The top game of the hockey season. The new features help the game move so smoothly it seems as if your holding the stick and dekeing down the ice to put the puck home. The superstar moves, pro control, and crease control add depth to the game for those who like to focus on one aspect of hockey. However some say its too easy to score. If your on easy and are constantly on the rush then yes it is. If you are on pro or above the CPU will stay with you in scoring hitting, PPs and PKs. As far as im concerned, this game was the best release by 2K yet and the best hockey game of the year.
posted by Phoenix11 (DARDENNE PRAIRIE, MO) Mar 11, 2008
Member since Jun 2006
Now, I'd probably rather give this an 8.5 rating.....but that wasn't available. I must admit I have followed the 2K hockey series from day one and have always enjoyed their games. So I am a bit biased, as I haven't yet played the recent NHL 08 (which I probably will get as well).
But I am very surprised by all of the negative comments on this game. I tend to think most of them are based on the different controller layout/scheme. But let me know tell you, once you get adjusted it puts you 'into' the game so much more than previous versions. I absolutely love the one on one breakaway moves available to you......very dynamic. Defending also seems to make sense by moving your stick around or putting it to the ice with the right analog.
I have seen other comments regarding the graphics. While I am a bit surprised that the team names at the loading screen aren't a little sharper that is about my only nitpick. I would agree that with this game they did take off some of the 'sheen' on the ice , while brightening things up with more color.....but in mind it's just a small way of trying to go a little retro. And I personally don't mind being reminded of the EA NHL glory days being played on the Genesis.
I have rated it an 8.5 only because it's missing just a little something. This could be because I'm only 8 games into it and still adjusting to the controls, or it could be that it's a current, new control change that will be improved upon next year.
I love this game, and I plan on giving training sessions on the new controls so that we can get some great 4 player action going.
Whats wrong with this game people?! "Oh...The controls are different to accomadate the grand new features and there a wittle tough." GET...OVER IT! If you actually look at the layout and play it and TRY to work with them its not that bad! The graphics are spectacular and follow suit along with all the next gen games. Replays are the most beautiful thing I have ever seen, with up close shots that aren't clunky and keep the same quality graphics as the game play. I can confidently say this is a grand succes for the 2k seris. At LEAST rent it here people.