NHL 2K7 PS2 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 9.0
Graphics 8.8
Sound 8.8
Value 8.9
Distributor: Take2
Classification:
PG
Review Date:
January 2007
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

8.9

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NHL 2K7

With the stunning release of NHL 2K7 on the XBox 360, the PlayStation 2 version is now available and promises players the same excitement of the next-generation consoles. NHL 2K7 is extremely reminiscent of the previous version, however with the inclusion of a variety of different manoeuvres, a change in the franchise mode, new rosters and also some great visual treats for the PlayStation 2, this latest incarnation is definitely worth a look.
 

The control system of NHL 2K7 is probably one of the best out there and offers a variety of new "cheats" for the newbie gamer such as shot aiming that can also be disabled for the veteran hockey players. The addition of the pressure control allows for three layers of defensive pressure on opposing players and by holding down the L2 button and aiming at an opponent player, you shadow the player and one more click allows toget physical. By tapping the button three times, it prompts the game for a double team that is great for crunch time.

The artificial intelligence of NHL 2K7 is exceptional and offers a variety of different difficulty levels and does not just rely on the gamer to win the game. Defence is really where the title shines, with 360 degrees of poke check controlled with the right analog stick and some solid CPU AI on both sides of the puck. Defenders will lie out on the ice to deflect slap shots and they'll continually clog the slot. On higher difficulty levels, you'll have to work to score goals. On easy levels, you'll look up in the third period and find yourself up 6-0.

The remaining game modes comprise a long list of pond hockey, the Skybox, tournament, party mode with 15 mini-games, mini-rink and old-school season mode. Skybox is your virtual trophy room where you use points from gameplay to purchase classic teams and games like air hockey.

The Franchise mode is excellent this time around, featuring a team chemistry system and dynamic rivals. Each team has a default set of historical rivals, but if a team boots you from the playoffs or signs one of your star players an instant rivalry forms. There are three levels of rivalry, and beating up on your main rival is worth more to your team's morale then knocking off a third-tier rival.

Graphically, NHL 2K7 is a great looking game and proves that the PlayStation 2 still has a few more years of life left in this old beast, the animations and frame rate are exceptionally smooth even with the new dynamic camera which works the console a bit harder than a simple overhead camera. The new camera is lower to the ice and pulled back a bit, so you get a great view of the action without feeling as if you are too far away. You can see your whole team on the break and the camera will even drop behind the goalie for one-on-one encounters. An excellent touch and a real improvement over the traditional top-down angle.

In conclusion, NHL 2K7 is a brilliant game on the Playstation 2 that features great graphics and gameplay with some awesome online play of eight-player franchises and 30-team leagues. Clearly 2K Sports have a winner on their hand and this game comes highly recommended! Goaaaaal!!!






 
 



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