NHL 18’s first trailer featured the Penguins romping the Capitals, bringing back painful memories from the playoffs. But in EA Sports’ new NHL Three’s gameplay trailer, the Capitals, especially Alex Ovechkin, look like a million bucks. That is secondary however to just how awesome this new game mode is.
NHL Threes is like a mix of NBA Street and a homerun derby mixed into one. The mode is more arcade-y than the rest of the game, focusing on “bigger hits, faster gameplay, and highlight-reel goals through fun three-on-three matches.”
And did I mention mascots can play too?
Things just got a whole lot crazier. #NHLThrees
— #NHL18 (@EASPORTSNHL) August 2, 2017
A few notes:
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) August 3, 2017
I would also like to point you to Alex Ovechkin scoring on the Penguins.
Sweet, sweet redemption.
The fun part is that before NHL 18 is officially released, you can try it out now for free. The game’s beta test went live Thursday for all players on PS4 and Xbox One.
The beta is free to download and includes a few modes that’ll be in the final game.
In the full game, Threes will also feature a single-player campaign mode that tasks you with completing regional circuits and challenges. This mode isn’t available in the beta.
The beta also features a traditional online versus mode. This mode consists of normal six-on-six matches, and you can try out the changes and additions that EA has added to the gameplay.
Finally, the beta includes EA Sports Hockey League, a mode that focuses on your ability to play as a team with other players. This year’s Hockey League supports both six-on-six and three-on-three matches.
You can try out the beta until August 8. NHL 18 officially launches on September 15 for Xbox One and PS4, and it’ll feature Connor McDavid as its cover athlete.
Let us know what you think in the comments!
Been playing the beta, it is absolute pandemonium. Such a blast.
— Dakota El-Bisi (@DakotaConduct) August 3, 2017
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