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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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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.
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