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NHL '11 video: Expanded trades, plus the ability to play with CHL teams

Aug 27, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

While their competition’s Nintendo Wii-exclusive (OK, OK, it’s on the iPhone too in some form) title “NHL 2K11” title already shipped on Tuesday, EA Sports still is in the process of promoting the latest iteration in its flagship hockey franchise, “NHL 11.”

We’ve discussed the game quite a bit already, but let’s take a look at a video that showcases some of the changes in the game’s GM Mode.

Who knows how much of the audience is interested in the Canadian Hockey League’s junior teams, but I think it’s a great way to increase familiarity with prospects and the wide array of hockey teams playing in North America. The biggest bonus might also be that gamers will be able to use Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin and other draft picks right out of the box after years of waiting for roster updates to utilize the league’s best rookies.

Having the ability to trade up to five players on each side of a transaction could be a double-edged sword. On one hand, extra maneuverability is always welcome in concocting wacky trade offers. The flip side of that, though, is judging from that Evgeni Malkin for five mediocre players deal seen in the video … it’s just another way for unscrupulous digi-GMs like myself to exploit the virtual general managers out there.

Regardless of that quibble, the addition of restricted free agency and other simple-but-effective tweaks make me excited for the upcoming game. I’ve spent a bit more time with the demo and actually kind of enjoy the new physics and … dare I say it … even the broken sticks.

Expect some quirky stories and a review or two of NHL ’11 sometime after it comes out on September 7.

(H/T to Operation Sports.)

  1. NYRFTW - Aug 27, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    I love the idea of the CHL being included, but I just downloaded the demo on XBOX360 and it’s just as terrible as it has been the last handful of years! The game play is way to slow and the players pass the puck like they are 6 years old! Sometimes an outlet pass it like 10 feet past the forward even though you direct the pass directly to them.The thing I hate the most about the game is that you can barely tell the difference between a play like Ovechkin and a random 3rd liner. Ovechkin blows buy most people in real life, but according to that game he doesn’t have much more skill than a player like Manny Malhotra. I like that the company adds the cool details like the stick breaking etc, but the game play itself needs a major overhaul in my opinion. Another issue is that it’s way to hard to score and than you play against someone online who will keep doing the same glitch move to score a cheap goal. Not being able to review a goal is the worst detail of the game considering they claim “if its in the game, its in the game.” I can’t tell you how many times last year I scored a goal, but the computer didn’t recognize it!

  2. David - Aug 28, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    If the computer didnt recognize it, what makes you think after the review the computer will recognize it. Human error is not in the game, computer error is. They review calls because of human error.

  3. john - Aug 28, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    I’m afraid you are just bad at the game.

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