NHL 2K11

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NHL 2K11
NHL 2K11 cover.jpg
Developer(s) Visual Concepts (Wii), 2K China (App Store)
Publisher(s) 2K Sports
Distributor(s) Take-Two Interactive
Series NHL 2K
Platform(s) Wii, iPhone/iPod touch and iPad
Release date(s) August 24, 2010[1]
Genre(s) Sports (ice hockey)
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer, Online multiplayer
Distribution Wii Optical Disc

NHL 2K11 is an ice hockey video game, developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. The game was released on August 24, 2010.[1] It is the 11th and final game in the NHL 2K series.

The game was announced on March 3, 2010, as a Wii-exclusive game.[3] It was the first game in the NHL 2K series since NHL 2K7 not to be released on the PlayStation 3, the first since NHL 2K6 not to be released on the Xbox 360, and the first since NHL 2K3 to not be released on the PlayStation 2.[4] Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelnick said that "As far as NHL, we're taking a year off on PS3 and Xbox 360 to refine, redesign and re-think".[3]

Game cover[edit]

Vancouver Canucks alternate captain Ryan Kesler is the cover athlete for NHL 2K11.[5]

Features[edit]

The game introduced an all-new "Road to the Cup" mode, featuring Miis. The mode also includes mini-games, trivia challenges and skills competitions. NHL 2K11 also included things like broken sticks, more responsive skating, improved artificial intelligence and enhanced graphics.[1] The Winter Classic was also added as a mode.

Soundtrack[edit]

App Store[edit]

A screenshot of NHL 2K11 on iOS. The game being played is between the Calgary Flames and the Los Angeles Kings

A mobile version for Apple devices was released on the App Store, also on August 24, 2010. This version is significantly different from the Wii version, having touch screen controls and inferior 3D-graphics. It does, however, feature similar game modes found in the Wii version, such as season mode.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 64%[6]
Metacritic 62%[7]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com C-[12]
Game Informer 6.0/10[8]
GamesRadar 7/10[9]
GameSpot 5.5/10[10]
IGN 6.5/10[11]

NHL 2K11 received average ratings from critics. The game received an aggregated score of 64% at GameRankings and 62% at Metacritic. GamesRadar reviewer Richard Grisham generally praised the game for its "staggering amount of content" and online integration. However, Grisham criticized the game for its "frustrating" controls and terrible menus.[9]

IGN reviewer Nate Ahearn praised the game for its presentation and online features, but criticized the game for its gameplay, citing "many frustrations when using the Wii Remote".[11]

Game Informer reviewer Matthew Kato criticized the gameplay for the players' skating and "inconsistent shots", giving the game 6.0 out of 10.[8]

See also[edit]

  • NHL 11, another ice hockey video game, developed by EA Sports, released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
  • NHL Slapshot, another ice hockey video game developed by EA Sports, for the Wii console

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "2K Sports – NHL 2K11". 2K Sports. Retrieved June 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ http://wii.ign.com/objects/063/063942.html
  3. ^ a b "NHL 2K11 Announced as a Wii Exclusive". 1up.com. March 3, 2010. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ Installments section on NHL 2K
  5. ^ "Ryan Kesler is the NHL 2K11 cover athlete". Joystiq.com. March 9, 2010. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  6. ^ "NHL 2K11 for Wii". GameRankings. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  7. ^ "NHL 2K11 Critic Reviews for Wii". Metacritic. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Kato, Matthew (August 26, 2010). "NHL 2K11". Games Informer. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b Grisham, Richard (August 26, 2010). "NHL 2K11 review". GamesRadar. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  10. ^ Todd, Brett (August 31, 2010). "NHL 2K11 Review for Wii". GameSpot. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "NHL 2K11 Review". IGN. August 26, 2010. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  12. ^ Bailey, Kat (September 10, 2010). "NHL 2K11 Review from 1UP.com". 1UP.com. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 

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