Street Fighter V

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Street Fighter V is the fifth main installment in Capcom’s massively popular fighting game franchise. It is powered by Unreal Engine 4 and features cross-platform play between PC and PlayStation 4. The game will offer 16 characters (including four new ones) at launch, with more to be added later. Six additional characters should be available within a year after launch, unlockable using in-game currency.

The upcoming title also has some new gameplay mechanics, such as V-Skills which replace the Focus Attacks from SF4. Using those as well as taking damage will fill the new V-Gauge, which can then be used to perform V-Reversals (counterattacks while blocking) or V-Triggers (special moves or power-ups unique to each fighter).

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege

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Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is a tactical shooter by Ubisoft which pits two teams of five against each other in various multiplayer modes. Players can choose from a number of classes – or Operators, as the game calls them – which are divided into defensive and offensive types, and have different skillsets.

Rainbow 6 Siege emphasizes teamwork and features procedural destruction, an important element of the gameplay. Attackers can utilize devices like breach charges or the hammer wielded by the Sledge class to destroy walls and open up new paths to their target, whereas the defending side can use barricades and barbed wire to delay or ambush the enemy.

The game also has single-player as well as co-op modes, including the fan-favorite, wave-based TerroHunt. The enemy this time is a new mysterious organization known as the White Masks.

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Gears of War: Ultimate Edition

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Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is a 1080p remaster of the original game from nearly a decade ago which includes five campaign chapters never released on Xbox, modernized multiplayer running at 60 FPS (campaign is still 30 FPS), a total of 19 maps, updated controls tuned for Xbox One, and new Xbox Live achievements. There also are five Gears of War comic books which can be unlocked and read in-game.

Perhaps most impressively, all Xbox One versions of GoW: UE (Standard, Deluxe, or Bundle) come with free access to the whole Gears collection via Xbox One Backward Compatibility, which is set to launch in full this November. All you have to do is play the Ultimate Edition on Xbox Live any time from August 25 to December 31, 2015, according to Xbox Wire. In addition, buying the game grants the owner access to the Gears of War 4 Beta when it launches in 2016.

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NHL 16

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NHL 16 is the next installment in EA’s highly popular hockey video game franchise. Developed for the current-gen consoles, the game will also be released for the Xbox 360 and PS3 as NHL: Legacy Edition.

After the poorly-received NHL 15, the developers are making numerous changes to the upcoming title, such as bringing back the fan-favorite EA Sports Hockey League (EASHL) mode and online-enabled couch co-op. Other notable features include more precise goalie controls, new player morale mechanic in Be a GM, and various visual improvements for added authenticity.

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Forza Motorsport 6

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Forza Motorsport 6 is an upcoming Xbox One exclusive racing sim developed by Turn 10 Studios and published by Microsoft. Compared to its predecessors, the game boasts improved graphics, audio, AI, and physics. The latter is said to be particularly impressive, with Forza 6 featuring accurately simulated rain and puddles, as well as all the hazards associated with racing in wet weather such as hydroplaning.

The ambitious game includes more than 450 cars and 26 tracks, ten of which are new to the franchise. The story mode offers 70 hours of content, and multiplayer allows for races with up to 24 cars. Forza Motorsport 6 also includes nighttime driving for the first time in the series.

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Halo 5: Guardians

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Halo 5: Guardians is the next installment in Xbox’s flagship franchise, and the second title in the Reclaimer saga. The story of the game takes place 8 months after the events of Halo 4. Humanity’s colonies are under attack, and to make matters worse, Master Chief has gone AWOL. Jameson Locke, a newly-made SPARTAN-IV, is tasked with hunting him down.

Both Agent Locke and Master Chief are playable in Halo 5. The protagonists are accompanied by three squad members who each have their own loadouts and specialties. These companions are controlled by the AI or other players in case of cooperative play. Halo 5 does not feature a split-screen mode, and Xbox Live Gold is required to play with your friends online. The game does come with a two week Gold trial, however. As for competitive multiplayer, there is a new Warzone mode with AI Units and up to 24 players on the map. The devs also promise free DLC maps after launch.

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NBA 2K16

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NBA 2K16 is a basketball simulator developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. Compared to its predecessor, it features more lifelike crowds, better player movement animations, and even more realistic shoes – all changes aimed at making NBA 2K16 “the most authentic NBA gaming experience yet.” It is also said that the game improves post play and allows taller athletes to use their height advantage over the smaller defenders when close to the basket.

Stephen Curry, James Harden, and Anthony Davis all get their own individual NBA 2K16 covers; the distribution is entirely random. That being said, the game comes with a folded insert featuring all three famous NBA players, so you can choose the star to grace the cover of your copy.

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