NHL 07: Yet another Vancouver export


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Vancouverites can get pretty excited when a major Hollywood feature is filmed in our fair city. I mean let’s be honest how many people saw that Michael Keaton movie White Noise to play spot the Vancouver city site? I know flipping through the cable channels late at night that was what kept my interest in the movie.

So we can get pretty jazzed about a movie, but some of the world’s most popular video games are made right here in the lower mainland. Chief amoungst them for Canadians is NHL Hockey. This year’s newest installment NHL 07 has just hit the shelves.

In previous years the Canucks former head coach Marc Crawford was a consultant on the game, even appearing in one edition to talk about hockey with the human players, and the Canucks John Ashbridge has handled the PA duties for the in game sound for years*. I still sort of miss the ever goofy colour-commentary by Sportsnet’s Don Taylor [wp], a semi-quasi-local-celeb.

Even though after a seaon of playing as the Canucks I’m back to my Oilers in 07, the game is still great fun and worth picking up. Come on it’s as local a product as the Steam Clock and Paul Kayria.

* I can’t find confirmation on this factoid anywhere on the internet, though I was told this by a long time Canucks fan and it sure as heck sounds like him. If anyone knows for sure let me know.

3 Comments so far

  1. castewar (unregistered) on September 20th, 2006 @ 12:36 pm

    I don’t know about the NHL series, but Ashbridge did PA duty on Radical Entertainment’s (another Vancouver development house) PowerPlay series.

  2. Richard (unregistered) on September 20th, 2006 @ 11:57 pm

    I like NHL 07 enough, but it’s just like NHL 06. Not much of an upgrade, if that was ever the point of year-to-year releases.

    When/if we get an Xbox in the office, you should come by and I’ll challenge you to a best-of-seven. My Canucks against your Oilers.

  3. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 10:28 am

    Richard, you’re on.

    The new changes in the two games aren’t that much unless you use the new control scheme with the two analouge sticks. It takes some time to get used to, and it’s tempting to use the options to switch back to the old way of doing it, but it’s worth it to learn.

    Also my jump was from a XBox to the XBox 360 version this year so it seems a much more profound step for me.

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