Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 83
    Online, 2K Sports continues to lead the pack with online leagues and seasons. NHL 2K7 on higher difficulties is a solid simulation and, with all the modes, teams and options, is the most complete hockey title on the Xbox.
  2. Both games are great, but NHL 2K7 wins our vote because of adaptable gameplay that can be set up how you want it. [Nov 2006, p.70]
  3. 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. The new skating engine adds more precision in terms of player movement on the ice, but it doesn't negate the overwhelming use of one-timers to score goals.
  4. NHL 2K7 for the Xbox lacks much of the forward progress of its Xbox 360 counterpart and instead provides a mostly great hockey game that you've pretty much played before.
  5. Perhaps the most notable improvement this year is the AI's adaptation, finally, to the new NHL rules.
  6. 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]
  7. The lack of changes will disappoint some, but for 20 bucks the minor tweaks and new roster nicely enhance what was already a great game.
  8. The AI is still riddled with holes and your money plays from last year will still work. [Oct. 2006, p.94]

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