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Bethesda has released a new gameplay trailer for “Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus” — and killing Nazis has never looked better. Check it out above and judge for yourself.

“Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus” launches Oct. 27 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

nascarheat2There was a series of events during the running of the Daytona 500 in my “NASCAR Heat 2” season mode that pretty much boils down my experiences with the game in a nutshell.

As the laps ticked down in the final stage, I had methodically worked my way up through the field when practically every AI-controlled car decided to come to pit road under green at the same time — something that never, ever happens in an actual NASCAR race.

As one could imagine, this caused a massive pile-up. As I veered off the track and onto the infield grass in hopes of avoiding the carnage, my eyes were drawn to a car flipping over and over and over again down the track. It was the No. 33 of Jeffrey Earnhardt, and it was the kind of crash that any driver would simply be happy to walk away from in one piece.

Yet Earnhardt didn’t walk away. Or even get out of his car. Nope, he stayed strapped into his ride and went on to race the final 15 laps, finishing on the lead lap, just outside the top 10.

All I could do was put down my controller and shake my head.

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First ‘WWE 2K18’ gameplay trailer released

2K has served up the first gameplay trailer for “WWE 2K18.”

The “Burn it Down” trailer features a look at several WWE superstars in action, including pre-order bonus character Kurt Angle. The highlight for me was the backstage action, which included Shane McMahon delivering an elbow drop from the top of a production truck. I can’t wait to try that for myself.

“WWE 2K18” launches Oct. 17 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Players who pre-order the game can start playing four days early, on Oct. 13.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment hasn’t been stingy with regard to the pre-launch buzz surrounding “Middle-earth: Shadow of War,” and today’s trailer may be the coolest one released yet.

The latest trailer, “Campaign that Never Forgets: Friend of Foe,” is an interactive video that features an intense live-action battle scene directed by Neil Huxley, known for his work on “Avatar” and “Watchmen.”

The video is used to highlight the game’s Nemesis System, the dynamic way in which your actions shape other characters within the game world. The Nemesis System was a groundbreaking feature when it debuted in “Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor” and I’m looking forward to seeing how it has evolved since then.

“Middle-earth: Shadow of War” launches Oct. 10 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Activision has pulled back the curtain on the single-player campaign in “Call of Duty: WWII.”

The story trailer, available above, appears heavily influenced by the likes of “Band of Brothers” and “Saving Private Ryan,” framing the action around the experiences of a lone soldier, Private Ronald “Red” Daniels, a young recruit in the U.S. First Infantry Division.

After playing the multiplayer beta, my hype meter was pretty high for the next installment of the “Call of Duty” franchise and this story trailer has only further solidified my already lofty expectations.

“Call of Duty: WWII” launches Nov. 3 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

‘Destiny 2’ impressions — The first week


“Destiny 2,” the ambitious first-person shooter from Bungie and Activision, has been out in the wild for a week now. During that time, I’ve been doing my part to return Light to the universe and, of course, collect as much sweet loot as possible.

Though “Destiny 2,” like its predecessor, is largely designed to be played with a group, I have again decided to take the lone-wolf approach to experiencing all the game has to offer. I’ve spent the first week focusing on the campaign and tackling an assortment of story-driven side quests available, known as Adventures. I’ve also lent my rifle to helping other Guardians take down bad guys in large-scale public events — not to make friends, of course, but to collect that lovely loot and level up my own Guardian so that I can continue on my mission.

I’ve not yet finished the campaign, so I’m not going to assign an official score to “Destiny 2” today. Instead, I thought I’d offer up a few observations from my time with my review copy thus far:

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Final roster additions announced for ‘WWE 2K18’

It’s finally over. After several weeks of slowly revealing the roster for “WWE 2k18,” 2K has pulled back the curtain and unveiled the final 47 playable superstars to appear in this year’s game.

This week’s list is highlighted by several surprise additions, including many cruiserweights from the 205 Live roster and NXT mid-carders like Kassius Ohno and No Way Jose. NXT women’s division stars Peyton Royce and Billie Kay will also be making their series debut, rounding out what has to be the biggest roster of female superstars ever in a WWE game.

Here’s the complete list of this week’s superstars: Aiden English, Alicia Fox, Batista, Big E, Billie Kay, Bo Dallas, Booker T, Charlotte Flair, Christian, Curt Hawkins, Curtis Axel, Darren Young, Enzo Amore, Epico Colon, Fandango, Goldust, Gran Metalik, Heath Slater, Jack Gallagher, Jake Roberts, JBL, Kassius Ohno, Kofi Kingston, No Way Jose, Noam Dar, Peyton Royce, Primo Colon, Rhyno, Rich Swann, R-Truth, RVD, Shane McMahon, Shawn Michaels, Stephanie McMahon, Steve Austin, Sting, Sycho Sid, Tatanka, Tatsumi Fujinami, The Brian Kendrick, Titus O’Neil, Trish Stratus, Tyler Breeze, Typhoon, Tyson Kidd, Ultimate Warrior and Xavier Woods.

“WWE 2K18” launches Oct. 17 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In the meantime, soak up the greatness that is Breezango in their entrance video above.

We’re less than 24 hours from taking the court in “NBA 2K18” as the free demo, dubbed The Prelude, launches Friday. To mark the occasion, 2K Sports has released a new trailer highlighting what we can expect.

Available free for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners, The Prelude lets gamers take their first steps into The Neighborhood, 2K18’s new shared-world mode.

“NBA 2K18” launches Sept. 15 on PS4 and Xbox One.



One year after it launched on Xbox One and PC, Capcom is bringing “Dead Rising 4” to the PlayStation 4.

“Dead Rising 4: Frank’s Big Package” contains all previously released content for the game, along with a new “Capcom Heroes” mode that lets protagonist Frank West don the costumes and special powers of popular characters from other Capcom games.

“Dead Rising: Frank’s Big Package” arrives on PS4 Dec. 5 and retails for $49.99.

‘Destiny 2’ launch trailer

One of the year’s most-anticipated games arrives next week as Activision and Bungie launch “Destiny 2” on Sept. 6.

Featuring an all-new story, a new way to manage weapons, improved enemy AI and, thankfully, more options for those looking to enjoy the game solo, “Destiny 2” is poised to be an even bigger hit than the 2014 original.

For more on “Destiny 2,” click here to visit the official website.