Hockey Nations 2011 Pro Review
- Jam-packed with content; 7 modes, 18 International teams, 40 Playoff teams.
- Relatively easy to pick up and play; follows most basic sport-game conventions.
- Local multiplay; Wifi & Bluetooth.
- Generic presentation; no licensing, basic models and arena.
- Tutorial insufficient for new players.
- Incomplete iOS 4 support - progression lost when app closes.
It's not often that good gaming intersects with Ice Hockey on the App Store and while Hockey Nations 2011 Pro isn't the shining beacon fans have hoped for, it still provides a decent amount of variety and challenge.
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Finding a decent Ice Hockey title isn't always easy and while the 2K series certainly has its charms it's not always the most complete in its representation of the sport. Hockey Nations 2011 Pro by Distinctive Developments attempts to pack in a whole lot of features while still looking and feeling great, but a few rough edges keep it from really leading the pack.
For those not already embedded in the sport, attempting to fathom how to approach the game can be challenging as there's no handy system for teaching the finer aspects of the gameplay or Hockey Nation's unique tactical features. For the most-part those familiar with sports titles should be able to find themselves at ease with the basic virtual stick and three-button setup consisting of a pass/shoot/sprint combination that changes accordingly when on the defensive. Overall tactics for your team can be quickly modified by using a drop-down menu and attempting to use it mid-game can be cumbersome, but it also grants access to being able to initiate brawls that are controlled via a simple swipe setup.
Fans of the sport will be spoiled for choices when presented with the multitude of game modes including local multiplayer via Wifi or Bluetooth, though the AI may not present much of a challenge at times as it's prone to making poor decisions or simply not acting at all.
The graphics aren't much to write home about either, with the crowd being simply filled in with one-dimensional textures while the players themselves remain mostly indistinct from each other.
It's hard to accuse Hockey Nations 2011 Pro of trying to short-change those who fit within its niche scope, but the value does come with a price of being too unrefined for casual sports fans to really enjoy; still, worth checking out if you're an Ice Hockey fan.
Description"Hockey Nations 2011 is undoubtedly the top ice hockey sim for iPhone and iPod touch... some of the best AI seen in any sports sim on the platform." - PocketGamer Review
"Hockey Nations 2011 scores a 4 dimple victory" - Appsmile
"5 stars!!" -iviewapps.com
Hockey Nations is back and packing more punch than ever before!
Get ready to join in on the ultimate hockey experience with Hockey Nations 2011! Pick your team from 18 international teams or play as your favorite team from anywhere around the World by customizing any of the 40 available city teams.
Jam-packed with hockey action across 7 game modes from practice mode to World League, Hockey Nations 2011 will turn any puckhead into an international ice warrior of all time. Hit the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth multiplayer mode and cause some icy mayhem with your friends while battling out for the trophy glory.
Puck is dropping – what are you waiting for??
18 INTERNATIONAL TEAMS
USA, Canada, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Latvia, Czech Republic, Belarus, Slovakia, Slovenia, Great Britain, Japan and Russia.
40 CUSTOMIZABLE CITY TEAMS
Now you can customize the city and the team name to match your favorite team from anywhere in the World and bag the trophy from the Playoff Cup.
REAL-TIME WI-FI AND BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
Challenge your friends to the ultimate battle for hockey stardom with the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth Multiplayer mode.
7 ACTION-PACKED GAME MODES
Dive into the action with 7 game modes including World League, Go for Gold, Shootout, Exhibition, Playoff, Practice and Multiplayer.
FIGHT IT OUT
You asked for it and now it’s yours! Gloves are off so fight your way into the penalty box for a cooldown.
OUTSTANDING VISUALS & INTUITIVE CONTROLS
Enjoy the sleek 3D graphics and realistic motion-captured animations. Intuitive controls let you dive into the game without complex tutorials.
STRATEGIZE YOUR WAY TO WIN
Choose and change your strategy on the fly to suit your play, including pull goalie.
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What's New in Version 1.0.1- Added in-game music for match intros and breaks in play.
- Offside improvements.
- Fewer checking fouls.
- Rebalanced faceoff minigame to make it more of a challenge in single player.
- Added rematch option at the end of multiplayer games.
- Mid-match saving (at ends of periods).
- Network code improvements - multiplayer is less laggy.
- Numerous minor tweaks, improvements, and bug fixes.
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