Wednesday, March 9, 2011

NLL 11 video game could be awesome

By Alex Hinkley

A recent article published on the official National Lacrosse League website announced that the new NLL 11 video game would be coming to the Xbox 360 this spring. Last year's iteration was the first professional lacrosse video game to hit consoles since Blast Lacrosse in 2001.

Considering it was only $5, it actually wasn't that bad. I played through two full seasons (one as the Knighthawks and one as the Bandits) and was impressed with the gameplay mechanics. Nevertheless, there are a lot of areas that the game could improve upon. Unlike the established sports franchises like Madden which churn out pretty much the same game with updated rosters each year, the new NLL game looks like it will be a lot different from the previous one.

In addition to revamped graphics and updated rosters, here are some improvements that I am hoping to see in the 2011 edition:
  • Better line changes. NLL 2010 had automatic line changes but it wasn't clear what initiated a line change so some players were on the field for nearly the whole game while others only got seconds of floor time.
  • Goalie changes. It was impossible to change the goaltender making the backup listed on the roster all but useless. Pulling the goalie for an extra attacker would also be a great addition.
  • Better assist tracking. A lot of the goals ended up being "unassisted" despite the shooter having received a pass prior to scoring.
  • Season stat tracking. One of the best parts of other major sports games is that you can keep track of all your player stats throughout the season. After you completed a game in NLL 2010, individual player stats were never kept anywhere (though you could see aggregate totals for your profile). It would have been nice to see how many goals John Grant accrued throughout my season.
  • Fixed glitches. Surprisingly, there were only a few glitches in the first game. One that was really noticeable, however, was that you could check players through the boards. No, not over the boards into the bench, literally through the boards - glass and all.
NLL 11 will once again be found on the Indie Channel of the Xbox LIVE Marketplace. It will cost 400 Microsoft Points to download ($5 USD).

Included in the article was a demo clip from the game (embedded below). The entire engine seems to have been redone and looks amazing!

13 comments:

  1. The one improvement I would like to see is availability on PS3...

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  2. It looks pretty cool but what's with the Outdoor player models? Where are the Jerseys?

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  3. OMG Thats the worst display of a lacrosse game ever. Blast Lacrosse was even better than this piecce of trash. IF EA Sports wasn't so busy with Madden and the NHL and aside of having been slapped by 2k sports, may be they should put in a million dollars towards a really decent lacrosse game because every one knows that the Arena League of Football got punted into oblivion.

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  4. I also suggest they put some fans in the seats...or maybe they are being realistic?

    I agree...we need real team jerseys..and how about some real advertising too? Sell some spots to Reebok, Warrior, etc.

    Game looks great to me though...can't wait to get my hands on this!

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  5. There are fans in every seat but they are 2 dimensional so it is hard to see them in the 3D environment. Older games used this trick as well. As for real advertising, that is a great idea!

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  6. the video is an early build of the game from a few months ago....

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  7. And apparently they don't follow the rules like simple over and back violations.

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  8. OHH COME ON GUYS!!! WE NEED JERSEYS, WE NEED BOX LACROSSE HELMETS WHAT IS UP WITH THIS FEILD LACROSSE SHIT.. WE NEED BEHIND THE BACK PASSES, TRICK SHOTS, WHERE ARE THE PICKS

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  9. "OHH COME ON GUYS!!! WE NEED JERSEYS, WE NEED BOX LACROSSE HELMETS WHAT IS UP WITH THIS FEILD LACROSSE SHIT.. WE NEED BEHIND THE BACK PASSES, TRICK SHOTS, WHERE ARE THE PICKS"

    lmao you tell em coach ;)

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  10. This video game seems to be outstanding and attention with drawing
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  11. How do i fight??

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  12. We aren't exactly sure here at the NLL Blog. From tons of hours put towards this game we have come to the conclusion that it just happens. We have only encountered a couple fights when playing the game.

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  13. One good thing about the game is that the music played during the game is gone. That's something the league should adopt. If you want the real lacrosse experience, you should hear the sounds of the game. The music makes it seem like it isn't even a real sport. Still, I attend every game at home and sometimes travel to away games. I am a big lacrosse fan. I would prefer a real sports experience though and not have to pretend it is not being tricked up by some circus clowns at the league..

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