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  • Summary: Celebrating its 20th year, the franchise that captured 22 ‘Sports Game of the Year’ awards has raised the bar yet again with NHL® 11. Powered by an all-new Real-Time Physics Engine, NHL 11 lets you create highlight reel moments as you experience adrenaline-pumping NHL action with biggerCelebrating its 20th year, the franchise that captured 22 ‘Sports Game of the Year’ awards has raised the bar yet again with NHL® 11. Powered by an all-new Real-Time Physics Engine, NHL 11 lets you create highlight reel moments as you experience adrenaline-pumping NHL action with bigger hits, broken sticks, and faster dangles. Whether you’re beginning your career in the Canadian Hockey League, dominating rivals in the EA SPORTS Hockey League, or assembling Hockey’s Ultimate Team, any moment can be a ‘WOW’ moment with NHL 11. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
  1. Oct 27, 2010
    100
    In the end, this is a game that's hard not to recommend, especially in light of the fact that 2K Sports didn't offer a competitor on the 360 or PS3 this year, so EA could have just stuck with last years game. Instead, they upped their offering to the point that taking this year off could be absolutely the worst thing that 2K could have done.
  2. EA Canada's NHL 11 marks the 20th Anniversary of the storied NHL Franchise, and I can say without a doubt that a new high watermark has been set (NHL 94 purists be damned). This is the closest a game has ever come to recreating the feeling of playing real life hockey.
  3. This is the best hockey game ever made, and is a real feather in the cap for EA Sports in a year where the company literally doesn't have any competition on the Xbox 360 or PS3.
  4. NHL 11 is easily one of the most feature-packed and entertaining ice hockey games ever created.
  5. If you have been curious by the hype behind the NHL, then now might be the time to check it out, especially with next year's football season in limbo. NHL 11 looks good, sounds good, and plays even better. It scores a hat trick with its on ice gameplay, deep EAUHL experience, and flexibility to be fun for casual gamers and the hardcore gamers as well.
  6. 85
    Despite the fact that a lot of the modes have been ported over from last year and Ultimate Team has been seen before in other EA Sports games, NHL 11 still delivers a slew of gameplay improvements and a truckload of content that should please the many hockey fans out there.
  7. NHL 11 isn't a universally great game, but if you like what it has on offer, it turns into a great value very quickly.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. Sep 8, 2010
    10
    EA's done it again. Just got the game a few days ago and I'm itching to come home from work and play Ultimate Team. Love the interaction,EA's done it again. Just got the game a few days ago and I'm itching to come home from work and play Ultimate Team. Love the interaction, love the progression, love it period. Best version yet. Expand
  2. Sep 15, 2010
    10
    I've played hockey games for years, even when 2K was killing years back. EA had managed to create the best hockey game ever. I was surprisedI've played hockey games for years, even when 2K was killing years back. EA had managed to create the best hockey game ever. I was surprised at the MS Xbox World review. I read it and was AMAZED at how harsh they were. Disregard that low score, the reviewer has obviously never played a hockey game. And i'm also amazed at how many reviewers haven't comment on the many gameplay improvements. Anybody who has a history of playing NHL games would love this game! Expand
  3. Nov 1, 2010
    10
    I thought the game was excellent. I'm not really a big fan of the HUT mode, though I do see it's appeal. While in 2010 I was strictly a versusI thought the game was excellent. I'm not really a big fan of the HUT mode, though I do see it's appeal. While in 2010 I was strictly a versus player (and I got pretty damn good at it), after playing the EASHL alot more, I rarely play anything else. It is very addictive. To those that say they can't score or pass properly; that's ridiculous. Ultimately, if you want a game that has no learning curve and will satisfy your gaming needs, go play pinball. Expand
  4. Apr 27, 2011
    9
    EA has gone and done it again. Every year I say to myself "You are not buying another NHL game" and I now own NHL 2003 straight through toEA has gone and done it again. Every year I say to myself "You are not buying another NHL game" and I now own NHL 2003 straight through to 2011. I played it at a friends house before buying, and the addition of the faceoff engine, more realistic body checking, better shooting engine, goal reviews, broken sticks (and the list continues) left me needing to buy this game. Now in my third season, I still love picking it up and playing a few games before goin' to bed. Expand
  5. Sep 24, 2010
    9
    I'm Kaber-gasted! See what I did there? It was like a Leafs/NHL reference. But mixed in with the word â
  6. Nov 7, 2010
    9
    This is the best NHL yet. Great graphics, unreal hits, and awesome physics. Every time I play, I am thoroughly entertained from when I pick upThis is the best NHL yet. Great graphics, unreal hits, and awesome physics. Every time I play, I am thoroughly entertained from when I pick up the control to when I put it down. Expand
  7. Dec 12, 2011
    2
    The physics and gameplay I'd put in the B to B+ range, same with the in game commentary and music.

    However, that all gets dragged down by
    The physics and gameplay I'd put in the B to B+ range, same with the in game commentary and music.

    However, that all gets dragged down by an economy size F grade regarding an extremely glaring bug, along with EA's refusal to fix it: How can you have two decades of licensing to make video games for the NHL, and be completely incapable of getting the points right for the standings in Be a Pro mode? How can your playtesters miss the fact that the game fails to record the single point earned for an overtime loss? And how can your company then refuse to fix that bug despite making two patches that fix other aspects of the game?

    One point for an OTL, EA. --- It's in the game.
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