NHL 07 Pros
The graphics are generally nice, but with a few glaring flaws.
The hockey on the ice is far better than any other game. AI and the goaltenders are especially improved.
Itís not perfect, but itís a new way to play the game and enough people like it. If you donít, just go back to buttons.
NHL 07 Cons
Bar none the worst sports interface ever. Similar to Madden and other EA Sports titles of this generation. Itís not just the worst of this generation, itís actually worse than it was before. Adjusting rosters and lines is aggravating at the best of times.
NHL 07 doesnít even have a fantasy draft. Come ON.
NHL 07 really looks like it was hand-animated, rather than motion-captured. Maybe itís a poor framerate, but something about it doesnít feel right.
Not terribly major but annoying enough to mention. Skater response to shots and maneuvers seems unreliable.
NHL 2K7 Pros
Itís effectively unchanged from NHL 2K6, and normally this would be a bad thing, but considering the God-awful alternative EA forced on us, NHL 2K7ís interface is a dream.
The on-ice gameplay isnít as good as NHL 07, but the skating is more fluid and natural. Perhaps too much so.
NHL 2K7 Cons
Itís still a weird hybrid of Xbox and Xbox 360 art. Not attractive.
If youíre expecting a noticeable improvement, never mind a leap forward, youíre in for disappointment. NHL 2K7 barely changes the formula.
I preferred it to older versions of EAís series, but the new NHL 07 is clearly better on the ice than NHL 2K7. The AI and the way players interact with each other and the puck are clearly behind EAís game now.