God of War: Ascension is a prequel to the popular GoW trilogy. It follows a younger Kratos on his quest to slay the three Furies and get revenge on Ares, who tricked him into murdering his own family. Besides the single-player story, God of War: Ascension also features multiplayer, a first in the franchise. It offers several different game modes and allows the players to create and customize a new warrior, and pick one of the four gods to align with. Incidentally, all preorder incentives for this games are related to multiplayer.
The upcoming 2013 Tomb Raider game is a reboot of the franchise, unrelated plot-wise to its predecessors. The story begins with the 21-year-old heroine Lara Croft getting stranded on a remote tropical island after a shipwreck. Waking up in a coastal cave, the young woman immediately has to fight for her life. Combat is an important part of the game, but so are the series trademark puzzles and exploring.
MoH: Warfighter is an upcoming sequel to the 2010 Medal of Honor game. It uses an improved Frostbite 2 graphics engine and features additions like Dynamic Door Breach and destructible environments. The game is developed with help from actual Tier 1 operators and includes real world locations, making it one of the most authentic first-person shooters. The multiplayer gives you a selection off 6 classes and twelve factions, plus several different game modes to choose from.
EA’s new Need for Speed: Most Wanted is a reboot of the 2005 game of the same title. It shares many features with its predecessor, including a Blacklist of racers and cop chases. The game has an open-world environment; for example, the players can choose their own routes from start to finish during races, and there are supercars hidden in secret locations around the city to discover.
The multiplayer aspect of the game is also updated. Autolog 2 leaderboards compare your achievements in both single player and multiplayer modes. Perhaps the most interesting addition is the CloudCompete system, which lets you switch between different platforms without losing your progress in Need for Speed: Most Wanted.
007 Legends is a multiplatform action-adventure game which combines stories from 6 James Bond movies starting with Moonraker (1979) and ending with the upcoming Skyfall (2012). The storylines from older movies are adapted to a modern-day setting, and James Bond is voiced by Daniel Craig throughout the game.
This isn’t the first James Bond game from Eurocom developers. GoldenEye 007: Reloaded, which released for Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms last year, received mostly positive reviews from the critics. Similarly to GoldenEye 007, 007 Legends includes MI6 Ops missions in addition to its main campaign. A multiplayer mode is also present, and pre-ordering the game will net you some bonuses for it.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is an upcoming RPG developed by Level-5 in collaboration with the famous anime company, Studio Ghibli. The game follows a 13-year-old boy, Oliver, who enters the magical world of Ni no Kuni to bring his mother back from the dead. Oliver is accompanied by a fairy named Drippy, and possesses a book which allows him to use magic.
As expected of Studio Ghibli, the game has amazing visuals which fit perfectly with the fantastic world created by Level-5. The beautiful lands of Ni no Kuni are far from safe, however: Oliver will have to face many dangerous enemies. Luckily, there also are characters who will join him on his quest – up to a maximum party size of three. The battle mode is largely turn-based as is typical for JRPGs, but it is possible to move to avoid attacks and collect health orbs in real time.
Two new GameStop coupons have just been announced. They last from July to the first half of August. The savings aren’t very big this time, but every bit helps, right?
- SKVADER: use this code to get a $5 discount on in-stock games and accessories worth $59.99 or more in total. The code expires on 6th August.
- IGOPOGO: this coupon will give you a $10 discount on in-stock games if your order is at least $79.99 in value. It expires on August 16th.