Ni no Kuni II

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Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is a role-playing game developed by Japanese studio Level-5 and published by Bandai Namco. While seemingly set in the same world as the award-winning Wrath of the White Witch, it takes place during a different time period, and follows an entirely new cast of characters.

The game’s protagonist is a young cat-eared prince named Evan, who becomes king after his father’s abrupt passing, but is immediately ousted from the position by the nefarious royal adviser, Otto Mausinger. Barely escaping with his life, Evan embarks on a quest to reclaim his kingdom, with some help from a band of sky pirates and a visitor from another world.

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LawBreakers Box Art

LawBreakers is a multiplayer first-person shooter developed by Boss Key Productions, for whom this will be their first release. While originally planned as a free-to-play title, it will now be getting a paid release on PlayStation 4 and Steam, with the standard “Core Edition” being priced at $29.99.

The game features eight “gravity-defying” maps optimized for fast-paced, omni-directional combat. There is a total of 18 characters, each with their own unique abilities, with more likely to come post launch. Players can choose from five game modes, such as Overcharge (capture-and-escort) and Turf War (zone control), which veterans of class-based shooters will find familiar.

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Fortnite Box Art

Fortnite is a co-op survival game developed by People Can Fly and Epic Games, and published by Gearbox. After an apocalypse that made 98% of the world’s population vanish and unleashed hordes of monsters, the remaining Heroes have to band together and scavenge for items, build shelter, and craft weapons and traps to survive.

Fortnite will go free-to-play in 2018, but this article is concerning the Early Access period starting July 25, for which you have to purchase one of the digital Founder’s Packs to play (Standard, Deluxe, Super Deluxe, or Limited). Pre-ordering any of these also grants you some bonuses, as detailed after the jump.

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NHL 18

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NHL 18 is the latest installment in EA’s officially licensed ice hockey franchise. According to the publisher, the game comes with a number of improvements over its predecessor, such as Creative Attack controls which allow the player to execute expert plays, and their defense counterpart, Defensive Skill Stick. In addition, NHL 18 introduces 3-on-3 hockey with the arcade-inspired NHL Threes mode, which includes couch co-op and competitive online team play. It also integrates the new Vegas Golden Knights team into the Franchise mode.

Connor McDavid of Edmonton Oilers is featured on the cover of all three editions of the game, namely Standard, Young Stars, and Young Stars Deluxe. Detailed info on those after the jump.

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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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