ARK: Survival Evolved

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ARK: Survival Evolved is an open-world survival game developed by Studio Wildcard. The player is stranded on an island filled with dinosaurs and other prehistoric species, and they must craft weapons, acquire food, and build shelter to survive. The dinosaurs can be tamed and used as mounts, including flying and underwater species. The game has both single-player and multiplayer modes with private and official servers, the latter of which include large scale PvP battles.

The preview version of ARK: Survival Evolved has been out on Steam and other platforms for some time, and the game is now approaching a full release, including boxed versions and premium editions sold at retail.

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WWE 2K18

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WWE 2K18 is the nineteenth installment in the WWE wrestling game series, which like its recent predecessors is developed by Yuke’s and Visual Concepts, and published by 2K Sports. Unlike the franchise’s preceding titles, it won’t be released for the previous-gen consoles, and the system requirements for the PC version are said to have gone up significantly.

The game features the Monday Night Raw ace, 31-year-old Seth Rollins on its cover. With the tagline of “Be Like No One”, the publisher promises hard-hitting action, stunning graphics, drama, excitement, and everything players have come to love in WWE 2K.

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Life is Strange: Before the Storm

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Life Is Strange: Before the Storm is a graphic adventure game developed by Deck Nine Games and published by Square Enix. As a prequel to Dontnod Entertainment’s award-winning Life is Strange, it takes place three years prior, and follows a sixteen-year-old Chloe Price who is struggling to deal with the loss of her father.

Unlike the original, Before the Storm does not feature rewind mechanics. However, the player’s decisions throughout the story will still be meaningful and consequential. The game will be released in three parts, with an additional chapter available in the Deluxe Edition.

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2018

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 is a soccer simulator developed by PES Productions and published by Konami. It brings various gameplay improvements, such as more precise ball handling and improved physics, as well as graphical upgrades for increased authenticity, despite the game still running on the same Fox Engine. There also are new modes, namely the 2v2 and 3v3 online co-op, with support for local guests. The publisher also promises a PC port that is on par with its console counterpart in terms of graphics and content, which wasn’t quite the case with the two previous games from the franchise.

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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a turn-based tactical RPG developed and published by Ubisoft exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. Like the name suggests, it is a crossover between Mario and Raving Rabbids franchises, and features four Rabbids heroes who are transported into the Mushroom Kingdom by a mysterious vortex. Joining forces with Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi, they adventure through four different worlds filled with enemies and puzzles.

The game combines exploration with top-down, turn-based party combat. In addition to the single-player story, there is also a co-op mode with challenges for two players.

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Forza Motorsport 7

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Forza Motorsport 7 is a racing simulator developed by Turn 10 and published by Microsoft. The game features 700 ForzaVista cars, including the largest assortment of Ferraris, Porsches, and Lamborghinis yet, as well as 30 world-famous locations and over 200 ribbons. There is a dynamic weather system, with weather changing every race or during one, which affects track conditions and vehicle handling. FM7 also makes the drivers more prominent, allowing the player to customize the look of their character.

On the new Xbox One X, the game runs at 60 FPS and in true 4K resolution with HDR support. PC gamers will also be able to enjoy 4K HDR graphics, as well as support for 21:9 ultrawide monitors, and an extensive list of wheels and other peripherals. Xbox Play Anywhere, which grants a Windows 10 copy, requires a digital purchase.

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Assassin's Creed Origins

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Assassin’s Creed Origins is an open-world action RPG set in Ancient Egypt. Like its name suggests, the game depicts the beginnings of the Assassin Brotherhood. Its protagonist is Bayek, the last warrior of the Medjay order, who have served as agents of the pharaoh and protected Egypt from threats for centuries until the Greek dynasty of Ptolemies took over.

Unlike the previous Assassin’s Creed installments, Origins features a RPG-like skill tree divided into Warrior, Hunter, and Seer categories. Bayek can wield weapons like sickle swords, dual daggers, iron spears, maces and scepters, bows, and, naturally, the signature Hidden Blade. A crafting and customization system allows Bayek to improve his gear, and the Hidden Blade in particular receives many upgrades as he progresses through the story.

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