A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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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