NHL 2K11

Common Sense Media says

Decent hockey title includes fighting, needs some polish.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game sends the message that the sport of hockey is fun to play, although the game does have some fighting. It shows the importance of teamwork.

Positive role models

Players can usually start fights with opponents at any point during games.

Ease of play

Players can hop onto the virtual ice using either the classic controller and Wii remote/nunchuk. With motion controls, players flick the remote up to shoot and press the "A" button to pass. The nunchuk is used for player movement and actions such as dekes or body checks. Players comfortable with the classic controller will likely find this easier to use, but the motion control combo -- while tricky -- is easy to use with some practice.


Players can start fights against others during games. Players can throw punches and tug on jerseys until the referee breaks up the brawl. However, the game doesn't show blood or anything particularly graphic.

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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.

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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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Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Available online?Not available online
Developer:2K Sports
Release date:August 24, 2010
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E10+ for Mild Violence (Nintendo Wii)

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Teen, 13 years old Written bystan101 April 28, 2012

pretty bad

pretty bad
What other families should know
Too much violence
Written byAnonymous April 11, 2011

Very good, definitely worth your time.

I have this game for the iPad and I honestly think it's pretty good. It's easy to play as you use a virtual joystick to move your players and a few virtual buttons you have to push in order to shoot and move and speed up. Now the iPad version does not involve any sort of fighting but as I've heard from other reviewers there is fighting in the actual console versions of this game. The game is fun and I like the abundance of modes such as season mode, winter classic mode, and others. I really can't complain about this game. I really enjoyed it.
Kid, 9 years old April 24, 2014


There is some fighting and big checks.
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Too much violence


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