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Topic: NHL 11 Info Thread
Posted By: JasonSGN
Subject: NHL 11 Info Thread
Date Posted: 08-13-2010 at 11:52am
That's way earlier than I expected. Looking forward to trying it out this Tuesday.

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Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 08-13-2010 at 2:31pm
Good to hear.  Pre ordering it today at amazon.

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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 08-13-2010 at 3:36pm
I pre-ordered mine once my Madden credit arrived last week. I love getting new games for $36.99 Clap.


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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 08-17-2010 at 6:40am
Downloading now...

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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 08-17-2010 at 9:36am
Ted,

I'd be interested in your impressions. From one quick try, it feels much more realistic/harder to me, especially the passing.


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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 08-17-2010 at 12:16pm
Brent, Amazon is now offering Release-Day shipping for NHL 11.

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Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 08-17-2010 at 1:26pm
Originally posted by JasonSGN

Brent, Amazon is now offering Release-Day shipping for NHL 11.


Need to get my pre order in (forgot to do it, which is good since there was no release day shipping then).   Downloading the demo right now.


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Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 08-17-2010 at 2:42pm
Hmm it let me pre-order Fifa 11 with release date shipping. It said it was available for NHL 11 but apparently not for my zip code (even tried Lubbock zip).  I even tried with NBA Elite as a test and it did not give me release date delivery as a shipping option, even though it shows it on the product page.

Called Amazon, hopefully they get this fixed.


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Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 08-17-2010 at 5:53pm
Faceoffs seem different this year, have no clue what I am doing there. Still enjoy running around and hitting people. Passing feels a tad more difficult with more interceptions by the CPU. I was having fun with the demo, until the second game when the sim engine decided to put me down 7-2. I mean come on EA, it is a freaking demo, keep em to two scores down or less.  Wink

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Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 08-19-2010 at 1:05am
Finally got release day shipping added. Thumbs Up

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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 08-19-2010 at 8:16am
Just changed mine to release-day shipping too.

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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 08-29-2010 at 10:10pm
http://www.easports.com/blogs/inthecrease/post/slug/eashl-improvements-for-nhl-11 - EASHL Improvements for NHL 11

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Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 09-03-2010 at 5:37pm
http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/111/1117242p1.html - IGN has a review





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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 09-03-2010 at 5:58pm
I'm curious to see when Amazon ships my copy for Release Day Delivery since Monday is a holiday.

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Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 09-03-2010 at 6:01pm
Originally posted by JasonSGN

I'm curious to see when Amazon ships my copy for Release Day Delivery since Monday is a holiday.


Is amazon.com broken on your computer?

Click on the order # of the game and you shall see

Shipping estimate: September 4, 2010 (Saturday)
Delivery estimate: September 7, 2010 (Tuesday)



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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 09-03-2010 at 6:20pm
Didn't notice that. I guess we'll know for sure tomorrow.

Just an FYI: Toys R Us is offering $12.35 on trade-ins of NHL 10. Amazon is only offering $9.25.


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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 09-03-2010 at 7:37pm
I ordered release day shipping as well.  I don't see how it will get here in one delivery day though.

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Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 09-03-2010 at 8:42pm
Same way the others do. I always get mine via UPS Next Day Delivery (release day shipments that is).  For the past few games they have shipped on Monday and I get the game on Tuesday. UPS/Fed Ex and the airlines work on the weekends. They pickup at numerous locations on Sat (volume has to meet a certain amount) and they deliver on Sat (for an extra charge). They just do not deliver on Labor Day. 

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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 09-04-2010 at 8:09am
Game Informer http://gameinformer.com/games/nhl_11/b/xbox360/archive/2010/09/03/review.aspx - review is up .

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Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 09-04-2010 at 2:07pm
Check the status of your orders.

Shipment 1 of 1

Shipping Soon
Delivery Estimate: September 7, 2010


 
This portion of your order is being prepared for shipment and cannot be canceled or changed.







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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 09-04-2010 at 3:33pm
My copy just shipped via Fed Ex.

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Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 09-04-2010 at 6:23pm
Mine just shipped UPS.  Now all we need is someone getting it via DHL and we have the trifecta.




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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 09-05-2010 at 1:18am
UPS and in transit from Coffeyville, KS.  Says 9/7, but I'll probably get it on the 8th......island living.

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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 09-05-2010 at 8:38am
Originally posted by TedSGN

UPS and in transit from Coffeyville, KS.  Says 9/7, but I'll probably get it on the 8th......island living.


If that happens, make sure you contact Amazon and get reimbursed for the shipping.


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Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 09-07-2010 at 1:47pm
Wow that was really quick for me, on my doorstep by noon. Installing it now and playing it tonight.

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Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 09-07-2010 at 5:10pm
I have to say that the Ulitmate hockey team is more enjoyable than I anticipated. It helps you can play against the computer as the two time I tried taking on an opponent, I got killed.  There are plenty of good hockey players out there.  There are also plenty of players who will buy up a bunch of packs to have a team full of all-stars.  I ran into that on both occasions.  I have one NHL player from the free pack they give you.  These guys had 5 or more already.

Also I created a SGN hockey club.  The only person I could send an invite to was Jason, since he already has the game.

Team name is:  SGN HC    you should be able to search for it and request to be on the team.


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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 09-07-2010 at 5:45pm
Bad weather kept the plane grounded this morning (we get our UPS initial deliver by small aircraft) so it didn't make it to the island until the trucks left.  I have to wait until tomorrow :(

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Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 09-07-2010 at 8:34pm
They need to town down the broken sticks. I broke three in one game. There was more wood on the ice than at a sex party in a Swedish Ice Hotel.



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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 09-07-2010 at 8:56pm
There's a broken sticks slider you can adjust. I've been having intermittent internet issues all day, but I'm hoping to be online at some point tonight.

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Posted By: Derek
Date Posted: 09-09-2010 at 9:25am
Despite my better judgment I picked this up, based on all the really high praise from folks I tend to agree with.

If you are feeling up for a game, please feel free to send me an invite if you see me online.


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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 09-09-2010 at 10:18am
Derek, I'm no hockey expert, but even I can see the subtle improvements in this year's game. I think you'll be very happy with your purchase.

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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 09-09-2010 at 5:13pm
I was pretty bored to tears with NHL 10, but 11 has enough changes in how it plays on the ice that I find myself drawn back into it game after game.

The checking game is very subtle now and more realistic than I think it has ever been done in a hockey game.  You can really just skate and nudge players off the puck.  Last year and years before you had to pretty much lay a guy out to separate him from the puck and now just disrupting him is enough to jar a puck loose and that makes for more loose puck play.

The Hockey Ultimate Team (HUT) is where I'm spending all of my time.  I'm not interested in the BAP offline anymore.  I might try BAP online again with a club here or with Jake.  I'll probably only play GM mode with Jake and our ongoing shared dynasty.  HUT, however has me hooked as I love earning pucks to buy another pack of six cards and see who I get to add to my team.  Usually I get one player per pack that can make a difference and have yet to see an NHL player.  It reminds me a LOT of the old WE master league play in that you are constantly tweaking your team and trying to grow and improve it.  The mechanics aren't the same as WE ML, but the feeling is there.  I haven't played HUT online as I've hears some stories about guys showing up with ringer team because they spent microsoft points on uber packs, but I would like to try it online eventually in a closed and controlled group.  It might only be with Jake, but if anyone here would like to give that mode a try I'm up for it.

I've also noticed that they opened the one timer back up a bit.  In 09 the d-men seemed to miss a lot and in 10 I couldn't connect on a one timer from the blue line to save my life.  The timing seems to have been eased in 11 and I like it.

Computer seems to play a better game in the neutral zone this year and clogs better.  It seems to do a great job of covering that first outlet pass on the forecheck when you are trying to break out.  It's definitely not an automatic first pass anymore and many times I find myself waiting behind the net to see which of my forwards is going to be open and again many times I am forced to break out with a d-man instead and dumping it when I'm in the neutral zone because there is just no good outlet pass to make that won't result in high probability of turnover.

I'm 4-2 in offline HUT on all star default everything.


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Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 09-09-2010 at 6:19pm
Anyone having some issues with the settings?  Could they make it more confusing.  Casual, Fav, Current, Default, Normal, hardcore.  I just want to save a custom camera and be able to use it in Play now games, HUT and tourney mode.  I swear no matter how many times I try to save the camera or sliders, outside of Be A Pro (where the settings are saved within that save file) I lose my camera.

As for HUT, I think you can only play online against a random opponent.  That is what happened the few times I played online.  The setup and execution of HUT is so much better than what they have with Maddens version. NHL has a huge advantage with the chemistry and all of the different leagues in the game.  Maddens version is limited because chemistry is heavily weighed by having players on the same team.  Also for some reason everything you do in that mode brings up a pop up that says you are connecting to EA Server.

Hoping they fix the slowdown in the next patch when you are in the corners, as it is pretty noticeable.

P.S. to the gave devs:  Europe (Final Countdown) should be banned from any future sports games.  Embarrassed


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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 09-09-2010 at 8:10pm
Brent, I've been hearing reports of people having saving issues with the game, so you're not alone.

Ted, I know you didn't like how dumping the puck was handled in NHL 10. Do you find that NHL 11 handles it better?


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Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 09-09-2010 at 8:22pm
Oh yea the auto save does not seem to work for my Be A Pro franchise also.  Have to manually save before I quit.  Glad to see I am not alone with this issue.



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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 09-09-2010 at 8:53pm
Originally posted by JasonSGN

Brent, I've been hearing reports of people having saving issues with the game, so you're not alone.

Ted, I know you didn't like how dumping the puck was handled in NHL 10. Do you find that NHL 11 handles it better?


Thanks for reminding me.  10 forced me out of the habit of using the option to short dump out of the zone for a clear so I haven't seen what 11 is like.  I'll do some clearing dumps on purpose tonight.


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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 09-16-2010 at 5:22pm
I like the changes made with the 3rd tuner set. Here are the details:

Sept 15 (gameplay balance) *Scheduled to deployed at 2am PST / 5 am EST on Sept 15th.

The primary goal of this update is to increase goal scoring and decrease the advantages of solo, dangler style play in favor of more passing.

The specific changes are:
-Increase shot accuracy overall.
-Increases to shot power in some situations.
-Increase friction on dive.
-Increase poke check effectiveness.
-Face-off tuning, primarily to help CPU in certain situations.
-Decrease fatigue rate during odd man situations (when clock is scaled and you are limited to two lines).
-Decrease teamplay penalty for missed pass attempts.
-Small increase to pass receptions (online games and HUT, offline can adjust using slider).
-Small decrease to puck control (online games and HUT, offline can adjust using slider).
-Narrowed the range of the agility effect.

As usual we will be monitoring the effects of the changes and will continue to make adjustments to balance gameplay. For offline players these changes are on Tuner V1.02 (except those noted as online/HUT only).


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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 09-21-2010 at 9:13pm
New tuner tomorrow morning:

Sept 22 (gameplay balance) *Scheduled to be deployed at 2am PST / 5 am EST on Sept 22th.

-Increase maximum speed when hustling (L3).
-Easier to generate/maintain speed doing forward crossover turns.
-Decrease goalie acceleration.
-Increase chance of penalty when a stick lift breaks a stick.
-Decrease chance of stick lift causing a dropped stick.
-Increase to slap shot power
-Increase non-puck carrier acceleration and agility and decrease puck carrier acceleration and agility.
-Weaken shots in certain situations that were leading to goals with too high a frequency when cutting across the middle of the ice.
-Increase chance of losing balance when carrying the puck (online/HUT only).
-Increase chance of losing the puck when deking or turning sharply (online/HUT only).
-Increase chance of tripping on a poke check (undoing previous change that affected online/HUT).

For offline players these changes are on Tuner V1.03 (except those noted as online/HUT only).


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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 09-21-2010 at 10:11pm
I didn't even know there was a hustle button Embarrassed

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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 09-22-2010 at 8:52am
Originally posted by TedSGN

I didn't even know there was a hustle button Embarrassed


It's the L3 button. I've tried pressing it and didn't noticed anything happening, so I stopped using it.


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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 09-22-2010 at 9:16am
L3 is click the stick right?

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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 09-22-2010 at 9:30am
Originally posted by TedSGN

L3 is click the stick right?


Yes. I also thought I saw somewhere that using the hustle button tires out your players quicker.


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Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 09-22-2010 at 12:21pm
Any word on when a patch might be hitting?  The really need to hurry up so I can actually use a custom camera more than once.

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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 09-28-2010 at 3:19pm
Gotta love the work the NHL team is doing this year:

Sept 28 (minor tuning) Deployed at 2am PDT / 5 am EDT on Sept 28th.

-Increase post-whistle penalties when the post-whistle rules are set to Authentic.
-Small increase in goalie acceleration (part way between previous tuner and original values).
-Increase CPU player fatigue when hustling to correspond with human players.
-Increase effect of the shot accuracy slider at the bottom end (offline games only).
-Stop CPU goalie from passing the puck out sometimes even when nobody was calling for it. (OTP/EASHL only).
-Reduce tendency for aggressive goalies to skate out to play the puck in dangerous situations (HUT and Versus only)


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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 09-28-2010 at 11:17pm
I find myself enjoying this year's game more than any other. One thing that really stands out is the goal variety with the new physics engine. There really is a feeling of "anything can happen" with this year's game.

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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 10-06-2010 at 11:46am
Amazon is selling NHL 11 for only $48.49 if anyone is interested: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003HF4QIM?ie=UTF8&tag=jighcsranrev-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B003HF4QIM - Amazon Link

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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 10-18-2010 at 10:09pm
Tuning Update unofficial notes for 2am PT, Oct 19 release.

All modes:
-Human puck carriers can be hit immediately when they acquire the puck now (there was a short period where they couldn't be hit previously). *
-Goalie more careful about dropping the puck from his glove to his stick when there is pressure. *
-Slap shot effectiveness with partial windup reduced.
-Hitting from behind and boarding called more strictly.
-Fewer elbowing penalties.
-Decrease CPU post-whistle penalties.

Offline only (V1.05):
-Goalies less aggressive going after loose pucks (same change that online modes got last tuning update).
-Goalies less aggressive passing the puck out

OTP/EASHL Only:
-Goalies now will not throw the puck out when in glove standing unless pass is called for.
-Increase the effect of shot accuracy attributes.
-Changed CPU base attributes to make them a bit better defensively and a bit weaker on offense.

* applies retroactively to all offline tuning sets (V1.00 - V1.05), these are considered bug fixes, not tuning.


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Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 10-18-2010 at 10:53pm
Forget the tuning for a minute EA and give me a patch. 

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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 11-06-2010 at 11:40pm
http://forum.ea.com/eaforum/posts/list/3591171.page - Title Update #1 Details


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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 11-08-2010 at 3:51pm
The update is now out for the PS3.

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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 11-09-2010 at 6:41pm
Full patch notes have been released:

http://www.easports.com/blogs/inthecrease/post/slug/nhl-11-patch-notes - NHL Patch Notes


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Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 11-09-2010 at 7:34pm
Maybe I missed it but I did not see where they fixed the custom cameras.  Not a big deal to change it each time but it sure would be nice to have this feature work.



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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 11-12-2010 at 8:51am
Patch and tuner update are now available for the XB360.

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Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 11-12-2010 at 10:05am
Downloading it now, let's just hope it patches in a few goals for me.

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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 11-30-2010 at 11:30pm
With all NHL teams now releasing their alternate jerseys, here is the code that will unlock the NHL alternates in NHL 11:

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Tuner Set 2.01 was just released too:

"Just wanted to let the community know that there will be a tuner version 2.01 released tonight at 2am. Before anyone comes up with wild theories and speculations of what is going into the tuner and what's being changed with this update, I will make it clear that there is only ONE change in this tuner. Literally one change. The change is as follows.

 Auto Back Skate will now always be set to ON for offline gameplay ONLY

We saw some threads from user's regarding Auto Back Skate not functioning properly when set to ON for offline gameplay. Upon further investigation we realized there was a knock on bug from one of our patch fixes. This only affects OFFLINE gameplay. There is no change to online gameplay whatsoever. The solution that we have come up with for this issue is as follows. Offline users wishing to have Auto Back Skate defaulted to off can continue to play on tuner version 2.0. Offline users wishing to have Auto Back Skate defaulted to on, can play with tuner version 2.01."

Was hoping to try these out tonight, but I got stuck with a fussy baby while my wife caught up on sleep.





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Posted By: TedSGN
Date Posted: 12-01-2010 at 12:16am
Found the absolute sweet spot in sliders for Jake and my shared dynasty.  We're in our fourth season now since inception (NHL 09) and this is the best (most fun, challenging, with realistic stats results) season yet.

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Posted By: Derek
Date Posted: 12-01-2010 at 10:58am
I've been having the most fun with this version in my offline season as well.

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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 12-01-2010 at 3:33pm
I've played NHL 11 more than any previous version in recent memory.

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Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 12-09-2010 at 5:31pm
Edit: Already posted. Embarrassed


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