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whatshot NHL 2K7 PS3 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.4
Graphics 9.0
Sound 9.0
Value 8.6
Distributor: 2K
Classification:
G
Review Date:
May 2007
Reviewer:
Tyrone Williams

8.5


NHL 2K7

NHL shoots its way on the PlayStation 3 and takes the franchise to the next evolutionary stage with its improved gameplay and unique control system that will let players take command of tape-to-tape passing, behind-the-net plays and precision give-and-go attacks in one of the most exciting hockey games to date... NHL 2K7 is here!

Features

  • Cinemotion – Breathtaking next-gen visuals and groundbreaking presentation bring the on-ice action to life with intense NHL emotion and energy.

  • ProControl™ 2K7 – Expanded controls bring a deeper level of action to the ice with new genre-defining gameplay mechanics.

  • Franchise Focus – Refined franchise logic mirrors today’s NHL as division rivalries heat up, home ice takes on new meaning and balanced lines play a deeper role.

  • Skating Perfection – All-new turning, crossover, gliding, and puck handling animations deliver a fresh look and impeccable feel to each on-ice stride.

NHL 2K6 is the first hockey on the PlayStation 3 and promises gamers another exciting season of the national hockey league. Although the 2K series took a back seat with gaming giant Electronic Arts, the developers have once again gone back to the drawing boards in order to keep this title competitive and extremely entertaining, especially for a first generation PS3 title.

In its basic essence, NHL 2K6 is an arcade hockey game that pits the player and their team against an onslaught of NHL greats. Apart from a variety of different gameplay modes, the game features an innovative control system that feels perfect on the wireless PlayStation 3 that also makes use of
Sixaxis motion sensing capabilities and whether your a newbie or seasoned gamer, this game will easily be picked up by all.

For those die hard gamers, the franchise mode has also returned from other console versions and to make things even more competitive, the game also boats the official NHL license. The strange but compelling control stick also returns again in this incarnation that basically has the player moving the right analogue stick that is akin to moving your hockey stick. However, you don’t have to use it, so it doesn’t cause too much of a problem, unless you knock the stick accidentally. The new ProControl system provides icon-based passing from the off, and also allows you to set up give-and-go attacks, which is a superb bonus when you’re running a two-on-one play.

Like so many other PlayStation 3 launch titles, NBA 2K7 also makes use of the Sixaxis' motion-sensing capabilities which lets you shoot free throws by tilting the controller back and then tilting it forward as the shot is released. If you're holding the controller in your lap, it doesn't feel much like you're shooting a free throw but if you go the extra mile and hold the controller up over your head, you can sort of replicate the feel of a real shot.

NBA 2K7 also feature a great example of how online games should be played and whether it's a quick game of one-on-one, a tournament, exhibition, or a fully-featured league you're looking for, NBA 2K7 has got you covered. The league option lets you set up and customize an online season for up to 30 players. You can allow trades, upload preferred slider settings, and even set how long people have to play their games.

You're also able to check out other player's VIP profiles and even scout their playing tendencies. Should you run into a jerk, a brief series of postmatch questions will let you leave appropriate feedback. All of the options in the world don't mean a thing if the game doesn't play well online, but there's no need to worry--the game runs smooth and is very playable.

One of the most noticeable aspect of the game is realistic graphics that look quite impressive on the PlayStation 3. Gamers can now trip, slip and slide gracefully on the ice. The background environments also look extremely realistic and truly make use the power behind the PlayStation 3.

In conclusion, NHL 2K6 is a rather entertaining hockey game that although the first for the PlayStation 3, will probably not be the last and with entertaining gameplay and amazing graphics, a must have for sport fans and a real attempt at a next generation game.





 

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