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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is a straightforward simulation of the National Hockey League. Players can choose one of the league's teams and guide them to Stanley Cup glory. They can also participate in a series of other casual game modes and other mini-games. Players can engage in fights during games, but none of the brawls are graphic. The game is playable online with open chat, which can expose players to unmoderated play. We suggest using the parental controls that are built into the game console to disable online communication features.
What's it about?
NHL 2K11 is the latest sports simulation featuring the National Hockey League. Players can control one of the league's team and guide them to a Stanley Cup championship. Along with the standard career modes, players can engage in other game types, such as Pond Hockey or other casual mini-games. The game also adds a host of online features, such as the ability to challenge other players online, as well as the inclusion of Wii MotionPlus functionality.
Is it any good?
NHL 2K11 is a decent option for die-hard hockey fans, but the series needs a bit more work. The motion controls are inconsistent, lacking precision at times. Also, the game doesn't appear to use MotionPlus effectively. The accessory's strongest advantage -- 1-to-1 motion control -- is wasted on simple swipes that could have easily been used without MotionPlus. Outside that, the game doesn't seem to change much compared to the previous year's release. Also, controls might prove complicated for novices to the series, and tutorials are difficult to find. It's a solid simulation, but NHL 2K11 should offer more options for rookie players to enter the action with ease.
Online interaction: The game feature open chat without moderation.
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