EA unveils NHL 18 gameplay trailer and cover athlete Connor McDavid

EA Sports has announced that Connor McDavid, a center for the Edmonton Oilers, will serve as the cover athlete for NHL 18. They also revealed that a Public Beta for NHL 18 will be available to download beginning July 25 (registration is open at EASports.com now), as well as the first gameplay trailer.

“Representing NHL 18 as the cover athlete is an incredible honor,” said McDavid. “I’ve played EA Sports NHL every year since I was kid. To appear on the cover, something that has been done previously by so many players that I respect and admire, is very exciting. I can’t wait to play NHL 18.”

In addition to the gameplay trailer’s focus on “speed, skill, and creativity,” NHL 18 will also include an Expansion Draft feature to build a custom team for the Vegas Golden Knights, along with an arcade-inspired 3-on-3 mode known as NHL Threes:

New Creative Attack skill moves give players the control to execute jaw-dropping plays. On offense, creative dekes include between-the-legs moves, one-handed dekes, back-handed toe-drags and much more — like the ability to branch moves together for moment-to-moment decision making. On defense, the new Defensive Skill Stick delivers the tools to counter attacks with poke check targeting, extended pokes, and controlled stick sweeps to cover zones of the ice and take away lanes. New Creative A.I. systems mean teammates now leverage the same tools as the player for intelligent decision-making all over the ice, including board passes and through-passing into space.

NHL 18 introduces 3-on-3 hockey in two bold new ways. First, NHL Threes is an arcade-inspired experience with fast-paced, over-the-top action that features faster gameplay, bigger hits and high-scoring action. Players can choose modes between fast-fun couch co-op and fully competitive online team play, or dive into the new NHL Threes circuit-style Campaign Mode to compete against different teams and leagues in a circuit-style journey where they can unlock objective-based rewards as they progress through the campaign. Second, NHL 18 adds an authentic 3-on-3 online team play option to the fan-favorite EA Sports Hockey League mode, allowing for more open ice and strategic, risk-vs-reward multiplayer competition.

NHL 18 will be available for the PS4 and Xbox One on September 15… though players who opt for the Young Stars Edition (with includes a ton of bonus content for Hockey Ultimate Team) will be able start playing on September 12.

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Nintendo Download: Ever Oasis, RPG Maker Fes, Fatal Fury 2, more

Nintendo’s Summer of weird and wild new games continues to hum along with this week’s Nintendo Download…

Leading the pack is Ever Oasis, a brand new action RPG for the 3DS that was directed by Koichi Ishii, the creator of the Mana series. The game shares a lot of similarities with its spiritual predecessor, and players will need to “explore the desert and solve puzzling dungeons” to gather the resources needed to rebuild their oasis. Ever Oasis will be available to download beginning tomorrow, June 23.

Also available to download for the 3DS this week is RPG Maker Fes, a game-building game from NIS America. Players will be able to create their own RPGs without any programming knowledge, and share them with the entire 3DS community through the free RPG Maker Player app. RPG Maker Fes will be available to download on Tuesday, June 27.

But if you’re looking for something to download today, Switch owners are now able to purchase Fatal Fury 2 from the Nintendo eShop. The NeoGeo classic was originally released in 1992 and you can relive all the punching and kicking now.

More information about all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break.

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The Adventure Log: What Happened on June 20 and June 21, 2017

The Warp Zoned staff finally got together to discuss this year’s E3 Expo, and then the news kept on rolling in…

We saw a ton of stars in the Launch Trailers for Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow and the Sega Forever initiative. Black Ops III‘s Zombies Chronicles is now available on the PC and Xbox One. And Iron Galaxy wants everyone to know that we can all be Eagles in just a few days.

These stores, and more, can be found after the break.

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Xbox Store Today: Dead By Daylight, MXGP 3, Dungeon Defenders II, more

Welcome to today’s Xbox Games Store update… Today, Microsoft has added monsters, motorcycles, and a free-to-play “Action Tower Defense” game to their digital storefront.

The monsters are courtesy of Dead By Daylight, which is now available to download for the Xbox One. The multiplayer game features the ever-popular 4v1 setup, as one player is thrust into the role of “The Killer,” and four others attempt to flee as “The Survivors.”

Also available to download today is MXGP 3, a new motorcycle racing sim for the Xbox One from Milestone. The third game in the series features all 18 tracks from the 2016 MXGP and MX2 seasons. Players will also get the chance to make their rider unique with a full set of customization options.

Finally today, Dungeon Defenders II is a free-to-play “Action Tower Defense” game for the Xbox One that asks players to defend their dungeon from the armies of the Old Ones.

More information about all of these games (and the rest of today’s new releases) can be found after the break.

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Iron Galaxy releases two new gameplay trailer for Killer Instinct’s Eagle

Iron Galaxy is expected to add Killer Instinct‘s next downloadable character, Eagle, to the game this Friday.

If you’re a fan of the free-to-play fighting game, you can prepare yourself by viewing two new gameplay trailers starring Eagle. Both trailers are available after the break, and they depict Thunder’s brother going toe-to-toe with Shin Hisako and Fulgore.

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Sega Forever program will bring their classic games to mobile devices as free-to-play apps

You don’t have to dig very far to find a swath of Sega-published apps on the App Store for your favorite mobile device. And that includes classic re-releases of dozens of games that originally appeared on the Master System, Genesis, and Dreamcast.

But this morning, the publisher announced “Sega Forever,” a new initiative that’ll re-release these re-releases as ad-supported free-to-play apps through the iOS App Store and Google Play Store. The program will kick off on June 22 with the re-release of five classic games, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star II, Comix Zone, Kid Chameleon, and Altered Beast:

Sega Forever Titles Available on June 22

  • Sonic The Hedgehog, the 1991 household classic that has remained at the forefront of hearts and minds since inception
  • Phantasy Star II, the longtime fan-favourite RPG from 1989
  • Comix Zone and Kid Chameleon, two American titles developed by Sega’s in-house studio STI
  • Altered Beast, the original Genesis pack-in title, a beat-em-up set in Ancient Greece that represents a weird and wonderful segment of the Sega catalogue that is ripe for rediscovery

All games in the Sega Forever lineup will be redesigned to work on mobile devices, and also include cloud saves, controller support, and leaderboards. You’ll also be able to remove the ads from each game for $1.99 apiece.

More titles will be added to the Sega Forever collection every two weeks, and to get an idea of which ones** will be coming soon, you should check out the wonderfully retro trailer embedded above.

** I spotted Shinobi, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD, Golden Axe, and Crazy Taxi, but I’m sure I missed some.

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Star-studded Launch Trailer reveals June 29 release date for Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow

Twentieth Century Fox, Jam City, and TinyCo have announced that Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow will be available to download for iOS and Android devices on June 29. And to help celebrate the game’s launch, they’ve recruited a quartet of celebrities to “head”line its Launch Trailer.

In addition to appearing in the trailer, Stephen Hawking, George Takei, Bill Nye, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson will also be playable characters in Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, and all four will have their own unique storyline THe original animation team and Futurama‘s producers, Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, are working closely with the development team on Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, and they will continue to produce more animated sequences like this Launch Trailer after the game’s launch.

Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow will be a free-to-play title that blends “simulation, combat, galactic exploration, and choose-your-own-adventure gameplay” in an all-new adventure starring Fry, Leela, Bender, Professor Farnsworth, and the rest of the Planet Express crew.

Yes, even Zoidberg.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Zombies Chronicles now available for PC and Xbox One

You might have missed it during all the post-E3 hoopla, but the Zombies Chronicles expansion is now available to download for Call of Duty: Black Ops III on all platforms. Activision and Treyarch released the add-on earlier this week, giving PC and Xbox One owners the chance to replay their favorite Zombies maps from World at War, Black Ops, and Black Ops II:

Maps Originally Included in Call of Duty: World at War
“Nacht der Untoten” (Abandoned Bunker), “Verruckt” (Wittenau Sanitorium), and “Shi No Numa” (Jungle Swamp)

Maps Originally Included in Call of Duty: Black Ops
“Kino Der Toten” (Theater of the Dead), “Ascension” (Soviet Cosmodrome), “Shangri-La” (Exotic Jungle Shrine), and “Moon” (Lunar Base)

Maps Originally Included in Call of Duty: Black Ops II
“Origins” (WWI France)

Zombies Chronicles Bonus Content

  • 20 Vials of Liquid Divinium
  • 2 All-New Whimsical GobbleGums
  • Exclusive Zombies Pack-A-Punch Weapon Camo

The Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Zombie Chronicles expansion can be purchased for $29.99, and a teaser trailer has been embedded above.

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