About the Product
- The all-new Real-Time Physics Engine brings real-world highlight reel moments in-game like never before. From face-offs to body checks, real-world puck and player physics trigger true-to-life reactions.
- More than 200 Gameplay Enhancements—An all-new faceoff system, quick dekes, the new Hit Stick, and hip checks are just some of the many gameplay improvements that make NHL11 the most authentic hockey video game experience to date.
- Broken sticks - After snapping your stick on a wicked slapshot or having it broken in two from a hit, the play is never dead. Kick the puck to your teammate or have your teammate pass you his stick if you can’t make it to the bench to get a new one.
- Be a Pro Enhanced—For the first time ever, begin your career playing for the Canadian Hockey League’s Memorial Cup. Get scouted, enter the NHL entry draft, and see if you can become the greatest player of all time.
- The EA SPORTS Hockey League takes online play to the next level as championship seasons are awarded with banner-raising ceremonies and new user celebrations that allow you to rub it in the faces of your biggest rivals.
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When you're on the ice, anything can happen - and frequently does. A puck-smashing, opponent-pummeling, ice-dominating prodigy, you are fast on your way to hockey greatness, and the success of just one match lies between you and your NHL dream. You glide to the center red line and look into your opponent's shielded face as you crouch down in preparation. The puck falls, as if in slow motion, as you both spring forward, sticks thrashing, ice flying and limbs thrusting. Just as you start to break away, you take a bone-crushing hit and hear the splintering of wood as your stick snaps apart. If you can't use your sharp reflexes and agile intuition to wrest away the puck, your dream could slip away forever. Are you a true NHL champion?
Skate into realistic hockey action, the likes of which you've only seen at the rink itself, as you take on the future of hockey gaming in NHL 11. This time, as you take it to the ice, every deke, hip check and scramble is in revolutionary, real-time, physics-triggered realism. With a pioneering physics engine, NHL 11 reacts to your every move with precision for the most authentic hockey experience available. Use all-new and enhanced skills as you strive for the Canadian Hockey League's Memorial Cup for the first time in a thrilling new career mode and celebrate your glories in banner-raising ceremonies. With NHL 11, the ice action has never been so real, and if you're lucky, neither has your puck prowess.
- Experience adrenaline-pumping NHL action with bigger hits, broken sticks, faster dangles and more opportunities on the ice than ever before
- Revolutionary real-time physics engine gives you the latest in sports game realism, bringing real-world highlight reel moments in-game
- Real-world puck and player physics trigger true-to-life reactions
- More than 200 game enhancements, from an all-new intense faceoff system to a new Hit Stick option and more, offer new challenges for NHL champs
- New broken-stick gameplay options let you keep the game going even when you split your stick in sick slapshots or wicked collisions — just kick the puck to your teammate, or have your teammate pass you his stick
- For the first time ever, begin your career playing for the Canadian Hockey League's Memorial Cup and continue down a path that puts you into the rink with licensed CHL players from the Western Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and more
- Be scouted and drafted into the NHL and live out your hockey dreams
- Celebrate in all-new style; championship seasons are awarded with banner-raising ceremonies and new user celebrations allow you to rub it in the faces of your biggest rivals
- Prep your team for a playoff run with an all-new Practice mode
- From the franchise that captured 22 Sports Game of the Year awards
- For 1 to 4 players offline; for 1 to 12 players online
Top Customer Reviews
STICK BREAKS/DROPS - You may think this is just a cosmetic gimmick, but stick breaks can happen anytime and completely change the outcome of a play or game. There's a slider to adjust the occurrence of stick breaks which is nice. Also, your player will still try and play the puck with his skates, or get a stick from another player or the bench. It's a neat feature.
FACE-OFFS - Another important part of the game that got a revamp is in the face-off circle. Instead of merely winning a face-off cleanly to a defensemen or a winger, you now have the option to tie the other player up, use your skates, or allow another player to sweep in for the puck. Hardly any face-offs look the same, and this feature looks and feels much more realistic.
CHECKING PHYSICS - EA has implemented a new physics engine that creates unique player reactions and movements when getting checked. Instead of having the magnetic checking like in last years edition, checks are a lot harder to line up and finish, but when you do the check looks organic and a lot more punishing.Read more ›
First of all, the new HUT mode is INCREDIBLY buggy. I've not even bothered to play it because of the reviews from friends, who can't believe EA would release such a product. Not only does it cause your system to freeze often, it also has bizarre game mode problems such as putting two goalies on the ice for your team and only 4 skaters or no goalie at all. There are also problems with the cards you have to buy or win, apparently. Avoid this game mode like the plague...
The regular game modes have some "improvements" that you may want to avoid. First off, broken sticks are nonsensical, sometimes resulting from a 5 foot touch pass. So Superman plays hockey, does he? The new physics engine is better in some ways but worse in others. There are more big hits but they seem to have little effect on the recipient. While the player physics are perhaps improved, the puck physics are horrible. Backhands are simply insanely bizarre. A 15 footer from the slot will never get on goal but you can do some backhand dekes and shots that completely defy the laws of physics. Backhands with one hand on the stick from behind your own body go inside a 6 inch opening just under the crossbar while you're not looking at the net.
Another annoying feature is that CPU goalies are too darn good on realistic scoring chances, even exceptional ones, UNLESS you resort to "cheese". Cheese is a term that refers to methods of scoring that work 80%+ of the time. I'm not going to say what they are but when used against you, you may lose your mind very quickly. An extension of the flawed, artificially inflated scoring is that it's harder to succeed as a human goalie as well.Read more ›
Why you should buy it...
Consistently updated rosters gives every team an accurate ratings, including player trades and updates.
There is no "cheap" way of scoring, while shots going in are not vary from shot to shot, better angle increases your likeleness, but there is never a guarantee.
Mechanics are great, player's move well and EA offers users a quick tutorial in order to master the controls. however as a new comer deeking took some getting use to (but different control schemes are available)
Online offers endless fun and frustrations!
Four players on the same playstation! Though in sports games more players can make the game trickier, if players play together long enough, it can create a huge advantage.
There are different ways to take a face off, and it's extremely nice to be able to tie up a player who just seems to have the edge instead of loosing.
From what I've seen, fights are mostly won by taping the punch button (right analog "up") as fast as possible while holding one's head to a direction (left analog). Though there's not much diversity in the fights, it's a nice way to relieve anger, and change the momentum of a game. (NOTE* i play with 2 friends and i'm positive were not in the top half of the online players, so maybe the better players have more of a strategy).
Momentum is great, players getting tired based on how many hits they've taken, how long they've skated, and how well they're line and team is doing.
The game is quite real, with responsive controls, official NHL stats, and beautiful visuals. Certain players are faster, and stronger, while certain teams have trouble winning.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Game is fun, a little on the boring side for my son who I bought it for but overall I enjoyed it and I think it hold up to games that are out today.Published 1 month ago by Jeff