NASCAR Heat Evolution

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NASCAR Heat Evolution is a racing game developed by Monster Games and published by Dusenberry Martin Racing (DMR) for current-gen consoles and Windows. It includes all 23 tracks from the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as well as 43 drivers from the most popular race teams. The game features a dynamic AI system which adjusts to the player’s skill level. There are several game modes: Race, Season, Chase, Career, Online, and Challenges. In the latter, the player can try to surpass a real-world NASCAR record.

The game’s cover athlete is Carl Edwards of Joe Gibbs Racing, who earned the spotlight by being the first Toyota driver to cross the finish line in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. DMR is also working with Toyota in regards to in-game branding.

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Destiny: Rise of Iron

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Rise of Iron is the fourth expansion to online shooter Destiny, which brings a story campaign set within a new location on Earth called The Plaguelands. The expansion also features a new Strike and Raid, new Crucible mode and maps, new gear, and an additional enemy faction, the Fallen.

Destiny: Rise of Iron is the first expansion to only support the current-gen consoles. Starting with August 16, Destiny will no longer receive any major updates on PS3 and Xbox 360, and player progression will be separated from Xbox One and PS4 platforms. The upcoming expansion costs $30 and requires that the player own the base game as well as The Taken King DLC.

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World of Final Fantasy

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World of Final Fantasy is a role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix for PlayStation 4 and Vita, with cross-save enabled between the two systems. It follows twin siblings Lann and Reyne who journey through the world of Grymoire on a quest to recover their lost memories.

The game is said to be more accessible to younger players, and features stylized “chibi” characters and monsters. The battles use the ATB system that Final Fantasy players will be familiar with, but there’s also an added strategic element of stacking monsters on top of each other to create powerful monster towers.

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Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

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Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is an upcoming installment in Firaxis’ highly popular turn-based strategy game series. It uses the same hexagonal grid as its predecessor and brings back many mechanics introduced in Civ 5’s two expansions such as religion, trade routes, archaeology, and tourism.

The numerous changes brought by Civ 6 include multiple-tile cities with districts in which improvements are built, the ability to group certain units together (such as a warrior with a settler), active technology research that rewards exploration, and more. Some of these improvements should make the game less tedious: for example, workers are replaced by builders, which create improvements instantly, but have a limited number of charges and disband upon finishing their tasks.

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Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2

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Xenoverse 2 is an upcoming Dragon Ball game developed by Dimps and published by Bandai. Much like its predecessor, it combines action, fighting, and RPG elements, and features an online hub where players can shop, fight, and undertake quests. The new hub, Conton City, is now seven times larger and supports up to 300 players on the same server. Players can get around using hover boards, and it is also possible to fly in certain areas after acquiring the ability to do so.

Plot-wise, the sequel takes place two years after the events of the first Xenoverse. Player joins the Time Patrol as a fresh recruit and fights to prevent villains from altering the Dragon Ball history. This time they also get to jump back in time to infiltrate Frieza’s army and even try to become the Cosmic Emperor.

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Persona 5

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Persona 5 is a role-playing game developed by Atlus for PlayStation 3 and 4. It follows a 16-year-old protagonist who is transferred to a high school in Tokyo after being put on probation for assaulting a stalker. He and several other students awaken their Persona powers and form a group called the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, the goal of which is to steal ill intent from the hearts of corrupt adults and reform them.

Just like its predecessors, Persona 5 takes place over the course of one year, with lots of events and side activities. The game’s main themes are freedom and justice in the modern society.

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FIFA 17

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FIFA 17 is the latest soccer title from the experienced sports game developer EA Canada. It features significant changes and improvements over its predecessor, first and foremost being the switch from Ignite to the more advanced Frostbite graphics engine. Another big addition is The Journey mode, in which the player assumes the role of Premier League’s next rising star, Alex Hunter. While it plays just like the Be A Pro mode on the field, there also are scripted events with multiple dialogue options.

As a result of a fan vote, FIFA 17 now features Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund on its cover. The other potential candidates were Anthony Martial (Manchester United), James Rodríguez (Real Madrid), and Eden Hazard (Chelsea); these football ambassadors participated in motion capture and helped make the game more realistic.

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