NHL 11



The best, most authentic (has fights) hockey game available.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Since hockey is a team sport, the game emphasizes working together to win.

Positive role models

Players are often encouraged to work together, while fighting often comes with severe penalties.

Ease of play

Fans familiar with the francise will find the controls are pretty much the same. Players use the right thumbstick to control their hockey sticks and the left thumbstick to move. Flicking the right stick up shoots the puck, while pulling back before shooting allows for a stronger slapshot. When players first boot up the game, they will find a tutorial walking them through the controls.


Players can start fights during games, as the camera shifts to a first-person perspective to show the brawl from the hockey player's view. Players throw punches, dodge attacks and can even pull a jersey over an opponent's head.

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Ads cover the sides of the hockey rink inside arenas, and include hockey-related companies such as Easton.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that NHF 11 is a straightforward simulation of the National Hockey League. Players focus on guiding a team to Stanley Cup glory or choosing one budding rookie and lead him to Hall of Fame status. The sport is physical, and features fighting. During a game, players can start a brawl with an opponent any time, although fights results in stiff penalties. The game is playable online, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend to children under the age of 12. It also can be played with open unmoderated chat. Parents of kids might to use the parental controls built into their game console to disable the online communication features.

What's it about?

NHL 11 is a simulation of the National Hockey League. Players can guide one of the league's team through a series of seasons toward Stanley Cup glory, or create their own hockey star and lead him to a Hall of Fame career. For those seeking the thrill of competing for a Stanley Cup, the game includes a mode where players can participate in the seven-game championship series. New to the franchise is Hockey Ultimate Team, a card-based franchise mode where players build their team using minor league players and training them to be superstars.

Is it any good?


NHL 11 adds another incredible, authentic pro hockey experience to the franchise's history. The game largely sticks to a very successful gameplay, but adds some tweaks to make the game feel more realistic. Faceoffs have been changed to emphasize more skill and timing, while players can break sticks and must strategically find a way to get to the bench to grab another. Hockey Ultimate Team is a fun, clever mode that adds even more depth to an already robust hockey experience. Fans of pro hockey will find NHL 11 is the best experience on any console.

Online interaction: Players can engage in games and join leagues online, complete with open chat.

Families can talk about...

  • How does the game compared to real-life professional hockey?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Available online?Available online
Developer:EA Sports
Release date:September 7, 2010
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E10+ for Mild Violence

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Kid, 11 years old December 26, 2010
If your kid likes hockey he'll see fights on tv so this isn't any worse and for online don't get them a mic and they can't talk and playing someone with no talk is like playing the com
Teen, 15 years old Written byPolske322 December 19, 2010

Great game

Very good game, it's easy to pick up and fun to play. It's not too hard as a game and obviously you can turn up the difficulty if you need more of a challenge. It's a pretty good upgrade from the last game, the checks seem harder, and there aren't nearly as many glitches. No pucks magically finding their way through 5 defenders and a goalie into the net, no goalies blocking the wrong way. Be a Pro mode has also been made more realistic, and the online is still fun. There isn't any reason this can't be accessed by anyone 8 years old or older, as there is no gore, and though violence is typical hockey.
Kid, 10 years old February 5, 2011

Great Game!

Great game. I play it ALL the time on my Xbox. I love it and it has great graphics. It's kinda hard for littler kids because of all the controls.


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