NHL 07 demo skates to XBL

Xbox 360 sample of EA's pro hockey sim now available on Marketplace; 541MB download sims an Edmonton/Carolina shoot-out.

Summer is barely over, but Electronic Arts is already putting gamers on ice. After a slight deke late last month, the world's largest game publisher has released the first demo for its professional hockey sim, NHL 07, onto Xbox Live Marketplace.

The 541MB download gives gamers a taste of the game's shootout mode and a chance to test out the new skill stick controls, which incorporate the right analog stick for handling the puck. Players will be able to choose any skater from the teams involved in last year's Stanley Cup final, the Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes.

NHL 07 ships to retailers on September 12 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Xbox, PC, and PlayStation Portable. The game is rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older and will retail for $59.99 on the 360, $39.99 on the PSP, and $29.99 on the PS2, Xbox, and PC. For more information, check GameSpot's previous coverage.

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soulknight63133
soulknight63133

I don't know, I played it and it didn't impress me. It's not a bad demo and the controls are cool but, it just didn't move me. And I've been apart of the Xbox nation for four years so don't jump on me guyz..lol. Just probably expecting it to knock my socks off the way "Lost Planet" did.

eldanon
eldanon

What a let down of a demo... Who gives a flying flip about playing a shootout? Let me play the freakin' game, just a period at least. Now I'm more confused than before. Downloaded both demos and not really excited about either one. Could this be the first season since 1998 that I don't get the new hockey game? Hmm

jummysuts
jummysuts

did anybody have their xbox mess up hardcore after downloading this game i downlaoded it yesterday and my xbox started freaking out today and freezing now i need to exchange it

hotdork70minus1
hotdork70minus1

These controls are sweet ! Anyone know if there will be a 2k hockey game, or is the NHL exclusive to EA now ?

keinuveye
keinuveye

so happy my gf BOUGHT ME a 360 2 weeks ago. Too bad she couldnt afford any games. I NEED an NHL game soon, will this be it??

rykaziel
rykaziel

To Arawk: I played the demo. All ten seconds of it. The fact is, while I thought the graphics were great, animation solid and I really liked the analog stick controls, I didn't get a feel for the game of hockey. Game speed may be too fast at this point, I just have no idea. I saw nothing in the way team and opposing team AI, saw nothing about the games pace, didn't get to experience how passing worked, none of that. I got a one on one shootout, a theme that EA I think is trying to incorporate into all their TEAM sports videogames. First it's the play maker controls in Madden, then it's the enhanced dribbling in FIFA that an experienced player will be able to waltz down the pitch and forget about the other 10 guys, and it may be going the same way here. It's great to get demos ahead of time, but I feel I didn't get a good representation of how THE GAME OF HOCKEY WILL PLAY, and for this reason I think the demo fell short of expectations. So no I'm not a Sony fanboy, I wouldn't touch that console with a ten foot pole, but I'm not fooled by slick graphics: gameplay is what I look for, and gameplay is what I didn't get a feel for in the demo.

tbs76
tbs76

I just downloaded the new NHL 07 demo and personally I think it rocked. The graphics and presentation are down pat and I think this new control stick feature will work out fine. You can put me down for a copy of that game as soon as it hits shelves next week. Next gen hockey is finally here! Way to go EA.

interstate78
interstate78

OK I have a few issues I'd like to adress 1. - the guy saying his 360 broke. Call 1800 4my-xbox they WILL take care of you. I've had customers whose warranty was expired call Microsoft before and they do NOT let you down. 2. That NHL 07 demo was god awful-- for two reasons: It does not show actual in-game gameplay and secondly, the skating on the ice looked like garbage. Now, I attribute the fact that the shootouts looked this good because I suspect it's running on the replay engine rather than the in-game engine. So I'm pretty sure this demo was a showoff of the graphics (which were admittedly very good) but they won't actually represent the *game*. Secondly, the skating looked like Garbage because this game is not ready. It will ship next week but it will be a case of Madden 06 all over again. Where will the dynasty mode be? I wouldn't bet on seeing it. Online Leagues? forget it. 2k6 was there last year and was not revolutionary but at least it was very functional and did not lack a single feature of its xbox counterpart. this whole engine switch for NHL 07 will come at a very high price I think. Perhaps next year it will be good. This year, I expect a turd.

wenbin09
wenbin09

great news!! downloading now!!

Rasgueado
Rasgueado

I hated this demo. 500+ meg download for a single scenario of a 3 shot shootout? Are you serious? At least let us try one period of play for crying out loud.

Ram4x4Marc
Ram4x4Marc

For all these people who are complaining about price, or that the game has sucked for years. BS. It's nice to be able to just switch game speeds and just hit the heck outta your opponent/friend...making ya laugh and wanna get the next hit harder than last. 2K for 360 last season was God Awful...i mean i rented it and played a period and took it back...it sucked. MLB 2K6 was full of glitches..even the NBA has issues...EA hockey is amazing..and for those that say the demo sucks or its garbage, or you don'thave a 360 but ya bet it sucks...you're all wrong. The game looks gorgeous, the shot stick is perfect, and also...it's been well known that 360 games are 60 bucks..live with it. If ya smoke, quit...a weeks worth will buy half the game...in 2 weeks you'll have it. Trade in some crap games and get credit...but just stop complaining about it being expensive...its worth the price for the quality...which is at least what EA gives you! 2K blew the baseball license...at least Madden this year is great! Gamespot was a bit too tough on it cuz there weren't that many "bells and whistles" and that its just a sweet game of football that controls good. You see, gimme gameplay and i'll give you a good game...give me a choppy, glitched up game and i'll show ya 2K sports next gen game...PEACE!

arawk
arawk

I'm pretty sure anyone who said "I deleted this" or "this looks terrible" is lying and nothing more than a sony fan boy and hasnt really played the demo at all. This game looks, feels, sounds, and is amazing. Just take a look, go into the replay mode and zoom into a players jersey or even the ice. The amount of detail is beyond words. I only wish the demo was longer. This makes the choice of what hockey game to buy this time around even harder. I'm usually a 2k fan but this might have changed my mind.

ejf0256
ejf0256

Great demo, graphix rock. Anyone know if you can ADD a player ? Either in NHL or 2k7 ????? I really have read nothing saying either has that option !!!

acer04
acer04

Sweet, if I had an X360 I'd actually download this, but since I don't, I'm sorta waiting for a PC demo... any chance of that coming out?

ocdog45
ocdog45

gotta check this out

char83
char83

this time my waranty was 1 week expired now i have to pay,if only xbox customer service lived next door i would slash thier tires and egg thier house every day, no joke no lie

char83
char83

to johann, no joke

wooooode
wooooode

What PS2 and Xbox for half of the 360 cost, that is sweat if you have not made the leap yet.

Johann_Lieberg
Johann_Lieberg

to char83 did u get paid by sony to say that?.. seriously.. the likes of you... i really don't know what your motivation is....

MoreCowbell6924
MoreCowbell6924

Wow PS2 and Xbox games are now cheaper than PSP games.

byungshin34
byungshin34

jdaman the reason why it's not $50 because only microsoft 360 games are $50. other publishers are $60. there might be some exceptions (rockstar's table tennis), but that's how it is.

mack10
mack10

This demo would've been better had it been a game, not a shootout...a game would've let us expirement more...but this game looks insane, can't wait for the real thing.

rykaziel
rykaziel

Deleted it already. This demo is worse than the Madden demo.

SecretWasianMan
SecretWasianMan

Sweet, I'll be downloading this later. Finally, a next-gen hockey game :)

linktheory
linktheory

gj ms thats what i like to see a demo weekly and a classic each weds.

Duh_to_the_avo
Duh_to_the_avo

Hey, FRoStYisGoD speaking from the standpoint of an actual goalie, it is hard as hell to stop a deke. And you're saying that move wouldn't work in the real nhl? Do you remember the Dallas Stars player that used that move every time and always came out with the goal in the shootout?

char83
char83

sweet let me go download it, oh wait my 360 broke for the 4th time in 6 months

Maui00
Maui00

I'll download it later.

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

I have to say this time and time again, make games cheaper and we will buy!

BioShockOwnz
BioShockOwnz

I just downloaded the demo, and holy crap it looks so good and plays even better. I hope the full game is as satisfying. I usually don't buy EA products, but I might just have to buy this game.

ConManWithGun
ConManWithGun

finally they lied and said it was about like a week ago

FRoStYisGoD
FRoStYisGoD

demo is good and the gfx are really good but lets be serious scoring in the shootout is just like anyother NHL game its soo easy and they need to fix it u deke 1 way and then right at the goalie switch to the oppo side and shoot fast and boom 90% chance it goes in

axes03
axes03

downlaoding it right now, cant wait to try the new skating engine.......360 RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jdaman01
Jdaman01

Who doesn't love a new demo? But what's up with the pricing of the game? The PSP version more then the PS2/Xbox version. The 360 version double the price of current gen? I mean 30 is lowered tier pricing on current gen, why not do the same for the 360 and sell it for like $50?

denawayne
denawayne

Good News, eh? This games control scheme is looking real good.

4esth
4esth

I think it's great that the number of demos on XBL keeps getting bigger. For many games it tells me whether to Gamefly it or to actually buy it.

skyvader
skyvader

With the dozens of demos and content on xb live...why are there still so many holding off getting a 360? Especially in japan.