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Alexander Ovechkin on the cover of NHL 07
|Developer(s)||EA Canada (Xbox 360 and PSP)
EA Montreal (PS2, Xbox, PC)
|Genre(s)||Sports - Ice Hockey Sim|
|Mode(s)||Single-player, multiplayer, multiplayer online|
NHL 07 is an ice hockey video game. It was released on September 12, 2006, the successor to NHL 06. The game improved the series' gameplay with more realistic features, such as stickhandling and a wider variety of controller schemes. The Xbox 360 version features a completely revamped game and graphics engine from the predecessor, while the other versions are left behind with the old engine. It is the only game in the series to have a PSP version.
- Tagline: "Win Every Battle"
- Covers: Alexander Ovechkin (main)
The game features a newly designed control setup in some versions, eliminating the need to use the face buttons. The new Skill Stick Revolution feature produces different types of shots and dekes. This was a major selling point of the game and one of the biggest redesigns of the series. Unlike previous entries, NHL 07 allowed the player to use the analog stick to stickhandle and deke by moving the stick side to side. Special movements of the stick can make the player do a creative deke. The use of the stick and triggers on the console versions eliminated the need to use the face buttons; however a classic setup can be used so that the player can still use the face buttons and skill stick at the same time if so preferred. The convenience of this allows the player to play the classic controls before becoming comfortable using the skill stick.
Commentary is provided by Gary Thorne and Bill Clement for the Xbox 360 version of the game, however, Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson return for the current generation and PSP versions. NHL 07 for the Xbox 360 features analog stick control and a brand new physics system which eliminates the magnetic type possession of the puck which have been used in past NHL games.
The Xbox 360 Demo was released through the Xbox Live Marketplace on September 7, 2006. The demo features a shootout between the Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes. The settings allow the NHL shootout rules to be turned off, to allow the player the ability to easily learn the new control scheme. Washington Capitals' forward and 2006 Calder Trophy winner Alexander Ovechkin is featured on the cover.
|NHL 07 Soundtrack|
|Anti-Flag||"This is the End (For You My Friend)"|
|Cute Is What We Aim For||"There's a Class for This"|
|Gatsbys American Dream||"Theatre"|
|Good Riddance||"Darkest Days"|
|Goodnight Nurse||"My Only"|
|The Hellacopters||"Bring it on Home"|
|Inkwell||"Ecuador is Lovely This Time of Year"|
|NOFX||"Wolves in Wolves' Clothing"|
|Priestess||"Talk to Her"|
|Protest the Hero||"Divinity Within"|
|Quietdrive||"Rise from the Ashes"|
EA, in conjunction with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, honored the wishes of a young 16 year-old man named Stratton Whitaker who was suffering from muscular dystrophy by placing a character based on him in the game. Stratton is available to players as a free agent center who has a starting overall rating of 81, with his potential graded at 99. Outside of user created players, Stratton is one of only two players in the game with such a rating; the other is Raphael Couture.
Stratton was born on August 18th, 1990, and was a resident of Vancouver, British Columbia. He was also known to play Powerchair Football. He passed away from his condition on February 12th, 2013 at the age of 22.
- NHL 07 for Xbox 360 - NHL 07 Xbox360 Game - NHL 07 Xbox 360 Video Game
- "NHL 07 Soundtrack Revealed". IGN. July 12, 2006. Retrieved January 29, 2013.