I have always loved hockey games, so I may be a biased. For this reason I have lowered my rating from what i feel it should be (a 9 or 10) down to a conservative 8. Simply put, this is the best hockey game on the market for ps2 right now. If you are choosing between this and NHL07, you gotta go with this. They stuck with the normal recipe of controls instead of trying to complicate things like its counterpart. Good graphics, good soundtrack, I like the international play options, good controls. An overall great game. After playing it for only a night I new I wanted it and chose to keep it.
This game is really addictive. The game play is awesome and hitting is really fun in it. Also the skating backwards feature is soo useful unlike in the EA games where you have to wait till your player turns around by himself. The new Goalie animations are great not just stacking the pads. Another great thing about this game is the new updated rosters, and just how good the game looks. The flaws to this game you ask? 1. when shooting the puck whether it is on a one timer or your just shooting. the puck doesn't touch your stick and when your skating the puck into the zone, your puck goes right through the puck right in the middle. Whats that about? 2. When you get his or shoved a little your player takes way too long getting up. In the NHL you know the players spring up fast. In this game its like they don't know how to skate or get up. it wastes time. 3. Fighting is horrible you cant really control where you wanna go very well and an uppercut destroys the you. so you could loose no matter what. 3. the goalie puts the puck in the net by himself sometimes or just skates away from the net while the opposing team is on a break away.
those are just a little annoying but over all this game is great and addictive, Get it, rent it, whatever just play it.
I enjoyed the previous versions of this game but it seams as though they simply repackaged the 2k3 game. The graphics were horrible compaired to other currently released games. The gameplay was very sluggish, it felt like all of the players I controled weighed a ton. The controls were unresponsive and confusing. The comentary was very repeditive and uninspiring. Alot of the time I felt like I had a no-clipping cheat on with all of the sticks and people passing through what is suppose to be solid objects. All in all this is a poor representation of the game that I play and love. I had more fun playing NHL '94. Please look to NHL 2007 for a more comprehensive and enjoyable game.