EA's NHL series marks its fifth appearance on PlayStation 3 with an enhanced "Be a Pro" mode, more dynamic goalies, and a retooled physics engine that increases the level of interactivity on the ice. The "Be a Pro" mode once again has you following the career of a created athlete, where you'll attempt to earn more playing time by performing well during your assigned shifts. You can now simulate each game up to the point when you're on the ice for less downtime. As you progress in this mode, you'll have the chance to break all-time records and become one of the sport's legends.
The new physics system incorporates broken glass, flying helmets, players being knocked over the boards and into benches, pushing the net off target, and sending bodies in the air with high-speed collisions. The goalies will work harder to block the puck and even engage in fights when tempers flare. Also new is the inclusion of the 2011 NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field, where you'll be able to skate outdoors under the glow of stadium lights. Rounding out the list of new features are improved online communities and the ability to create an ultimate hockey team of past and present greats.
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