Torment: Tides of Numenera

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    Feb 28, 2017

Torment: Tides of Numenera is an old-school RPG developed by inXile Entertainment and published by Techland Publishing. Having raised over $5 million through Kickstarter, it holds the honor of being one of the highest-funded games on the platform. Along with titles like Pillars of Eternity and Wasteland 2, it is considered a part of the classic RPG renaissance seen in the recent years.

Like its title suggests, Tides of Numenera is a thematic successor to the 1999 cult-classic Planescape: Torment. The new game adheres to the “four pillars” which made Torment so great: a deep, thematically satisfying story, an original setting, a rich, personal narrative, and meaningful consequences of the player’s choices. Taking place one billion years in the Earth’s future, in the science-fantasy setting of Numenera, the game aims to provide all that and more.

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Sniper Elite 4

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Sniper Elite 4 is a tactical shooter from English studio Rebellion Developments. It plays much like its predecessors, with a third-person, over-the-shoulder perspective except when sniping. The series’ signature X-Ray Kill Cam has been expanded to also include Shrapnel and Melee kills. Tagging enemies through the binoculars now provide short biographies, making the kills more personal. The AI is also improved, and killing an officer, for example, will have a larger effect on the enemy army.

The game takes place in 1943 Italy, with protagonist Karl Fairburne once again returning to fight the Axis forces. The maps are larger and have more verticality, including diverse locations like coastal towns and mountainous forests.

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NieR: Automata

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NieR: Automata is an action RPG developed by Japanese studio PlatinumGames and published by Square Enix. It is set in an open world and contains three playable characters, which are unlocked after clearing the previous protagonist’s story route.

Plot-wise, the game takes place an unknown number of years after the events in the original Nier. In an ongoing war between the remnants of humanity and machine invaders from another world, the players control humanity’s strongest weapons, combat androids called YoRHa. NieR: Automata retains the series’ traditional branching storylines and dark atmosphere.

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MLB The Show 17

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MLB The Show 17 is a Major League Baseball game developed by Sony San Diego exclusively for the PS4. The game features Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. on its cover, the first retired athlete to grace the cover of The Show. Griffey will also be playable in the upcoming title.

MLB The Show 17 is said to offer exciting gameplay improvements and deliver the most realistic and personal baseball gaming experience.

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Digimon World: Next Order

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Digimon World: Next Order is an upcoming role-playing and monster training game from the popular Digimon franchise. The story follows a high-schooler who gets sucked into the Digital World and involved in a battle against Machinedramons. This time the protagonist gets to adventure alongside two Digimons, which act on their own in fights while also following the player’s strategic commands. The game contains more than 200 Digimon from the animated series to meet, recruit, and interact with.

Digimon World: Next Order is published by Bandai Namco for the PS4 exclusively in the West, whereas Japan also saw a PS Vita release with slightly less content. The game comes with dual audio, offering a choice between Japanese and English dub.

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Nioh

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Nioh is a samurai-centric action RPG developed by Team Ninja and published by Sony in the West. The game is set in a dark fantasy version of feudal Japan, where vile beasts and grotesque yokai roam the lands, and the country is torn by warring daimyo factions. The protagonist of the game is a Western swordsman William (inspired by the real-life story of William Adams) who arrives in Japan in pursuit of an enemy, and is recruited to battle yokai by the fabled ninja Hattori Hanzo.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda

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Mass Effect: Andromeda puts the player into the shoes of Ryder, a Pathfinder tasked with finding new worlds to colonize and ensure the survival of humanity. The game starts with the main character arriving in the titular Andromeda galaxy after a six hundred year long cryosleep. Representatives of other major Milky Way civilizations are also making the journey on their own Ark ships, and Andromeda itself is home to at least two new alien races: the warlike Khet and the mysterious Remnant.

Andromeda retains most of the gameplay elements seen in the previous Mass Effect installments. Nexus, the Flagship of the fleet, serves as a Citadel-esque central hub, whereas Ryder can explore the new galaxy on Tempest, the successor of Normandy. Guns and biotics, the dialogue wheel, romance sub-plots, and multiplayer co-op all make a reappearance. In a departure from the original trilogy, however, Mass Effect: Andromeda is open-world and features a classless character advancement system, allowing the player to freely mix-and-match different abilities.

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