Trailer for NHL 18 goes through the biggest gameplay improvements

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Posted July 13th, 2017 at 9:15 am

Three weeks ago EA Sports began promotion for NHL 18 by announcing the cover, confirming new features, and revealing details on the online beta that will take place later this month. Today the spotlight has been put specifically on the gameplay improvements that earlier were only referred to, with a display of the new Defensive Skill Stick, Creative Attack Dekes, Creative AI, and 3-on-3 EA Sports Hockey League. 

♦The new Defensive Skill Stick gives you full control over your stick to target poke checks, keep your stick extended against an attacker to disrupt a play, and even sweep your stick back and forth to cover a zone.

♦All-new offensive deke moves that deliver the creative freedom and control seen in today’s NHL, including one-handed moves, between-the-legs dekes, back-handed toe-drags, heel drags, cheeky puck flips and more. New deke branching gives you control to choose how you string deke combinations together into fluid dangles based on moment-to-moment decisions and reaction time.

♦A.I. teammates now leverage the same creative deking and passing tools that you do, creating smarter plays up and down the ice. Teammates are better at finding you in breakout opportunities through off-the-boards bank passing, lead passing and improved positioning. A.I. will also use the Defensive Skill Stick, making them more effective teammates in your own zone.

♦You no longer need all five of your teammates to fill an EASHL match. Jump into 3-on-3 and experience a whole new competitive arena. Bringing authentic NHL 3-on-3 overtime to EA SPORTS Hockey League, you can now choose to play 3-on-3 full matches, opening up more ice for you and your teammates to get creative, pull off big plays, and showcase brand new skill moves. With more space to attack – and to make mistakes – 3-on-3 EASHL is higher stakes with more competition and skills.

  • Man of the Year

    Not that it matters but why am i seeing Reebok jerseys?

  • Nathan

    Just played NHL 14 on my PS3 and I’ve noticed that the gameplay is so much better than NHL 17. The only improvement from year to year are the graphics, everything else continues to downgrade each year.

  • It was a page displaying the jerseys for every team, but literally just pictures of the jerseys (not screenshots from the game). Unclear why they yanked it.