Summary: 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, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend to children under the age of 12.
Summary: 2K took a big chance this year and put all its hockey eggs in one basket: the Nintendo Wii. Casual hockey fans will find 2K11 an enjoyable experience, while those looking for a more serious hockey sim should probably look elsewhere.
Pros: Good looking Wii graphics, Classic Controller schemes work well on the ice, Fun collection of casual mini-games on the side
Cons: Motion controls aren't always responsive, AI can be slow at times, Online play is there, but lackluster
Excerpt: Abandoning versions for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 this year, NHL 2K11 is a Wii-exclusive affair from developer Visual Concepts. No idea why they conceded to Electronic Arts on the Microsoft and Sony consoles, but NHL 11 will be the hockey game for those players. There are a ton of Wii specific features included in the game like Mii players, WiiSpeak compatibility and obviously motion controls.
Pros: Smart MotionPlus stickhandling controls let you pull off fancy moves, Lots of modes of play, including the minigame-focused Road to the Cup, Great visual presentation
Cons: Sometimes unresponsive motion controls, especially when taking quick shots, Much of the league, team, and player data is way out of date, Online connection problems and serious lag can make games unplayable
Conclusion: Concept: Try to give both casual and hardcore fans a taste of hockey action through different modes
Graphics: It doesn’t look awesome, but I was actually pleasantly surprised by a couple of the player faces
Sound: The commentary is good, complete with references to whether you’ve already been in the box
Playability: I missed too many shots because the controller (with WiiMotion Plus) didn’t read my shot for some reason
Entertainment: This game is too inconsistent and...