one word, BEST GAME EVER!!!
10 times better than NHL 10. I love this game. MUST BUY
Getting more and more realistic....
Game play is pretty awesome. Same controls as last year, maybe with a few more controls. The broken sticks work well and don't happen TOO frequently. The Hockey Ultimate Team is actually surprisingly entertaining, while the whole card packs thing is sort of odd in my opinion, I actually like it. The CPU trading seems to be a lot smarter now, making it almost impossible to make a trade that doesn't involve superstars.They also upped the realistic aspect of it by incorporating a lot of the CBA rules into the GM mode, with waiver moves and the like. The only thing they seemed to skimp on was recycling the game commentary from last year. While some of it IS new once in awhile you'll be playing a team like Phoenix and they'll say something like "Maybe this is the year Phoenix makes the playoffs" (they made the playoffs in 2010). But other than that, it's a pretty solid, entertaining game.
Best and Worst
As much as everyone likes to say EA and NHL is going downhill with each year that only half true. This game is awesome and has much needed improvements and additions.
The new dekes are very nice especially the jumping one to avoid those laydown spammers. Broken and lost stick are nice changes up the pace of the game. The new faceoff system is OK annoying to get used to. Stats are better done in "be a pro" in regards to the game time scaling . Battles in front of the net are more interesting with the ability to take the puck off the goalie(not sure if its new but looks more intense).
Unfortunately there are still shooting/goal glitches but its hard to eliminate them all in sports games. And in "EA hockey league" the injuries affect stats as opposed to taking you out of the game, good but, people abuse this and after the play just start checking players to the point of injury. EA has said this time they will fix glitches as they find them and punish cheaters and people who abuse flaws in game code. It doesn't seem like they have.
The inclusion of an online code for online play is stupid can only be used once on one account so if you share your game/xbox with family you still need to buy a new code ($50 last time i looked) or if you buy a used copy. As-side from a few "minor" gripes the game plays very well is fun looks great and is a big improvement on the previous ones (in my opinion anyways)
.This game is a really good game. There's just two problems I have with it. One is that it's really hard to score a goal. I dont think its me because ive been good at every other NHL game that ive played. But almost every shot I take is saved by the goalie. And you may think "yeah thats what a goalie does". Well ive made shots that the goalie wasnt even looking and I knew i would score, but then the goalie just reaches over and grabs it. Also the other team makes a lot of shots when my goalie is looking straight at the puck and then just lets it in. But other than the goalies, the other problem i have is the graphics aren't the best, especially during a relay. I mean how many times has a puck flew off of someones stick when they didnt even move. Thats right, none. But if you dont focus on the replays or the goalie level its a great game. I still love playing it and I also love shootout mode and goalie moade. This whole game is so much fun and I reccomend it to anyone
NHL games are alot of fun but i want to see some new realistic featurs. i think it would be more realistic if there was stick breaks. if you get slashed, take a shot, exc.. your stick breaks and u have to press a button to let go of the stick and try to play without one or get a new one at the bench. and i would like it if there was more prospect games and once drafted you play in the ECHL then AHL and then go up to the NHL. it would also be cool if you could customize player stick colors. after the period i think they should have the guys walking into the locker room not standing there and when there is a fight there should be players on the ice and on the benches. there should be refs circling the fight being ready to break it up. Once in a while the net should fall out of course and have a puck stop and the refs will fix it and they should show tht. for create a team you should be able to customize a logo and have ALOT of options. not the same ones everywhere.
There are a lot of things that need to be added to this game. But EA is putting just a few new things at a time i.e. new stick breaks which should've been incorporated in the game a long time ago. They have all these brilliant ideas but are only adding one thing at a time so that people will go out and buy it the next year just for one or to more "new things" I think that this game is going to again be unrealistic. Just look at the hits, that is definitely not what the NHL looks like in real life. There may be three or four BIG hits a game in the NHL and in this game every time you skate down the ice you get crushed and that's just not realistic in my opinion. They need to add things such as goal reviews, scrums around the net after the goalie covers the puck, training camp (like Madden) and more than one referee. That is just to name a few things that need to be added or changed. Once they do some of these things then I will consider buying NHL games again.
Very Addicting Game!
Just to start off, I never played NHL games before until recently and I don't watch NHL on TV so my review is unbiased. Well the other day, me and my friend decided to rent NHL 10... and WOW was it amazing! We played all day and I have never played a game like this that kept me wanting to play more. It's challenging and also frustrating since you have to aim your shots to make a goal. But when you do score, you just want to stand up and go WOOOOOOT! Anyways, this made me want to buy NHL 11 right when it came out, and it is just as fun and virtually the same as NHL 10. It seems a lil slower than NHL 10, but I think they are trying to slow it down and focus more on the shooting part in this game. If you want to have a fun and challenging game, then look no further!
Hands down amazing!!!!
this is BY FAR the best NHL game thus far. A thing i noticed in NHL 10 was that on breakaways, you couldn't get too close to the goalie without it glitching up on you. they fixed that with 11 and the breakaways look and feel so much better. on one negative note, i did notice that when playing on your defensive end, it tends to get a little slow but once you get on the offensive end (at least in Be A Pro) it would be just fine. the hits have been taken up 2 levels from NHL 10. so fluid. the controls are more fine tuned (as if they weren't already in NHL10). A lot more designs in Create A Team mode (like for the logo and layouts of the jerseys). one thing i do want to see in NHL 12 is customized goalie helmets and dislodged nets. but other than that, this is the best game for any hockey nut or plain fan of hockey to buy and play
I think EA has done a fantastic job in the past with NHL games- but there is a lot more to hockey they have left out. Add in some stick breaks, loose nets, goalies that lose their sticks and stuff like that. Not too often, because that would be dumb, but just every once in a while. And, add some more ability to dangle-"Skill stick". Its boring to dangle the defender the same way every time, because there are only so many options for dangling. Add a bigger stick selection, uprgrade your ability to uprgrade your season/franchise team like in MLB the Show and a couple Madden games (Transportation, Stadium, Advertising, etc...). Then, I think EA should add a new online mode which allows you to go one-vs.-one with someone else online, and you use your created character. Maybe two-on-twos too, but add more personal features with your "My Pro". It's a great game, but add to it. Please dont just update rosters and add a few more helmets to choose from.
Incredibly difficult game. NHL 09 was destroyed by over used curve shots and overly aggressive players. NHL 10 was fantastic. And now NHL 11. Where do i begin. They made this game so over complicated that its ridiculous. The penalties kill this game like usual. Its nearly impossible to score or even pass to one another. Its not so bad once you get the hang of it. But compared to the last 3 NHL games this is by far the most different and difficult. They took out the Dangler player type and added a Two way forward. The attribute points and the cost of them are incredibly high. And your character customization is the same. You still have to play as Cavemen look alikes. The team practice mode is awesome, and the uniform customization is also fantastic. This is a very hard game to learn, but once you do, its tollerable. Only for Hard Core sports gamers.