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I own this game, and figured I can add a tidbit for those who are looking to rent.
Great, GREAT game!!! Especially to avid hockey fans like myself. The biggest selling point to hockey over the last few years with EA games is the EASHL. There is no competition anymore from 2K, which is disappointing, but for once, EA listened to us gamers who contribute on their forums and gave us a full hockey experience without goofy camo helmets and gloves.
The EASHL is a mode where you create a player (personally I enjoy creating myself, but other create unlikely hockey players with fake names). You can either join a team (which my team has been togther for 3 years) or you can suit up and play on the fly in Online Team Play (granted you need the online pass). Beware of glitchers, that is the only disheartening thing about the game, guys with Xx xX on either side of their name are notorius glitchers, and can score with 50% accuracy which ruins the game for some, we just avoid this players and teams.
Then there is a monthly playoff, where you can try to be one of the elite (our team is a top 100 team every month), so good luck with that, it takes time to build your player and teamwork with the other players on your team. You must know the game and your roles.
It is a great game for the hockey fan, and even the casual fan looking for fun without online, the versus mode, or BeA GM is WELL DONE!!!
I have long been a fan the Maddens, Call of Duties and NHLs, but over time have grown very wary about buying the new updated version of these types of games. It seems like now all that these game developers due is put a shiny coat of paint over last year's edition.
Yet, it took me only an hour to make up my mind about NHL 11. I'm keeping it. EA Sports has done something right with this version of the NHL saga. The combination of Toews on the cover (hehe), the brand new faceoff system, updated attribute areas, a much needed passing and hitting system update, the return off customized celebrations as well as minor updates in the various modes (oh and not to mention a few surprises pertaining to player types), EA has definitely delivered! This is the best game EA has brought in recent years. A must have.