Every once in a while, a game comes out that shows it's competition just how things should be done. NHL 2K7 takes a real game of hockey and puts it in control of your Psx2. Putting this game against EA's NHL 07, NHL 2K7 takes the Cup.
Graphics and audio goes to EA's NHL 07. The players in NHL 2K7 look very good. However, NHL 07 has much better player models and everything just looks that much better in EA's game. The sounds of the game in NHL 2K7 are good, but NHL 07 is way ahead in that department, too (i.e--the announcer in NHL 2K7 does more, but sounds poorly done and rushed). Looks and sound--NHL 07.
Game play completely goes to NHL 2K7. This game is such a great sim game of hockey. Animation, stats, goals, etc. are dead-on. Compared to NHL 07, EA's game is rather choppy in animation and after seeing players like Joe Thornton constantly perform triple-axle after triple-axle, shoot a backhander and score no matter where he is every time he's one the ice just makes you want to put NHL 07 away and never touch it again. NHL 2K7 has the realistic game play a sim gamer wants. One the downside to NHL 2K7, the fighting engine looks pretty bad (NHL 07 has the best fist-a-cuffs), but is still fun to drop the gloves. Another thing to add is the better goalies in the 2K7 game--they simply do not give up those horrible goals that the EA Sports goaltenders constantly do--I actually shut-out the Flyers with the Rangers in my third game in NHL 2K7 (try doing that in NHL 07--shut-outs are impossible in EA's game!). Game play--NHL 2K7.
Options in NHL 2K7 are a bit better, too. Actually being able to practice is a good way to learn how to play the game and create chemistry for your lines during dynasty mode. The games music is pretty good--better than the horrible tunes in NHL 07. One the bad side of dynasty mode in the 2K7 game is that there doesn't seem to be a salary cap implemented. Options--NHL 2K7.
Head-to-head, NHL 2K7 loses out in looks and sounds. However, it's the game play that matters the most and because of that, NHL 2K7 is this years hockey game to own. There is simply no mistaking it--NHL 2K7 beats NHL 07 in nearly every aspect of the game--and it costs less, too. If you want a real hockey sim, get NHL 2K7. There is no excuse--you can't go wrong with this game.
Here's my breakdown comparison:
Graphics: NHL 07--9.0, NHL 2K7--7.0
Rink Ambience: NHL 07--10, NHL 2K7--8.0
Menu Music: NHL 07--4.0, NHL 2K7--7.0
Options: NHL 07--8.0, NHL 2K7--9.0
Animation: NHL 07--7.5, NHL 2K7--9.5
Game play: NHL 07--6.5, NHL 2K7--9.0
Overall: NHL 07--7.5, NHL 2K7--8.25