NHL 20’s Many Gameplay Changes Shown Off In New Video

EA Sports has released the first gameplay video for NHL 20, and it showcases the range of updates and improvements that the developer has made to the annualized ice hockey game.

The focus of the new gameplay trailer is what EA Sports is calling Real Player Motion 2.0, which helps NHL 20 become the most realistic NHL game ever, according to gameplay producer Ben Ross. The first part of this is the new Signature Shots, which are replications of the shot-styles of famous NHL players. For example, P.K. Subban’s powerful slapshot is now in the game, while Alexander Ovechkin’s effortless one-timer is included as well.

Outside of the Signature Shots (of which there are 18 in all), NHL 20 adds more than 45 new “contextual” shot animations so players take more realistic-looking shots depending on the scenario they’re in. In addition, RPM Tech for NHL 20 addresses puck pick-ups and passing. Players can now catch passes and continue in stride more fluidly, while players can also whip passes without slowing down. This all helps the game feel more fluid, EA Sports says.

Changes have also been made to goalie AI. In NHL 19, goalies didn’t always cover or protect rebounds when they probably should have, leading to cheap goals. But in NHL 20, goalies are smarter and more capable; they’re now smarter about positioning and make better choices regarding controlled saves and redirects. In total, EA Sports added more than 450 new animations for goalies.

Check out the video above to see the new NHL 20 gameplay changes in action, while you can also read this in-depth blog post to learn more.

NHL 20 launches in September for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews is on the cover. The game also brings back the pond hockey mode from NHL 19, while it also has its own unique spin on battle royale. In addition, NHL 20 makes a major change for the commentary and broadcast package.

Super Monkey Ball Remake Announced For PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, And PC

After a lengthy hiatus, Sega’s Super Monkey Ball series is making a return later this year with the release of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD, a remastered version of the 2006 Wii game. The title will arrive on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch this October, with a PC release set to follow sometime in winter.

Along with updated visuals and “optimized control schemes for each platform,” Banana Blitz HD will feature 100 single-player levels and 10 different multiplayer mini-games. The game also introduces some new features such as online leaderboards and a new Decathalon mode, which challenges players with completing 10 mini-games in a row.

Banana Blitz HD launches for PS4, Xbox One, and Switch on October 29. The game is available for pre-order now and retails for $40 USD. Banana Blitz HD will also launch on PC via Steam later in Winter 2019, although no specific release date for that version has been announced yet. You can take a look at the first trailer for Banana Blitz HD above.

The original Banana Blitz launched in November 2006 alongside the Nintendo Wii. At the time, GameSpot awarded the title an 8.3/10 in our original Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz review, writing, “Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz serves as a great proof of concept, making some great, varied use of the Wii Remote and Nunchuk. The length of the single-player game and the inconsistent quality of the multiplayer minigames are lamentable, but the highs are high enough to make this one of the most highly recommended Wii launch games.”

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New Dauntless Update Adds Trials, Brand-New Hunt Pass, And More

Phoenix Labs has announced the latest update for Dauntless is now live. The free-to-play Monster Hunter-like game’s newest expansion is called Fortune & Glory, and it adds a bunch of new content to Dauntless–including Trials, a brand-new Hunt Pass, and more cosmetic rewards.

“Fortune & Glory provides Slayers with a formidable new challenge in the form of Trials,” Phoenix Labs press contact Andy Burt wrote in a press release. “The Trials experience is a new gameplay offering from Lady Luck, an enigmatic figure who arrives in Ramsgate with a mysterious island in tow. Trials will pit adventurous Slayers against dangerous, modified Behemoths and all-new environmental challenges, like terrain-transforming pests. With the clock ticking through each hunt, it will be up to Trials’ challengers to prove that they can execute under pressure.”

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Split into both Normal and Dauntless difficulties, the Trials offer a variety of rewards for completing them. You can earn Steel Marks for finishing Normal Trials, which can then be used to buy weapon mods and alternate special attacks. Completing Dauntless level Trials nets you Gilded Marks, which can be used to purchase exclusive cosmetic rewards. Completing Trials is the only way to earn Steel Marks and Gilded Marks.

With the arrival of Fortune & Glory comes the beginning of Dauntless’ sixth season, High Skies. The new season brings a new Hunt Pass for you to work your way through, with 50 levels of pirate-themed content to unlock. Phoenix Labs reports that High Skies will actually contain two Hunt Passes, but the studio hasn’t revealed a specific date for the release of the second pass (or what theme it will encompass), but it is expected to launch sometime in August.

Dauntless is available for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. A Switch version is scheduled to release in 2019.

In our Dauntless review, Ginny Woo wrote, “Overall, Dauntless is clearly an experience that has been optimized to deliver the most stress-free multiplayer session possible. From the seamless crossplay to the way that anyone can hop into a game and confidently take up arms against formidable foes, it’s refreshingly accessible and looks great to boot. While it can feel a little empty, and there are bugs that mar the experience here and there, its fresh look and lively spark are more than enticing enough to warrant a spin.”

Amazon Prime Day Tuesday: All Deals Expire at Midnight Tonight

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Amazon Prime Day 2019, the biggest sale day of the year outside of Black Friday, will end soon. The deadline is tonight, July 16, at midnight PST. There are still plenty of deals that are still live including the absolute best deals, so it’s not too late to get your orders in.

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George R.R. Martin: Game of Thrones Reactions Won’t Change Winds of Winter

George R.R. Martin has spoken up about the fan’s backlash following the final season of Game of Thrones, saying that it will not alter any of his plans for the final two books in A Song of Ice and Fire.

Speaking to EW, Martin confirmed that there is a “certain degree of temptation” to want to change the ending following an outcry that even led to a petition to re-do the final season. However, changing direction because of the internet’s outrage can be a dangerous road to travel.

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Last Minute Prime Day Deal: Get a 144Hz Predator Gaming Laptop for $899

While it’s true that Amazon Prime Day is winding down – all deals expire tonight at Midnight PST – the good news is that arguably the best deals running across all of Prime Day were on computers, laptops, and computer accessories. And plenty of those incredible deals are still live now.

We’ve updated the list below, removing or marking deals that are no longer active, giving you a simple and easy look at the strong Prime Day sales on gaming PCs, laptops, storage, keyboards, mice, tablets, and other PC accessories. If you’re in the market for a PC or laptop between now and Black Friday, now is the time.

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The PS4 Spider-Man/Horizon Zero Dawn Bundle Is Back

We’re in the final hours of Amazon Prime Day 2019. Yesterday was an excellent day for video game sales, and then TurboGrafx-16 Mini preorders went live at 7:30 ET last night. Prime Day 1 also brought the lowest price we’ve ever seen on an Xbox Elite Controller, although that amazing deal is at Walmart, not Amazon.

There may only be a few hours left (all Prime Day Deals expire at midnight PST tonight), but the good news is most of the biggest Prime Day video game deals are still in stock. We’ve updated this list below to mark or remove any deals that have expired, like the $20 PS Classic and the discount on Nintendo’s Joy-Con. Everything else is still available – at least for a few more hours.

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The Best Last Minute Amazon Prime Day Deals You Can Buy Right Now

Amazon Prime Day 2019 has had the best deals we’ve seen compared to any other Prime Day before it, in many cases dropping prices lower even than Black Friday. But it’s all finally winding down. Although some small deals may continue, most are set to expire tonight at midnight PST. Fortunately for you, it’s not too late to score big savings. Here’s a rundown of the absolute best deals of Prime Day that are still available.

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Resident Evil 5 And 6 Switch Release Dates, Triple Pack With RE4 Announced

Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 were announced for Nintendo Switch back in June during E3, and now Capcom has announced exactly when they’ll release on Nintendo’s hybrid system. Not only that, but Capcom announced the Resident Evil Triple Pack for Switch that contains Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil 5, and Resident Evil 6.

Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 release on Nintendo Switch through the eShop on October 29. The games are priced at $30 USD each. Resident Evil 5 for Switch comes with all of the Gold Edition content, while Resident Evil 6 for Switch comes with all previously released DLC, including the Mercenaries and Agent Hunt modes.

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As for the Resident Evil Triple Pack, this compilation package includes Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil 5, and Resident Evil 6 for Nintendo Switch. RE4 comes on a cartridge, while RE5 and RE6 are digital codes. The Resident Evil Triple Pack costs $60 USD, and it also releases on October 29.

While RE 5 and RE 6 don’t release until October for Switch, Capcom is bringing both titles to San Diego Comic-Con. You can find them at the Capcom booth, which is #215 in Hall A.

Thor 4: Villains, Heroes and Comics Taika Waititi Could Use

Big MCU news just struck like a bolt of lightning: Taika Waititi is returning to write and direct Thor 4. For the first time, an MCU solo franchise is receiving a fourth installment, and after Thor: Ragnarok eclipsed the previous Thor films in critical and commercial success (93% on RottenTomatoes and $854 million at the global box office), it makes sense that Marvel wants to collaborate with Waititi again. With star Chris Hemsworth reportedly expected to return in the title role, that leaves us with the question: what is Thor 4 even about?

After all, Asgard is destroyed, Loki is dead (again), and by the end of Avengers: Endgame, Thor stated he has no path. Yet given what has happened to Thor over the past several films starting with Ragnarok, perhaps “having no path” is exactly what he needs.

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