Mark it on your calender now. September 11 marks the launch of the most-awarded sports video game franchise of all time: EA Sports NHL 11. However, if you're looking to score before the first virtual puck drops, GameStop is giving away an exclusive in-game 20th Anniversary Bauer Boost Pack, containing in-game Bauer stick, gloves and skates.
If you're asking yourself, "Is it worth getting 11 if I already have NHL 10?," the answer is definitely yes. EA designers completely revamped the playing system. Broken sticks affect the action of the game. An all-new faceoff system, quick dekes to get by defenders and the new Hit Stick component help create the most realistic hockey simulator to date.
STACK's Favorite New Feature: Real-Time Physics
Pioneering the next step forward in team sport video game realism, the all-new Real-Time Physics Engine brings real-world highlight reel moments into the game like never before. From face-offs to body checks, real-world puck and player physics trigger true-to-life reactions. Now anything can happen, including the ability to shoot and make plays while lying on the ice.
But don't just take our word for it. Cover athlete Jonathan Toews, captain of the 2010 Stanley Cup champ Chicago Blackhawks, says, "I am really excited to be on the cover of NHL 11. It's been an amazing year for me and the team, and it's nice to end it by being a part of a game I played growing up. The NHL games have always been great, so it's an honor for me to be a part of the EA Sports family."
Check out EA Sport's sick trailer for NHL 11, showing off all the latest features in actual gameplay footage. It will blow your mind away.
See what else EA has in store for the ice this year with STACK's exclusive preview video of EA Sports NHL Slapshot, designed specifically for the Nintendo Wii. Both NHL 11 and NHL Slapshot hit store shelves hard in September and are available for pre-order at GameStop.com.
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