Mighty No. 9

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Mighty No. 9 is a side-scrolling platformer developed by Inti Creates and Keiji Inafune’s Comcept. Touted as a spiritual successor to the Mega Man franchise, the game raised $3.8 million on Kickstarter and was developed with significant input from the Beckers (a pun on the protagonist’s name). According to the developers, they intend to bring the best elements of the classic 8- and 16-bit era titles to the modern gaming platforms.

PlayStation owners will be happy to learn that Mighty No. 9 features Cross-Buy across PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. The game is 3D-enabled on the 3DS, and supports Wii U’s GamePad. The system requirements for the PC version have also been announced, and can be found on the official website.

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Assassin's Creed Syndicate

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is a historical action-adventure game set in London during the Industrial Revolution. It follows Jacob and Evie Frye, a pair of gangster twins who lead a crime syndicate known as the Rooks. Both of the siblings are playable and have their own story missions as well as skill sets; Jacob specializes in brawling, while Evie is a more traditional assassin with a focus on stealth. Players are tasked with taking on enemy gangs and uniting London’s underworld in order to wrestle control of the city from the Templars.

The ninth major installment in the series does away with multiplayer, focusing entirely on the single-player campaign. The game’s open-world map is 30% larger than that of Unity, and features traffic – horse carriages – for the first time. The updated weapon arsenal reflects the era in which AC Syndicate is set and includes a six-shot revolver, brass knuckles, and a sword cane.

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Mad Max

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Mad Max is a vehicular combat game set in an open world based on the popular post-apocalyptic movie series. It follows the titular character on his journey across the Wasteland to reclaim the V8 Interceptor that was stolen by Scrotus and his marauding gang of warboys. In order to accomplish this, Max teams up with an oddball mechanic Chumbucket, who helps him build the ultimate combat vehicle – the Magnum Opus.

As most of campaign is spent with the main character behind the wheel, the game offers extensive customization for the Magnum Opus, which can be upgraded by scavenging for materials or hijacking enemy cars. Max’s armor and weapons can also be improved, which will come in handy in those brutal melee fights. Mad Max is said to feature a freeflow combat system similar to that found in Batman: Arkham franchise. Players also have the option of taking down an enemy silently with a knife, although frenzied action, rather than stealth, is the overall focus of the game as expected.

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Star Wars: Battlefront

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Star Wars: Battlefront is an upcoming reboot of the original series sharing the same name. Developed by EA’s DICE, it focuses entirely on multiplayer, offering competitive game modes with up to 40 people as well as online and offline co-op missions. Those who prefer the single-player experience need not despair, however, for the new title allows them to complete the aforementioned missions with the help of bots.

Much like its predecessor, the new Battlefront also features several planets like Hoth, Endor, and Tatooine, iconic Star Wars vehicles like speeder bikes, AT-ATs, X-wings, TIE fighters, and more. Certain things like space battles and the Galactic Conquest modes from the old Battlefront games won’t be available at launch, although the developers don’t seem to discount the idea of adding the former some time in the future. As for gameplay, there will be both first- and third-person perspectives, presumably changeable on-the-fly.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

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MGS V: The Phantom Pain is a direct sequel to Ground Zeroes developed by Kojima Productions and published by Konami. It takes place in 1984 and follows the Big Boss as he investigates the destruction of MSF years prior. The game’s vast open-world environments are set in Africa and Afghanistan. The gameplay mechanics of the upcoming title remain similar to those of its predecessor, but there are several new elements such as real-time day and night cycle, dynamic weather, new stealth actions, and different methods of travel.

Mother Base is also making a return in The Phantom Pain, and this time it is both explorable and expandable. Players can choose which upgrades to construct, and customize the color to their liking.

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Project CARS

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Project CARS (short for Community Assisted Racing Simulator, as the game was crowdfunded) is an upcoming motorsports sim from a British developer Slightly Mad Studios. It aims to provide a realistic driving experience for different types of cars and forms of racing. Players can experiment or practice in Solo mode, immerse themselves in their driver’s Career, compete against each other using the Online mode, and participate in various Community events. Project CARS supports a wide variety of steering wheel peripherals, 4K surround setups, and even Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus VR gaming headsets.

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Mortal Kombat X

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The upcoming tenth installment in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series is developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. The new title runs on a modified version of the dated Unreal Engine 3, which allows it to achieve 60 FPS at 1080p resolution on current-gen consoles. Story-wise it picks up where MK9 left off, and continues 25 years into the future.

Mortal Kombat X features returning as well as brand new fighters, and some new game mechanics, the most notable of which is probably character variations. There are three different versions of every character, each adding some unique attacks, special moves, or weapons, and significantly altering the playstyle. Scorpion’s Ninjutsu variation, for example, wields dual swords, whereas Hellfire focuses on fireballs, and Inferno allows him to summon a demonic minion.

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