24 March 2010
Even though the snow is melting and Spring is nearly sprung, the NHL playoffs are less than a month away.
So with the chase for Lord Stanley's Cup in sight and the EA NHL Community Day event around the corner, I thought I'd provide ten things I'd like to see in NHL11:
1. Importable Be-A-Pro feature
BAP is one of my favorite things in all of sports gaming. However, one of the things I like least about it is how I spend countless hours developing my player only to have to start from scratch when the next version comes out. Giving gamers the ability to carry on their career from year to year would ensure more sales and longevity to this mode.
2. Online Dynasty Leagues
From drafting to trading to dealing with injuries, it would be a blast to invite 29 friends to join in your own online league and see who is the greatest GM over a 30-year span.
3. Better Separation of Players
With NHL10's hardcore settings it's easier to discern between stars and scrubs in comparison to previous releases. But I feel there's still room for improvement. Greater differential in passing, shooting, stickhandling and defensive skills as well as implementing a greater arc in response time are needed. Derek Boogard should not be able to fire off pin-point accurate passes the second the puck hits his stick.
4. Real-Time Cut-Scenes
No more canned cut-scenes please. I want to see real-time action between whistles. It adds to the realism of the game and really sucks-in the player. Adding a few more angles and multiple replays would be nice as well.
5. Improved Simulated Stats
The simmed stats in the NHL series leave a lot to be desired. I can't remember the last EA hockey game I played where Sidney Crosby was in the top five point-scorers after a full season. This is the most glaring black mark on an otherwise stellar series.
6. Robust Faceoff System
Face-offs are one of the most important intangibles in today's NHL. EA needs to reflect that. Adding this component to 'Create-A-Play' would be a welcome addition.
I'd love to have a third-person view. Also, if I could reference point #3, players such as Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom should never drop the gloves, let alone win a majority of their fights.
8. Online BAP Mode
Create your own Crosby-Ovechkin grudge match with a friend. Compete for the Calder or Hart trophy. Or better yet, who will be the first to hoist the Stanley Cup?
9. Franchise Blog
Blogging and tweeting has never been more popular, so adding the ability to bring your franchise online to share your experience with friends and fans is a logical addition.
10. Weekly Wrap-Up Show
Who else misses seeing highlights in-between periods? I know I do. I still remember yelling at my friends to not touch the controller during an intermission while playing NHL'93.
Lets take it one step further and introduce a weekly show featuring highlights from around the league.
So there you have it.
If there's anything I've missed, please post your ideas inside our forums.
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