NHL 11

XB360, PS3 / Sports / Release: Sep 7, 2010 / ESRB: E10+

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Madden NFL 11, FIFA 11 servers shutting down

Madden NFL 11, FIFA 11 servers shutting down

It's that time of year again, when we shed off the remnants of last year and look ahead towards things to come. Out with the old, in with the new! In the case of EA Sports games, that means the annual culling of servers from older sports titles. If you prefer the 2011 iterations of games like Madden NFL and FIFA Soccer 11, you have just over one precious week to get in your online game time.

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Best of 2010 Awards: Sports

Sports: NBA 2K11

Yearly sports game franchises often get accused of being little more than roster updates coupled with some subtle are often so inconsequential, all but the most rabid fans would be hard-pressed to notice. In 2010, NBA 2K11 managed to handily buck this trend, giving gamers a great reason to keep this year's entry in their gaming libraries long after the 2011 season is over. That reason is Michael Jordon. His host of "Jordan Challenges" allow players to replay some of MJ's most legendary performances, or even rebuild his career from scratch. Read more »

"Modern sports games are getting too complicated for this old man, I'm sad to say. I had a blast ..."
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September NPD: Halo Reach Reigns; PlayStation Move, Metroid: Other M and Dead Rising 2 Debut Strong

Although they will no longer provide any of those pesky "numbers" we all like so much, the NPD Group has released its report for the month of September. As Microsoft announced earlier, Halo: Reach topped the charts, selling 3.3 million units in its first month of sale.

Capcom's Dead Rising 2 took the third spot across three platforms, despite launching on September 28 in North America. EA Sports saw three of its titles land in September's top ten, with Madden NFL 11, NHL 11, and FIFA Soccer 11 invading the month's top five sellers. New exclusive titles Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep for the PSP and Nintendo Wii's Metroid: Other M also had strong debuts. Note: The NPD Group no longer lists software as individual platforms. Sales for all platforms will now be combined when listed in the "Top Ten" and no figures will be released to the public from the NPD Group. Read more »

"Wedbush announced that PS3 sold like 312,000 hardware units also. Honestly, even with the Slim ..."
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Daily Filter: September 8, 2010

Shacknews receives a slew of new screenshots and trailers for upcoming games everyday. The most anticipated titles receive their own post, because we know you're eager to see that content. For the rest, we have the Daily Filter, a place to feature all of the media we add to our enormous database on a daily basis.

Today's Filter features new video for Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Supreme Commander 2, Crafting Mama, WRC: FIA World Rally Championship, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011, The Sims 3, Under Siege, Shaun White Skateboarding, NHL 11, Mafia 2, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11. Read more »

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NHL 11 Hands-on Preview

At E3 2010, I walked away from my hands-on time with NHL 11 extremely worried. While EA Canada's hockey title continues to look and feel fantastic, a lot of additional gameplay features have been added that I felt broke the experience.

Fans of Madden remember when EA first introduced the QB Vision mode to the game. It was one of those concepts that EA was so proud of at the time that it was prominently featured throughout the experience. In the end, most hated the idea and it was quickly buried in future iterations of the game. Read more »

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PlayStation Store Adds Top Gun, NHL 11 Demo and Additional Marvel-Themed DLC for LittleBigPlanet

As previously reported, today's PlayStation Store update adds a demo for EA Sports' NHL 11. The demo features a number of unlock bonuses for gamers planning to purchase the full title when it launches on September 7.

Also making its way to the store is the PSN-exclusive jet-fighter Top Gun, priced at $14.99. For those interested in Joe Danger but were waiting to try before you buy, the store now has a trial of the game available to download for all users. Read more »

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NHL 11 Demo Coming August 17

Lace up those skates, folks, because a demo for NHL 11 is on the way. According to Operation Sports, the news was revealed in a developer chat yesterday. The demo is set to hit the Xbox 360 and PS3 on August 17 in North American and August 18 in Europe.

The demo is said to include the "Battle for The Cup" mode, which will allow players to pit Chicago against Philadelphia in a 3rd Period, Game 7 situation. Read more »

"I loved the developer videos where they were like "We know there are exploits in the previous ..."
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Daily Filter: August 9, 2010

Shacknews receives a slew of new screenshots and trailers for upcoming games everyday. The most anticipated titles receive their own post, because we know you're eager to see that content. For the rest, we have the Daily Filter, a place to feature all of the media we add to our enormous database on a daily basis.

Today's Daily Filter adds a series of 'Timeline' trailers for Star Wars: The Old Republic,a behind-the-scenes trailer for Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, as well as gameplay for Plants vs. Zombies. Read more »

"Star Wars: The Old Republic videos are awesome but I{m sure the actual game is going to be a ..."
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EA Unveils E3 Lineup, Dates RISK: Factions

Mega-publisher Electronic Arts has issued a breakdown of the games it will display next week at E3 2010, offering new release dates and windows for a few titles in the process.

RISK: Factions, the downloadable Xbox 360-exclusive revamp of the classic board game, will arrive on June 23, 2010.

Meanwhile, EA SPORTS NBA JAM--a Wii exclusive--will hit in October alongside the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 editions of the recently renamed NBA ELITE 11. Read more »

"I did the tech support for the first Risk. That game just plain old did bot work.. lol All of ..."
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NHL 11 Adds Canadian Hockey League Teams

The sixty teams and three leagues of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL)--the Western Hockey League (WHL), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)--will be included in EA SPORTS' NHL franchise for the first time in the company's upcoming NHL 11, EA SPORTS and the CHL have revealed.

The inclusion stems from a new four-year agreement between Electronic Arts and the League, and will see all WHL, OHL and QMJHL teams and players in the game alongside their associated logos, league structures and the Mastercard Memorial Cup. Read more »

"Yeah, yeah. PC version would be nice. I would finally like to upgrade my NHL 2004."
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EA Lists 'Online Pass' Games, Confirms Fight Night

A new entry in Electronic Arts' boxing series Fight Night is in the works, EA COO John Schappert affirmed today while discussing the company's new "Online Pass" initiative.

"Tiger Woods PGA Tour, NCAA Football, Madden NFL, NHL, Fight Night and [EA SPORTS] MMA will feature Online Pass," said Schappert during a conference call today. Read more »

"If you dont like their new 'online pass' feature then just play last years game. It's the same ..."
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EA Sports Unveils 'Online Pass' Initiative: Online Multiplayer Free with New Games, $10 Otherwise

Electronic Arts today announced an "Online Pass" system that will see future EA SPORTS-branded "simulation games" on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 come with a free "one-time-use registration code for online services, features and bonus content."

Those that don't buy the game new--i.e., those that rent, borrow, or purchase a used copy--will be able to use each console's respective online marketplace to buy a game-specific "Online Pass" of their own for $10. In addition, Electronic Arts will also be offering those that don't buy new "a free 7-day trial to experience Online Pass." Read more »

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