Hitman

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The latest stealth-action game from IO Interactive is titled simply Hitman. It features more sandbox elements, a revamped Contracts mode, and an ability to create your own, custom assassination scenarios and share them with other players. Plot-wise, the new game takes place after the events of Absolution, except for the Prologue, which serves as a prequel and has Agent 47 meeting Diana for the first time.

What’s unusual about Hitman is that it is going to be released digitally in seven distinct episodes over the course of the year. Players can pre-order “The Full Experience” ($60) which includes all future episodes like a Season Pass, or get the “Intro Pack” ($15) which only includes the Prologue and the first episode, but still grants full access to Contracts and Escalation modes. The rest of the episodes can then be acquired by purchasing the “Upgrade Pack” ($50) should the player wish to do so. Lastly, boxed versions will be available in late 2016 and include all the content.

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Homefront: The Revolution

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Homefront: The Revolution is an open-world, first-person shooter developed by Dambuster Studios and published by Deep Silver. It is a follow-up to the 2011 title Homefront, which centers around resistance fighters in Korea-occupied North America. The sequel takes place four years after the events of the original game, features a new protagonist, and is set in a dystopian, near-future version of Philadelphia.

In addition to 30 hours worth of single-player content, Homefront: The Revolution also offers Resistance Mode, an online co-op for up to 4 players. There are going to be 12 re-playable missions at launch, with more to be added at a later date, free of charge.

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Dark Souls III

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Dark Souls III is an action RPG developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game features faster, more fluid combat compared to its predecessors, and offers additional tactical options to the players. These include chargeable attacks and spells which now use a magic meter similarly to the first game of the series, Demon’s Souls.

Naturally, Dark Souls III also improves the graphics quality and the amount of details on the screen, while retaining the same visual style that the fans have come to love.

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Mirror's Edge: Catalyst

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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is an upcoming action-adventure game developed by EA DICE. It is a reboot of the 2008’s title Mirror’s Edge, and features the same protagonist, Faith, who rebels against the totalitarian government in the futuristic City of Glass.

The changes in Catalyst go beyond next-gen graphics. The game is now open-world (and without loading screens to boot), has more freedom of traversal, and offers multiple paths of reaching your destination. The combat system has also been overhauled, focusing on melee attacks and parkour movements, and removing the usage of guns entirely. In addition, Faith actually gets character development, going from a troubled young woman to a fierce heroine.

While the new Mirror’s Edge doesn’t have live multiplayer, it does feature some asynchronous multiplayer elements where your actions can affect the game world of other players. There are also leaderboards for extra game modes such as time trials and races.

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Battleborn

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Battleborn is a team-based first-person hero shooter developed by Gearbox Software. The game features many elements from the MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) genre, such as a diverse set of characters with different abilities and roles, an in-match leveling system, and competitive, objective-based play modes. There is a total of 25 playable heroes and three distinct multiplayer modes which pit two teams of five against each other.

While the main appeal of Battleborn is in its multiplayer, a campaign for solo or four-player co-op play is also included.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is an upcoming cyberpunk-themed action RPG developed by Eidos Montreal. Set two years after the events of Human Revolution, it follows the same protagonist Adam Jensen, who is now working for an anti-terrorist organization called Task Force 29.

The game is fundamentally similar to its predecessor, featuring mechanics like hacking and conversation battles, and allowing different approaches to achieve your goals. There are new augmentations, weapons, and ammo types available. In addition, DX: MK is said to have more verticality and give the player more freedom of movement than before.

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Tom Clancy's The Division

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Tom Clancy’s The Division is a third-person MMO shooter set in a near-future version of New York, which was devastated by a weaponized virus. As the deadly pandemic sweeps through the nation, essential services fail one by one, and society itself collapses. It is under these circumstances that the last line of defense, the titular Division, is activated. Players take the role of one of its agents and are tasked with investigating the source of the virus and restoring order.

The Division runs on the next-gen Snowdrop engine developed by Ubisoft Massive. The game features a persistent open world and numerous RPG elements such as character levels, gear, and loot. There are no classes, so players are free to specialize in whatever skills they prefer. The upcoming title also has PvP combat, but only in special areas called Dark Zones.

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