First off, let me say. NHL 11 graphics were crisp, clean and refreshing. The gameplay could use some adjusting and tweaking. I really like the right stick use for slap shots and wrist shots. You will notice though sometimes its like there is a delay between you pressing the right stick and the actual playes doing said action, which can be very frustrating. Defense-wise, well lets just say there is alot of tweaking I think needs to be done as, for example, when you are using a player whos rating is a 80 or higher and trying to get the puck from a player who is 70 or below it seems rather strang that you cannot body check as you easily as you should, especially with the ratings so very different.
For the NEW Ultimate Hockey mode, well it is a change in pace and can be a nice addition to the game. But, EA really needs to work on this mode ALOT. It is for the more adept hockey fan that really wants the entire inside look at the game. The Franchise Mode is actually rather good. I really enjoyed this protion of the game and would reccomend they use some these franchise options with their other sports games.
The Be A Pro Mode, well it is nice and different but the actual concept of earning XP after each game is not detailed enough. If they let you know how much XP certain actions got you in-game then it could really maximize the gameplay value. For example, when you make a goal let us know how much XP we actually earned for the.
Overall, this game is good and has alot of potential for next years game. The hardore hockey fan and hardcore fans of the series will really enjoy this game. All the other gamers that like to play hockey games then you might wanna stick with an alternative.