previous years in that the goal variety is mildly improved and I don't think they cheat like previous years. But there still aren't any deflection goals unless it's a super fluke. It could also use more rebound goals. There isn't a slider to adjust how good the goalies play this year either which is pretty annoying. When a penalty is called now, 90% of the time it's for high sticking. It's cool that the offenses actually happen, but they could have played this game for about 10 minutes and seen the number of high sticking penalties was ridiculous. There are a lot of things I could single out as major faults in the gameplay. Just know that this is an arcade type game that looks like it should be a sim. NHL Hitz is a way better arcade game, and 2k7 is a better sim. Overall NHL 07 is such a waste of good graphics and presentation. Full Review »