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New ‘Middle-earth: Shadow of War’ trailer

This week’s “Middle-earth: Shadow of War” trailer spotlights the expanded Nemesis System, which tracks your interactions with orcs in the game world and scripts their personal stories accordingly.

For example, sparing an orc in battle may lead to him joining your crusade as a follower. Likewise, lopping his arm off is something he’ll remember, too, and may cause him to rise up against you later.

The Nemesis System was one of the highlights of the first “Middle-earth” game and I’m excited to see how it has been expanded and improved upon for “Shadow of War.” Check out the video above for a closer look at the Nemesis System in action.

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

It can — and probably is —  said every year, but the roster for this year’s WWE video game is shaping up to be the most impressive collected.

Indeed, the most recent group of 43 playable characters announced for “WWE 2K18” continues the trend from the first two roster reveals by including NXT stars, established main-roster guys (and girls), popular legends and a few first-timers.

The big names that jumped out at me from this week’s list are two of those aforementioned first-timers, Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa, formerly known as the tag team DIY. Like many fans, I was pretty bummed that the “powers that be” saw fit to break up this duo, so I’m already looking forward to correcting that wrong and reuniting them in my virtual WWE universe.

For a look at another tag team making its series debut, check out the entrance video for the Authors of Pain above.

Here’s the complete list of names revealed this week: Akam, Alexa Bliss, Apollo Crews, Asuka, Big Cass, Carmella, Cedric Alexander, Chad Gable, Chris Jericho, Dana Brooke, Dash Wilder, Finn Bálor, Jason Jordan, Jimmy Garvin, Johnny Gargano, Kevin Owens, Lex Luger, Michael P.S. Hayes, Mick Foley, Miss Jacqueline, Mr. Perfect, Neville, Nia Jax, Nick Miller, Randy Savage, Razor Ramon, Rezar, Ric Flair, Rick Martel, Rick Rude, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Rikishi, Roderick Strong, Rusev, Samoa Joe, Scott Dawson, Seth Rollins, Shane Thorne, TJP, Tommaso Ciampa, Tye Dillinger and Vader.

“WWE 2K18” releases Oct. 17 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

2K is bringing together some of the most popular elements from its “NBA 2K” franchise to create The Neighborhood, a virtual online world that lets players experience the life of a basketball star on and off the court.

In The Neighborhood, you and your MyPLAYER avatar can interact with other players and AI characters in various activities such as shopping for new gear at Foot Locker or getting a new haircut at the local barbershop. Oh, and you can play some hoops, too.

For more on what to expect in The Neighborhood, check out the trailer above. “NBA 2K18” launches Sept. 19, but gamers can get an early taste of the game Sept. 8 with “The Prelude,” a free downloadable experience that lets you begin your journey toward NBA stardom.

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The first private multiplayer beta for “Call of Duty: WWII” is in the books. Like many, I spent the weekend trying out the new divisions, exploring the new maps and relishing the franchise’s return to World War II.

Here are some random takeaways from my first foray into “Call of Duty: WWII”:

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‘WWE 2K18’ roster reveal continues

2K has announced 37 more superstars for “WWE 2K18,” highlighted by the debut of Bobby Roode. And as you can see above, it is glorious.

In addition to the former NXT champ, the latest names revealed for “2K18” include: AJ Styles, Bayley, Becky Lynch, Brock Lesnar, Brutus Beefcake, Daniel Bryan, Earthquake, Eddie Guerrero, Edge, Ember Moon, Godfather, Goldberg, Greg Valentine, Ivory, Jey Uso, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, Jimmy Uso, John Cena, Kerry Von Erich, Kevin Von Erich, Kurt Angle, Larry Zbyszko, Maryse, Mickie James, Mojo Rawley, Naomi, Natalya, Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, Sasha Banks, Shinsuke Nakamura, Tamina, The Miz, The Rock, Triple H and Zack Ryder.

“WWE 2K18” launches Oct. 17 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Unlike most years, I opted not to board the “Madden NFL” hype train leading up to launch this time around.

Don’t get me wrong, I always look forward to each new edition of EA Sports’ annual football sim. But for “Madden 18,” I wanted to approach the game with a clean slate. So I tuned out as much pre-launch noise as possible and actively avoided reading others’ thoughts on the game.

“Madden” is one of the most subjective franchises around — some people love it with blind devotion while others refuse to play a single snap if the secondary color on their favorite team’s alternate jersey is the slightest shade too dark — and I’ve found it’s easy to be influenced by those who aren’t looking to get the same experience from the game that I am.

So when I fired up my review copy for the first time late last week, I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew the series was moving to the Frostbite engine, so I figured it would be really, really pretty, but beyond that I was Jon Snow — I knew nothing.

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Ancient spirits, spiders and fire-breathing drakes are only some of the dangerous creatures highlighted in today’s “Middle-earth: Shadow of War” trailer from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Check out the trailer above to see what other dangers await in your return to Mordor later this year. “Shadow of War” launches Oct. 10 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

 

 

 

 

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment rolled out the latest trailer for “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” today, offering gamers a look at many of the locations they’ll be visiting in the sequel to what I still consider to be TT Games’ best LEGO-branded game.

The trailer highlights some of the various sections of Chronopolis, the game’s open hub world. We get quick looks at popular Marvel locales such as Asgard, Wakanda, K’un-lun and Knowhere, as well as new stages like the old West, Medieval England and a noir New York.

“LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” arrives Nov. 14 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

2K Sports reveals ‘NBA 2K18’ MyTEAM details

2K Sports has released a new blog detailing all the fresh content coming to MyTEAM mode in “NBA 2K18.” You can read all about it here and check out the trailer above.

The new Pack & Playoff mode, in which you draft your five-man squad from a selection of random players, looks particularly interesting. It sounds like a beefed-up version of the Draft Champions mode seen in recent versions of “Madden NFL,” and if that’s the case I’m all in.

“NBA 2K18” takes the court Sept. 19.

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Finally…The Rock has produced a soundtrack for a WWE video game.

2K announced today that the soundtrack for “WWE 2K18” has been curated and executive produced by none other than The Rock himself, Dwayne Johnson. The track list covers a wide array of musical stylings, from Bruno Mars to the Blues Brothers and George Thorogood to Tech N9ne.

The complete soundtrack can be streamed via Apple music here.

“WWE 2K18” launches Oct. 17.