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6.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 51 Ratings

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  1. Sep 18, 2012
    6
    EA has the monopoly in most sports games and it shows. They barely improve their games over the years and not much is done to fix the obvious problems. It's the realism of hockey they have yet to capture, and NHL 11 unfortunately does nothing to change this. The animations are either too stiff or too relaxed, their movement rarely looks natural. Only the goalie is very well done. The crowdEA has the monopoly in most sports games and it shows. They barely improve their games over the years and not much is done to fix the obvious problems. It's the realism of hockey they have yet to capture, and NHL 11 unfortunately does nothing to change this. The animations are either too stiff or too relaxed, their movement rarely looks natural. Only the goalie is very well done. The crowd still looks like Sims in Sims 1. They need to improve this. Unfortunately the physics have not improved. Therefore instead of tripping on a fallen player, you simply "push him" on the ice. Every time you check a player, it's as if there is a cushion that alters the impact of the hit, and checking rarely is fun to do, you have the impression that you didn't deliver a strong enough hit most of the time. There's some problems with noises and sounds. The crowd will sometimes react over something insignificant while you might do something else that could be the promise of a great play, and there's no reaction from the attendance. I don't understand why they are not putting the real coaches behind the bench. Penalties ( especially when playing against the AI ) are often weird. For example, you will check a player during the whistle, and while the game is stopped, he will chase you without hitting you. Doesn't matter, you both get a penalty over this, even if there wasn't any contact after the whistle. The be a pro mode is interesting, but you quickly realize that the "coach" doesn't make his decisions based on the entire team. If you end up moving up or down a line it's only because of what you did, not what the other players did. They need to add a french announcer to Montreal and Ottawa games and they need to put the real songs that are played when a team scores instead of a random song. I know these are very small details, but these details lack in great numbers, and all of them combined remove the realism that most of us are looking for. On another note I would like to point out that EA are greedy as hell. If you buy this game in used form, you must pay to play online. Now that wouldn't be a problem if EA wouldn't shut their servers down a couple of years after the release of most of their games. It's time for EA to step their game up, hire some Canadians who actually know what hockey is and make them recreate this franchise. Right now it looks like a corpse that you keep trying to reanimate and it doesn't look good. For the positive remarks, there are many, many teams to choose from. You can play with CHL teams or european teams, the choices are extremely various. Most of the game modes are fun and well done. Being a General Manager is fun, but it lacks the depth and, especially, algorithms that made Eastside ( a computer game where you'd be a GM ) famous. The songs are all good ones, although some are merely playing in arenas, some other are already famous ( Joe Satriani's song, for example, is often used in arenas in real life ). I kinda wish they could've added some old school stuff like "We Will Rock You" and "The Good Ol' Hockey Game". Expand
  2. Sep 13, 2010
    5
    Another year another way to exploit the game. Hits are more useless than ever and since passing is near impossible get ready for a lot of one guy staking figure 8's in the offensive zone around everybody then taking a wrister. Not like you'll get bumped off the puck and its not like its worth it to pass. In an age of video games where Bungie has programmed AI to grenade, flank, and attackAnother year another way to exploit the game. Hits are more useless than ever and since passing is near impossible get ready for a lot of one guy staking figure 8's in the offensive zone around everybody then taking a wrister. Not like you'll get bumped off the puck and its not like its worth it to pass. In an age of video games where Bungie has programmed AI to grenade, flank, and attack I don't understand how EA cant get their AI to do basic things like, you know, grab the puck if its right in front of them or not abandon a 2on1 to see whats going on behind the net. The ice is so pretty back here. And 60 bucks again? C'mon. Expand
  3. Aug 23, 2011
    6
    I previously rated this game 9 but would like to ammend my opinion. This game could easily be rated as 10. What is offered is a very large package with what i feel is a lot of possible inprovements in gameplay dynamics. Unfortunately the entire package is ruined beyond frustration by both sloppy maintenance and a thirsty greed of making money by selling add ons (consumables) within theI previously rated this game 9 but would like to ammend my opinion. This game could easily be rated as 10. What is offered is a very large package with what i feel is a lot of possible inprovements in gameplay dynamics. Unfortunately the entire package is ruined beyond frustration by both sloppy maintenance and a thirsty greed of making money by selling add ons (consumables) within the game modes. This game receives constant updates and tuners which can be frustrating to the novice but after playing a full season the frustration is that EA is not very careful what they are selling and their concern is not to correct any mistakes but rather to plow forward and make more sales off consumables instead. They really don't care that their games has errors and how this translates to unfairness to the players playing. Furthermore they alter speeds and tuners in their favor during sales of packages to minimize players taking advantage of them since players tend to want to play tournaments to win spendable in game currency. The result is a choatic imbalanced game no longer based on stats but players vs EA sucker punching each other. Had this game been released without consumables I think they had the potential to nail this game as a solid 10. However with this ongoing struggle in how to maximize consumable profits the game has suffered huge. EA is constantly altering things and with every alteration it seems new glitches which remain and become either exploits or just pure frustration not having your players or software behave properly. EA has bit off more than they can chew playing around with altering the gameplay and a ton of features alway contain fresh glitches as a result of sloppiness. Buy with caution. Expand
Metascore
88

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Jan 12, 2011
    80
    There's little to nothing in NHL 11 to complain about. The quality of the presentation is fantastic and you can tell EA went to tremendous lengths to tweak the gameplay to improve the hockey experience.
  2. Jan 10, 2011
    85
    For the puck lovers, it's still the best simulation out there. Yet, it shows too many similarities with its predecessor.
  3. Jan 10, 2011
    70
    That said, there is no denying that NHL 11 provides an enjoyable recreation of ice hockey, which manages to be both accessible to newcomers and packed with content to entertain more dedicated fans.