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NHL 18

Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Sports
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release Date: Sept. 15, 2017

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'NHL 18' (ALL) Shows off Creative Attacks, Defensive Skills, and More - Trailer

by Rainier on July 13, 2017 @ 6:20 p.m. PDT

NHL 18 delivers the action of today’s new NHL with new 3-on-3 NHL Threes mode, creative attack Controls, league expansion and more.

NHL 18 is built to deliver the speed, skill, and creativity of today’s young new NHL through Creative Attack controls and the all-new Defensive Skill stick. The new 3-on-3 NHL Threes mode introduces fast-paced, arcade-inspired action and, in Franchise Mode, the Expansion Draft feature lets fans be the first to play as the Vegas Golden Knights, or create and draft their very own 32nd NHL team from the ground up.All of these new features are delivered with the most ways to play multiplayer ever in an EA Sports NHL game.

Fans can experience the all-new NHL Threes and more in NHL 18 first by registering for public beta now. The beta begins July 25, 2017 and will include three modes: NHL Threes, EA Sports Hockey League, and Online Vs. For full details and to sign up now, visit the official website.

NHL 18 is diving deeper into the all-new on-ice gameplay features that are designed to deliver the speed, skill and creativity of today’s young new NHL.

NHL 18 is upping player’s game on both sides of the puck with Creative Attack controls and an all-new Defensive Skill Stick. Creative Attack gives players the moves to execute Top 10-worthy offensive plays, inspired by what’s being seen in the new NHL. Players can implement one-handed dekes, between-the-legs shots and passes and much more. On defense, NHL 18 introduces the new Defensive Skill Stick, giving defensive players the tools to counter the new skill moves with extended poke checks, targeted stick control, and stick-sweeping to cover a zone.

Players won’t be the only ones using these controls though, as the new Creative Teammate AI leverages all the same deking and passing tools to give opponents a true run for their money. AI Teammates will create smarter plays, leading to more effective moves up and down the ice.

In addition to gameplay, EA SPORTS NHL today released a full look at the new Adidas jerseys coming to the NHL in the 2017-18 season.

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.

Additional features include the new Expansion Draft coming to Franchise Mode, Hockey Ultimate Team Solo Challenges, and a new Hockey Training Camp designed to ensure players have immediate success on the ice, and much more. NHL 18is also making it easier than ever to play with or against friends, creating more than 64 ways to team up and play on the couch or online, and bringing co-op play to more modes including Hockey Ultimate Team, Online Vs. and NHL Threes.

Starting today, players can pre-order the EA Sports NHL 18 Young Stars Edition and EA SPORTS NHL 18 Young Stars Deluxe Edition, which each include three days early access to the full game starting September 12th and Connor McDavid content, including a Connor McDavid Rookie HUT item, a Connor McDavid celebration, and a custom HUT jersey designed by adidas and Connor McDavid. The Young Stars Edition also features 20 Gold Plus Packs for Hockey Ultimate Team and a Rookie HUT item from a team of the player’s choice. The EA Sports NHL 18 Young Stars Deluxe Edition includes all these perks plus an additional 20 Gold Plus Packs for Hockey Ultimate Team.

NHL 18 is available worldwide on September 15, 2017 for Xbox One and PS4.


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