A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
Violence & Scariness
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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Products & Purchases
Ads cover the sides of the hockey rink inside arenas, and include hockey-related companies such as Easton.
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.
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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