Still somewhat new to the series is the goalie control, which lets players manually make saves. While the graphics in the Xbox 360 version of 2K7 have seen a big step forward, the Xbox version looks like the Xbox game from last year. We're headlong into the push toward next-generation consoles, and as a result, the older consoles are beginning to get the short shrift. It looks even worse in the graphics department if that is even possible. Archived from on November 16, 2014.
Pressure Control brings a tactical element to defensive hockey as players now can instruct teammates to defend opposing players while on the ice. You can't sign two-way deals, so you can send a player to the minor leagues or cut him outright, without having to put him through waivers. On the gameplay front, just about every feature from last year's game, including the crease control, icon passing, enforcer, and on-the-fly play-calling systems return once more, and they're all basically the same. It is still displayed as a basic budget, and there isn't a realistic contract system in the game with regard to sending players to the minors or letting them go. The first of these is a new skating engine complete with new animations. This is done by holding the left bumper and steering the right control stick towards another player.
Making a list of our individual favorites, now that's a different matter. That's hardly surprising, since the game has consistently looked excellent for what the Xbox hardware is capable of, and it's still a great-looking game of Xbox hockey. Most importantly, online league play is once again available for tournaments or full seasons and involves anywhere from four to 30 teams. While on offense, players now have the ability to execute drop passes, allowing users to setup new screen plays and create new scoring opportunities to catch the goalie off-guard. On the audio front, Bob Cole and Harry Neale are on hand again for commentary duty, and functionally, it feels like much the same commentary as last year's game. You do, however, get the new camera angle, which is possibly the best camera angle included in a hockey game to date. Enabling the mode brings us a V-shaped reticule that extends outwards along the ice from under the goalie.
As far as how the online modes play, our experiences playing the game online yielded little to no lag. For instance, if one of your players just got a sponsorship for a new energy drink, his attributes will go up for the next few games. The bonuses offered are rarely significant enough to make it worthwhile to take time out of your schedule to check the feature. It features on its cover. Archived from on December 9, 2006. Franchise mode returns with most of the same great features introduced last year, as well as a few small additions. The party games and minirink modes are also available online.
The game was also the first ice hockey simulation to be made for the PlayStation 3. Not only will skating look much more natural, players will also experience the true momentum of skating whenever players dig into the ice to accelerate or carve the ice to make sudden stops. Not only will skating look much more natural, players will also experience the true momentum of skating whenever players dig into the ice to accelerate or carve the ice to make sudden stops. After a shot is taken, the game switches to a behind-the-goalie perspective, and players are challenged to match a target cursor with a red dot. Pressure Control brings a tactical element to defensive hockey as players now can instruct teammates to defend opposing players while on the ice.
Moving the cursor to it makes your goalie make whatever save is most convenient, be it stacking the pads, flipping out a glove, or whipping around his blocker. It sucks to work towards something for days, and then unfairly not get the achievement. While on offense, players now have the ability to execute drop passes, allowing users to setup new screen plays and create new scoring opportunities to catch the goalie off-guard. Archived from on November 16, 2014. Game Informer 162 : 102.
Archived from on August 4, 2008. The amount of pressure can then be determined through taps, with hard tapping inevitably leading to a powerful check. The options for leagues haven't changed much, though with so many options available for scheduling and stat tracking via the 2K Sports Web site, it's hard to complain, considering there's still nothing else like it available in other hockey games for consoles. . This is a glitch and some achievements are unattainable.
But when it comes to some of the faster and more exciting aspects of hockey, like scoring, offensive moves, and fighting, little has changed, and these aspects of the game engine are starting to show their age. Cheap graphics and boring button pressing that takes I should have realized by playing the Demo that this game wasn't going to be good. Basic competition is available for two to eight players four to a console , and you can engage in competitions of varying difficulty levels, with or without the crease control turned on. It's sometimes informative, but mostly just serves as background fodder. Other additions include a more-emphasized rivalry system that creates statistical bonuses and takeaways depending on how players play in games against their rival teams.
It's really weird hearing Band of Horses and The Postal Service in a hockey game, but you could certainly do worse. This is most visible in the graphical area. New features in the game include improved animations that are mainly geared towards skating. New gameplay enhancements have been added to Pro Control, giving users offensive and defensive tools to utilize on the ice. The red dot represents where the puck would cross over the goal line. This feature uses close up camera angles as well as dramatic music to capture the intensity of the game. Archived from on July 12, 2015.
On the plus side, the franchise mode still has an excellent rookie scouting system, a solid free agency interface, and a minor league roster to keep track of as the season progresses. This parametric camera is closer down than a typical top-down camera and includes automatic zooming and turning based on the players' position on the ice. Player models and jerseys are nicely detailed, animations are generally smooth, and the new camera angle makes the on-ice action look more attractive. The defensive game that 2K7 plays is the best you'll find anywhere, but the offense feels a little stagnant. It has a new rivalry system where statistical bonuses and takeaways are created depending on how players play in games against their rival teams.